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    the.big.van
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    Revelator BC review,

    I was fortunate enough to demo/test this board from mid-January to the end of the season (30-40 days on this board). I thought this would be good to great idea (like a few others on the site); called Voile to see if they would make it, discovered they already had, and I was able to play with one in the Tetons.

    I have the 165, and from what I can see is the same as the production model out now.

    The overall shape of the board is really clean. Quick edge-to-edge and stable. The taper is right on as well as the waist/nose for float. I was lucky that for the most part this board only saw moderate to deep snow, and some harder snow that had not softened. The rocker/camber profile compliments the shape, I was concerned about no tail rocker (I had kinda gotten used to that), but the shape and taper seemed to eliminate that concern so far.

    I am not a huge cap construction fan, but this cap design is beefier than caps I have seen/used/broken in the past. The weight savings in the core and construction is definitely noticeable, without feeling too flexy.

    The main reason I wanted this board was the scales. I am mostly in Grand Teton park, and that means approaches—some long some not so long , but flat to rollers in and out. I have become pretty good at exiting in ski mode without skins, so the exit was not a big deal but going in without skins seemed like a winner (It is). The scales will not climb steep, they will keep weight off (no skins) and allow for more glide in a track or on flats breaking trail in or out. Crossing Jackson Lake with this board (3 mi flat) was the easiest ever.

    When I called to see if they would make the board, my thoughts were not wall to wall scales (also mentioned by others here). Found out I did not have any option, and think for the most part the scale pattern on the board works well. Any less and the climbing and kick-and-glide would suffer. A smaller scale pattern would allow for more glide, most noticeable in warmer snow and when traversing in board mode. In fall line descending, the scales are not noticeable. One plus that I did not expect, when exiting over rollers and still riding, but not having enough speed to make the up, the scales grab so you do not lose ground. A couple of pole plants/scooches means a lot less effort than getting to your toe edge and hopping as in the past.

    The other surprise was in skiing out, although at times a bit slower, I was in more control and seemed more efficient. When rollers roll up and you would have to side step or herringbone, I could just walk up with less effort and away you go. When it was too steep to walk, side stepping was easier as you had purchase and that makes the free heel less of an issue.

    The canted pucks are more comfortable. The channel system is easy and quick.

    If your area has some walking to the up, I think this is a great alternative, wanted to get to Rogers last year, but bailed on avy conditions, will try again this year as this would be great for the Asulkan and Connaught drainage. Post questions if ya gottem. greg

    #678106
    Taylor
    792 Posts

    Good review. Thanks. I hadn’t considered that scales could improve scooching. Did you have any trouble with skins adhering to the scales, or with snow jamming between the skins and scales?

    @sun_rocket

    #678107
    the.big.van
    15 Posts

    The skins and scales get along fine, I had no issues with skins staying on the board.

    #678108
    iriecoyote
    291 Posts

    Thanks for putting up the quality review. The fish scale concept is something that I’ve wanted on the long approaches around central Oregon. This board is on my short list despite being so ugly. I’m not one to sticker up my boards but with this one will get a full treatment if I get one.

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