2019 DC The 156 Snowboard Review—The Blackboard Experiment with Pat Moore

Welcome to the 2019 Blackboard Experiment! How do you select the perfect park snowboard for you? SNOWBOARDER Magazine is here to help with The Blackboard Experiment, a blind board test in which a fleet of freestyle snowboards, all with black topsheets and bases, are put to task by one rider to determine the best in each discipline (carving, jibbing, jumping, and transition) and the best overall. This year, we met up with Pat Moore for a week in Aspen Snowmass to test the latest offerings from the biggest brands. Check below for the review of board #4, DC’s 2019 The 156, which took BEST OVERALL

Brand Statement

DC's The 156 was designed with Mons Roisland to meet his slopestyle needs. This blunt-tipped true twin is constructed with traditional camber and a lightweight FreshDeck™ top sheet. Snowboarders everywhere love traditional camber because this profile naturally offers explosive ollies and powerful turns by inherently loading up the tip and tail. Alternating stringers of poplar and the ultra-lightweight paulownia throughout the length of the wood core provides a smooth flex in our lightest core. This means all-terrain versatility in what just happens to be the most commonly requested size. —David Powers Appel, DC Global Director Hardgoods

Model Length Tested: 156
Additional Lengths: Traditional Camber
Shape: Twin
Camber: Traditional Camber
Core: Lite Core
Base: Sintered WFO
MSRP: $499.95
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First Impression

I really like it. This board was definitely the lightest board out of all of them. It has really good stiffness and rigidity, especially between the bindings, and the tip and tail are still pretty soft. Overall, it rode everything really well. It doesn't have that deep of a sidecut, so the turns are a little slow, but the pop in the tail and the nose picks up for that. It had good snap on the jumps. Right out of the wrapper, it was fun to ride.

Jib

It feels really solid on the rails. The tip and tail are actually fairly flexy, so it's pretty nice to lay into a press.

Carve

It was good, but because the sidecut isn't as deep it didn't initiate turns quickly, but because of its stiffness torsionally, it did hold onto the turns. It is fairly stiff, so it has a lot of power and feels better on edge, but it is also playful because the tip and tail are pretty soft. It powers through the slush.

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Jump

It's an awesome jump board. It is stiff, has good pop, and it feels really solid on the take off and the landing. I think the torsional stiffness makes it really stable off of jumps. I would feel comfortable taking it off larger jumps.

Tranny

I'd say it rode okay on transition. It didn't have a lot of sidecut, so in the halfpipe it didn't have what it took to really drive through the transition and stay on edge. But it was really stiff torsionally, so that helped a lot.

Additional Thoughts

I think the jumps were the best place for that board. This has been my favorite overall board so far. It did pretty well in the halfpipe, but where it did best was in the park on the jumps and rails. This would be a good board to buy for an all-terrain snowboard.

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