- Popsicle Deck
- 243 Shape
- Medium Kick
FLIGHT™ - FLIGHT™ decks are stronger, thinner and lighter than a 7-ply. You'll get the feel of it in an hour or two and begin to realize you can do things riding a Flight deck that cannot be done on a 7-ply. Flight decks allow you to extend your limits, because they let you ollie higher, flip faster, do tricks more easily, and they don't break in two like a 7-ply.
All Powell FLIGHT™ decks are made at their factory located in Santa Barbara, California.
243 Shape - Mellow nose and tail angles allow for responsive pop and flatter, leveled out flip tricks.
K20 Concave: Medium
Angle Tail: 18º
Angle Nose: 18º
That said, this board achieves everything that is engineered to do! The board is super thin, and super light, yet surprisingly sturdy with a monster pop.
A few things that should be noted, though:
The bottom veneers are still made of maple so the board will still razor tail and wear like a standard board. Similarly, this board does seem more susceptible to chipping, so try to avoid catching the nose on cracks when popping nollie/fakie tricks, letting your board slam into anything when your board slips out, or even skating on super rough ground.
Also, since this board is super light, you may notice that it does tend to be affected by sudden gusts of wind and whatnot than heavier boards. This shouldn't be as pronounced if you ride a heavier set of trucks (I ride tensor maglight hollows).
Lastly, this deck does take a while to get used to. As Powell states, this board doesn't necessarily "feel" like a tradition 7 ply maple deck or even a carbon fiber reinforced deck, because it is not one. The rebound from the pop, center of mass, moment of inertia are all noticeably different. Although it does take some getting used to, it definitely does result in a board that has a stronger pop and is easier to manipulate.
I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who has the the extra money to spend and wants to experiment with something new.