Advantages Looks great. Good price.
Disadvantages Hard to find in the UK.
|Value for money|
After traipsing round many different sports shops I finally found the snowboard I wanted and to make it even better I managed to find it in the sale. I paid 400zl (Polish Zloty) for my snowboard which at the time of purchase worked out as only £50! Of course, this price didn't include the bindings needed to actually use the board but I did purchase them separately.The board itself is a lovely mix of purple and blue swirls and random shapes which I think make it look fab and extremely cool. Underneath the board is white with the word 'Firefly' written across it in bright pink lettering. Now I just need to get my snowboarding skills up to a standard which matches the coolness of my board!
The board has a flex rating of 3 to 4. This rating is given on the scale of 1 to 6, 1 being very flexible and 6 being not flexible, to give an idea of what the board is more suitable for. The 3 to 4 rating of this board means it is suitable mainly for mountains and also for varying terrain. It can be used for tricks both on the mountain and in the ramps and rails area. I personally cannot do tricks, yet, but I do like to have a reasonably flexible board as I feel more in control and I do enjoy jumping at the top of the mountain to get me started as it makes me feel more confident.
On Christmas day and Boxing day we spent a total of around 10 hours (split across both days) on the mountain and between then and the middle of March we made numerous trips back to the Czech Republic for many more snowboarding adventures. So, here is how the Firefly board is performing...When I first used my new board I was a little nervous as compared to the boards I had borrowed in the past it initially felt very slippery on the snow and a little hard to control, at this point I had a little panic that maybe this wasn't the board for me. However, after a few runs down the mountain I think this was more nerves and feeling tense than anything to do with the board. The mountain we use most often begins with a reasonably gentle slope which I used to my advantage to get a feel for the board and get used to the weight, how easy it was to turn and so on. After I was over my initial nerves I found the board really easy to turn and because of how lightweight it is I have, on quite a few occasions began to get brave and try the occasional jump. This has so far been successful and I find I can lift the board with ease, I do however need to work on my landing as I am quite often a human snowball!
After the gentle slope of the mountain I have to stop playing around and really concentrate as there is quite a long section which is rather steep and requires me to have full control of my board as it is possible to have quite a nasty fall there, I've lost count of how many times I've seen people being carried down the mountain on the back of the snow mobile from this area after falling. So this is the part of the mountain I am most cautious about and feel most confident when I am in full control of my snowboard, thankfully I have always felt in control with my Firefly and although I have fallen many times I have always managed to control my speed and turn the board so that I slow down instantly if I feel as if I am going to fall so therefore this has minimised the impact with the snow. Because of how much I do feel in control I feel as though my confidence is growing and on our last few trips I was actually quite happy to take a risk and build up some speed while feeling confident that my board was easy enough to slow down if I needed to.From the bottom of the steep area we enter into the top of the beginners run on the mountain, this area is similar to the top of the mountain but unfortunately I cannot play too much as there are usually too many people around, this is of course good practice for me and my turns and after many hours spent in this area I really appreciate how well my snowboard responds to the way I shift my body weight to turn and avoid other people.
Thanks for reading! :)
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