Drake Team 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the Drake Team Snowboard for 2020/2021 by clicking here.

  • Sizes: 152, 154, 158, 161
  • Flex: 8
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: €450

This beast has all the attributes a snowboard needs in order to be considered a high charging performance board. The Drake Team snowboard is a legend amongst the line, preferred by plenty of Drake’s own team riders because of its all-in-one essence. If you’re looking for a true sender, this stick will help you charge on and beyond the slopes.

You can always rely on a classic camber profile to give you a great ride. This old-school profiled favourite gives you pop for days, making it an ideal choice for hitting the bigger features in the park. Not only that, but it also provides impeccable edge hold, speed and response – yeah, no wonder this thing is a favourite with the Drake team.

“New for this year are hollow, curved carbon rods on each side, running parallel to the sidecut”

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The core of the Team is made of Aspen, which makes it light and flexy while also keeping the board responsive and robust. Even if it feels light you won’t need to worry about breaking this when speeding up and blasting through whatever comes your way – it can take a beating.

For the hard charging gents out there, Drake’s added the Sintra 8000 base to make sure you can speed up faster than Usain Bolt on steroids. The nano additives in the base hold heat like they’ve been moulded in the flames of hell, only to then unleash and make this thing as fast as it is. This process works by breaking the surface tension of snow and reducing friction – resulting in a super smooth ride.

On top of all that tech, there’s also a naked lady embellishing the top sheet of this thing. Whether it’s right or wrong to stick naked women on top of snowboards is debatable (it’s 2019 / 2020 guys) but Drake’s effort here is eye-catching if nothing else.

This is a hard charging board, made to please the more advanced riders out there. It might be a bit too violent for beginners, so if you’re still trying to master your turns you might want to consider purchasing something less aggressive.

Tester’s Verdict

Paul WoolProfessor

“It had been a really long time since I rode anything from Drake, so I was super stoked to get on the pioneering brand’s ‘Drake Team 2020’ board for three days in April. Overall it is a powerful piece of all-mountain kit, but definitely avoid this board if you’re a beginner. It stood up to everything the mountain could throw at it, with standout abilities in technical backcountry lines and simply when going fast as hell around the whole mountain.

In your hand, the board looks solid, clearly well made with a nice finish. I rode a 158 high spec medium flex binding and got a wide variety of terrain to sample.

This board is no joke, and is not to be trifled with. It demands to be ridden hard and fast, and it definitely took me a bit of time getting used to it. The base is very quick and soaks up wax very well. It is, no doubt, a stiff board throughout – I guess about 8 out of 10 – with a directional twin shape that has a classic style camber, right under both feet.

“This board is no joke, and is not to be trifled with”

When carving and charging, the stiffness is evident offering next level response that demands your full attention. The sidecut is on point, with solid contact points that engage turns with confidence. The classic camber combined with a powerful edge give your turns an extremely reliable hold when going fast. ‘Fast’ is the default setting with this board, and stands up well in terms of stability. Chatter is not a consistent problem, and it seems to mow down everything in its path; crud, slush, fresh powder, the Drake Team makes light work of it.

In the park the board felt great to jump. It has serious pop and feels stable in the air. It dampens and absorbs shocks very well, taking strain off sketchy landings. Not a great board for noodling, buttering and low key park jibbing, this board is a sender looking for the big hits.

It feels good in the powder and can take a drop well. It is challenging in the trees and tight powder terrain.

Overall it is a bombproof board that any advanced / expert rider would enjoy. There are more chilled All Mountain rides out there, but the Drake Team is reserved for the heavy hitters and senders who like a powerful rig – one that’s built for abuse.”

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