- Sizes:153, 157, 161
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Camrock
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Shape: €399
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Every snowboard manufacturer worth their salt has dipped their toes into the market of weird and wonderful shapes – short ’n’ stubby pow specific decks and rocket missile-shaped carvers. KORUA have done things a little differently. The Otto stands out in the line as their most conventional, all-mountain shape. It’s the straight-laced brother of the family but still loaded with the DNA that’s given the red and white chargers their cult classic status. New for this year, they’ve added two new sizes to the line.
The Otto has by far the most freestyle friendly shape. Up until this addition, KORUA had broken their snowboard’s switch capabilities into three categories: Challenging; Doable; and No Problem. The Otto’s switch performance? “Hell yeah!”
“It’s the straight-laced brother of the family but still loaded with the DNA that’s given the red and white chargers their cult classic status”
It has the softest flex out of the line, with a symmetrical nose and tail, and only a slight setback. Clearly, it’s crying out to be ridden both ways. There’s plenty of camber running through the board’s length, with only a touch of rocker in the tail. But combined with KORUA’s wider than average waist width, the Otto still has a decent amount of float and stability to charge the morning hard-pack or power through freshies with the rest of the red and white brigade.
Freestyle and carving is definitely the name of the game here, though. KORUA’s carving specific sidecut gives the board all the agility it needs from edge to edge. With the more balanced and conventional shape, setting the edge isn’t just reserved for the piste, but off the lip of the jumps too.
The full poplar core, biaxl fibreglass and 2000 Sintered base all add up to making this the first genuine 9-5 daily driver and most accessible in the line yet.