Board: 2017 Lobster Halldór Pro
Camber Option: Regular Camber with 3BT
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Resort: High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Conditions: Sunny skies and granular slush
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: The Lobster Halldór Pro brings together a medium/soft flex, regular camber profile, and proprietary asymmetrical 3BT to create a really fun park focused snowboard that blends aggressiveness and playfulness in a unique way. You can expect it to perform well on jumps, rails, as well as outside the park. Being the board of choice for Halldór Helgason doesn't hurt its credentials, either.
Carving: The asymmetrical 3BT on this board is pretty sick; you can feel the board wanting to arc a turn as soon as you start to initiate your heel side edge. It’s noticeably different so it takes a few turns to get used to, but in the end it provides a much more natural and balanced feel to carving; allowing you to get more aggressive with your heelside carves.
Edge Hold: This board can hold a solid edge and handle some pretty aggressive carving before wanting to slip out on you, the asymmetrical features help a lot with edge hold on heel side turns as well. The edge hold is really good for a park board, almost as good as the Helix.
Flex: Sort of progressive flex that is quite soft to a point then stiffens up and gets a lot more lively and poppy. I liked this because it made pressing pretty easy, but didn’t compromise on pop and stability.
Stability: The Halldór Pro is on the more stable side of the spectrum for park boards; it has solid stability on landings and is a good board for charging all over the mountain.
Butters: The 3BT had a lot to do with the feel this board had doing butters, and just made it a lot more playful and catch free. Butters felt good even in the slushy snow, and the flex in this board gave a little spring on the way out as well.
Jibbing: Locking into rails and sliding sideways both felt really natural on this board. The 3BT gave a nice catch free feeling, making sure your edge was not touching the feature; and it also had a nice torsional flex that felt really good spinning out of rails.
Jumps: This board has a lot of features that come together nicely and make it a great jump board. The mid flex and regular camber profile give it the aggressiveness you want when you’re hitting jumps plus added control on the approach, and the 3BT helps safeguard against catching your edge if you pre-spin. All in all this is a really fun and stable jump board that you can even feel comfortable sending off of “large” features.
Pop/Snap: I’d say this board has a pretty average pop; it’s camber and if you load up the board it will give you some extra spring, the harder you work to load it up the more spring you’ll get out of it.
Switch: This freestyle twin snowboard felt just as good switch as it did normal.
Recommendations: This is the snowboard for the rider who wants it all when it comes to the terrain park. Playful enough to do some technical pressed out rail tricks while still maintaining the stability to handle the big jumps, the Lobster Halldór Pro is very versatile and able to thrive in pretty much any condition as well as provide a balance between playfulness and aggressiveness that is hard to be matched.
Final Thoughts: You’ll find almost no other boards that combine regular camber, asymmetrical 3BT, and med/soft flex on the market. In my mind this is a standout contender for anyone interested in progressing their park riding.
Special thanks to High Cascade Snowboard Camp!
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