Very soft and choppy snow when I talked this skier into taping me…, so this run definitely doesn’t capture how good and smooth I’ve been riding on it the past 3 days. But it’s the only run I’ve had taped so far.
Board specs and extra info:
(Basically I really LOVED aspects on how the Donek Incline with a 9-11 VSR rode, so we kind of blended some of those aspects with the Twin (which is a much better shape for freestyle snowboarding than the Incline.)) (I’ll have a review on the Incline out in the fall).
Board: Twin, with a stiffer Incline core. (I’m fairly heavy at 220lbs and ride pretty aggressively. If you weigh less and dont ride as aggressively, this could very well be too stiff for other riders).
Length: 160 (length goes up to my mouth when standing).
Nose and Tail: both shortened 1 inch (from where they start to rise I think)… which gives a longer running length of 124 cm from 119 on my previous board. This extra length is noticeable with how well it holds an edge while carving.
Waist Width: 31.2 CM. (Up from last board of 30.5. I basically wanted no chance of booting out. As you my know, I’ve worked my way up in width of boards, going from a custom ‘wide’, of 25.8 to 27.5, to 29.0 to 30.5 and now 31.2. I don’t foresee needing to go wider than this, but I want to add, this is for how I ride and the width that I need to not boot out when I’m laying down turns. Even if you have bigger boots than the 8.5 US that I use, these crazy wide boards are probably too wide for most riders to enjoy! If you are struggling with ‘booting out’ when you are carving, that is when I recommend going wider, but I wouldn’t recommend jumping up to as wide as I use. Even with the 27.5 cm board I could carve way deeper than the 25.8, and I think that type of width would be a better place to start if your having ‘boot out’ issues. Definitely no reason to ride wider if you are not booting out.
Sidecut Radius: 9.8 m. (previously 8.7 m). Please don’t follow my lead on this unless you have tried and liked some bigger radius’s. I really think my previous 8.7 m would be better for 99.5% of riders. I wanted my turns to be bigger because it feels like it cuts across the hill and up too fast for me with carving at the speeds I generally ride at. Unless you are riding your sidecut hard enough to where you feel like your board wants to cut up the hill quicker than you would like it to, I wouldn’t go with my 9.8 m radius for a freestyle board with the exception would be if you are a pipe rider, in which case the Donek Transition with a bigger radius yet is probably worth looking at).
Inserts: Same reference stance, (Sean at Donek could tell you, but I’m not sure what the specs are), BUT, we added extra options on both the front and back to be able to move my stance extra far back and make a longer nose out of it on powder days. (Again, Incline inspired as I really liked the longer nose on that for powder days cuz of how it floated easier). This is an experiment, and I won’t know how well it does or doesn’t work until I get a pow day. 🙂 But the idea is to make my Twin into more of a ‘1 board quiver’.
Inserts also offset towards the toeside.
Topsheet: Carbonium (definitely recommend!) Black without any art as I plan on putting stickers on it.
Base Graphics: My ‘Next Level’ videos logo with Doneks Alpine logo. Symetrical on nose and tail to represent it being a twin. If I was an artist at all, it’d be rad to make some insane graphics on it as Donek specializes in making custom graphics too.
Music: Title: Mr FijiWiji – Stop At Nothing
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