Donek Snowboard Review

Riding the Donek Twin.
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Joel Cedric says:

hey, ryan! thanks for the videos! i just wanna compare my stance width with yours so i’m wondering how tall are you?

Jesse Luikinga says:

Thank you Ryan, was very curious about your board. Allthough I wonder with what board width I’ll end up with with a US 12 bootsize and want to carve as deep as you…… Maybe I’ll start sharpening a surfboard!

Jacob Pry says:

does my board need to be wider than my feet in order to do a euro carve

Костя Шишкин says:

Ryan, hello from Rissia. What’s the shape of this board? Camber, rocker, rockember? Is it Directional twintip or true twintip? And what is the flex point from 1 to 10? Tnx a lot.

Cichlid Bro says:

nice review matched overtop some great footage!

norwegiansnowjob says:

I’m trying to imagine how a 30.5 would feel in powder. It sounds like it would have awesome float…

MiniKodjo says:

does he work for the company or he is just sponsored?

mougabo says:

So I have been doing some research and there is no asymmetric board with a 30 cm wide waist, do you have any thoughts on asymmetric boards and carving vs non-asym?? another question, which camber profile did you ask for?

Get Famous OR DIE TRYING says:

if you ride a wide board and wear 8.5, what does that say if I wear a 12??

Quirin Pfaff says:

loved the video. your just so fluid…
may i ask how tall you are and what your weight is? that board specs sound just so crazy to me.
i ride since 1990 and never heard of a board with that specs. i have size 11,5 boots and ride boards from 25cm WW to like 27cm max… maybe i should reconsider…
i think i heard you say that you ride 15 -15 but what stance width?

1carus John says:

Ryan, just spent 4 days working on my carves — just a huge thanks for all your info. One issue I have is sliding out on my heel edge. I prob don’t have my HB’s pitched forward enough yet but I did get some success by moving my back binding back by one set of holes — so not strictly riding bang centre on my board, do you ride set back at all on your back binding – it kinda looks like you do? Again like so many on here, really appreciate your time and effort.

Johnny-Anthony Khawand says:

I noticed at the end of the video that your rear leg is extended from the ankle up, you have this stance most of the time while riding? I have a similar position because i try to position my body as if my both angles are positive to go at higher speed but i am ending up with my ankle hurting for couple of days after a day of snowboarding.

Pabstat Pabst says:

Awesome board, obviously….but as the widest non-custom build board around is a 28,5 Waist…..still gotta struggle with US 14 Boots :-(. Anyway, more videos please! Always enjoy watching them and get me motivated going up the hill even weather aint that good…thx! 🙂

Auta W Pigułce says:

How do you like gimbal ? There is newest one, wearable gimbal and you can put it everywhere where you can put normal gopro. Check this out, you’ll like it trust me ;D I really love your style of riding, i would like to ride one day like you. How long have you been riding snowboard and could you give me some advise of how to start flat tricks ? (i’m a little bit scared from snowparks which is stupid because i used to train gymnastics but also i think that flat tricks are funnier).

Albert Calsina says:

30 cm of waist lenght, that’s insane!! Most boards have like 25-26. How come you need a board that wide?

Денис Калугин says:

Another great inspiring video to enjoy! Thanks, Ryan! Cannot wait for holidays to ride.

Reid Bowie says:

What’s the tip and tail width???

Fabien Cazenave says:

Great review! After years trying to find the widest possible board (currently rigind a 28.5 cm waist) and fitting my feet in the tightest possible boots, you’re the first rider I “meet” who values the point of really wide carving boards. I want a 30cm-wide board too! Seems like my next board will be a Donek.

If more snowboarders find your riding style as inspiring as I do, maybe we’ll get cheaper bigfoot-carving boards someday…

Side question, what bindings do you use to have enough lever on such wide boards?

Sarah Bailey says:

Ryan, I love your videos! The first one I watched was how to really really carve and it really really helped! Want to put all your tutorials into practice but I only get to board one week a year (a problem of living in England and not being super rich). I never subscribe to stuff on youtube, but to you sir, I do, I’m always blown away by your edge control! OK thats is enough blowing smoke up your backside, us brits do really do compliments, we prefer friendly insults usually! Keep posting and maybe invest in a lily camera!

Sam Fullick says:

Ryan your style is epic, hope to ride like you one day.
Do you ride park?

Van Kham says:

great skill. nice ride.

cdwellr says:

Have you ridden that board in any bowls yet? Would love to see a tutorial on riding bowls. Your vids are informative and entertaining. Keep up the great work.

SS k says:

Do you have any problem riding wide board in very icy condition ? Not really if it ever gets too icy in colorado. Wide boards are great for carving for me also most of the time until it gets really icy. I just dont feel like i get enough leverage on heelside when I stop . By icy I mean very icy on northeast. Widest I have is ride yukon 169 27cm waist. Not really sure what the equivalent waist width would be on 160cm board. I wear size 11 .

