Board: Slash Nahual
Camber Option: Zero Camber Rocker. Flat from the tail through the front insert pack with a rocker in the tip.
Bindings: K2 Lien AT
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 177lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies, warmer temps, soft hero snow, and just a little bit of wind.
Flex: This board is directionally stiff making it stiffer in the tail than in the nose. There is a bit of torsional flex which gives it some drive edge to edge.
Stability: This board is built for stability 100%. Charge hard, fast, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Whether pushing through a foot of fresh pow or a blown out mogul field it will plow through anything.
Ollies/Pop: This board has more pop than it did last year in my opinion. It just felt like it could snap off a side hit and want more. I found myself having to tone down the amount of load I would put into it to get the snap I needed.
Butterability: You really have to work to butter this board and I mean work. It’s not the most ideal board for buttering, unless you’re going fast and in a foot of snow or more.
Carving: Laying this sucker on edge was a breeze. It would initiate perfectly then snap right out of the apex of the carve and spring you over onto the next edge. Quick set up turns did take a bit more effort, but as long as you remained on point they were perfect.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s charging powder lines that are steep and aggressive who might need a deck that will survive the run out of a blown chunder field.
Personal Thoughts: Yes I know this board is suited more for powder, but Colorado decided to go all spring like and not give me the goods while testing this board. Which is fine as it redeemed itself from last years model which I thought was a turd. This board has life and is fun and aggressive.
Check out the past reviews of the 2016 Nahual.
Comparable Boards: Burton Gatekeeper, Ride Timeless, Rossignol Krypto
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This board was loaned to us for review from Slash Snowboards marketing department.