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Roxy Smoothie 2018-2019 Women’s Snowboard Review

You might remember the Roxy Banana Smoothie, a staple of the all-female brand’s line for many years. The name has since been de-fruited, but that’s not the only thing that makes the Roxy Smoothie women’s snowboard a different beast.

Previously a true twin, the Roxy Smoothie has taken on a new shape altogether, one that’s better suited to freeriding. It’s no gun, but the wider nose will give you better performance in the deep stuff. Robin Van Gyn uses this one – nuff said.

“The Roxy Smoothie has taken on a new shape altogether, one that’s better suited to freeriding”

The profile helps in this respect, too; a pronounced rocker bend between the feet makes this so easy to keep afloat. If you’ve ever been put off rocker boards for how ‘loose’ they can feel on firmer terrain, then you’ll be please to hear that this also has mellow camber sections under the feet.

Magne-traction was removed a few years ago, but the wavy edge has returned to the Smoothie for 2018/19. By making contact with the snow at multiple points throughout the turn, this provides extra grip on firmer terrain. What the combo profile loses in edge hold, it recoups with Magne-traction.

Made at the Mervin factory in Washington State (also home to Lib Tech and Gnu), the Roxy Smoothie has plenty of eco cred too – case in point, the chatter-dampening natural fibres that give your feet an easier ride. There’s no compromise in quality, though, so you get the best of both worlds.

Tester’s Verdict

Lauren MacCallumprotectourwinters.uk

“So here’s the thing; Roxy actually make really rad snowboards. Some might say I’m deluded, some might say it’s fake news – but it’s a fact, and not an alternative one.

The Roxy Smoothie is my board of the season. The updated shape gives it awesome float and feel.

“The Roxy Smoothie is my board of the season”

I tested the Smoothie for the conditions it was built for…POW! The board gave me the confidence to really go for it without feeling like I was going to dig my nose in and die (not literally, but you know the ones #Yardsale).

They’ve really nailed the profile too; the rocker between your feet and the tapered-out camber gives it the mobility and stability you need. I didn’t feel like I was fighting with the board at all, even in the afternoon when the snow was chopped and heavy.

Pair all of that with Magne-traction and new hippy materials that I’ve noticed made the board lighter, and you’ve got yourself a bona fide all-mountain slayer that’s perfect for the intermediate/advanced rider!

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