|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Cardiff Crane 2022 - 2021 Review by The Good Ride
Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Stable, Good Pop, Tracks well into Jumps. Rides Switch well for having a little taper.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Turn Initiation a little slow for its size.
The Cardiff Crane offers up a slightly tapered all mountain one board quiver ride that appeals to a mid/wide footer that see’s a little more powder than most.
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Cardiff Crane Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened:
We borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Conditions: Spring Conditions but it felt better than it looked.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs) & Clint (Size 10, 175lbs 5’11”)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Burton Ion
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, F.I.T. Gamechangers, F.I.T. Gameghangers LP
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Contact Pro/Union Superpro,
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket, Burton Banshee Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze, Smith Vantage
Goggle: Smith IO Mag, Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Guide Glove, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, Burton AK Tech Glove,
Similar Boards (but not the same):
Korua Otto, Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker, Capita Mercury, Capita BSOD, Jones Mountain Twin, K2 Manifest, Jones Frontier, Ride Algorythm, Ride Wild Life, Yes Basic Uninc 158
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. 18 front -9 back & 15 front -15 back. Close to Reference
(We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)
Felt normal for a 154. Not to heavy and not too light.
Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
The 154 Cardiff Crane worked no problem for my weight. I was actually too heavy at 190-195lbs. The 158 felt right for my weight but it felt slow with my size 9 boots. I think this sizing matches up better with more of a mid/wide boot. The 158 was a touch slow for Clint (size 10 boots) as well but it was more manageable.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
There is only a little taper (2.5mm) so the Cardiff Crane feels pretty close to a double ender. It has a pretty centered ride. I compared it to the Jones Mountain Twin. It obviously felt more directional but it was way closer to the JMT than I thought it would be.
The Camber underfoot is not super pronounced but goes a good bit past the inserts to give it a stable but not locked in feel. It one footed and flat based really well. You could skid a turn pretty easy with this. Especially if you match the boards width to your boot size.
The Cardiff Crane pops pretty easy for this medium to medium/stiff flex. It has the everyman’s ollie power that I truly appreciate. Buttering was more work than we though it would be but it is more than doable. I actually like it to be a little more work compared to most hybrid camber rides. Some give up too easy and you butter right onto your ass.
The Cardiff Crane, like all Cardiff boards, has a super fast base. It just has an easy glide to it and it is up there with Weston, Jones and other super fast bases we love. This isn’t a Bonsai bomber but it has a really stable short distance straight line. It really feels stable tracking into a jump or when you have to point it to make a flat traverse.
The Cardiff Crane isn’t a chunder buster but it is a great all day resort ride for those normal snowboarders that slow down when things get uneven. There is a nice balance between being poppy and damp here.
The Cardiff Crane has pretty competent grip without being grabby at all.
So even the 154 was a little slow for me but it was more than manageable at this size. It got where I wanted it to go and while it wasn’t fast it was smooth and predictable.
I really liked
With a set back on board of -1.625 on reference and -2.675 set all the way back with both at a 22” stance width the Cardiff Crane has pretty good directional float for an all mountain ride. You factor in the bigger nose and the little bit of taper it should do really well compared to most of it’s peers.
Very doable Switch. I also took the Cardiff Crane in the pipe and it did well. That being said I just carved the walls. I think this is best for kickers of any size. It tracks soo well into the small hits we did you can see this can go exponentially bigger.
Overall, the Cardiff Crane is a very versatile mid/wide one board quiver that can do a little better in powder than most All Mountain boards.
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