|Riding Style||All Mountain|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12, > 12|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Weston Range 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Weston Range is an all-mountain/one board quiver ride for those that want a very jump friendly aggressive all-mountain freestyle ride on groomers but want to set it back in powder to get some extra directional float.
How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and returned it.
Conditions: Pretty good groomers, some harder groomers and about 4 inches of powder on groomers and on top of some pretty messy leftover powder.
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: 22” Wide. 15 front -15 back. Centered.
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty light
Sizing: The 158 Weston Range felt like a bit too much for my specs. The weight was fine but the size felt a little wide and slow for my size 9’s. Sometimes a 158 would be fine for me in an all-mountain shape like this but with the semi-aggressive nature of this board, the 155 would have been easier to control. For Grant, the 158 worked and was easier to handle with 11 boots but He probably would have been better with the 158w. The regulars in 152, 155 and 158 still seem best for 10 and under sizes but the 161 and 164 could work with boots in between 10 and 11 as they have some width to them that borders on being a mid/wide. Then going to the bigger wide sizes you could fit some 12+ boots on those guys.
Flex/Buttering: There is a pretty stiff flex between the feet but the rocker zone near the tip/tail helps it butter better than you would think. It takes some work but it was doable for us and if you are a strong rider you will appreciate the pop between the inserts and nose. The overall theme of this board’s flex is a semi-aggressive pop that can generate it’s own air with a good rider on it.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The Weston Range has a lot more camber than many hybrid camber boards. There is a long semi-high bow of camber that ends a good bit past the inserts (check the on the table review) and then transitions to a mellow rocker before the tip/tail. It makes for a somewhat locked-in feel that is more forgiving than full camber but not ideal for the intermediate rider that skids turns a lot. The 158 we had was not a mellow turny ride.
Edge Hold: Very competent grip on hard snow and that little bit of a disruption in the sidecut grips well without being grabby in softer snow.
Turn Initiation: It might have been a different story if I sized down to a 155 but the 158 felt pretty slow edge to edge. When the edge is set the Weston Range doesn’t accelerate into the turn too much. It’s predictable and smooth though. So even at the bigger size, it felt a little reluctant to turn quickly than other boards I’ve been on int the same or very close to the same size. It was the slowest in the test against the 157 Loaded Algernon, 158 Yes Basic Decade and 157 Capita Mercury which isn’t a super-fast turner.
Turning Experience/Carving: Very good across the groomer carver but not as much of a circle carver and you can feel all that camber and whatever is going on inside that poppy core spring you out of a turn.
Powder: So we didn’t really get it in powder but it at a 22.75″ stance width set all the way back you can get a difference between nose/tail of 3.75 inches or 1.875″ back from center of the board. That’s just a little bit above average for the All-Mountain Category. You don’t get a lot of rocker but there seems to be a little more nose than tail so it should have a competent directional float. Based on my experience with the Backwoods and 10th Mountain Split in powder I think this definitely a step behind both of those more Alternative Freeride/Freeride oriented rides but it will be a middle tier for all-mountain board float wise. If you know how to ride camber boards with similar shapes in powder then this will be pretty easy.
Speed: The Weston Range has pretty competent mountain speed without too much chatter in the nose/tail and the base has pretty good glide to it but it didn’t have the glide that the 10th Mountain or Backwoods had.
Uneven Terrain: So powering over bumps was pretty good with the Weston Range for both Grant and I. However, turning around bumps was not as easy for my size 9’s in a 158 but it was good for Grant in a size 10.5 Adidas boot but not as fast as you would think for being a bit big in boot for this width.
Switch: Very doable either way and while it’s not perfect if you do a lot of switch buttering etc it works almost the same either way turning.
Getting Air/Park: The Weston Range seems like it was designed for getting air first and then everything else second. It tracks soo well approaching a hit and landing from one. On top of that, it really launches. As I said in the vid the 155 would have been better to ride the pipe. It just didn’t feel comfortable in the pipe for me mainly because I couldn’t transition from edge to edge quickly but everything else works there and it drives well wall to wall and grips well in there. No thanks on jibbing.
So, the Weston Range isn’t for everyone but it sure will work as a one board quiver for the air oriented technical rider that also likes to set it back in powder.
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