Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 am Posts: 1431 Location: Colorado
Thanks for the increase in clarity karkis, indeed my comment was not directed at Bobg. I have had pretty good access to some pretty good board campanies' designers over the years, having often been consulted for my opinion on board designs and testing, and I was speaking of my general experiences lately. In the old days, say the 80s and 90s, snowboard designers were very innovative, and were willing to try all sorts of things. Then something changed, and the ski companies became the ones who were leading the way in terms of innovative designs, and the snowboard companies just tended to make the same old design with new graphics. The snowboard companies added rocker, sometimes, but they did not, in most cases, fundamentally change the rest of the board to take full advantage of what rocker can do: this is why many rocker boards may not ride well. Besides furberg, I see the ski companies as now doing most of the forward thinking design, and taking most of the risks. I really like the furberg design, the only limitation is that it is not super good on the groomers, it is not designed for that, it will get you around the resort in search of softer snow without issues though, and it does handle very well on icy steeps (at least as well as any other board does). This is the same as the big freeride skis, they will get one around the resort to find the pow without a problem, one just cannot expect to be ripping up a bunch of short radius carved turns on the way. Of course, a full on race board does not do too well in the soft snow either. I would suggest that every splitter seek out a furberg for demo sometime, it is an eye opening experience riding one in any kind of off piste snow.