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Head Stella 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

Head’s range of women’s snowboard is a bit limited, with only three models remaining and all of them fairly basic in their construction. However, the one that impressed our testers the most was actually the most ‘entry-level’ of the lot. The Head Stella women’s snowboard proved itself to be more than just a stepping stone model.

The Head Stella has a flat base, which is something you’ll find on a lot of beginner-focused boards. Without the potential for edge catches that you get with camber, but with a bit more control than rocker, it’s a decent compromise that can help fledgling riders develop a stable foundation.

“It was just as well-received at The Selection as other boards costing literally twice the price”

Once you’re past that stage, it remains a popular option. Carving, while not as effective as with a classic camber bend, is still an option, and there’s enough pop to get airborne with ease. Then when you’re ready for the park, hang-ups on rails and boxes are unlikely.

With the Head Stella’s true twin shape, freestyle should definitely be on your mind. From nailing switch turns to spinning off side-hits, to buttering a slushed-up piste, this has the ideal characteristics. The mellow flex will have you pressing in no time, and while the extruded base isn’t as quick as the sintered alternative, it can take more of a beating on the park features.

The Stella has an all-poplar core, biax fibreglass, and no additives of any kind. It may not be at the bleeding edge of board design, but it’s a dependable blend that offers up a predictable ride – perfect for newbies, and great for riders of any level.

“It may not be at the bleeding edge of board design, but it’s a dependable blend that offers up a predictable ride”

Another added bonus of this is the price. Seriously, this thing is a bargain. Given that it was just as well-received at The Selection as other boards costing literally twice the price, that makes this one of the best deals of 2018/19.

The Head Stella isn’t for everyone – if we see someone taking this on a heli-boarding trip, we’ll eat our hats – but it performs well out of its class, and for that it should be commended.

Tester’s Verdict

Stella Penttiwhitelines.com

“Obviously I was stoked to try this board – and I loved it, not just because of the name…

The model I got to test was a bit too short for my height, so I was a bit worried how stable I would feel on it but honestly, it worked out just fine.

“I felt really stable on this even though the conditions were quite icy”

Since there wasn’t any fresh powder around I only rode this board on the piste, and felt really stable on it even though the conditions were quite icy. Despite the lack of any eye-catching special features, this really was great.

I would have loved the chance to see what it could do elsewhere, but icy pistes was all that was on offer that day. Still, for a beginner-friendly board I was really impressed.”

Trade Secrets

Michael Schuster – Product Manager (Snowboards), Head

“The Stella is a flat cambered true twin shape with an early rise rocker in tip and tail. This board is basically super easy and forgiving to ride.

The soft flex of the full poplar woodcore sandwich construction makes it a very intuitive riding board; both beginners and intermediate to advanced riders enjoy
riding the Stella, no matter if you are on or off the pistes.

I guess this kind of board can suit to anyone, depending on what you are looking for. If you want an easy, solid and reliable snowboard, with a flex on the softer side, this board is definitely for you.”

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