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A good tradesman never blames his tools, but that saying doesn’t offer much condolence when you go boots-up after burying-nose right before that life-altering turn. This scenario is all too familiar for those who’ve ever tried to ride deep snow on inappropriate equipment.
Unlike your friend’s who’ve left you to dig your way out of that waist deep hole, we’re here to give you some insurance against this unfortunate experience ever happening again. What you see before you is a no-BS guide to the best boards we’ve ever ridden in Japan. If you’re going to bet on a horse, make it a good one, and these boards are bloody thoroughbreds when it comes to powering through Japanese pow. Go on, take a tip from us and watch this guide presented by Rhythm Snowboard shop or alternatively read on.
Man and his machine, Richie Carroll knows the importance of selecting the right craft for Japanese Pow. Image:: Finnegan Laver
1. 2017 Burton Modified Fish
Find lines on the trail map or deep in the woods with this highly versatile and user-friendly appropriation of the fish surfboard. This Modified version takes the proven performance of Burton's regular Fish board and incorporates a more playful feel not too dissimilar to your favourite fish surfboard in your summer quiver. The loose and surfy feel is achieved thanks to a reduced sidecut and more centred (but still directional) stance, which makes this board a friendly alternative for anyone seeking soft turns.
2. 2017 GNU Mullair
The Gnu Mullair is Nicolas Mullers very first pro-model. And what's good enough for Nicco is good enough for you, considering he's been putting out video parts for nearly 20 years.This is an aggressive hard charging directional board that rides switch as easily as regular (Hence the yin-yang symbols) though you wouldn't realise it by looking at the shape. It rides fast for anyone who wants quick edge-to-edge carving. This board dominates technical terrain like gullies, chutes, and ice but also makes light work of more forgiving terrain like open fields loaded with bottomless pow.
3. 2017 YES 420
Take what you know about powder boards and toss it out the window, because the YES 420 does away with any powder board preconceptions. The stocky outline of this deck distributes volume to areas which enhance float and stability. Its tapered shape along with the boards outline makes up for the smaller surface area, making it comparable to a board that’s 10cm longer. With reduce mass and swing weight, this thing can be tossed around the tree’s and will keep its neck up and above in the deepest pow but still perform on the hardback.
1. 2017 Endeavor Diamond
The Diamond is seriously a girl’s best friend. You don’t need any other deck if you have this one. The All Terrain Freestyle 3D Camber (the contact points are bent up) is the ultimate 3D base on the market. The 3D areas at the contact points eliminates edge hook and creates a much looser, fun ride while being aggressive when you need it.This board is waiting to be unleashed on park jumps, backcountry booters, freestyle or all mountain. The Diamond doesn’t discriminate, it destroys.
2. 2017 Burton Family Tree High Spirits
A powder board tuned specifically for women, with the effortless float and surfy feel that powder hound-ettes crave. So you’re dreaming of untouched pow turns - you’ve caught the bug - here’s your board. Let this more aggressive surf machine lift your mind, body, and soul to a higher (and deeper) plane of existence. Developed in collaboration with Kelly Clark and Kimmy Fasani, its tapered shape and Directional Bend deliver a surfy, quick-turning, and floaty feel that flows with ease through natural terrain.
Extruded vs Sintered Bases
There are basically two major types of snowboard bases- extruded and sintered. Both types of bases are made from high-density polyethylene otherwise known a P-tex. P-tex allows the snowboard base to channel air, snow and water, which gives the board glide and allows it to turn smoothly. P-Tex is designed to work with snowboard wax and each type of base, extruded and sintered, reacts differently with the wax.
Sintered bases have tiny pores across the entire length. Sintered bases are ideal for wax because the pores between the pressure-fused pellets hold the wax in place and help it stick to the base of the snowboard. When waxed regularly, sintered bases are much faster than extruded bases. Sintered bases can also be harder to repair than extruded bases.
Extruded snowboard bases tend to be more durable and cheaper to make than sintered bases. Extruded bases are not porous and do not hold wax as well as sintered snowboard bases. As a result, an extruded base will be much slower than a properly maintained, and waxed, sintered base. On the other hand, an extruded base will be much faster than an un-waxed sintered base
If you are a Rhythm member you can take 10% off the price of a board and if you go overseas you can get your tax back at the airport. Our snowboard shop crew live and breath snowboarding, if you want a new board but you're unsure on what would suit you give the shop a call and have a chat to one of snowboard shop guys, after a few questions sussing out what type of rider you are they'll be able to recommend a board to suit your riding.
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