The Gentemstick Baby Mantaray is a really fun women’s powder to freeride board that our women all thoroughly enjoyed. Its got a good bit of taper, it’s set far back, some camber, some rocker and a big floaty nose without being washy. It’s a great board for those that have powder as priority #1 but also want to still have a great time surfing the mountain when there isn’t.
Conditions: Decent spring conditions with varied terrain depending on where we rode. Everything from hard snow to soft to getting messy.
Riders: Steph, Thea
Boots: Salomon Kiana
Bindings: Union Contact and NowVetta
Approximate Weight: Felt normal.
On Snow Feel: For being so far back both Thea and Steph were surprised how much more centered it felt. Some boards with this much taper and this much set back can feel squirrely and a bit off unless they are in very deep powder. The Baby Mantaray tracks very well and feels very stable. It’s very easy to one foot and flat base.
Edge Hold: Really solid grip that can handle hard snow no problem. It’s not going to be ideal for ice but it can hang in there and get you through a patch or two without the certainty of putting you on your ass.
Flex: Definitely on the stiff side but you can butter a bit off the tail with some effort.
Turn Initiation: For those that know how to turn the Baby Mantaray will be super quick and springy edge to edge. Both Steph and Thea had a great time turning it.
Skidded Turns: Not ideal but doable thanks to that rocker in the nose/tail. It’s more for advanced to expert riders.
Carving: What a fun board to carve and it’s very surprising that a board this much geared toward powder is so good laying out trenchy carves.
Powder: We never get powder when we get Gentemstick but based on these specs it would be hard to believe it wouldn’t be anything more than perfect for the directional surfy powder rider.
Speed: Fast and fun. Being this far back on the tail you wouldn’t think you can have this kind of stability at speed but you can bomb with the Baby Mantaray.
Uneven Terrain: The girls did have some uneven terrain and it handled it no problem. It turns so fast it can weave in and out of bumps well but can also handle powering through it too.
Switch: It can be done but it doesn’t feel good. Very lopsided and there is not much tail.
Jibbing: No thanks.
Pipe: Not ideal but it could be a fun directional pipe rider if you take a more surfy style to pipe riding.
Jumps: Quite a poppy board so it can ollie off the tail very well. Great for a method off a natural feature but not the park.