Advanced+ all-mountain boarder
Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"Which board has the highest limits on every terrain? Push and enjoy it to the max everywhere. Adrenaline comes from sharp long carves till blinding amounts of fresh snow in the woods. All-mountain snowboards should be able to handle it all."
My favourite all-mountain snowboards:
1. Nitro Pantera
2. Amplid UNW8
3. Capita Supernova
To all my reviews
Versatile good board
West La Hache (tested length: 163 cm) is the flagship snowboard of the relavite new and small brand WEST. I'll give it away: testing the La hache has resulted in a 4.5 star rating as an all-mountain snowboard for me. Good and very versatile, the La Hache feels at home in any snowcondition.
The board is stiff enough to carve and hold it's radius (7.8 meters) with medium power. At the same time La Hache is not so tough that it would hold unlimited and be a carve board only. In that sense the WEST La Hache offers enough forgivingness so that advanced level riders can enjoy it on pistes. The rocker parts in tip and tail aren't annoying when riding the La Hache on firm prepared groomers. The medium camber in the middle section of the board gives bite to the board, which makes it feel alive and rewarding. No extreme rebound and pop that it is hard to control, but fun. The stiffness still makes a serious nice board for me on the prepared slopes, where it is versatile in maneuverability, carve and stable speed qualities. I had the 163 cm to test and still the La Hache was easy maneuverable. In the current market maybe unusual, but a longer version of the La Hache might suit the larger rider too (I am 181 cm). For now, if you want to buy the WEST La Hache and you are an advanced rider, I wouldn't go too short.
A friend you can trust
The West La Hache holds well in slush and crud. With the power inside the middle section and rocker tip it is well balanced to comfortably crush the snow and push it aside. Once you hit the moguls the rocker tip makes the ride flexible enough to go fairly easy over them. For floatation the rocker ends are sufficient as well. No need to hold back, this La Hache is comfy in any snowcondition. It makes the board extremely versatile without extremes in any snow, well balanced, nice. The WEST La Hache helps you as much as it can, without being bored. An everybody's friend you can trust as long as you are not an extreme seeker.
WEST about the La Hache
"LA HACHE is WEST’S flagship snowboard. With a focus on polyvalence and performance, it's a true all terrain board. This year, La Hache comes with a new construction, featuring 2 carbon stringers added from tip to tail to support the wood core. This offers the same lively flex but adds extra response and provides a longer lasting youth to the board. We also slightly modified the camber/rocker proportion for more edge grip and even better control!
"La Hache stands strong under your feet with a sharp shape."", says WEST. Well balanced, versatile all-mountain snowboard to me.
Nitro Highlander: compareable level, versatile and no extremes.
Nitro Woodcarver: for more piste orientated performance, in other words if you want to carve harder.
Rossignol XV Magtek: gives better big powder lines, maybe a bit less carve power on piste.
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