Weston Japow 2019-2020 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 154, 159, 164, 169
  • Flex: 6
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £480/€540/$600
  • Buy Direct From Weston

The Japow is one of those mystical boards that gained a reputation so quickly you could be mistaken for thinking that it had been around since records began. Truly a weapon in the backcountry, Weston’s Japanese inspired deck will be a dream for any rider looking to get lost in the woods.

The Japow is made specifically for the deepest snow on the planet. The early rocker rise and colossal 25mm tapered nose just glides over the deep stuff, whilst the swallow tail takes care of driving the backend down to create some serious tilt, providing that perfect surfy ride many boards aspire to emulate.

“The swallow tail takes care of driving the backend down to create some serious tilt, providing that perfect surfy ride many boards aspire to emulate”

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The ‘Slayer Core’ combination of bamboo and poplar woods doesn’t deliver mind blowing performance on its own, but it allows the shape to do the talking here. And with the reinforced carbon stringers in the tail, along with the ‘Electra Sintered Base’, it’s still a board that can hold its own at higher speeds, pointing through a powder field, or laying out carves when the groomers are in condition.

New for this year is the sleek black and red design, featuring a samurai holding a sword. An update from last year’s white top, this design is an ode to the boards true power and a nod to the powder-heaven mountains of Hokkaido.

The Japow certainly comes in at the more niche, specialist price tag, and it’s not going to sit high up on the lists of most recreational holiday riders. Then again, if your holiday happens to be Niseko in January, that might just bump the board up your priority list a little more.

Tester’s Verdict

Rob McCreathWhitelines

“A warm cup of sencha tea washed down with a blazing hot cup of Sake, the Japow totally encapsulates what trees lines deep in Rusutsu are all about… SUGOI!

No explanation required for that shape, we all know exactly what it’s designed to do. So how did it hold up? Luckily, I scored enough fresh snow to get at least a hint of its potential. It’s like an activation switch turned on with the Japow the second it hit powder – everything became smooth, effortless and silent. A true Samurai master in the deep, there’s no sinking this one. Even if you halved the size of that nose, the swallowtail would plunge the back of the board in deep enough to avoid any issues with float. As for how it turns, the slightest pressure in the rearfoot heel or toes and it slices through the snow into the next direction.

“Everything becomes smooth, effortless and silent – a true Samurai master in the deep”

Sadly, I spent more time riding this on piste than powder but that gave the Japow a chance to show what it’s capable of at low tide as well. That tight sidecut and wide waist width mean you can bank hard into your turns – Orange Man style – and cut your lines down the groomers with ease.

I’ve been itching to go back to Japan ever since I left. I now know exactly what board I’ll be taking with me when I return. Nice one Weston – this one’s a thing of beauty!”

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