“This board was pure bliss in snowboard form,” one tester panted, goggles fogged and beard frozen. “Board weight is centered, and it was a surprising carver. Weight it back and it became a surfy, playful machine.” Taro Tamai put rocker in the nose and ran camber from under the front foot to the tail.
Apply forward pressure and the nose lifts to float on top while the cambered center reacts oppositely, pushing edges into the slope. It turned as fast as riders told it to, railing edges and carving hard at one moment, then dipping in and out of turns “with dolphin-like grace” the next.
The tail lifts just enough to pop and provide an unexpected place to store landing gear. At times some felt they would lose it in the backseat, but the Hornet came through, holding steadfast. The short length was off-putting yet rode longer and with more agility than most expected.