- Sizes: 147, 164
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Setback
- Shape: Directional
- Shape: €699
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It’s not just the solid Pencil, but the split version too that’s now available in the women’s friendly 147 size. The fellas from KORUA have made a real push to get the ladies decked out in red and white this season, and with the Pencil Split their reach spreads far beyond the resort boundaries.
The size is definitely worth another mention here, especially for the men’s version. 164cm isn’t the most agile for navigating a kick turn heavy ascent. Nor, will the extra width underfoot make it the most efficient for breaking trail.
“The Pencil Split was made for drawing big, flowing lines on a blank canvas”
That said, you’ll soon forget all about that once you’re descending. The length is reason enough for the Pencil Split to float effortlessly in the deep stuff, and combined with that endless nose rocker and cut out tail at the back, it’s just made for blasting along the surface.
It’s a proper rocket missile, and the lightning-fast sintered base underneath makes it travel at the speed of one. In solid mode, it’s surprisingly nimble and rides deceptively shorter than it looks. With a decent section of camber for much of the running length and KORUA’s carving specific sidecut down the metal, it has plenty of finesse when you need to make some quicker turns. It’s definitely one for laying out big, fat, roosters on wide-open faces though. The Pencil Split was made for drawing flowing, lines on a blank canvas.
As with all of the classic line and split variations, the core is kept relatively lightweight and stripped back – with a flex pattern sitting just above the halfway mark. This makes the ride far less demanding than it may appear at first glance, but it’s still one for the more experienced backcountry riders out there. If you know how to ride it, you’ll be drawing lines of a lifetime with every descent.