Atomic Hatchet - 2012

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The snowboard that successfully launched Atomic into the world into snowboarding has become an icon over the years. This year the Hatchet has lost the ugly blunted tips of last year’s model, they return to eye-pleasing radial tips. The base also gets upgraded to a 7200 Impact base which unfortunately isn’t on par with Atomic’s sintered varieties. With Pop Rocker profile and soft biaxial glass the Hatchet butters and jibs extremely easily, however heavier or aggressive riders may find the nose and tail to wishy-washy in hard carves and on sketch snow. The Hatchet would make a good all-rounder for inexperienced riders or a great jib board for experienced snowboarders.

Manufacturer's Description:

Tried and tested by countless snowboard freaks, the Hatchet remains one of the most popular boards out there to push your limits. With its new POP Rocker AT, the Hatchet has become the epitome of snowboarding and was made to outshine any competition playing the park or cruising the hill. A sweet ride for intermediates and pros who are looking for a sound mixture of state-of-the-art technology and mountain fun.

Recommended for park riding. Recommended for rail riding Medium cost snowboard Available in Wide Hybrid rocker/camber construction Twin shape

Year: 2012

Available Lengths (cm):
149, 153, 156, 159, 159w, 163w

Riding Style: Freestyle/Park

Specifications:

Pop Rocker AT
Directional Twin
Twin prog sidecut
Truth1 tip to tail wood core
Kevlar armor struts
7000 impact base
2,5 degree park bevel
Biax sandwich construction
Flex 6

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Snowboard Review:

Watch the 2012 Atomic Hatchet Video Snowboard Review

2012 Atomic Hatchet Video Snowboard Review

Over the years I’ve ridden the Hatchet in its many forms at least a dozen times. Last year I took the Hatchet out for a ride on the penultimate day of the board test and was a little disappointed with the way it rode. Not that it was a bad board, far from it, it just didn’t hit the spot for the riding I like to do. Atomics’ move from camber to Pop Rocker in all of their snowboards has been a little lacklustre, well at least in the Hatchet… in the Axium it’s a real plus. I thought I’d give the Hatchet a second chance this year to see if it had improved.

Pop Rocker is a hybrid profile designed to blend the punch of camber with the forgiveness of rocker. The board looks cambered when picked up from the rack but the sweeping early rise kicks are quite unique. As you load the camber, the tips rise further and the contact points shift towards the bindings, mimicking a zero cambered board with reverse camber tips. The issue is, if the nose and tail are designed to flex that easily where is the resistance you need for edge hold in a carve? Well the answer is there isn’t much. Turns melt together without any resistance but as soon as you try to ride the Hatchet aggressively or hold a fast traverse across a bumpy piste the tips get all flappy and you lose any grip from the start and end of the effective edge.

Where the Hatchet does succeed is at being forgiving and playful. You can happily land under-rotated on the nose and tail from a boardslide or a small-ish kicker spin and the Hatchet will pivot you around. Presses are extremely easy although the board does flex most at the tips so they can slip out on rails more easily than on a board that flexes at the waist. It’s also pretty impossible to catch an edge on the Hatchet, for the most part this board is like riding on autopilot.

For the second year I was a little underwhelmed by the Hatchet. It really is a fantastic snowboard for beginners and intermediates who want to start hucking themselves off jumps, testing the waters on rails and dipping a toe into powder riding. The thing is, the Hatchet used to be a bastion for low cost snowboards that delivered performance. Everybody rode one because it was one of the best boards on the market regardless of its miniscule price tag, now it performs to its price tag. Advanced riders will find the Hatchet doesn’t like to be ridden aggressively, particularly on poor snow conditions and will also find the Impact 7000 base doesn’t match up to the speed and acceleration of sintered bases.

Highlights:
Lightweight
Forgiving and progressive ride for inexperienced snowboarders
Fun flex for smaller park features
Nice multilayer graphics
Catch free

Letdowns:
Slow base that doesn’t match up to sintered varieties
Poor edge hold on scetchy snow
Doesn’t respond well to aggressive snowboarding

(Note: in the video review I say that the Hatchet has triaxial glass, this is incorrect it has a biaxial glass)

Posted by Rich Ewbank in • Atomic

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What colour is powder?

kurtkubin on February 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM

this board is ok it likes to catch on the tail end alot

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