YES waited until they found the right rider before releasing their first female-specific snowboard. Helen Schettini was the one who got the call after making a name for herself in Whistler and beyond, and her pro model proved an instant hit with advanced female riders upon its release last year. As should be expected in a backcountry freestyle stick, it’s a directional twin board that’s designed for a mixture of charging pillow lines and flying off natural features.
The flex isn’t extreme, but still delivers enough power and pop while maintaining a reasonable margin for error. Extra strength comes from beech wood sections under the inserts, with two different varieties of poplar (the stronger one where it’s needed, the lighter one elsewhere) rounding out the core. Each sidecut has two ‘overbite’ sections, where the edge protrudes out from underneath the bindings in order to increase grip on hard-pack. Unlike some similar systems, it’s also been specially designed to remain easy to tune. It’ll hold up well on piste, then, but really you want to get this into the powder whenever possible. Even if you’re not as adept in the steep and deep as Helen – most folk aren’t, regardless of gender – you could have an absolute blast on this.
“Being Helen Schettini’s pro model I knew this was going to take no prisoners – ride it or it will ride you! However it’s not so stiff and unforgiving that you get bucked out of things. The profile gives it nice pop and float, and it was super fast edge-to-edge. The sintered bass made it charge too. The bumps in the sidecut aren’t quite as effective as Mervin’s Magne-traction, but it’s still got a nice solid edge hold. Overall this is good for the intermediate to advanced girl not scared to charge about the mountain, and it’s one board I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on!” – Lauren MacCallum