It’s been a while since we dropped a review but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had products in the lab undergoing some serious testing. We’ve got a bunch more coming out over the next couple of weeks that’ll include some decks, grip, safety gear, and a couple of other odds and ends — a perfect way to figure out what you want to spend some of that end of summer money on.
This time around we’re looking at Loaded’s newest addition to its family, the Dervish Sama. Taking the place of (can you guess?) the Dervish in the Loaded Boards lineup, the Dervish Sama keeps many of the familiar characteristics of its predecesor but adds a few much appreciated tweaks where you’d want them most.
While they’re both drop through designs, the new Dervish Sama is a bit wider, but still allows for you to go between heelside and toeside checks and slides without having to do much foot movement. The new Dervish Sama is also slightly longer than its predecesor, thanks mainly to the addition of kicktails.A bit smaller than the ones you’ll find on the Tan Tien the kicks are still extremely functional and are riders to easily incorporate flatground/freestyle tricks into their lines. Despite a fair amount of camber, which also adds to the flexy and springlike feel, Loaded has managed to maintain enough concave to create some pretty solid feeling pockets that do a nice job of locking your feet in for slides but won’t cause cramps for long pushes. When pushing that convex and flex come to help absorb bumps in the road and facilitates fluid and almost effortless pumping action.
Loaded also updated the graphic on the Dervish Sama which holds some similarities to the new graphic released on this season’s Tan Tien. The laser cut grip designs which first came about on the Tan Tien before making their way to the FatTail, have also found a home on the Dervish Sama, making for a pretty dope looking board both on top and bottom.
The biggest drawback as well as selling point, depending on how you’ll be riding it, to the Dervish Sama is the amount of flex it has. Even at the Flex 1, which is what we tested, there is a lot of bounce and an almost spring-like feel when coming out of slides. It’s more than manageable and just took a little getting used to since both Henry and I ride stiff top mounts as our full-time whips. Going fast is where I liked the flex less and less, Henry also admitted to not feeling comfortable tucking on it. If you’re going to be doing a lot of flatground and pushing, however, the flex is going to be your best friend. The drop through design is also going to help a ton as it’ll put the board closer to the ground, making it more stable and making pushing that much more of a breeze.
Overall I was surprised at how easy the Dervish Sama was to freeride. I knew it would be great as a commuting board and the kicks make it very functional for freestyle riding as well, but I really didn’t expect it to perform as well as it did on the hill. We both adjusted to the flex and were having a blast on it in not time. If you’re looking for a commuter board that can also take a thrashing when you want it to the Dervish Sama is worth a second or third look for sure.
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