Posted on 2020-01-19
The Hindsight is markedly light for its size, and the fiberglass being insulated with wood plies has kept the deck looking and feeling good in my hands even after six months of flips and curbings. The concave is supremely comfortable, and despite the compact wheelbase, the standing platform feels expansive. Unlike many other downhill decks that I've ridden, the tops of the mounts on the Hindsight are flush with the platform and blend in seamlessly. The tail, instead of coming up at an angle, is a further extension of the platform, pushing the standing room out all the way from nose to tail. This cruiseresque platform is the most notable feature of this deck, and I think this point is undersold. It's so dope. I mean, there's definitely a loss of leverage relative to a board with a more steeply angled kicktail, but the added versatility and comfort of the long, rockered platform is a completely worthwhile trade-off. Having the freedom to position my feet however, wherever, is valuable to me as a rider. Speaking of which, the concave up front is super gentle, and combined with the microdropped flush mounts it's actually feasible to cruise comfortably on this deck. It's pretty low, for a topmount. The W-concave that runs down the middle of the board is mellow, but very functional—especially when re-gripped with your favorite coarse griptape. I like Lokton, personally. Speaking of favorites: It's important to note that this deck seems designed for use with Caliber RKPs, but I've gotten the most fun out of it on 46 degree Aera RF-1s and 69mm Powell-Peralta Snakes. As a heavier rider, I have found that bringing in the trucks as close as possible feels the most solid, and at an effective 23" WB the deck feels nimble enough to cruise but still solid enough to handle hills. I'm happy to say that it's my go-to board at the moment and is proving to be a true quiver-killer.