- Price: £419 / $450
- Category: All-Mountain
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 149, 152, 155, 158, 161w
- Shape: True Twin
- Profile: Transform Camber
- Base: Sintered
The Distortion was designed in collaboration with the Sims pro team to create a snowboard for them to use as their playful daily driver. Is it a park board? A powder ripper? Or a playful piste cruiser? Who knows… What we do know, however, is that it’s rad.
Many moons ago, back when mullets and fluoro-neon clothing ruled the snowboard scene, Sims Snowboards were the top dogs and after a brief hiatus they’re back to reclaim their throne. If you were a Sims kid back in the day, you already know what to expect, but if this is your first plunge into Sims then buckle up because you’re in for a helluva ride.
“If this is your first plunge into Sims then buckle up because you’re in for a helluva ride”
Shape wise, the Distortion sits around a blunted twin chassis, ideal for balanced freestyle riders and a myriad of snow conditions. The nose and tail are thinned out to reduce the swing weight and to keep those zones nice and flexible for flatland buttering and pressing. Positive camber features by the contact points, transitioning into flat between the inserts, the result is a lively and dynamic ride, with bags of stability for straightlining and consistent pressure down the edges when carving.
Sims may be bringing back old school vibes by the bucketload but their new age construction and ingredients are a stark contrast to days gone by. Sims use their Masters Core, utilising a dual blend of durable poplar and snappy bamboo. The two bamboo stringers run from tip to tail, and increase the performance through the body of the board and add some extra life into the nose and tail.
On top of these, you’ve also got two carbon stringers running vertically boosting the power and response. In conjunction with the Triax fibreglass weave, these deliver huge amounts of control and precision regardless of where or what you’re riding.
“Two bamboo stringers run from tip to tail, and increase the performance through the body of the board”
This is a heaping plate of nostalgia for those who’ve known and loved Sims before, and a steaming pile of ready to rip radness for those who haven’t. Either way, the Sims Distortion is primed and prepped for all-mountain action.