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OUR TAKE Don’t want to worry about baby­ing your board? The Paragon is built to han­dle the rough stuff. Its eco-friendly cas­tor bean top­sheet doesn’t chip as eas­ily as the polyester ma­te­rial found on most re­sort boards, and P-Tex side­walls shrug off nicks and scrapes. “I raked this thing over rocks and rammed it through tight trees for a sea­son, and it barely has a scratch on it,” one tester says. Ding: It’s heavy.

THE DE­TAILS TX30 fiber­glass aligns the fibers more ver­ti­cally along the board (30 de­grees, rather than the usual 45) to in­crease tor­sional flex but re­tain stiff­ness. This makes the board nim­ble, yet pow­er­ful enough to bust through crud. With a tra­di­tional cam­ber (good for tour­ing) and slight tail ta­per, it’s more play­ful than you’d ex­pect. China clips make tran­si­tions easy.

TRAIL CRED “Drop­ping into a steep, icy couloir would nor­mally give me pause, but this board’s stiff­ness gave me con­fi­dence,” says one Colorado moun­tain guide. $889; 7 lbs. 10 oz. (160); 156, 157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 170; ven­tures­now­

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