Board: Weston Japow
Camber Option: Slight camber into a rockered nose.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 188lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: 6 inches of fresh snow bluebird skies, warming temps, snow going from light and blower to heavy and thick.
Flex: Sometimes when you see a swallowtail of this type you instantly think it’s going to be stiff. Well relax, this board isn’t. Coming in at a little bit under a middle of the road you’ll notice that the tail is fairly soft which helps you do cut backs and sink it in deeper snow. The middle is probably the stiffest so you get some stability there underfoot when charging around. The nose has a fair amount of play.
Stability: With the wider profile and a little bit of camber you get some stability which helps you ride across uneven terrain. While this board is lively it does do a good enough job for keeping you on top of the snow when charging through a powder mogul field on the run out from a cliff drop.
Ollies/Pop: There isn’t too much snap in this board. The tail seems to flex a bit more after you load up the minimal camber zone making you have to really load the board up to get snap.
Butterability: I did a few pow butters, I noticed the tip does catch a little when you’re trying to get all spinny swervy on it. Then again, not really a board you want to go pow butter on all too much.
Carving: With the softer flex pattern you can really push into the board to do a deep cutback. The edge to edge transmission is fluid and flawless as you transition from toe to heel. When I wanted to rail a hard turn, this board would let me without any fear of driving into a carve.
Rider in Mind: The guy that wants a pow rocket that can handle steeps, trees, bowls, and flat pow.
Personal Thoughts: This board was fun for rallying around The Basin. Whether I was #sendingitfortheboys off rocks and cornices or just slashing pow and getting face shots in the bowl. It’s a definite quiver deck, but it’s solid. The tail sinks super easily due to the shape and flex pattern, which makes it ideal for those 10 plus inch days.
Comparable Boards: Snofisks The Deeps, Moss Swallow 62, Endeavor Archetype
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