The Curated Take
I purchased this board two seasons ago as a last-minute decision to join buddies on a backcountry cabin trip. I have several years of experience as a backcountry skier but little experience in splitboarding at the time. Little did I know that this board would quickly become my favorite board. I am a hard-charging kind of rider who will put in the extra work to slash a pow stash or drop a pillow line. Other boards in my quiver include the Burton Custom X and the like. I was nervous that the Backwoods wouldn't be stiff enough for me. Turns out, that with the 10 mm setback and the volume taper, this board has all of the stability that I'd ever need without compromising on its natural playfulness. It holds an edge as well as any board I've ever ridden, slashes pow like a powder-specific board, and is by far the most nimble board in the trees or at high speed that I've ever experienced.
- Stable at speeds and in variable conditions
- Nimble and Maneuverable
- Excellent float in Deep Powder
- Heavy for long tours
- Short tail reduces performance on switch riding
The Backwoods is a powder & freeride hybrid that prefers trees, powder and steeps. Like most powder boards, the Backwoods has a very wide nose and a tapered tail, but it differentiates itself with a mid-stiff flex, our Freeride camber-dominant profile and only 10mm of setback. This combination keeps the board nimble in trees, reliable on crud, and floaty in deep snow. A powerful core of poplar and bamboo stringers helps keep this board smooth and surfy while tip to tail carbon stringers give it a little extra pop. The castor bean based, Rugged Nylon topsheet, helps shed snow and adds durability while the Sintered 4001 base provides top of the line speed in a minimalist black design to create seamless repairs. All of this helps the Backwoods to slay pow while still performing in variable conditions as you hop from pow stash to pow stash.