- Sizes: 164
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Backseat Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £589 / €659
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Read the opening page of the Borealis catalogue and you quickly get an idea of founder Ben Hall’s passion to create eco-friendly snowboards with a minimal carbon footprint. Flick a couple more pages over and you’ll find some of the most stunning, experimental and tantalizing decks on the market.
The Leviathan is the culmination of these ideas, brought to you in 164cm of freeride perfection. Taking its name and inspiration from a “Monster of the Deep”, this a proper backcountry behemoth. A powder man’s powder board.
Its shape alone tells most of the story: A gigantic, progressive nose rocker; 27mm taper; and a tail that looks eager to sink its teeth into the snow. Effortless float on the deepest of days is the Leviathan’s raison d’être.
“Taking its name and inspiration from a “Monster of the Deep”, this a proper backcountry behemoth”
But dive a little deeper and you’ll find what sets it apart. Performance and sustainability are equally matched with a bamboo top sheet, the lightest and most responsive ‘Element Core’, and the biax ‘Basaltech’ sheets (goodbye fibreglass, hello lava!). For a board this big it’s impossibly light and full of life.
Borealis aren’t pretending to sell you a rocket-shaped solar panel, though. Where sustainable materials fall short, they’ve added ‘Carbon Power Beams’ emanating from the rear inserts out to the tail, built to handle whatever G-force you generate through the arc.
Understandably, the name might recall haunting childhood memories of that time you were snooping around your Aunt Deborah’s chest of drawers, but the ‘Electra 4000’ is the fastest sintered base available from Borealis. We’re talking face-melting, graphite enhanced warp-speed, people.
This is a board designed for riding on the limit and out of the resort boundary. It requires a seasoned rider and serious terrain to truly do it justice, not just dabbling in a bit of side-country when the resort produces 10cm of fresh overnight. However, get the Leviathan to the top of a wide-open backcountry face and you can be sure it’ll take care of you from there.