Olive is a skateboard + snowboard company based out of Alberta, Canada that has been designing and crafting snowboards since 1993. They pride themselves on delivering a quality product that reflects their love of both sports. Their snowboards are hand-built in Canada with materials sourced within Canada.
For this review, we’ll look at the Olive Murder Laser Kitten which is a twin flat all-mountain snowboard with large centred stance options and a full-length poplar core. It features a mid-width and laser-control side-cut with zero camber which keeps it afloat in the powder while maintaining a solid edge on hardpack due to its steel edges.
The Olive Murder Laser Kitten Snowboard is aptly named.
The Murder Laser Kitten is symmetrical and designed to be able to be ridden easily in both directions and throughout the mountain. It has a middle ground flex which means it will be moderately receptive to bending but still maintains stability at higher speeds which is suitable for an all-mountain rider. The mounting system is “2 x 4” which is the most common mounting system used across the snowboard industry.
I tested the Murder Laser Kitten in a variety of snow conditions which included groomers, chop/crud, early season marginal conditions, and resort powder days at Red Mountain Resort.
The board was stiffer than I initially expected but I felt super comfortable going fast. I had no problem finding an edge and did not have to de-tune this board, like I have with other new boards, because the Laser Kitten claws, er, edges did not catch. Overall, this board is a smooth ride and feels very solid at speed.
I did not find the Murder Laser Kitten easy to ride in both directions or ‘switch ‘as it’s called. My feet are small for the width of this board, and that may be the reason why. I set the stance to ‘duck’ to ride switch and found that the board lacked responsiveness. I changed the stance to be more forward / directional, and the board cruised easily and was much more responsive. The board doesn’t have much of a ‘pop’ however, which I attributed to it not having camber.
In bottomless powder, I found it less responsive than a cambered board, but after I got used to putting a bit more power into maneuvering it around, I had a lot of fun with it. Although I normally ride a longer board, I reviewed the 150 cm board because of it being a flat kick with a larger centred-width. It felt longer than what I am used to riding (152-156cm), so the 150 cm is the right length for me for this specific boarder, as a 5’6 female/light-weight rider.
On the design side, Olive does a great job! The decks and bases on their snowboards and splitboards win points for originality and creativity. Bonus points for the kitten as Godzilla on the deck of the Murder Laser Kitten snowboard.
This board is at its best suited for cruising the mountain on a powder day. It’s fast, stable, smooth and fun to ride. It is, however, heavier than other boards I’ve ridden, but overall a solid all-mountain board. It didn’t work well for riding switch for me, but that may be because the centred width was too wide for my feet.
Since this is a backcountry-focused site, let's talk about performance beyond the boundaries. The Murder Laser Kitten is heavier than my regular board, but I didn’t notice the extra weight when I took it out on backcountry laps with approach skis or on a sled. The Murder Laser Kitten is a great board for advanced riders to use in the slackcountry, in the backcountry with assisted access and on groomers, all over the resort.
Price: $560 CAN
Lengths: 147, 150, 154, 158, 162, 164, 166cm
Waist Width: 24.6-26.2cm /
Contact Length: 110-127cm
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