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Head The Day 2016-2017

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 Gnu The Day here

 

  • Price: £325
  • Sizes: 147, 153, 156, 161
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional
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While the Architect and Pilot may be the shiny new additions to Head’s line, it’s a returning favourite that gets our vote this year: the Head The Day.

The construction is relatively simple by Head’s standards, with an emphasis on keeping things light. The core of The Day is mostly poplar, with a bamboo stringer down the middle to boost its pop performance without weighing it down. The end result is something fairly snappy, yet soft enough to play about on at lower speeds. As pow boards go it’s quite flexible, so if you’ve ever been put off by unforgiving freeride guns then this is a far friendlier alternative.

“The nose is wider and longer than the tail, so you’ll find it easy to stay afloat”

That said, there’s still the option to open this up on steep, wide faces. The nose is wider and longer than the tail, so you’ll find it easy to stay afloat. The shape of the tail also helps the cause, sinking into the snow to make The Day a breeze to manoevre when things get a little tighter.

Head’s ‘Hybrid Cambra’ profile featurs a raised flat area flanked by rocker sections at each end. This being a directional freeride board, the rocker at the nose is bigger and more pronounced, moving everything towards the back foot for a feeling that’s not unlike setback camber – albeit a little less twitchy than that profile can be at times.

It also means that there’s still plenty of pop in the tail, and it’ll hold an edge comfortably on the piste. Indeed, when there’s no powder around it’s worth taking this to the groomers and getting the most out of its sintered base. Just remember to compensate for the relative lack of stiffness, and you’ll have a blast.

Should you want to get even more backcountry-tastic, there’s another thing you should know about that bamboo channel. If you slice it down the middle it forms a naturally watertight seal to each half. Hey presto, your Head The Day is now a splitboard.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copsey – Onboard

With a couple of feet of fresh waiting to be shredded, Head’s entry in the fully directional powder funtime board category just begged to be tested – and despite the fact that the biggest model available was a 156 (the 161 would have been more appropriate), tested it was. Despite being on the short side, it was great.

“This is a great board for people who love pow and lower-speed piste play – plus the fact that it’s ‘split ready’ is a bonus”

It was playful on the hardpack en route to the goods, but you could feel that torsionally it was a bit soft – it wasn’t holding on the edges as well as I’d like, and it wasn’t cutting through high speed chop that well. However this would doubtless have been better if I’d been on the right length for my weight.

Once we reached the pow it revealed its true colours: SO fun. The Day’s long, wide nose floated through the fresh snow effortlessly, and the pintail meant you didn’t need to burn the back leg. The tail also had plenty of snap and pop for slashing windlips and popping off pillows, while the flex and sidecut felt perfect for drawing long lines or changing direction through the trees lower down.

This is a great board for people who love pow and lower-speed piste play – plus the fact that it’s ‘split ready’ is a bonus. Head consistently pump out great boards for the money, so if you’re in the market for an all-mountain plaything with a leaning towards powder, give this a good look.

Trade Secrets

Fredrik Evensen – Team Rider, Head

The Day was drafted and shaped by the guys at Head Japan, and I was pretty surprised the first time I saw it at a photoshoot. I I hadn’t even heard about the idea, but as soon as I got my hands on it I instantly feel in love with it.

From the look of the board it clearly shows it’s made to ride powder, with its setback stance and wide, thick nose. However, what really impresses me is how good it rides groomers. It has quite an aggressive radius which makes it grip really good on hard pack, and with the fat nose it won’t ever nosedive when you enter looser snow. So to me, it’s my favourite board for everyday riding.

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