WEST La Hache 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 West La Hache here

The Details:

Relatively speaking, West Snowboards is a sapling of a brand. These Swiss board-builders are doing their own thing on a small scale, but the positive word of mouth they’ve gathered in the last few seasons suggests that they’re here to stay. Entering its third year on production, the West La Hache has cemented itself as their flagship all-rounder – and it’s been souped up for 2016/17.

Unchanged is the directional twin shape that can handle everything, as are those eye-catching pointed ends with aluminium protective plates. However, the profile has been given a little tweak. While it’s still mostly camber with rocker sections toward the ends, the camber section has been make more prominent than in previous years. So it’ll still offer decent float in powder and pressability on boxes and rails, but the emphasis here is on strong carves and power through the turns.

A bigger change can be found in the core, where two carbon stringers that run from nose to tail have been added. These increase the end-to-end stiffness a little, without doing the same from edge to edge. The result is a board with tons of pop and a little more longevity that’s still easy to twist through the waist as you turn.

The board pictured here is the wide version, so riders of all shapes and sizes can get on with this.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindley – Whitelines

“The West La Hache really stands out when you’re scanning down the demo board line-up, the angular tip and tail adding enough visual intrigue without actually affecting the ride too much. It’s ideal for those wanting to venture out of the realms of regular-looking boards without losing the versatility of a directional twin.

On the mountain it feels more like a full size axe than a hatchet, with powerful propulsion in the turns and straights. It doesn’t immediately feel like it wants to be thrown around, although it’ll still give you a bit of play if you’ve got the legs to help initiate; more of a big feature hitter than a buttery ballerina, but mellow wheelies are well within reach on the rockered tip and tail.

It’s also worth keeping an eye out for the Limited Edition graphic if the size works for you – not sure whether ‘Unfollow’ is an Instagram reference, but the artwork’s a real added bonus.”

“On the mountain it feels more like a full size axe than a hatchet, with powerful propulsion in the turns and straights.”


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