- Sizes: 154
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: £499 / €559
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Why we chose the Borealis Marauder Snowboard: It’s a powder skateboard that looks like a shark, why d’you think?
“Inspired by nature.” That’s the straight-to-the-point company motto from the crew at Borealis. When British-French snowboarder Ben Hall set up the freeride-centric brand back in 2013 he saw an opportunity – or rather, a necessity – to build environmentally friendly snowboards without having a detrimental impact on their performance.
Fast forward six years and they’ve reached the fruition of these ideas with one board in particular. The definition of its name alone tells half the story:
“an animal that goes from one place to another looking for things to destroy or kill.”
True to its word, tiger shark inspired graphics and even the shape emulate the look and feel of being strapped into the predator. The nose just stalks its way into every turn with purpose and power and then, with a flick of that tail, you’re propelled out of the exit.
“The ‘Blizzard Camber’ combines a long rocker section in the nose, with a setback camber between the feet for float and power that’s virtually unrivalled for a board of only 154cm”
That aesthetic is thankfully backed up by its spec, too. The ‘Blizzard Camber’ combines a long rocker section in the nose, with a setback camber between the feet, for float and power, that’s virtually unrivalled for a board of only 154cm. The smaller rocker in the tail will even assist those brave enough to attempt putting in a switch landing.
What it lacks in length it comfortably makes up for in volume. A 270mm waist width and 27mm taper ensure that even bigger footed, slightly heavier riders can still crank the edge angles and charge the backcountry without loading up the back leg.
Onto the eco creds, and the Marauder is layered up with Borealis’ FSC certified ‘Ultra-Light Forest Core’, consisting of poplar and paulownia wood and reinforced with bamboo stringers. This, along with the recycled steel edges, is all held together with ultra-durable ‘Greenpoxy’ eco-resins. One point to you; one point to mother nature.