We have survived the technological uprising in snowboarding that led to the alternate camber wars, we’ve surpassed the fast entry binding crusades, and even lived through the multiple prophesied down sized dooms days. We’re at a point where technology and progression are going hand in hand which some might view as stagnation because it seems no one is thinking outside the box. As much as this might be the thinking with the big companies, it’s the ones on the fringe that have definitely left the box in search of the ‘Next Big Thing’.
This is where Torqrex Snowboards creative minds are at. This Japanese brand is thinking so far out the box one can only question the practicality of some of the technologies they are introducing.
Tip shapes generally cause people to inquisitively look at a board and think that’s where the tech story is, but as you can clearly see that center cut begs for answers. The tip shape is a knock off on the Rome Hammerhead that was inspired by Christian Hosoi’s skateboard shapes.
According to rough Google translations this notch in the sidecut is to help with torsional control as well as allow the rider to drive the edge into the ground easier.
While some companies are experimenting with triples these guys decided to just crank it right up to 11 and go for the quad camber.
After viewing their video it seems that double flat kick creates a serious hinge point for tailblocks.
Is this model the most technologically advanced snowboard on the planet? Well on paper it might be, but then once you dive deeper into the Torqrex stable of boards you can discover there is still more untapped technology potential.
Their Tsuchino Convex model takes the 3D base trend design to a whole new level. They also offer a more simple 3D design on their Scratcher board as well.
While this may have been designed by a engineer one has to ask if this is practical or has ever been thoroughly tested. Which leaves us with the question are the Japanese ahead of the future trends in snowboarding technology making them visionaries, or is this someones pipe dream of attempting to reinvent the proverbial wheel? If anyone has ridden this please comment, the world needs to know if these actually ride well.