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Snowboard Deck Reviews November 2010

12:44 5th November 2010 by Onboard Snowboarding
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Published in Onboard Magazine Issue 117, November 2010

Testing boards sure beats being in the office. Following on from our testival at the shops first try, we headed to Kaunertal’s spring paradise at the beginning of may to demo more decks at the UK snowboard test.

Rome graft 158

ROME
Graft 158

ALSO AVAILABLE IN: 149, 151, 153,155,160
CAMBER: REGULAR
€439.90

You could feel the pop and grip of the positive camber straight away but it was still playful – fi le this under ‘B’ for Buttery. It immediately felt like a true twin too, so if you’re a guy who just rides forwards it’s maybe not for you but for people wanting to get their freestyle on all over the shop this would be a great choice. Felt a bit on the short side for a man of my 13-odd stone – possibly due to the twin shape – but it was a lively fun shred nonetheless. Quick enough edge-to-edge but with a stable platform for stomps, and feeling tech without smashing the transfer record, this is bang-on for freestylers wanting to have it wherever. TC

K2 Turbo Dream 159

K2
Turbo Dream 159

ALSO AVAILABLE IN: 153, 156, 161, 157WIDE, 160WIDE, 164WIDE
CAMBER: ALL TERRAIN ROCKER
€539.95

You know when you fi nd a board that just seems to fit you like a glove? This is it for me. “Amazing,” and “The perfect all-round board” were all I managed to scribble down before forgetting to write anything more and just enjoying the ride. K2 seem to have nailed the reverse camber playfulness mixed with response and another thing that came to mind was it was both super light and super quick. Wille’s gone for a directional twin for his umteenth pro model and it certainly feels like he’s struck gold with the perfect board for anyone taking on any terrain, bar hardcore jibbers. TC

Nitro T1 159

NITRO
T1  159

ALSO AVAILABLE IN: 149,153, 156, 152WIDE, 155WIDE, 158WIDE
CAMBER: FLAT
€399.95

I have to fess up to being a fl at camber fan. Don’t think that I am biased towards Nitro’s T1, as it was this board that converted me into one in the first place. This zero camber true twin park board is a playful tool with a lot of pop and very good edge control. I charged down fast on it, I experienced a surprisingly good fl ow in powder, and I hammered it over the fl at rails in the beginner’s park – all in one day and without any major objections. The soft flex and extra thick edges make it the perfect tool for some jib action but the board has also good edge control and snap for getting serious on the booters. UK