** No major changes for 2017, this review was carried over from 2016
Board: 2016 Slash Nahual
Type: Directional Twin with Centered Stance (Best for All Mountain & Powder)
Camber Option: Flat Camber with some rocker in the nose
Rider Weight: 155 LBS
Conditions: 15” of fresh snow overnight, one of the best powder days of the season
Stance: 22” wide with +15°, -15° binding angles
Initial Thoughts: We had perfect conditions for testing the Slash Nahual, and it was a heck of a day. The board floated really well in deep powder, but the most surprising part of the ride was how stable it was in uneven terrain. The Nahual is also a great all mountain carver and can turn on a dime.
Powder: Slash added an extra pair of inserts they call “float inserts” if that tells you anything. The Nahual floated with ease above the 15” of fresh we had that day and I didn’t even set my stance back to the float inserts; You can stand with your weight completely centered over your stance and not have to fear your nose getting buried.
I charged this board through steeps, open powder fields, and through powdery trees and the board loved every second as much as I did. You can kick the tail out so fast you’ll never miss a surprise pow stash, and the board was generally very nimble and maneuverable even in the deepest zones.
Carving: Another strong point for this one. You can swivel on a dime and navigate tight lines at speed comfortably; it felt very quick edge to edge.
Edge Hold: Whether on your heels or toes you can lean in and get low, throw all your weight in, and this board will carry you through the turn with ease. This was another standout feature of this board; it can carve with the best.
Flex: Stiff aggressive flex getting a little softer and more playful in the nose
Stability: This is THE standout on this board for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was great in powder, but I have never experienced dampening on the level this board provides. No matter how choppy, uneven, or bumpy the terrain, the Nahual will power through it passing very minimal shocks up into your knees. This opens up the mountain to you, allowing you to carve and ride at speed through terrain you might normally avoid.
Butters: I didn’t play around a whole lot with butters on this one, but I did try a few throughout the day and it felt good. The nose definitely softens a little and offers a nice playful and catch-free platform to spin some butters if you’re so inclined.
Pop/Snap: If you found yourself in a situation where you wanted to ollie on this guy, it does offer some pop to help get you over what’s in your path. It’s not lifeless like many flat camber boards can be.
Switch: This is a directional board and feels quite different riding switch. While it is different that doesn’t mean it must be completely avoided; the tail kicks up to prevent getting buried immediately and its actually pretty fun carving switch on groomers once you get used to the different feeling.
Recommendations: I can confidently recommend this board to any intermediate and above level of snowboarder. If you are interested in a powder board that doubles as an all mountain killer on those not-so-deep days, you can’t go wrong with the Slash Nahual. The dampening this board provides will open up the mountain in new ways for you, it carves like a beast, and does a great job floating in powder.
Comparable Boards: Niche Story, Jones Mountain Twin, Salomon Mans Board
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