Kazu's board is back with another Good Wood stamp of approval. And in case you weren't aware, this proclaimed powder board isn't just a deck you dig out when the snow stacks up. Sure, its rockered nose and slightly tapered tail are primed to keep you afloat, but its mid-stiff flex and predominantly positive camber profile make the Kazu an aggressive and snappy—at times playful—board that feels freestyle-oriented. As one tester mentioned, "It's definitely a charger that would suit the freestyle-minded rider looking for one board to ride everything from gnarly terrain, to pipe, to pow." From pointing it down steeps, to blasting sidehits and cat tracks, it proves much like the man himself—a stylish, freestyler who happens to prefer pow. But don't we all?
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
151 — 25.1
154 — 25.3
157 — 25.5
160 — 25.7
Camber: Alpine V3 (Lower-Body Camber with Reverse-Cambered Nose)
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "It's definitely a charger that would suit the freestyle-minded rider looking for one board to ride everything from gnarly terrain, to pipe, to pow."
Buying a new snowboard shouldn't be an arduous task. But with hundreds of options to choose from, narrowing down options can be an overwhelming process. The internal struggle boils down to the reality that these things aren't cheap. With that in mind, Good Wood's intent has always been to best serve you in your quest to purchase the deck most deserving of your money. This season, our diverse crew of testers returned to the steeps of Snowbird, Utah for the all-mountain category and the progressive features of Carinthia at Mount Snow, Vermont for the park division. In the end, we came back with a collection of boards that are worthy of TransWorld's esteemed Good Wood stamp of approval.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board’s performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.