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Snowboard Deck Reviews January 2011

23:28 4th January 2011 by Onboard Snowboarding
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Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 119, January 2011

Our team of winter-hardened hacks took time out from the daily grind to work on the bases of the some 10/11 sticks: this is what they came back with…

K2 Darkstar 159

K2 Darkstar 159

LeNGtHS: 149/152/154W/155/157/157W/159/160W/163W
SHaPe: ZERO CAMBER
PrICe: 399.95€

The first thing I noticed when I strapped this board on was its great broken-in feel. The next thing I realised was that this is the perfect tool for anyone going big, be it in the park or in the backcountry. It has an awesome pop, excellent stability, and benchmark edge control. I sent it over a natural jump into a powder fi eld and both the board and me loved it. Alas, I would not recommend it for impressing your mates with your jib skills, as it is a little stiff around the waist. But why would you want to? The Darkstar is for the chargers out there. For everyone else there’s the Parkstar. Man, these K2 guys got it dialled… – UK

Nidecker Legacy 158

Nidecker Legacy 158

LeNGtHS: 155/158/159XL/163XL/165XL
SHaPe: DIRECTIONAL CAMROCK
PrICe: 399.00€

If you’re a savvy shred head who needs a solid ride for hitting the pro line and rides aggressively, without wanting to go overboard on the price, this would be a decent board to look at. It felt pretty damned stiff right off the bat so not something you should look at if you want to have fun cruising, it’s built to be solid at speed and it ploughs through the crud and slush. Switch was Ok but I found it hard to go from edge to edge unless you were blasting it. Butters and minishred? No. Tanking it? Yes. – TC

Imperivm Elvira Phoenix RC 149 Phoenix RC 149

IMPERIVM ELVIRA PHOENIX RC 149 PHOENIX RC 149

WOMeN’S aLL MOUNtaIN LeNGtHS 143/146 /149
SHaPe: TWIN TIP ROCKER
PrICe: 349.00€

Imperivm’s take on reverse camber boards for women is a really good ride, even for riders who are not that crazy about rocker boards like myself. The Elvira Phoenix provides a good all around freestyle feel; it is reactive but forgiving at the same time, comfortable on hardpack, smooth on trannies, does a very decent job in a few inches of freshies, and as with every Impervm board I’ve ridden, it’s base is as fast as hell! Also, it feels good to have a toy that is at the same time a sick piece of street art. – EMG

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