|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
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Korua Pencil Plus 2024 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride
Korua Pencil Snowboard Video and Written Review
Here lies an older but still relevant Korua Pencil Plus Snowboard Review from an average rider that’s objective and ridden a ton of boards. .
Update 2024: The Korua Pencil Plus hasn’t changed over the years so this old review still stands. There are many other Korua boards I’ve tried since this review so check those out to see my evolved view.
The Korua Pencil Plus takes the Pencil, gives it a faster base and ultra-light tech. As a result, you get a much lighter, somewhat softer and overall poppier ride but at the expense of uneven terrain performance. This board took me a while to understand but the more I put my stance into positive angles and drove a little more off the front foot the more the board came alive.
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Check the written review below to see our take after more time on the Korua line.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
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), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Adidas Acerra, Burton SLX
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 what I think is the reference stance 18 front -6 back, 21 front and 0 back, 21 front +3 front
Feels really light and not like a 164. No pun intended with the color scheme but it’s a night and day difference from the Puzzle Clasic.
Not as stiff as the Pencil but it has more pop by a good bit. The Pencil feels on the stiff side of Med/Stiff. The Pencil Plus feels like it borders more on the Med side of Med/Stiff. It’s easier to butter off the tail or even the nose. Not saying the Kora Pencil Plus is easy but just easier than the Pencil.
So the Korua Pencil Plus felt fine with my size 9’s and it really surprised me. It’s a pretty wide board for size 9’s but it worked. It worked really well with Grant’s size 11’s. It really works well with a wide variety of boot sizes and weights. That being said it doesn’t handle heavier guys as well as the regular Pencil.
On Snow Feel
So the Korua Pencil Plus has a ton of taper and likes a decent amount of front foot weight to get the turn going. Looking back on this review in 2023 I wish I could have a do over. I’d love to ride it like I do now with the Pencil at +27/+9 with a 21.5″ stance width. That is when the pencil came alive for me. It just doesn’t turn well if you don’t ride posi.
Not easy for those that skid their turns and it’s going to lead to catching an edge. Definitely more for an advanced to expert rider. It’s not a chill board and although it’s easier than a full camber board it’s still pretty unforgiving if you get off your game.
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.
Pretty quick for how wide the nose and waist is. I felt it was a board I could take in the trees if there was some powder without it being sketchy. The about 3cm taper seems to make it faster than you would think for how wide it is.
The feeling you get turning this board is very rewarding if you set up with a positive stance angle and give it a little more front foot weight on the board. Korua Puzzle (now discontinued), Korua Stealth 156 and Tranny Finder/Tranny Finder Plus seemed to like weighting the back foot more and felt more stance angle neutral but this, like the Dart and regular Pencil truly shine with a positive more front foot weighted turn on groomers. There was tons of spring out of each turn and it out popped the Pencil Classic for us. However, if you are heavier you might not be able to get the spring we got. It’s just a powerful carving monster.
You always trade off dampness for ultralight models like this but I was surprised a board this light wasn’t a chattery mess. In comparison to the Pencil Classic, you could really feel more chatter underfoot with the Plus if the conditions weren’t smooth and perfect. The faster base is faster though and has a very easy glide to it. It’s way more fun on a long traverse as long as it isn’t too bumpy.
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 as much of a compromise here. Still, you definitely feel a massive difference in dampness but I felt a little less with the Pencil vs. Pencil Plus compared to the Tranny Finder vs. Tranny Finder Plus.
We didn’t get any powder but check out the Pencil review since its the same shape and set back. We got that in deep pow and it floated like a champ. Especially in low angle pow. The base will keep speed better in those long outs back to the chair that you often see after a good off-piste run on a powder day. It won’t power over tracked out snow and chunder better though so it’s a trade off on what is more important to you.
Far from ideal but rippers can make it happen for sure.
The Korua Pencil Plus feels like it’s not as much on the tail as the Dart but still less than the Tranny Finder. There is loads of pop and landing on this board is very doable.
Very fun for carving pipe walls and it has enough edge hold to feel pretty comfortable.
This is a very expensive board due to the choice of materials used in the manufacturing process. I personally believe that it is worth every penny! In comparison to the Korua Pencil, I found this board to have a more dynamic feel and superior glide in the base. Initially, I did find the board to feel a little chattery when straight-lining, however, it only took a few runs to get used to this boards personality and when that happened it was mind-blowing. I think for my weight, boot size and riding style, Korua Shapes “souped-up” Pencil may be my favorite board of the year.
So all in all the Korua Pencil Plus is a very fun ride and it carves like a dream. This ultralight tech really drops weight and doesn’t sacrifice too much in terms of dampness. It makes me wonder what the Tranny Finder Plus will be like.
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The only board you need
This board is INSANE! I'm done with twin tip boards after riding the Pencil. Board will destroy any snow conditions. Hard pack, no problem. The camber and side cut provide incredible stability. softer packed snow, this board just comes ALIVE. Rail to Rail transitions are powerful and sharp. Banking onto hills this board is the most stable thing I've ever ridden. Twin tips I'm always fighting the crud coming down off banks. The Pencil there is none of that. Just power and it wants to continue into another hit off a bank even though there's crud. It just wants to go and go and go. Contrary to Goodrides review the Pencil can go short "surfy" turns. and it has incredible release out of the tail. Still it's best feature is bombin hills at high speed with long drawn out carves, which as me being a surfer I'd equate to riding a 6' to 8' point break day doing big top turns. The stance is significantly set back to compared to my Flagship, but little less rocker in the nose. But with the stance back and larger surface area nose the Pencil is a powder board too. This is a one board quiver killer.