|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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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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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Deep Reach 2018 SHREDS
I got a 2018 Deep Reach on sale this summer, finally got a chance to take it out. They must have stiffened it up a bit compared to the 2017 model, cause this thing rips! Felt solid through bumpy terrain, holds a great edge, floated amazingly through the deep cream pow, and is very nimble through trees. It can boost well also for those who like to send natural jumps.
For a mostly directional rider, this is a fantastic option. If riding switch is important to you, then this isn't the best choice.