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  • #809112
    Taylor
    774 Posts

    Furberg has announced its second significant design update since the gen 1 shape. They’ve reduced sidecut radii (but still 13-14 M for the larger decks), lengthened the rocker and reverse sidecuts (transitions from sidecut to shovel and tail), and further reduced their max board length offering to 170.

    http://furbergsnowboards.com/snowboards-and-splitboards/the-freeride-split/

    @sun_rocket

    #809147
    Maynardo
    12 Posts

    Very smart. I think I’m getting one. I always thought the 18m radius was a bit ridiculous and overkill for the purpose of their concept. It seems like this version is where it should have been in the first place with the 12.8m radius. And it’s not too wide. If only they would make them in carbon!! (I’m pretty vehemently against any splitboard over 7lbs but I gotta give this thing a try)

    (BGnight)

    #809150
    barrows
    1489 Posts

    I have been testing boards with a bunch of different radii over the last few years. I have ridden 20, 18, 16, and 14 M radius boards, along with the usual 8-10 M radius boards.
    I think the sweet spot for me for all around backcountry use is in the 14-16 M radius area. This allows for the feel, additional edge control on steeps, and more forgiving nature of the longer sidecuts, without loosing too much response at lower speeds on harder snow.
    Good chance I’ll be on one of these 2018 furbergs in a 165…

    #809177
    Taylor
    774 Posts

    I love riding each of the two previous generation shapes — especially the 20M gen one — and I’m glad I have one of each. I’m sure the gen three is also a very well thought out shape.

    @sun_rocket

    #815152
    permnation
    280 Posts

    I just received tracking info on mine. Should be here in time for the pattern change next week.

    #815175
    summersgone
    811 Posts

    @permnation, when you get out on it I’d love to hear how it compares to the Gen 1 and 2. I have no experience with Gen 2, but I like my gen 1 for those big mountain powder days. It is just so versatile, but sometimes I wish for a bit more carve turn. I assume they minimized the camber on this to almost flat? Should making skinning a lot better over the gen 1. For the 160 (my size bitches!) it weighs in at 7lbs, which is pretty respectable for a non carbon board.

    #815197
    Maynardo
    12 Posts

    Just received mine today after a long delay so you all should be getting yours soon. The board is beautiful. Flex feels mediumish, although I’m used to a Carbon flagship. Also, one of the nicest looking factory wax jobs I’ve seen on a new board. Still low tide in CA/NV so I might wait for one more good storm before I try it out.

    (BGnight)

    #815204
    Cbalke
    237 Posts

    I just received mine as well yesterday. I was surprised to see it delivered without a box and only wrapped with bubble wrap (not sure if the box was damaged at some point.) Thankfully there was no damage to the board.

    I’ll second what @maynardo said, the board is beautiful!! the 165 feels lighter than my 164 and I am excited to see how it compares. Until then, think cold storm thoughts.

    #815206
    permnation
    280 Posts

    Good to hear others are receiving their boards. Maybe the arrival of the furbergs will bring some snow and cold.

    @cbalke The box must have disintegrated during shipping.

    #815221
    permnation
    280 Posts

    1st initial objective impressions: The topsheet is unique to this generation. It has super-fine striations running the length of the board. As stated above the factory wax job is stellar (not something I usually care too much about, but it’s nice to see the attention to detail). The 165 split weighs in at 7lbs 2.4oz or 3243 grams. The camber will fit 2 dimes, so 2-2.5mm worth of camber. I’ll try to get some pics to compare the older generations to this new model.

    I hope to someday ride this board. Pattern change next week!

    #815243
    Taylor
    774 Posts

    I have two friends who received theirs. Neither was boxed. One had a big shipping scratch on the top sheet. Bummer. Initial resort riding reports are positive. Construction and finish looks great, and the shape lends to a more full shovel than the Gen 2 — a little more surface area a little farther forward — which I like.

    @sun_rocket

    #816016
    907splitboarder
    2 Posts



    Got my 170 Gen 3 and the Furberg skins out for four really good days of riding this weekend. Rode dust on crust, ice in the resort, some tight trees with 8 inches of fresh, a mellow couloir, and a couple spines with 2 ft. of blower pow, all in pretty cold (-5-15 F) temps. I upgraded from the 162 Gen 2. Here are some initial thoughts and points of comparison on the board and skins.

    -Improved topsheet finish that sheds snow even better than the Gen 2 topsheet
    -Softer tail and softer overall flex
    -Landings were a little washy, but moving my stance forward helped
    -Much better turning in trees
    -Almost carveable on the groomers, but not quite. Way more fun than the Gen 2.
    -The jump turn agility that defined the Gen 2 is reduced, but not gone (My longer board selection probably contributes to this, but I think the build is also a pretty major factor).
    -The incredible edge hold on steep hardpack that the Gen 2 has is reduced with the decreased sidecut
    -Skin glide is incredible. I got twice the distance gliding off a small hill as my partner on G3 High Tractions. Traction is just as good as G3 and Jones.
    -Tip and tail connectors are solid
    -If I can, I will always buy pre-cut skins from now on. The cut is so perfect and there is no hassle of riveting on a tail clip.
    -I have beef with the skin glue. You have to use skin savers, which are clear, blend in with the snow, and blow down the mountain if someone sneezes. It took 15 minutes of cussing at the bottom of a run to get them unstuck when I folded them glue to glue. The stickiness to the board is not as good as G3 in the cold. I am considering putting G3 glue on them.

    In conclusion, the board and skins are fantastic and I am very happy with my purchase, which arrived wrapped in glorious bubble wrap (I dont know why everyone is so upset about the bubble wrap, the 10 minuites it took me to pop all those bubbles was almost as fun as the first run). This build seems to compromise some of they key big mountain features to make a much better do everything board. It rode incredibly well in the trees and on the deep spines. I wish Furberg would have added this board to their lineup rather than replace the Gen 2. I will definitely be keeping my Gen 2 around for riding the steep gnar, but this board will probably become my daily driver.

    #816017
    907splitboarder
    2 Posts
    #816070
    Taylor
    774 Posts

    Thanks for posting up your thoughts. From all I’m gathering, they seem to have hit a sweet spot on this shape.

    Funny, I love railing my Gen 2 on groomers. It’s the hardest railing freeride board of its length that I’ve ever ridden – remarkable edge hold. One of my riding partners got the Gen 3. He was the national slalom champ back in the day. He’s turning that Gen 3 really hard. Watching him ride it, the board design looks very well sorted.

    Maybe it will snow this winter in my neck of the woods so that we can split.

    @sun_rocket

    #816077
    permnation
    280 Posts

    Maybe it will snow this winter in my neck of the woods so that we can split.

    Damn, this season has been beyond description bad, non-existent. It’s been Oct. since Oct. I had one short tour on the new 165, and it was really fun and makes me want to ride it again very badly.

    #816095
    permnation
    280 Posts

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    Furberg freeride atop the FWT podium at Kicking Horse.

    #816245
    Taylor
    774 Posts

    Cool. And, watching that would be an excellent snow-waiting activity; good tip!

    @sun_rocket

    #816315
    Maynardo
    12 Posts

    I test rode my new 161 furberg split at the resort today I decided it’s not for me. I’m sticking with the solution. If anyone wants to buy it let me know. It’s had 4 runs on groomers.

    (BGnight)

    #825022
    peacefrog
    376 Posts

    Did you unload your furberg?

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