- Sizes: 147, 159, 164
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional
- Price: €449
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Good news ladies, at long last the boys at KORUA broadened the line last year to include a couple of new female-friendly sizes. The Pencil hits the shelves in a 147 size and is primed for ripping up the groomers. The red and white cult classics have never been known for sticking to convention, and the pencil epitomises the brand’s raison d’être – yearning for turning.
As with any snowboard built for tipping and gripping, it’s shaped around a directional outline with a sizeable taper from end to end. It’s a tale of two halves with the pencil, the nose of the board rolls easily into the turn but, as soon as you’re in, the dials crank up and pull you round the arc. Buckle up, you’re very much on for the ride with the Pencil. Thankfully, it’s one you’ll never want to get off.
“Buckle up, you’re very much on for the ride with the Pencil. Thankfully, it’s one you’ll never want to get off”
By keeping a springy camber underfoot, the Pencil still remains surprisingly agile. That’s also thanks to a humongous rocker in the nose, which brings the contact points far closer to your front foot and allows it to feel much shorter than that dragon’s tooth of an outline suggests. Then, by tightening the turning circle up with KORUA’s carving specific sidecut, you can keep the manoeuvrability without losing a single degree of their renowned palm dragging, high-angle, riding on the edge.
The Pencil slightly stiffens towards the tail, but the simple colourways of these decks runs through to it’s stripped back construction in the core. A lightweight poplar layup is sandwiched between biax fibreglass to keep the board full of energy without delivering a knockout blow the minute you step your foot off the gas. With KORUA, it’s all about the shape – perfectly demonstrated, here, in the Pencil. Simplicity done right is a thing of beauty.