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Vimana The Astro 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 154, 158
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Camrock
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £449 / €499

Heka – the ancient Egyptian God of magic, and also what Vimana’s decided to call their brand-new backcountry line (a lines as magical as old Heka himself). This season we can expect two additions to the Heka line, with one of them being the playful and responsive Astro snowboard.

The Vimana Astro is a high-volume powder board with a camrock profile and a directional shape. This beast of a board has camber in between the bindings and an early rise in the nose. The camber makes for a stable and snappy ride while the rocker in the nose will give you that surfy float you’d come to expect of any rocker shaped board.

“With a soft nose that swallows bumps, you can charge through whatever snow fields you face, whether they’re as smooth as silk or as bumpy as a pregnant camel”

With taper, 50mm setback, short tail and wide nose, you can be sure this badass board will keep you afloat even on the deepest of days. The Astro is a fun surfy board, perfect for tight tree runs and open fields. With a soft nose that swallows bumps, you can charge through whatever snow fields you face, whether they’re as smooth as silk or as bumpy as a pregnant camel.

The Carbon Plus added to the short tail gives the board enough power to hold an edge so charging into massive carves won’t be a problem. You can get as low as the lowest low tide without having to fear that your edge will give up on you.

This board is one to have with you on the days when the weather Gods decide to bless us snow lovers with heaps of powder. If you’re longing for a hardcore creature that will keep you afloat in the deepest of pow-pow while also providing all the fun ingredients you’ll need to charge down the groomers, this thing makes a great plus one. A fine addition to the Vimana line.

Tester’s Verdict

Darren Williamsthesnowboardshop.co.uk/

“The Bataleon Goliath, AKA ‘The Box Ticker’ – this board pretty much does whatever I want it to. If you like to get off the top of the lift and point and shoot to the bottom then the Goliath does not let you down.

“It holds an edge at speed really well without washing out”

It holds an edge at speed really well without washing out, and edge-to-edge transfers feel precise and predictable. Leaving you wanting to shred faster and harder. Regular camber paired with carbon inserts gives the Goliath great pop, so you can ollie higher than your buddies (always important).

The medium-ish flex lets it butter and jib pretty well, and the spoony nose holds up nicely in the fresh stuff too. All this with a fast-gliding base, and a banging graphic too.

Perfect for intermediate to advanced guys who want a new steed for all-mountain shredding, fast charging, side hits and park laps with your homies – there’s a reason it’s our best selling board!”

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