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Vimana Continental Directional 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 153, 157, 161, 163W
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Price: £389 / €425

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Why we chose the Vimana Continental Directional Snowboard: Simplicity at its best (also look at the price?!).

This Scandi-land brand has pleased the Whitelines team for quite a while now and this year is no different from the rest. The Vimana Continental Directional has earned its place in the Whitelines 100, fair and square. Scroll down if you want to know why this Viking like vehicle has sailed its way into this exquisite list of ours.

“The setback 20mm and 3mm taper are quite modest, so keeping it steezy in the park won’t be of any problem”

For the last few years Vimana have been all about producing their Continental board range with both rocker and camber profiled boards. Until now that is. A classic camber profile is known to please the 90s crowd, and while it remains to be seen whether Vimana have made the right choice by going that way with things here it’s a choice we stand fully behind.

The camber profile allows for plenty of snap and edge hold. With a directional shape, a 20mm setback and a slight taper, this thing will keep you balanced whether you’re floating through powder or practicing the fine art of carving. Despite the board’s directional shape it’s a beast in the park too. The setback 20mm and 3mm taper are quite modest, so keeping it steezy on the features won’t be a problem.

Even if Vimana’s left out the rocker option from their Continental Directional board, it does still remains one of the most versatile sticks out there. The medium flex allows you to press around on boxes and rails, while still giving you the response you’d come to expect from a stiff board.

With Vimana’s sintered 7200 base you’ll charge down the slopes faster than a squirrel on speed, and with the camber profile providing great edge hold you won’t be wobbling around like you do on a Sunday morning after demolishing that questionable kebab at 4AM.

“With Vimana’s sintered 7200 base you can be sure to charge down the slopes faster than a squirrel on speed, while the camber profile provides great edge hold”

Following in the footsteps of traditionally minimalistic Scandinavian style, the Vimana Continental Directional has a design as clean as your room after your Mum’s paid you a visit. The simple black and white design Vimana has got going for their Continental line is just another plus point on this Scandi creation. The board doesn’t need to be the centre of attention with some extra-terrestrial rainbow mish mash top sheet on it – it knows it’s good and doesn’t need a mad design to prove it.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike BrindleyWhitelines

To call this a snowboarder’s snowboard smacks of cliche, but really that’s the impression you get when you first strap in. Vimana might have broken the mould in designing a directional board that’s so happy in the park, but really you don’t find yourself questioning the tech specs of what’s under your feet with this, ‘cos the board responds exactly as you want it to.

The board responds exactly as you want it to”

Poppy and playful with classic camber underfoot, even sized a little large this didn’t feel overpowering. Excellent for flying off the sides of cat-tracks, excels in the park, but wouldn’t have you left wanting in deeper snow either!

Trade Secrets

Tronna – Lead Guitarist, Vimana

“This shape was originally made for pipe riding and more specifically for Markku Koski and Fredrik Austbo. We rode 6 different prototypes with 6 different sidecuts, and both Markku and Freddy ended up loving the exact same shape.

We wanted to create a board that would feel right and familiar from the first turn. This board is probably our most balanced ride when you look at both the flex and the sidecuts. We also pushed the inserts and centre point a little bit back for it to float even better in pow.

The Continental Directional went instantly berserk within the team. Werni Stock took it to the big booters and filmed most of his latest video part riding it, Saku Tiilikainen rode it for everything from park to street rails.

This board is one of the most versataille boards I have ever ridden.”

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