|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57 2020 - 2019 Review by The Good Ride
The Moss Wing Swallow 57 is a unique really far off the tail ride that sits even further back on the tail than many Moss Snowsticks we have tried. It makes it even surfier than the already incredibly surfy Moss boards We tried.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and then returned it.
Conditions: Varied PNW Spring Conditions
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs),Grant (Size 11 6’ 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV,
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Strata
Set-Up: 20”, 20.5 and 21” Wide. 27 front +6 back, 36 front +12 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
Sizing: The Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57 was much easier for us to ride with our weight and boot size compared to the 149.
Flex/Buttering: Such a soft easy flex on the tail when you butter that you have to be very careful. The rest of the board feels mediumish. The Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57 has a good balance between being poppy but still giving you a damper feel underfoot.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57 has a mellow camber transitioning to early rise in the nose that is stable and not very catchy. It’s really far back on the tail though. Moss rides further back on the tail than any other board we have ridden. It feels like your feet were stapled to a surfboard and you are riding on the back of the board just like where you stand when you surf. Once you get used to that after a few runs it is pretty stable. One footing and Flat Basing is easy.
Edge Hold: Holds well enough in hard snow and keeps its edge when you set it but we couldn’t commit to a hard turn when it was hard to icy.
Turn Initiation: The Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57 turns quick edge to edge on slalom like turns you often make in trees. It steers on the back foot more than almost any board we have tried. Even more than the Jellyfish.
Turning Experience/Carving: A hard little carver for such a mellow camber. It’s a slow speed articulate turner though and you need to turn the way the board wants it. If you conform to the Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57 with a narrow stance and super directional angles you will have a fun time. You need a lot of weight on the back foot and then it comes alive. You want to play around with various radius slow speed turns and not powerful high speed turns. It’s soo far back on the tail than almost any board we tried from Moss this year that it almost felt like it was too much for us.
Powder: All these Moss boards sit super far back on the tail so it’s hard to say they aren’t powder boards but if you didn’t ride this on groomer days you would miss out for sure.
Speed: Not fast…not what this is made to be.
Uneven Terrain: There is dampness to the Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57 but it’s not something you hammer through messy bumpy snow with. It can absorb micro bumps well and also turn well through uneven snow at slower speeds though.
Getting Air/Park: Being soo far back on the tail wasn’t easy for serious air enthusiasts but it popped well on an ollie. It’s fun to hit wave-like features in the park but that’s about it.
So if you want to get about as far back on the tail as it gets you have the Moss Snowstick Wing Swallow 57.
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