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Korua Stealth 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Snowsurf
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Poland
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback -20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Excellent
Turning Experience Great
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Average
Switch Poor
Jumps Average
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium

Skidded Turns

Semi-Hard

Flex

Stiff

Buttering

Hard

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Korua Stealth 2019 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride

The Korua Stealth feels like a Tranny Finder with a super long nose giving it more of a directional feel. Once I got on the 156 this board came alive to me.  Where I feel the Pencil 164 and Puzzle 161 ride smaller than their size the Stealth felt bigger than a 163. So if you want lots of camber underfoot but a big nose that will float in deep powder then this could work.

Ethics Statement: We don’t do reviews in exchange for compensation from the manufacturer.  No one is perfect but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders perspective.

Here is a Peter and James Powder discussion of the Korua Stealth over drinks.

How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.

Size: 156
Days: 10+
Conditions:  Pretty good mid-winter snow ranging from hard groomers to pretty good to a bit uneven Groomers.  We had really deep powder up to 4+ feet in some areas and some great slacountry runs at our local mountain thanks to the Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs) and a few other guys I rode with.
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV,
InsolesSandsole Custom Insoles
Bindings: Union AtlasUnion Strata, Union Falcor,  Salomon Highlander (review coming soon)
Set Up
: For the size 163 Korua Stealth– 22″ and 22.5” on Reference stance 18 front -6 back.  For the Size 156 Korua Stealth 22″ wide  27 front +6 back. 22″ wide 21 front 0 back, 22″ wide 27 front +9 back.  22″ wide 21 front -6 back.

Some Boards We Compared It ToBurton Skeleton KeyCapita Spring Break 158 Powder Glider, Capita Spring Break 161 Tree HunterJones Ultra Mind Expander,  Korua Dart, Korua Dart, Korua Tranny Finder, Korua Tranny Finder Plus,  Rome Pow Division MT

Set Up: 22” 21 front -6 back Close to Reference and Set all the way back.  22” 15 front -15 back Centered.

Approximate Weight: Feels on the heavy side of normal but sturdy. On snow, we didn’t feel the weight though.

Flex/Buttering:  Pretty stiff and not too easy to butter off the tail.  You really have to work for it.

Sizing: The 163 felt like way too much board but the 156 felt just right for my specs as well as Grants and Peter’s.  It’s strange how this board fit all of our different boot sizes so well.

On Snow Feel: The Korua Stealth is pretty aggressive and it’s mostly camber profile with just a bit of rocker in the nose is not that forgiving.

Edge Hold: Really solid edge hold and there seems to be some magic in that sidecut that lets this board hold on better than most traditional sidecuts that it seems to be like.

Turn Initiation: It’s not super fast for my boot size but it never felt slow either.  It felt pretty mediumish on groomers and a little faster/easier in powder.

Turning Experience: Korua boards are all about the turn and the Stealth is no exception.  We all personally really got off riding the Dart and Pencil with a positive rear foot and driving hard off the front foot and that feeling really tickled our taint.  While the Stealth didn’t quite have that magic it did a great job carving off the front or back foot without being anywhere close to boring.  In fact it really shined against any non-Korua board we tried it against so it’s not a slouch by any means.

Carving: Just jams on a carve and if you are more into carving with lots of weight on your back foot then this will do nicely.

Skidded Turns:  None of Korua boards are easy to skid turns and they like a more technical rider.

Powder:  We got this in about 4 feet of snow and it was hanging with some of our favorite powder boards.  Yes, they had an easier float and we could have used a little faster base to get us out of some massively deep flat spots at the bottom of some runs but overall The Korua Stealth absolutely jammed in the deep deep. It seems like it’s because of that super wide big ass nose, the wide waist, 3.1 CM of taper, set all the way back with a 22″ stance width has an 11.75″ difference between nose and tail and a 5.875″ set back on board. That’s massively back on board and this could easily be a dedicated powder board and it jammed in the tits deep powder we had.  The bonus with the Korua Stealth is that you don’t have to put this away when the powder is gone and you still have an amazing groomer carver.

Speed: It’s not quite a bomber like the Pencil but man it’s fast for a 156. Sometimes boards with this much taper can become a little off at really high speeds but not these boards.  You don’t have that squirrely feel where the tail feels too small and the nose feels like it’s doing more work when you straight line.  This tracks well at high speed.

Uneven Terrain: The Korua Stealth is a pretty stiff board but it can hang in uneven snow

Switch:  doable but not ideal by any means.

Jumps: The Korua Stealth doesn’t have as much tail as the Tranny Finder but when set more forward stance wise it does pretty well and it isn’t as bad and it has enough tail to not make the landings feel weird.   It’s got lots of pop so it’s pretty ollie friendly as well.

Jibbing: Hit a mellow box or two but that was about all I wanted to do with this thing.

Pipe: Didn’t ride any pipe with this guy.

So, all in all, the Korua Stealth is one of those boards that works really well just about any kind of rider and is a fun back or front foot carver on groomers and rivals many dedicated powder boards in the really deep stuff.  Getting on the 156, that matched my specs better, really changed the way I felt about this ride. While the Pencil and Dart really lit up a front foot driving carve and blew us away the Stealth could work better with more riding styles, stance angles for every type of rider and provide almost as fun of a turn as some of our favorites.  So if you like your back foot at 0 or -3 or something just slightly duck and like to put lots of weight on the back foot when you turn the Stealth will be the better call.

 
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How This Review Happened:  We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.

Size: 163
Days: 5
Conditions:  Pretty good mid to late winter snow with great groomers going from perfect to a bit uneven.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up
: For the size 163 Korua Stealth– 22″ and 22.5” on Reference stance 18 front -6 back.

 
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Korua Stealth 2018-2019 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

Dec 14, 2018 by Cody
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride/Powder • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6'2, 215, size 11 boots 

I really loved this board, I have the 2019 in a 163. Compared to my older Ride 163, the Stealth actually has about 10-15cm less running length between the contact points due to a lot of length being taken up by the rockered nose, so this actually felt to me like it rides shorter than 163. I find it to be quite nimble in the trees due to the short tail and shorter length between the contact points, and it carves like all Koruas-like a dream! It's a fairly wide board but it feels pretty quick edge to edge and it's nice to be able to not worry about booting out on carves, even with a size 11 boot. I've been lucky enough to ride it in a foot or so of great fresh powder and it floats really well too. I have even ridden it switch some and while it's obviously not ideal it can pull it off. I would really recommend this board for any bigger rider that loves powder, trees, and turning!


5.0 5.0 1 1 I really loved this board, I have the 2019 in a 163. Compared to my older Ride 163, the Stealth actually has about 10-15cm less running length between the contact points due to a Korua Stealth 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

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