TEST TEAM NOTES
We took a revisit to a cult classic twin-tip. The early Poisons were without doubt the fastest boards on the market. Very direct, they weren’t always easy though. In flat waters they were beautiful, in heavy chop they were impractical. This year the Poison feels much more complete. It’s still quick, but there’s a deeper rockerline – not by much, but enough to make a big difference and now the board locks in and tracks hard upwind in more difficult conditions. On this test we were so used to riding softer freeride focused boards that the Poison felt abrupt, but Bully especially enjoyed it – he loves that solid feel.
What’s improved is the board’s ability to better handle chop – its maintenance of speed in tricky conditions and therefore it’s ability to boost. You can approach a section of flat water in-front of a ramp and really put the hammer down and get a steep increase in speed as you approach it.
This new Poison has retained enough of its old characteristics in terms of speed, but has an added dose of usability. Compared to the Bliss which we tested last issue, it’s heavier and feels more solid. There’s less shape in the bottom too so it channels the water less but carries more speed. The Bliss is a bit slower but more comfortable; the Poison is all out speed – less absorbing and a more seat-of-your-pants ride. Get it in flat water and it really sparks to life and lets you convert all that speed into edging performance – you can huck huge.
HERE’S THE OFFICIAL POISON V3 PRODUCT VIDEO FROM RRD
RRD Poison V3 from RRD International on Vimeo.