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Dupraz D1 6’ 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 178
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: €599

When choosing what length of snowboard to buy, there are a few good rules of thumb (check out our own advice on snowboard size here). It’s far from being an exact science, however, and it’s not just giants that would have a blast on the Dupraz D1 6’+.

While it’s much longer than the Dupraz D1 5’5”, it’s actually only two millimetres wider at the waist (a very mainstream 25.8cm, to be exact). The result is that you get a hell of a lot more surface area, particularly at the nose, and – more importantly – one of the longest sidecuts around.

“Get it on an open face after a storm, and that extra-large platform will allow you to part the pow like the Red Sea”

With extended rocker at the nose and camber between the inserts, once you load this thing up on its edge it’ll accelerate at formidable speed. Given that regular waist width, changing edges is quick and easy, so as soon as you find your flow you’ll be rocketing down the groomers.

Get it on an open face after a storm, and that extra-large platform will allow you to part the pow like the Red Sea. With its setback camber profile and carbon-enhanced fibreglass, every turn will feel jam-packed with power.

Naturally when you’re getting something so massive up to speed in a resort, it’s important not to get carried away – we’re betting that nose could do some serious damage. However, when used correctly, the Dupraz D1 6’+ will deliver a riding experience like no other.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahonwhitelines.com

“Having fallen totally in love with the Dupraz D1 5’5” a few days earlier, stepping up to Dupraz’s 6’ (178cm!) beast seemed the logical next step. Good lord, from the moment you pick it up, through strapping in and finally jumping off the lift, you are fully aware of every inch of the thing, it’s massive. They say it rides like a 162cm board – no small thing in itself – but there’s no way that it doesn’t feel unnaturally big.

“Good lord, from the moment you pick it up, through strapping in, you are fully aware of every inch of the thing – it’s massive”

Saying that, its oil tanker-like dimensions do feel more like a catamaran once it starts moving. ‘Nimble’ certainly isn’t a word I’d use to describe it, but once it’s up to speed it certainly shifts, the sidecut really only making sense once you’re properly hurtling.

Take a corner at low speed and you’ll be wobbling around, feeling unsteady, but take it at a straightline speed and this thing will carve a line so deep an MP could comfortably expense it under ‘moat maintenance’.

But, should you buy one? Definitely test one, but maybe ease in with one of the shorter Dupraz models first. They’re pure joy distilled, and I suspect that once you’ve caught the bug going bigger makes more sense. Just make sure you have a quiet resort to ride it through, preferably with a private piste – taking this out during February will most likely result in a swathe of broken children behind you.”

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