WEST Captain Achab 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

The WEST Captain Achab is a leviathan of a board, available only two sizes – both of them big. If you’re not a big dude, however, don’t be put off: take a closer look and you’ll see that this will appeal to powder fans of many shapes and sizes.

The sidecut radius and running length of this board are far lower than you’d expect for a board of such end-to-end size, so it’ll actually ride like something far shorter and nimbler. The oversized nose and tail are mostly absent when you’re riding on firmer snow, but when you get this into the powder they really show their worth.

Carbon crosses at each end give the Captain Achab a bit more stiffness at each end, which you’ll be thankful for when things get serious. They also help you execute powerful ollies, whether it’s on a side-hit or a loaded-up spine. It’s a bit softer through the waist, though, so manipulating it with your feet is relatively easy.

The WEST Captain Achab is made for backcountry freestyle, and when conditions are right you’ll get fantastic float in the deeper stuff. That maneuverability you enjoyed on the piste carries over as well, meaning this can really help you deepen your out-of-bounds trick bag.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris Sturgess –

“If powder hunting is your thing then this is a piece of high-performance Swiss perfection that you can’t live without.

Classed by WEST as a hybrid backcountry board, it’s one for those powder hounds that want something stable enough to smash down highspeed lines but still allows you to bridge the gap between freeriding and freestyle. Because of its twin-tip traits it also performs well on the piste and in the parks.

The Captain Achab is a thing of beauty that is way more versatile than it looks!”

“If powder hunting is your thing then this is a piece of high-performance Swiss perfection that you can’t live without.”


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