|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
Korua Pencil Plus 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Korua Pencil Plus looks soo much like and has very similar specs to the Korua Puzzle but it has a pretty different ride. It really likes aggressive speed building downhill turns compared to the more mellow across the hill turns the Puzzle likes to make more. If you surf the Puzzle is a tri fin and the Pencil Plus is a quad fin. It felt like it made even a mellow groomer exciting as it built speed from turn to turn.
Conditions: some decent winter conditions but mostly spring conditions that had hard mornings quickly turning to soft late mornings.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Acerra
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Genesis X,
Set Up: 22-22.5”, set back all the way, set forward all the way and on reference stance 18 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Feels really light and not like a 164
Flex: Not as stiff as my Puzzle but still very much on the stiffer side of med/stiff.
Sizing: So this felt fine with my size 9’s and I think it could work up to a size 11ish boot (depending on the footprint) without having toe/heel drag issues.
On Snow Feel: So the Korua Pencil Plus really has an interesting personality compared to many boards I tried. It’s pretty much like a slightly more forgiving camber board thanks to the rocker in the nose and it tracks well on flats and one footing off the chair. What makes it different is it really likes you to drive a good bit with your front foot. When I tried to ride it heavy on the back foot, like I do my Puzzle, the Pencil Plus washed out. I found that it needs more drive on the front foot and although it needs some extra back foot weight it’s a lot less than you would think for its taper. When I had the best turns on the board I was giving my front leg a lot of work. It’s got lots of pop off the tail which helps drive you out of a turn or get good directional air.
Edge Hold: Pretty solid edge hold for a standard sidecut and it gripped pretty well in harder snow. It’s not ideal for carving in hard snow but it still held an edge. I wouldn’t want this for riding in hard to icy conditions but it can for sure hang in hard snow if you dial your turns back a bit.
Turn Initiation: Pretty quick for how wide it is and I felt it was a board I could take in the trees if there was some powder without it being sketchy. The taper seems to make it faster than you would think for how wide it is.
Turning Experience: The feeling you get turning this board is very rewarding once you figure out how to weight yourself on the board. The Korua Puzzle seemed to like turning more off the tail and felt more slashy where this liked longer more drivey downhill turns that build up speed. There was tons of spring out of each turn and it really is a fun board if you like directional super rewarding turns.
Carving: Once I learned to drive a good bit off the front foot the Korua Pencil Plus came alive. The faster you enter into a carve the better.
Skidded Turns: Not easy for those that skid their turns and it’s going to lead to catching an edge.
Speed: You always trade off dampness for ultralight models like this but I was surprised a board this light wasn’t a super chattery mess. It felt almost as damp as the Puzzle and the non plus boards but there was some chatter in the nose when picking up speed in less than perfect conditions.
Uneven Terrain: It’s pretty easy to weave in and out of bumps for how wide it is but I wouldn’t choose the Korua Pencil Plus for that. The more uneven the snow the more you feel the plus technology giving you more chatter than the standard tech but it’s not bad for these types of boards. I’ve ridden so many ultralight models and usually I’m not that into them because I would rather have dampness and reliability instead of a lighter board but there wasn’t too much of a compromise here making the lightweight model more enjoyable.
Powder: No powder but since it’s got the same early rise in the nose and similar set back on board (14″ back) to the Puzzle It will float really well. It will probably ride different in powder, like it does groomers than the Puzzle but it’s ability to float isn’t really in question.
So all in all the Korua Pencil Plus is a very fun ride. I still like the way the Puzzle rides but this is really fun. It makes me wonder what the Tranny Finder Plus will be like.
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