APO’s history is steeped in the backcountry – Apocalypse Snowboards, as the company was first known, was set up by French pioneer and star of the pow-heavy Apocalype Snow films Regis Rolland.
It would later be known as A Snowboards before finally becoming APO in 2003. Whatever its name, Rolland’s company has always considered the powder to be paramount; something that is certainly reflected in the APO Spray. With its setback stance, fat nose and rocker profile, this one is built for floating in the deep stuff. The 100% poplar wood core keeps it simple and lightweight under the hood, while giving it slightly more flex than some backcountry chargers. It’s got the chops for piste too, and features Apo’s new ‘Structurn’ dimpled base finish. This is especially effective in the wet, slushy snow you get in springtime, so will perform well even when there’s no freshies around.
“In powder this feels just like the APO Dragon does on piste: nimble and light. The huge, ballooned nose makes it almost unsinkable, but instead of powering you to the top like more aggressive pow boards it gently lifts you up, leading you forwards and letting you enjoy the ride. It’s quite thin underfoot which is great for the smaller-footed backcountry rider, and the light construction means you can have a lot of fun and scope for tweak whilst airborne, but it still gives you the length and stability when you land. Perfect in pow, average on piste, though you’d be daft to take it anywhere else.” – Sam McMahon