Bow to Bavaria. Volkl steps up and stands out with this year’s tip-top-of-the-line Aircore model. The board’s name does in fact refer to its core. The Aircore, made from wood pulp, is an exclusive technology that offers dynamic snap yet retains the dampening qualities of wood.

There is more, however, to this board than the core. The Aircore utilizes Volkl’s 3-D sidecut to maintain edge contact over the length of the board while it’s in a turn, and halfcap contruction-a blend of cap and sandwich.

The Aircore won the praise of testers looking for stability. J2 touted it, saying, “Does everything well. Felt comfy at speed.” Kurt nailed it as a “stable cruiser. Flex lends itself to versatility and fun riding.” Wendy joined in, noting the board’s solid appeal for high-speed and big-mountain freeriding: “Too stiff for the pipe, though.”

A pair of riders mentioned that the Aircore felt long or big. Better suited to strong riders who can take advantage of the technology.