- Price: £649 / $649
- Category: Freeride/Powder
- Ability Level: Intermediate, Advanced
- Size: 152
- Flex: 7/10
- Shape: Directional Twin
- Profile: CamRock
- Base: Sintered
- New for 2020/21
- BUY DIRECT FROM SURFDOME
Why we chose the Weston Hatchet Pow Slayer Snowboard: One of the best volume shifted snowboards we’ve ever ridden
Weston have been making waves in North America’s backcountry for quite some time now, but they’ve remained relatively unknown in Europe. No more, we say. This season’s new Pow Slayer Series is the Colorado crew’s foray into the weird and wonderful world of volume shifted powder decks. With the new series comprised of three solids and one splitboard, it’d be fair to say they’ve come out the gates swinging in 2021.
The Hatchet is the flagship model among the Pow Slayers and adopts a unique outline that could trick even the most discerning eye into guessing it’s a freestyle snowboard. Then again, you wouldn’t be entirely off the mark in thinking that. Popping pillows, backcountry backies and side-country spinning is exactly the kind of riding this board gets off on. It’s also the reason why this became the first snowboard to make it into our 100 selection this year. This is snowboarding for the soul.
“Popping pillows, backcountry backies and side-country spinning is exactly the kind of riding this board gets off on”
Starting with that size. Strapping into a 152 snowboard may bring back fond memories of the glory days when rental shop staff would size a snowboard to your chin while you wore big bro’s hand-me-downs and hitched a ride home in time for dinner. But make no mistake about the surface area on the Hatchet. It retains the same volume as many larger freeride snowboards by shifting that surface area widthways. The waist on the Hatchet measures in at an especially curvy 273mm.
What does that do? Well, it makes the snowboard as capable on the deepest days of the season as any swallowtail or directional powder hound, but gives you the added bonus of manoeuvrability and versatility to chuck the Hatchet into a butter, press, spin or simply just a few switch turns through the trees.