160 board review 2
I've spent three days on the board and I've enjoyed every minute of it. It rode great in powder.
It was predictable in the bumps and crud and made turns shaped perfectly.
The only thing I would change on the board is the placing of the inserts. The options are either a little
too narrow or a little too wide. I ride 0* in the front and 6* in the back with forward lean on the boots.
The wider binding option puts my weight, with the 0* and forward lean, in a position that really tires my front
quad. Really it just a comfort factor.
The compliments the board receives, as I walk to the lifts and while on the lift, are great.
I tell every one who asks that it's entirely hand made.
My review is based on 20+ days of riding this board in Thredbo, Australia.
Initially I was a bit concerned with the board’s flex. It is one of the softer boards I own.
Similar to my swallowtail powder board which I don’t use that often, unfortunately.
Surprisingly, this board really holds the edge in most conditions.
It is only on hard ice, where I wished for a stiffer board.
It’s also great fun in soft chopped terrain which is so common here as early as 10am.
The lifts open at 8:30 and within a couple of hours the grooming is gone. Even though the board is quite long – 174 cm ,
it is very easy to turn. It has a hybrid camber profile and acts like a much shorter board until the edges are engaged.
One feature I learned to appreciate in slushy conditions and on the flatter sections of the mountain is the top quality base material.
It uses ISOSPORT's graphite extruded polyethylene. It needs to be properly looked after,
but then I leave other snowboarders and most skiers behind on sticky terrain.
Overall, a board that can be used for carving and all-mountain fun most days of the season.
Thanks for giving me a chance to check out the Gromel 174 Carving Board. We were lucky enough to have some really good snow conditions for ripping arcs so it was the perfect time for a test ride. To put things in perspective of boards I'm familiar with, I race on a custom Oxess BX 163, standard F2 Speedster SL 165 and RS 183 and have also ridden Coilers and Doneks in the past.
Obviously the first thing you notice when looking at the Gromel is how much time and care was put in to hand crafting the board. Everyone who saw it had a comment about how cool it looked and that they really liked the wood design. Not knowing a lot about your boards, I didn't know what to expect in terms of performance. So I started with a few moderate warm-up runs and then pushed it through some higher intensity efforts before calling it a day.
I'd say that turn initiation was smooth and somewhat forgiving, leading into a solid edge hold throughout the arc. I thought the turn radius was ideal and a lot of fun for freeriding. It reminded me of a Coiler (176) I used to ride a few years back when I lived in Breckenridge. Base ran pretty fast when I had the board flat.
I think this would be a good board for a new hardbooter and would provide a lot of room for progression and years of riding. It's also a good match for an experienced rider who's looking for a more "user-friendly" freeride board that is consistent, reliable and forgiving.
Thanks again for letting me take a few test runs and I look forward to seeing you out at Seven Springs for our Hard Boot Camp Event!
Jeff "Jb" Brier
Snowsports School Director
Seven Springs Mountain Resort