- Price: €449
- Category: Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate / Advanced
- Size: 140, 152, 156, 160, 164
- Flex: 7/10
- Shape: Directional
- Profile: Directional Camber
- Base: Sintered
Why we chose the Korua Shapes Dart Snowboard: New men’s and women’s sizes; same legendary piste and powder performance.
It’s hard to believe that the Dart snowboard only turned up in the Korua Shapes fleet just two seasons ago. Since its debut, it’s become a common sighting in the Swiss gang’s legendary Yearning for Turning edits, from Laax to Hokkaido, and has garnered a solid reputation as a modern classic for piste and pow aficionados the world over. Coming into year three, Korua have bookended the size range with two new additions – a 140 and 164 – more or less encompassing the entire riding community.
Even with the new size options to pick from, there’s still no choice with which way to point it. The Dart is about as directional as they come with a setback stance, tapered outline, progressive nose rocker and the most swallow like of tails. Who’s complaining though? That’s exactly what we love about it.
“Coming into year three, Korua have bookended the size range with two new additions – a 140 and 164”
The tail sinks effortlessly into powder and allows for nimble turns in the trees as well as big ol’ roosters out in open powder fields. The geometry takes care of keeping the nose lifted in above the snow so you can ride centred and relaxed without an inch of backfoot lean. That said, it’s pretty tempting just to wheelie your way through an untouched stash, balancing right on the very ends of it.
Back on piste is where Korua have managed to win mass appeal and elevate their fleet of boards from niche pow quivers into snowboards that you can genuinely spend a solid chunk of the season out of the locker. In fact, assuming you’re not lining up any freestyle camps, the Dart will make a pretty reliable (albeit it unconventional) daily driver just about everywhere else on the mountains. Indeed, Korua’s very on “Conditions Scale” highlights the Dart’s competence in every type of environment, from “Slush” to “Hard Pack” to “Aprés”. Not too sure about that last one. Although the Dart’s tail could quite possibly double up as a giant bottle opener.