|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Heavy|
|On Snow Feel|
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Korua Pencil 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Korua Pencil is one of those boards that likes to be ridden a certain way on groomers. If you carve hard off your back foot it’s not for you but if you carve hard off your front foot it really shines brightly. Also, it’s float in powder complementary to it’s carving ability which is something you don’t often see.
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How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites).
Days: around 8
Conditions: Everything from some really good groomers to messy groomers to wet thick powder to semi-light super deep powder along with some early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata, Union Falcor
Set Up: 22” 21 front -6 back set all the way back for powder, 22” 27 front +9 back closer to reference as well as all the way up.
Approximate Weight: It’s a big board but it’s made to be super damp and our board was on the heavy side of normal.
Flex/Buttering: Pretty stiff out of the wrapper and it’s not for those that want an easy butter board.
Sizing: Here is what we like about Korua boards. They are pretty wide in the nose and waist but still, it felt like it worked for Peter and I with size 8.5-9 boots but also fit Grant’s size 11 boots too. It seems like all that taper makes the board turn easier
On Snow Feel: The Korua Pencil is pretty locked in underfoot with a feel close to full camber that has some consequence to it if you are off your game. Don’t get this if you skid your turns. You would think this much taper might make the Pencil feel hooky but it doesn’t.
Edge Hold: Very competent edge hold that grips well in most conditions you want to ride.
Turn Initiation: So for Peter and I the Korua Pencil felt quick edge to edge and we aren’t sure why with this turns the way it does with this wider shape. So did Grant with his size 11’s and it actually turned a little faster for his boot size. It’s not lightning fast or anything like that but it always went where we wanted it.
Turning Experience: All Korua boards turn incredibly well. However, for us, this more powerful longer drawn out high-speed turning really is fun. If you surf it’s like going out in double overhead surf on a 7.0′ gun. It feels like it sets you up for the next turn while keeping its speed and we all felt like we had better lines on groomers or in the trees when we were on the Pencil compared to other boards we tested it against.
Carving: If you made it through all the vids on this review you know the Korua Pencil is one hell of a carver. It really likes a positive back foot stance angle and a very directional stance set up but if you do the Korua Pencil really drives hard out of a turn and likes longer narrower S-Turns.
Skidded Turns: Not ideal here and don’t get the Korua Pencil if you like to skid your turns.
Powder: All the Korua boards float well but the Pencil and the Dart are our two favorites. The Dart is more slashy and quick in powder where the Pencil is more for those that like more speed and bigger turns. Both are almost as good as some of our favorite dedicated powder boards which almost defies logic with all that camber underfoot. The Pencil is super set back on board. It has almost a 14 inch difference between nose and tail making that 7 inches back on board. Being a 164 there is still some tail too so it doesn’t feel as light on the tail in the air as the dart. If this isn’t’ enough here is a Peter and James vid from the mountain to the couch on some powder we had. It was massively deeper than it looks and this was right after a storm that snowed 48″ in 48 hours.
Speed: The Korua Pencil is a very fast board that loves building speed as you make one turn to the next. It’s not really a straight line kind of board but it easily can if you want to. It really likes really driving high speed carves or long narrow S-Turns down the hill. We found the base has good glide but it’s not as fast as the plus in powder. We’d love a little more glide in powder compared to others we tried but on groomers it keeps it’s speed very well.
Uneven Terrain: The pencil powers over tracked up snow incredibly well and we found that longer boards definitely have an advantage over shorter boards here. Still, even for a longer board, it bashes through tracked up snow without bucking around much. Weaving in and out of bumps is not ideal but doable. You really want this on good groomers but if you hit a bump line it’s ok. It was pretty easy to ride in some thick snow that was bumpy and tracked up which surprised us.
Overall the Korua Pencil is a really hard-charging super carver that also floats as well as some dedicated powder boards. If you like a front foot heavy directional carver and look for super deep powder this is a great call.
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