Board: United Shapes Deep Reach
Camber Option: Mellow camber with a lifted nose. AKA directional cam rocker.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis
My Weight: 195lb
Resort: Copper Mountain
Conditions: Bluebird skies, colder temps, knee deep pow, and perfectly groomed corduroy on the runs.
Flex: This board has a true middle of the road directional flex. This makes it versatile for any terrain in front of it. You get a softer nose then stiffening up through the middle to the tail. There’s a fair amount of torsional flex but not enough that you will be over powering or over-steering the board.
Stability: This board is super stable. The first thing you notice when you pick it up is how heavy it actually is, which is a surprise knowing how it’s designed. This helps with the stability. While it is a damp ride it’s not dead. This makes it more playful in variable terrain. Never once did I get bucked around with this board and it plows through chunder with ease.
Ollies/Pop: Having traditional camber really helps this board pop. Load it up and you’re golden. It snaps with ease and never takes any real set up.
Butterability: That nose is so much fun to lock into a butter with especially in fresh snow. This board just plays around with minimal effort. You do have to find the sweet spot and make sure you’re out over the tip to really get it to lock in. The tail while stiffer can still do some fun little slappies and gets sideways with ease.
Carving: This sidecut is dialed. It rails turns and feels locked in. Short tight quick set up turns really let you drive this board. While long drawn out carves let you send it hard through the arc with ease. Overall if you like carving, you’ll like this board.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s going to carve a groomer, send a sidehit, and slash the shit out of some pow.
Personal Thoughts: If you don’t know Copper or how wind impacts the way the snow falls you might have a bad time, I don’t have that issue. So getting into the goods of knee deep snow this board board was super fun. It slashed with the best of them. Then taking it through tight trees off and off natural hits it held its own. This board is playful where you want it but smooth and stable where you need it. United Shapes has a good thing going and this board fits the bill perfectly for those looking to explore and expand their horizons.