Stevie Wonder says:

Hello Ryan. How does a board like this ride pow and steep terrain? And over park jumps? I like the idea of a true twin all mountain board that will shred everything. I’m seriously considering a donek

Jeff Stillwell says:

sorry if I missed it in the comments… but what type of camber did you go with?

aistis72 says:

Thanks Ryan for great review, so you wear 8.5 size boot what in Europe mode? Also what stiffines your board in scale of 10? Appreciate if you answer

LAZER1986 says:

Ok so you ordered yourself a single radius, rather than a progressive one(donek offers them too)). Did you order inserts to be moved forward off the vertical center line? (I remembered that from one of your videos of unity board, and ordered myself the same) Have you asked for a carbon strings to be put in the board and where? Reveal some spoilers from the next video, haha:P

Raymond Lim says:

How much overhang do you get?

Roman Blecha says:

Hi Ryan, is this board still a camber or did you switch to other type or hybrid? 🙂
keep shredding like a king 😉

Jonathan Schwadron says:

are the contact points detuned?

hee ya Jang says:

와우 대다나다

Ka Ying Mok says:

Hi, Ryan. What is the angle (I guess you input max 85 degree) you input into the formula to arrive at the width of your new board?

Eric Kim says:

Hi Ryan, I really enjoy your videos. I am looking everywhere for the type of board (rocker, camber, hybrid) you are riding. I know what brand, the Donek Twin, but it doesnt have much detail on the website either. I see you are carving beautifully, but also awesome with the buttering also. So my two questions would be… 1. type of board (rocker, camber, hybrid) 2. Flex of the board (Flexible, Medium, Hard)

Thanks in advanced, keep shredding!

Daniel Busby says:

In Japan a company called BC crave is popular you can get a nice thick board on the market with them. Have a look

SS k says:

How is the flex compared to Custom X 159W?
Did you do ask for anything special for the flex?
Just curious if it would be stable at higher speed.
I am actually surprised the board does not look that wide compared to your boots.
thanks in advance

kurt qler says:

Ryan best carver

Tunyacsap Hofi says:

+Ryan Knapton, cool and useful vid as usual, thanks for sharing! i’ve been riding 10+ years but still could not find the proper board for myself, this might be the solution, a custom board, but a ‘bit’ expensive to find the fine one on the try and fail way :/ as you said, we are different, so the board matches to your needs might not fit for other even with the same body, style, etc. parameters, anyway, will you please share your body params, I saw your boots are 8.5 but what about your height and weight? TIA!

Abrax Swoard Poland says:

Hi Ryan! GREAT movie. This is my favourite one! 🙂 Keep it up! I became your true fan some time ago and I’m still learning my switch cut turns but it takes so much time that I think that catching you may take forever… Looking forward to ride with you somewhere there whenever will it be 😉

Денис Калугин says:

Ryan, why are your vids so short? It would be nice to have over 10 min of wonderful riding!

Mok Jordy says:

ryan, as they can gradually change the side radius from the tip to the tail for you to give a more circular turn shape for free carver, what is the reason for you to keep a constant sidecut radius?

Rasheed Abiola says:

Hey Ryan, cool videos. Just curious, how tall are you and how much do you weight and did you take this into account for you specs. I’m looking strongly and buying the Knapton Twin from Donek.

Terra Shaide says:

I just got my custom Donek. I’m 6’2″ with boot size 11(m).
L: 160cm
W: 30cm
SC: 8.7m
Stance: 63cm

Previous board is a Ride Agenda (I don’t ride “women’s boards” – I’m too tall and they all suck anyways) so this custom build was a really good option for me. The adjustment period to the new width was about 3 runs in the morning. Then, the rest of the day was an absolute dream.

Real girls don’t ride snowboards, we ride Ultra Great Boards(TM) like Ryan!

Thanks Ryan!

Gérard Philipp says:

Hi Ryan, I am in the process of ordering a customized Incline Donek. I wonder about your comment concerning the waist of 30.5 is difficult. Is this meant in relation to your boot size of 8.5 (26.5 cm) ? Because I have boot size 11 (29 cm ) so as such my board would need 33 cm waist!
I looking for the same board as yours, so up scaling your board specs to my body , would that work? Does 33cm make sense?

Kevin Vu says:

I just got back fr keystone! I was trying the superman carves but I can’t seem to get it.. I’m riding a burton descendant and I can carve pretty good with this beginner/intermediate board and I can hit up to +40mph. is it bc the waist is too small? toe drag washing out my carves sometimes too once in awhile.. i’ll be back feb tho.! 152cm twin purepop camber waist I think is 23/24ish side cut 7.2

Jesse Luikinga says:

He Ryan, got an in-depth question for you here so it might sound weird at first. I’ve been doing some research lately and I believe that there is this golden rule of thumb considering stance width. Ofcourse everyone has their own style, so this mostly considers yours and the fact others also want to achieve this level of style and control.Since you’ve been riding for so long, I believe you’ve figured out this golden rule of thumb. Now for the question considering this, I’m really curious what your height, your stance width (center-bindings) and leg-length is. Because I truly believe, with your years of experience, you’ve figured out the best combination of these three and I believe that the combination of these three can be used as a sort of scale/ formula or rule of thumb to be applicable to other riders with other heights/leg-lengths. I think there is an optimal combination of stance width / leg length / angle of the anckles / weight to figure out ideal board length and binding setup to apply pressure in carves in the best possible way. This info would really help me since I’m consulting with Donek about creating a custom board.

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