WEST La Hache 2017-2018 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £575 / €620
  • Lengths: 155, 157, 157W, 159, 159W, 163
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Hybrid Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin

Swiss board-builders WEST have been steadily refining this, the WEST La Hache, for the last five years. According to the guys themselves, it’s never been closer to all-mountain perfection.

“If you’re in the market for a ‘quiver killer’, the WEST La Hache is definitely one worth considering.”

All the vital stats check out – the WEST La Hache has a stiffer-than-average flex without being too rigid, and it’s got a directional twin shape with a slight setback. The profile has a camber bend that switches to rocker as you looks past each foot towards the tips. So far, so good; if you need something to do it all, that’s the kind of stuff you should be looking for.

As for the construction, it still has the carbon stringers (introduced last year) running from end to end to increase pop, as well as strips of beech under the inserts that toughen it up. The rest of the core is reliable, lightweight poplar, and the wooden topsheet both looks good and smooths out the ride.

Factor in the upgraded base and the WEST La Hache is indeed an improvement on an already strong multi-purpose snowboard. If you’re in the market for a ‘quiver killer’, it’s definitely one worth considering.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthie –

“The WEST La Hache is right up there with the best ‘resort’ snowboards I’ve tried. It’s a genuine all-rounder, which at the same time doesn’t feel compromised or dull. When you’re blasting down a piste, it feels like it was designed with solely that in mind. Likewise when you hit a jump – it has bags and bags of pop.

“The WEST La Hache is right up there with the best ‘resort’ snowboards I’ve tried…”

It’s not cheap, but that could be a price worth paying if you get a lot of days on snow and don’t want to keep switching boards. Great fun.”


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