Best Men’s Powder Snowboards 2015-2016
Words: Scott Yorko
This board didn’t stay on the rack for long. Everyone wanted a go on Taro Tamai’s elegant creation out of Niseko, Japan, where deep powder riding is an art form that riders seek with humble intent. With a blunted shovelnose and mellow sidecut back to the tail, it was nice and soft for consistent flex while turning at mid- and lower-range speeds. It also performed well in the chunder and laid down smooth, long carves on the open faces.
Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)
154 — 7150mm — 25.8
Camber: Powder camber (flattens to zero once weighted and nose rises)
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)