At A Glance
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the new 2017 Poison LTD V3. The Poison is RRD’s pro freestyle twin tip board, and the LTD V3 is the carbon edition, making it a lighter and thinner model. The Poison boasts a swept in tip outline with a straight section through the centre of the board; this enables the rider to have a carvy fast ride without compromising edging abilities. The board's rocker line hasn't changed since the V2 edition. We see a concave throughout the Poison. However, no channels feature in this model.
The Poison is often recognised for its “eye” on the base of the board, which still features in its design. The LTD V3 comes with ABS channels, Rad Pads, and Flow 50mm G10 fins. As soon as you cast your eyes on the Poison, you will instantly see it gleam, it's very well constructed and looks incredibly robust. One thing we noticed picking up the Poison was it's slightly heavier than some boards in this category. However, this is somewhat useful for advanced freestyle moves.
On The Water
After spending time enjoying how easy it was to adjust the Rad Pad system using the ABS channelled inserts, changing the pads and putting it together the time came to let loose on the water.
Instantly it became apparent how well the board picked up and held speed, sinking in an edge is easy and progressive. Tracking upwind was a doddle on the Poison and grip never felt compromised with the 50mm fins. Releasing the edge, whether it be transferring to your toes to flatten off, slashing in a turn or exploding out of a pop is smooth and consistent. The swept ends give the board a flowing turn and reduce bite on take off, even in choppier waters.
A slick, fluid yet grippy twin tip with explosive pop
Pop ability of the Poison is excellent; you can hold an edge until the very last minute and fire yourself into the move. The weight we noted upon lifting the Poison came into its own when rotating and wanting it to assist body control throughout moves. The Poison provides a solid base when landing and quickly gets you back on track and building speed.
The Rad Pad system that comes with the Poison is comfortable with two different density heel inserts, so you can take you pick between a softer or tougher feel under foot. The pad itself is grippy, and the straps are highly adjustable to suit a broad range of riders. The Poison LTD V3 would be a great board of choice for both boot and strapped riding.
The RRD Poison LTD V3 is a slick, fluid yet grippy twin tip with explosive pop. It provides something slightly different to that of most freestyle boards; the swept corners do provide a smooth ride and release. Construction looks robust and is of a high standard with matching accessories. A fantastic board for those wanting to ramp up their freestyle game without compromising the fluid feel we often loose in this type of board.
This review was in Issue 59 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit RRD