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Vimana Vufo 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

“We keep it simple” goes the Vimana motto, and this model lives up to it. The Vimana Vufo snowboard is built for high-end freestyle, but doesn’t need to dazzle you with complicated tech to prove its worth.

The Vimana Vufo boasts a classic camber bend, one that’s fairly pronounced for maximum pop and edge hold. There’s no rocker blend at each end – just straight-up camber. Combined with the stiffness, that makes the Vufo a formidable ride that needs to be treated with respect. If you’re capable enough, though, nothing will feel quite like it.

“The Vufo is a formidable ride that needs to be treated with respect”

The core is 100% poplar wood, which is often a trait found in ‘entry-level’ fare. Again, simple but not basic – it’ll provide a predictable, even flex and plenty of strength, without being too heavy. Carbon and kevlar additives are in there too, to stiffen it up.

At each end is a new development from Vimana – the ‘V-Tip’. By increasing the surface area of the nose and tail without affecting the running length, it will perform better in powder when the time comes. It was a suggestion of the Vimana team riders, who prefer a true twin even in the backcountry, and makes the Vufo a bit more of an all-rounder.

It’s main purpose is the park, though, so if you’ve got the chops to handle it then the Vimana Vufo will deliver in spades.

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copseyonboardmag.com

“This was certainly big and powerful, but still fun. Billed as a team favourite for chargers, the 166 that I tested is the length Vimana honcho Tronna – a tall, well-set dude – had built for himself so he too could enjoy the progressive freestyle features his more diminutive team would enjoy. Though it was a tad on the long side for me, especially for a freestyle-oriented board, it was certainly a speedy and super-responsive ride.

“This had a ton of pop and edge hold for gunning it at and over bigger jumps”

Regular-cambered for no-nonsense response, this had a ton of pop and edge hold for gunning it at and over bigger jumps, but just for tearing up the hardpack you could feel the juice within. The V-Tips with their touch of early rise also help get over crud and would no doubt give pow performance a boost.

The Vufo is certainly stiff and requires a bit of effort, but it’s a great steed for all-mountain freestylers who like to send it”.

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