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United Shapes Deep Reach Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Alternative Freeride
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10
Manufactured in
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Great
Base Glide
Carving Great
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Good
Switch Average
Jumps Average
Jibbing Average
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Semi-Locked In

Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Medium Snow

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United Shapes Deep Reach 2018 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride

The United Shapes Deep Reach is has a pretty soft flex for a board of this type but if you want a surfy/freeride shape with a freestyle flex then this is a board that’s got a lot of good stuff going on.  A big thanks to Gravity Sports for letting me take this for a spin.

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Size: 159
Days:   1
Conditions:  A little Mt Bachelor powder but not enough to say it was a powder day.
Riders: James
Boots: Adidas Superstar
Bindings: Union Atlas
Set Up
:  Set back a lot

Approximate Weight: Feels normal bordering on light

Flex:  Feels softer than you would expectant this was maybe the one thing holding it back from being a very recommendable snow surfer for the average rider. Instead, it brings it to a narrower group of riders that like the snow surf shape but want more of a playful buttery freestyle flex.  So not bad but just different than what you would expect.

Sizing: United Shapes says the Deep Reach is good for 9-12 boots but I would mainly recommend this for those that are 8-10.5 at the max.  Based on how my size 9 boots fit on the board I think Jimbo or Zobes with their 11 to 11.5 boots would get some toe drag going on even though they are reduced footprint boots.

On Snow Feel: It’s got a camber feel underfoot that is a bit catchy but the softer flex makes it feel a little more forgiving than you would think.  It borders on being a board an intermediate rider might be able to handle.  It’s forgiving off the front binding but can be a little catchy off the tail. So more on the stable side of semi-catchy.  It’s like they describe.  A freestyle flex is woven into a surfy personality. It floats like a champ in powder and could easily be called a powder board but it’s also not the kind of board you want to leave on the shelf when there is a groomer day. It’s got the surfy personality of a powder board with the groomer personality of a Freeride board.

Edge Hold: Pretty good.  I felt the Orbit had a little more grip due to the stiffer flex but this can handle some hard patches of snow.

Turn Initiation: Really fun to turn and it’s pretty quick edge to edge when you need to dart in and out of trees or get through some tight spots.

Skidded Turns: Not ideal for skidded turns but it’s more doable than some boards with similar camber.

Carving: It’s fun to carve but it’s a little soft when it comes to laying it out and getting that really good spring out of the turn.  Would much rather be on the Orbit for that.  It’s not a powerful carver but if you are ok with that then it will be really fun to lay it out.

Speed: A little to much chatter throughout the board for those that like to point it.  It’s more for those that like to butter and play around between turns.

Uneven Terrain: Pretty easy to weave in and out of uneven terrain.  Very good in the bumps.

Powder: There is so much directional float going on with the United Shapes Deep Reach. When you use the slam back inserts (need a full sized disc binding to do it) at a 22″ stance width you have 6″ back from center of board.  That’s a pretty easy floating board.

Switch: It’s doable when your stance is up more towards the nose but far from ideal.  From a snow surf perspective, it’s good but from a freestyle perspective, it’s very different each way.

Jibbing: the flex would make it ok but I wasn’t going there.

Pipe: You can ride the pipe and get a little surfy with it.

Jumps: There is good pop and the softer flex doesn’t hamper the ability to spring.  If you like mostly directional air that will work.

So all in all the United Shapes Deep Reach is a pretty fun board for those that want a freestyle flex in a surfy ride.

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