Boot Size: 9.5 | Height: 5'9 | Weight: 175 lbs
When Mikey and I started talking about shapes I was really leaning towards a powder board to compliment my current quiver. That said, I didn't want a board that would collect dust in my garage until we got a worthy storm. Immediately Mikey steered me towards this shape. At first I was suspect. Looking at it, mainly the taper and swallowtail, I couldn't wrap my head around it railing an edge on hardback. Man was I wrong. This board turned out being exactly what I was looking for. It made those deep bluebird days that much better and sliced through corduroy like a machete.
In powder the setback stance, 30mm of taper, and tail set you in the perfect position to ride with power and confidence without having to favor your back leg like on most twins or directional boards. The camber profile also provides float by raising the nose as you initiate each turn. Then there's its carving counterpart. On groomers and chunder the 8mm sidecut, biax glass and core profile (stiff tail, soft nose) give it the structure it needs to perform what I thought was the impossible- carving like a boss! This board has forever changed my view on snowboard shapes and what's possible. Mikey took me, someone who likes the freedom of riding switch and having a board that handles all conditions "good enough," and made me a swallowtail believer. This board didn't collect any dust last season, in fact It was often the deck of choice.
Topsheet Species: Beetle-killed Lodgepole Pine
Source: Mosquito Creek, Teton Pass drainage
Tree Coordinates: Private Property :)