These were my first skiboards and I after a one season I have to say, they are a ton of fun to ride! The quality from RVL8 is amazing and the graphics are sweet too. These things are as maneuverable as it gets and you will dominate the groomers with them.
Being small, they do have their limitations. I tend to pick up as much speed as possible when I ride but the limit on these seems to be about 45mph, anything past that gets really really squirrelly. 45 is pretty fast on these tiny things but if speed is what you want, get some bigger boards.
In the park they are good and bad. Since they are almost as small as skates buttering and riding fakie is as easy as it gets. They are sweet on rails and small jumps because they’re so easy to whip around, but any jump bigger than about 25′ is difficult to land on the small surface area.
For bumpy and cruddy conditions, although most will disagree here, I think these are great. They are not what I would call stable however if you learn to ride with the bumps and not over them it can be a really fun energetic ride where you get bounced all over the place.
Obviously they are not designed for powder, if you ride backcountry these are not for you.
Overall I had a lot of fun on these this year, but next year I will be moving up to some bigger boards for more speed and more solid landings on jumps.
Rider – Matt H – Beginning Skiboarder