- Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 159W, 160, 163W
- Flex: 6
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £395/€449
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Gigi could put his name to just about anything and we’d buy it. Uranium? Sure, hit me up with a stick. Gimp suits? Absolutely, I’ll take three. Thankfully, he chose to put his expertise towards his own line of snowboards. The Slash Brainstorm has been one of the flagship boards in the line and will appeal to all-mountain cruisers who are constantly keeping a lookout for the next snowfall.
Just like Gigi’s own riding style, the Brainstorm will rip in most conditions, but finds the peak of its performance in powder. The 15mm setback stance is matched with a backseat camrock. While the camber favours the back-foot, there is still a rocker in the tail albeit one that’s far less pronounced than the one in the nose. Riding switch is very doable, especially with the lack of taper in the Brainstorm’s outline. The profile will, however, be best suited for charging with your leading leg. The deeper the better.
“Just like Gigi’s own riding style, the Brainstorm will rip in most conditions, but finds the peak of its performance in powder”
While you’re waiting for the next squall to hit, the Brainstorm makes good use of time over the rest of the mountain. The list of materials reads like a blueprint for a bulletproof treehouse: Paulownia; spruce; beech; poplar; carbon; kevlar; and basalt. These materials are strategically placed throughout the core to maximise its weight, strength, response and dampening properties. In short, there’s nowhere you can go on the mountain where you won’t benefit from these attributes.
Flex wise, the Brainstorm sits just above the halfway mark, thanks to a more unusual combination of triax fibreglass on the top and biax on the bottom – the idea being that you get the torsional response from a stiffer flex, with some of the sting taken out underneath. As a result, it holds a pretty solid line (helped further by the disruption to the middle of each sidecut) without ever feeling overly demanding.
If you’re never venturing too far from the resort, but want to make the transition as enjoyable as possible, they don’t come much sweeter than this.