Expert level freerider
Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"Easy float, let me hike, surf and play any terrain. I don't like a powder board to be too flexible, because I want to lay some trenches on the groomers too. When the snow starts falling in the evening, I get happily nervous for the next day."
My favourite freeride snowboards:
1. Jones Carbon Flagship
2. Nitro Mountain
3. Jones Flagship
To all my reviews
Thunder down in the backcountry
Head the Day is a pretty specific freeriders board. As a rider it is handy if you know what you are doing as the Day doesn't forgive a lot and needs effort to perform. Only floating is free of charge. Perfect on powder days with good sight and the mountain for yourself. Charge down in big powder lines and Head the Day destroys what ever comes in your way. Those qualities also rule some other aspects out, like comfort, relaxed riding. And short turns, playfulness through tight forests is not the favorite way to thunder down either. No problem, you know what you do get. And to leave no doubt in what terrain the Head the Day should be used, Head produces it such that you can make a splitboard out of it without totally ruïning the core. The Day is a 4 star board to me.
The big powder turns that Head the Day in the backcountry makes, are also possible on groomers. It does loose quality in carving on firm snow, but you'll be fine if you are an advanced boarder minimum. Even short work on pistes is not impossible, but it does require a lot of effort and energy. So, the fun is off-piste, when the floatation supplies the surf and on piste you just ride it to the lift to get up again. Originally apparently this Head the Day board was made for typical Japanese snow at only shorter lengths. And now produced at 161 cm too, it definitely suits snow in the european Alps as well, nice.
Head about the Day
"Built with the deep and steeps in mind THE DAY is an unstoppable powder hound. With a long floaty nose, short pintail and set back camber the board has the build to blast through powder and plenty of pop for big mountain trickery. It also has the benefit of being ‘Split Ready’, with a central bamboo stringer that when cut creates two sidewalls to protect the core from water.", says Head.
Amplid UNW8: fantastic freeride board, versatile and well balanced.
Flow Solitude: pretty similar, can be cut to a splitboard too.
Rossignol XV Magtek: good float and stiffer, high level all-mountain board.
Freeride snowboard Head the Day
"Float and surf at speed"
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