First this question is for my husband. We wanted to know if anyone has had any experience with the Voile 178 Split swallowtail; the pros, cons or any informative info. would be great. He is about 5,10" and 180# and currently rides a 162 Arbor. Will it be difficult to turn in trees?
Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:43 pm Posts: 442 Location: Western Washington
I've got 2 days on swallowtails, one on my own Nitro, and one at splitfest on the 178. It is THE tool for deep powder and you may find yourself going too fast on the steeps. They are just hilarious to ride in those conditions. The float is never ending. In trees, if they are spaced out reasonably, it is no problem at all to swing around and maintain good speed. When the trees tighten up, it becomes more work, and you have to stay on top of it. I will confess to trimming some of the branches off of those aspens down low on the way out! The only downside to a swallowtail is the tail, if you plan on airing out, or skidded stops on harder snow, you could hurt those unsupported tails. And no fakie riding.... but if you are serious about pow, you just gotta get one, it may change how you think about deep stuff.
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