Borealis Tundra 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 151, 152W, 156, 157W, 160W
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: CamRock
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £459 / €499

Even among seasoned riders, Borealis is a brand that maybe only a few have come across, and fewer still have ridden.  More associated with bushy-bearded, crampon wearing, saucisson munching, French freeriders, it’s, therefore, all the more impressive that the Tundra should be their best selling in the line.

‘Slushy laps’, ‘side-country slashes’, ’twin tipped’ and ‘all mountain’ aren’t terms that scream Borealis, but the Tundra gives almost any of the big-boy quiver killers on the market a run for their money.

The ‘Glider Camber’ adopts a camrock style profile through its length. So, grip on the pistes, float in the powder, fun in the park are all on the menu. Anyone who has strapped a snowboard in at least once since 2010 surely knows the deal by now.

Where the Tundra aims to set itself apart is in its construction. The ‘Ultra Light’ core blends poplar and paulownia stringers, reinforced with bamboo rods to keep the snap and response high, and the swing weight down.

“Keeping in tune with the green additives, this year’s graphics pay tribute to the mountains with a stripped-down nature-inspired design.”

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The extra life in the board comes from ‘Carbon Power Beams’ crossing up the nose and tail of the board, where it undergoes the most pressure, be it on the piste or in the park.

Sandwiched between a scratch-resistant bamboo top sheet and a sintered base, the Tundra is held together with Borealis’ ‘Greenpoxy’ eco-resin. Keeping in tune with the green additives, this year’s graphics pay tribute to the mountains with a stripped-down, nature-inspired design.

Mindsets have definitely shifted towards more sustainable productions of snowboards, but there has understandably been some hesitation on the part of the consumer. Why pay more for a product that might not be as strong, light or powerful? The Tundra bridges the gap with a quality product made from sustainable materials.

Tides are turning, and Borealis are making waves. The Tundra lets you leave your mark across the whole mountain, whilst reducing the one left on your bank account and the planet.


Tester’s Verdict

James Blogg Ultimate Snowsports

“This is one of the most balanced offerings of the Borealis lineup and is meant to be a go-anywhere board. It did just that.

Again, Borealis has delivered with the graphics. It’s a lovely looking board that definitely got people looking in the lift line. The board itself is quite a classic shape with camber underfoot and some rocker in the tip and tail couple with a nice mid-flex. It rides really nice, with good grip on the edges and is agile and poppy when you throw it about, but still feels stable at high speeds, too.

“They’ve labelled this as a go-anywhere, versatile board and it definitely works as intended”

The Tundra is designed quite wide through its waist to generate a more stable ride and float in the powder. I usually ride wider boards so it didn’t feel different for me, but it’s worth noting for folks who are used to narrower boards.

They’ve labelled this as a go-anywhere, versatile board and it definitely works as intended. I had a lot of fun on it and would fully recommend.”

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