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Korua Stealth 2015-2016 Snowboard Review

Unleash the beast

UPDATE: See our review for the 2016/2017 Korua Stealth here

The Details:

Even among the head-turning items in Korua’s quiver, the Stealth stands out. A little ironic given the name, but hardly surprising when you see its massive size and its Batman-cowl tail.

At a beefy 163cm length and 269mm waist width, this thing is built for stability. Even as the high quality sintered base takes you through the sound barrier, the wide nose and setback camber will keep you solid and comfortable even when things get choppy. If you want something cut out for redlining groomers from first lift to last, you could do a lot worse than having this under your feet.

Should you be lucky enough to have the Korua Stealth out on a powder day, the increased surface area of the rocker nose will mean that most of the work is already done for you.

It won’t be quite as reactive as pointier boards with pronounced swallowtails, and so isn’t the top choice for Japanese tree runs, but on an open face you’ll most likely lay down the biggest, best turns of your life.

An all-rounder this ain’t – it’s about as suited to the park as an ESF ski school snake – but get it where it belongs and you’ll understand what Korua is all about.

TESTER’S VERDICT:
Sam McMahon – Whitelines

With an enormous length and effective edge, this is less a stealth fighter and more like a star destroyer: This. Thing. Goes.

Super stable and perfectly balanced for flying down open faces, it’ll treat you equally well on the piste too. With this under your feet there’s nobody else on the mountain who will come close to catching you, and full-length elbows-down Eurocarves have never felt this good.

It’s obviously not a board for every day, or even every quiver, but if you clock a lot of time on the hill in a season and fancy trying something completely new, the Stealth will do the trick.

It’s like the Lamborghini of snowboards: as terrifyingly brilliant to behold as it is to ride.

“This is less a stealth fighter and more like a star destroyer: This. Thing. Goes.”

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