|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||Women's, < 8, 8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
Telos Back Slash 2022 - 2021 Review by The Good Ride
The Back Slash from Telos is a volume shifted powder board with a set back camber, a wide rocketed nose, and a slight fish tail. The Back Slash also comes in a splitboard! It likes deep powder days, backcountry missions, and carving up groomers.
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Fast Forward Codes: 00:11 Intro 00:25 Waist Width 00:37 Flex 01:22 Camber Profile 01:46 Base 01:51 Board Personality 02:08 Snow Conditions 02:18 Powder 02:35 Off Piste / Trees 02:56 Steeps 03:26 Groomers 03:32 Carving 04:04 Choppy Snow 04:24 Edge Hold / Ice 04:53 Freestyle Feel 05:06 Sizes 05:49 Who Is This For?/ Overall
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo.
Conditions: Deep California powder day, off piste cruddy snow, normal groomers
Riders: Steph (Weight 108lbs, 5’4″, 7.5 Women’s Boot Size)
Boots: Vans Ferra Pro (7.5 Women’s)
Bindings: Union Milan(Med)
Set-Up: 20″ Wide Stance, 15, -15 degree binding angles
Sizing: 143, 148, 153, 158
I love that the Back Slash is available in a 143! Even though it is a volume shifted board, I was able to ride this board and feel good on it. However I feel like my “volume shifted” size is more around a 138 because of my weight (108lbs).
Waist Width: Because the Back Slash is meant to size down from your normal size, it has a wider waist width. So the 143 comes with a 260mm waist width. This helped a lot when I was riding through deep powder, and also when carving. But when riding normal on groomers it was a bit slower to turn for my boot size (7.5W).
Flex: The Back Slash comes with an 8/10 flex. Which surprised me, because I didn’t feel like it rode super stiff. I think because it isn’t super stiff torsionally, so I was still able to twist the board with minimal effort.
Camber Profile: This board comes with a set back positive camber, with rocker on the nose. It looks like a pretty mellow amount of camber as well. This keeps it feeling not so locked in while riding.
Powder: I rode the Telos Back Slash on a pretty decent powder day. It floated really well. The small size kept it maneuverable, but the wide waist width, taper, directional nose, and fish tail all had a hand in helping it float.
Off Piste / Trees: I mainly ride in the trees when riding powder. And I had a lot of fun on the Telos Back Slash off piste. As long as the snow was soft it turned really well for me. If I ducked into the trees on a firm snow day, it took a bit of effort to get it to turn quickly. ( I’m thinking due to the wide waist width).
Steeps: The Back Slash handles well on steeps. It still seems to like a wider turn radius. The Back Slash felt stable and turn quickly for me in steep terrain, but I couldn’t make super small turns with out a lot of effort. It liked to have a larger turn.
Carving: The mix of the multi radius sidecut, wide waist width, stiffer flex and positive camber make for a fun board to carve. I felt better carving the Back Slash at a medium to fast speed. I didn’t get a ton of energy back from the positive camber, but it was still a very solid board for carving.
Edge Hold / Ice: The Telos Back Slash doesn’t have any sidecut disruption, but it stayed grippy in hard and icy conditions. At least the conditions I rode it in. It may not be as grippy as a board with disruption along the edge. But it will do fine in most icy conditions.
Who Is This For?
The Telos Back Slash would be good for a rider who wants a smaller board but doesn’t want to loose performance on groomers and float in powder. It would be good for a rider who has a wider boot, or a heavier rider who wants good stability without having to size up to a bigger board. Someone who likes to carve, find pow stashes, and cruise through steeps. The Back Slash could fit well for an intermediate rider up to expert rider.
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