|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|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 has very similar specs to the Korua Puzzle but it has a pretty different ride. I think that’s what took me soo long to understand it. I kept trying to ride it like the Puzzle but kept getting a very different type of ride. Even though it’s more of an off the back foot kind of ride it can drive more off the front foot than most boards with this kind of taper. If you surf the Puzzle feels more like a tri-fin and the Pencil feels more like a modern quad-fin that drives pretty hard down the line but also can still turn. It really likes aggressive speed building turns and carves like a champ.
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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),
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 the 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 weight 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 weight and 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 weigh yourself on the board. The Korua Puzzle seemed to like turning more off the tail and felt more slashy where this liked longer more driving 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 differently in powder like it does groomers than the Puzzle but its ability to float isn’t really in question.
Switch: Far from ideal.
Jumps: The Korua Pencil feels like it’s not as much on the tail as the Puzzle and likes air a lot better. It doesn’t feel so tail light like the Puzzle and this is definitely an advantage for the Pencil.
Pipe: Very fun for carving pipe walls and it has enough edge hold to feel pretty comfortable.
Jibs: No way! Not even gonna try but also this super poppy ride doesn’t seem like it wants to be even close to a jib.
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.