The United Shapes thread
Yeah, it’s an incredible board for my taste. Hard to say anything other than the old fishes as favorite of all time, but those aside, the OG squash is now the second best decision I’ve ever made 😜 I fucking love this thing.
Gopro’d my runs and will have a little edit later. Created a new profile for superview without stabilization, and I’m reminded that I like that better for a head cam. Hypersmooth takes away some of the feeling of your speed and action. Great for follow cams or maybe big fast lines though.
Got another day on my Orbit. Definitely a keeper but not sure it's my daily driver. I was able to get better nose-to-tail leverage and pop with my K2 Aspect boots, but I have a bit of trouble with it in my Adidas Lexicons. Lexicons are my everyday boot and fit me a bit better... only wore my Aspects one day because I wasn't sure if I was touring or inbounds that day.
Going fast and turning hard, Orbit rules. Blowing through technical lines, awesome. But I'm riding a lot less playfully than I have in previous years because I'm not confident in my ability to tame the beast leaving the ground (or returning to the ground lol).
I also find myself getting tired a lot more quickly just because I have to stay "on" while riding it. My old Rome Blur wasn't nearly as precise, but it was workable and I could fuck around on it a lot more.
I may try @GD's recommendation of moving the back binding up a set of inserts for more tail. Unfortunately I need to run my NOW discs perpendicular for boot centering, so I can't move up the back foot without running an uncomfortably narrow stance or moving the front foot up as well and giving myself negative setback-- by 4 mm, but the OCD in me is still bothered by it lol. But I'd rather do that and run my NOWs than swap to Unions or Romes or whatever.
Finally a legit pow day on the orbit. 12-16” since Sunday when they were last open, got up for first chairs.
I don’t have anything to add about the board, it’s just good. It’s everything I love about the squash but more so.
Finally someone is seeing the light! I've been arguing that with a couple friends since the first year Squash hypetrain. Had an Orbit 157 and 151 at that time but nobody would listen 😓
Loll yeah, was an early disciple for this board, also. Had a shaky start with it at first, but once I got it dialed with my binders/set up, was such a joy. Still recall telling @Spenser in one of my emails for diecuts a couple winters ago, that he needed to get on it one day ... now here we are, a board thats usurped the fabled Squash lol 😘.
But yeah, def one of my most memorable boards, for sure.
always hard regardless
On my Drives I have hard bushings in the toes, and mediums in the heels.
I've been running Jones Apollos on the Orbit the past few times out. They came with all hard bushings and that combination is... a lot. I'm going to try the same setup as the Drives next time out, maybe even go to medium in the toes and soft in the rear to take a little bit more bite out of the setup.
I have a mad scientist snow surf obsessed buddy who messes around with these a LOT. Not necessarily for this setup, but I think he does something like:
Front <----- Back
H M M H
M S S M
I might even have that wrong, back foot might be below. In any case, super specific to how he much support he wants through different parts of the turn.
Not the best; throwaway clips, really. The few shots I have on the Orbit from 2 winters ago. We're not seeing any riding here for at least another month, so going thru old footy will have to do right now 😔.
*last clip context: my local shop's annual grab/style-off event 2 winters ago. The botched attempt was my only recorded clip, sadly lol. Managed to finish 4th somehow, though 🤓.
Ridin way better than the helmet game 😉
where is this?
First shots: Tremblant. Last: local resort in north Collingwood/Devil's Glen
nice, tremblant looks bigger than i thought it would be.
@unsuspected rode the Orbit today with Drives. Hard in toes, soft in heels. Tits.
Snow conditions solid today. Bit of slush on top of a supportive crust, some corn snow turns off posted.
Gave me confidence to get a bit more sendy and just pop around on it. I didn't change stance or anything but I felt like I'm dialing in where to pop on the tail. I'm still not lofting every ollie, but I had maybe 5 or 6 good ones today-- I had maybe 3 in the first 7 days I rode this thing.
Also surprised it handled alright switch. It's not a twin of course, but as long as I have clearance for the tail kick, I feel reasonably comfortable on it.
I did eat it HARD on a sidehit gone bad. Landed little off axis, over corrected, dug the toe edge and slammed right onto my chest. That sucked. I haven't done that in probably 10 years. Love this board, but it does not leave much margin for error.
Thankfully I got my arms mostly clear. That could have been a not so fun shoulder injury.
Feeling too lazy to go back and look, but were you guys saying you give the orbit more tail to make it feel less aggressive? Maybe I was misinterpreting, but I always have the exact opposite experience. For me it’s really about balance and varies with each model, but generally speaking, giving a board more tail makes it feel more aggressive to me, whereas setting it back seems to mellow it out, both in regards to turning and overall maneuverability, which in my head makes perfect sense. I feel like the Orbit ref is too far forward, which is why I set it back and it feels way more balanced for me, alongside my other favorites like the squash.
Also, while of course it is a more aggressive board, I find myself less tired after riding it, and it’s the same thing as the hammerhead… the board is so stable and has such relatively low deflection that I can comfortably sit on it and do exactly what I want, and it just holds up. On “lesser“ boards, I find myself getting more beat up because I have to put more energy in to balancing and absorbing terrain since the board deflects more and is less supportive for my taste. Makes me think of what you were saying about orbit vs Cadet, in that the cadet would buck you around since it’s mellower, and for me, that’s more draining.
Lastly, have I mentioned today how much I love this thing? I don’t think so. I love this thing.
I add more tail, personally cos I like to jump a lot so I try to maximize it. Plus, my stance is no more than 21", also. And going further back stiffened the tail a tad too much for my taste, personally. Don't get many deep days either, so there's that factor also.