- Sizes:152, 154, 156, 156W, 158, 158W, 162
- Flex: 6-8
- Profile: Camrock
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Price: £599 / €629
- BUY DIRECT FROM WEST
Now in their sixth year, Swiss-made West snowboards continue to expand their range and now include limited-edition models as well as their first youth friendly size and a women’s specific splitboard. However, the La Hache remains the flagship model in the line. For good reason too, this is their most versatile offering, featuring premium materials and, for 2020, a more eco-friendly construction.
All-mountain decks commonly opt for directional twin shapes, but the outline of the La Hache remains a true twin. This keeps it primed for park performance, but with a slightly directional construction in the core it still has plenty of power to deliver back on the pistes. No less than four different woods comprise the board’s core making it impossibly light for the amount of power and pop it can generate.
“No less than four different woods comprise the board’s core making it impossibly light for the amount of power and pop it can generate”
Camber runs for the majority of the length, with smaller pockets of rocker in the tip and tail. While this is a pretty regular fixture for this breed of snowboard, the full tip to tail carbon stringers inject a solid dose of energy right through its running length. Riders will gain some extra forgiveness and float with earlier contact points in the tip and tail. Once it’s on edge, though, hold on for the ride. The rails won’t be coming off here any time soon.
The natural wood topsheet sets the tone for West’s increased sustainability practices this year. Water-based inks and green epoxy resins run deep into the core. These practices are increasingly becoming the norm from bigger brands, but it’s good to see smaller companies following suit.
It’s a bit like a Toblerone: Swiss made, arguably more expensive than the competition, yet very similar in what it offers. Then again, there’s just something about it that you can’t find back at home on the shop’s shelves. Some impulse buys are worth it. This could well be one of them.