Tapering a board is a classic tool in a free-ride designer’s tool chest. Pulling the tail width in narrower than the nose helps with floatation in powder and stability at speed. Problem is, they tend to wash-out or can be overpowered on the exit of turns.
We really like to turn. David really loves to turn. Turning is fun. So we came up with a way to fix it. Tapered UnderBite segments the Pick Your Line’s sidecut into three equal lengths. Each of these lengths step inward by a couple mm’s while remaining parallel to the corresponding side. Because the sidecut remains parallel and is not actually tapered (or “pulled-in”), the edges remain fully engaged with the snow when under power. We also tweak the dimensions of each segment so that it gets more aggressive towards the tail.
You get the same directional drive and float you expect from a tapered board, but with incredible edge hold and a lively snap out of every turn.
Similar looking to “wings” or bumps on a surfboard, it functions a little different on snow. Each side the board’s effective edge is segmented into 3 distinct parts. Beginning at the nose, the sidecut is approx. 8 meters radius. At the front binding area, the edge steps inward by 2mm, the sidecut changes to approx. 7 meters and continues with that radius until the rear insert pack. Then, the edge steps in again 2mm and the sidecut tightens to approx. 6 meters. Traditional “tapered boards” take the full sidecut and pull the tail inward, which is away from the arc of your turn – this is why they tend to wash out under hard carving. The Tapered UnderBite corrects this by: 1) keeping the sidecut parallel to its corresponding one on the other side of the board. 2) Increasing the sidecut depth as you move towards the tail creating a corrective “hook” to the taper. The board blends into turns effortlessly, has the directional drive and float you’d expect from a tapered board, but it holds an edge and rockets out of turns like nothing else.
We’ve re-designed the PowerDrive core from last year evolving the original idea into what we call Carbon PowerDrive. The Optimistic begins with the same Poplar and Bamboo core featured on the Standard and TDF. The PYL begins with a lighter weight Poplar and Paulownia composition. On both models, we then mill two custom programmed channels about 30mm in from the edge, running parallel to the sidecut.
Inserted into these channels are pre-bent bamboo stringers wrapped in carbon. The end result is a highly responsive core that precisely matches and compliments the outline of each board. From intuitive turn initiation, solid edge hold and explosive release, the PowerDrive core is constantly active.
Just like it says. Pellets or course powder is pressed until it forms a solid. There are several suppliers for our entire industry and they each have different codes for them, depending on the color and transparency. These codes can make it seem like you’re getting many different kinds and grades of sintered but they’re all pretty much the same as far as you and I will ever tell. True Sintered is harder and more expensive than extruded and it can be faster for those that ride aggressively fast. But to do that, it needs to be waxed and prepared for local conditions.
|Board Length (cm)||Tip Length (cm)||Tail Length (cm)||Effective Edge (cm)||Contact Length (cm)||Waist Width (cm)||Tip Width (cm)||Tail Width (cm)||Rocker / Camber (cm)||Side Cut (cm)||Ref. point (cm) (in)||Ref. Stance Setback (cm)||Min Stance Width (cm) (in)||Max Stance Width (cm) (in)|
|156||33.5||21.5||116||101||25||29.99||29.44||R1/C4/R2||7.6 / 6.7 / 5.8||57.15 - 22.5||1||51.2 - 20.1||63.2 - 24.9|
|159||34||22||118||103||25.3||30.32||29.76||R1/C4/R2||7.8 / 6.9 / 6||58.42 - 23||1||52.4 - 20.6||64.4 - 25.4|
|160 Wide||34||22||119||104||26||31.1||30.55||R1/C4/R2||7.8 / 6.9 / 6||58.42 - 23||1||52.4 - 20.6||64.4 25.4|
|162||34.25||22.25||120.5||105.5||25.5||30.63||30.07||R1/C4/R2||7.95 / 7.05 / 6.15||59.69 - 23.5||1||53.7 - 21.1||65.7 - 25.9|
|165||35||22.5||123||107.5||25.8||31.03||30.47||R1/C4/R2||8.1/7.2/6.3||60.96 - 24||1||55.0 - 21.6||67.0 - 26.4|