DC Media Blitz 2018 Review
The DC Media Blitz is Torsteins board, that has had quite a few changes in the last couple of seasons. It has changed from an aggressive camber board, to a playful and easy to ride board. If you read the specs, it sounds like it should be aggressive like it used to be, but it doesn’t ride like it sounds.
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Features of the DC Media Blitz
- 9/10 Flex Rating
- Double Camber
- Impact Core
- Carbon Stringers
- Sintered Supreme
- Fresh Deck Top Sheet
- Tips UP
- 100% Wood
How the DC Media Blitz rides
Bindings: Flux DS
Boots: ThirtyTwo TM-Two
Angles: +15 -15
The snow was quite hardpacked, windblown at the top and a bit softer at the bottom of the hill. I was riding the 150cm version, because we were told that you can size it down 4cm, because the sidecut/contact points are so close to the nose and tail of the board.
Flex & Camber Profile
For the last couple of seasons the Media Blitz has changed from the older regular camber profile, to the new hybrid camber that DC call Double Camber. The old board used to be super aggressive, really solid and poppy, while this new one is completely different. The profile is similar to the Burton Flying V, or the Never Summer Rocker Camber profiles.
DC rate the board as having a 9/10 flex rating, but seems way too high from the feeling I got when I rode it. To me it felt like a medium flexing board, it wasn’t stiff at all. Any board that has a rocker section between the feet is always going to be easier to flex compared to something with camber between the feet.
The edge hold on the Media Blitz was very good, even on the really hardpacked snow I rode it on. It has a very similar feeling to riding a Never Summer, which are very strong and grippy in the middle of the turn, so I was never worried about the board slipping out at all.
It’s a true twin board, and I rode it with a centered stance and the same angles on both bindings, so riding it switch felt just the same as riding it regular.
It felt pretty solid at speed for a hybrid camber board, as long as you kept your weight centered over the board.
The pop was alright, not what you would expect from a board that is rated as having a 9/10 flex rating, but once I got used to it, I could get a nice ollie out of it.
Overall the Media Blitz is a much more playful and easy to ride board than it used to be. It is very easy to spin around, presses and butters are very easy, it is much more fun than I expected it to be. When you ride it with your weight centered, it is quite stable and handles speed well, especially for the smaller board (that I was riding).
My guess is that the old camber Media Blitz was too aggressive for most riders, but people still wanted to ride the board that Torstein rides, so they ended up with this.
- Fun and forgiving ride
- Strong edge hold
- Nowhere near as stiff as they claim
- Very different from what it used to be
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|Size (cm)||Effective Edge (mm)||Tip / Tail Width (mm)||Waist Width (mm)||Sidecut Radius (m)||Stance Width (in)|
|150||1120||292||250||7.5||21 – 25.5|
|154||1160||297.5||252||7.8||21 – 25.5|
|158||1190||300.5||254||8.2||21 – 25.5|
Torstein Horgmo riding the Media Blitz
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