- Sizes: 165
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: €549
If you don’t get a little bit excited by the sight of a Dupraz board, then it’s high time you tried one out. Even if you’ve always sworn by the conventional, lollipop-stick design that continues to dominate the market, there’s a lot that a board like the Dupraz D1 5’5” could offer you.
Since the 80s, this brand has been all about the turn. Long sidecuts, pointy noses, and short tails are ubiquitous in the Dupraz line, and this one is actually one of the shorter, more accessible ones – even at a formidable 165cm.
“While it’s encouraging to see so many brands get their act together on the carving front, it’s worth looking at those who had it all along”
The version seen here is the Dupraz D1 5’5”+, which is slightly stiffer from end to end than the standard equivalent. Triax fibreglass ensures it’s pretty rigid torsionally too, making it ideal for faster, more aggressive riding.
The wider nose allows you to swoop through the turns, as well as providing extra surface area for powder days. While there’s less tail in relative terms to the nose, there’s still more than enough to power out of carves and even get airborne when you want to.
While it’s encouraging to see so many brands get their act together on the carving front, it’s worth looking at those who had it all along. It might sound cliche, but the Dupraz D1 5’5”+ may well change how you look at the mountain.