NEVER SUM­MER SWIFT SPLIT

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OUR TAKE This board is vir­tu­ally unsink­able,” our tester raved after a month of rid­ing the deep­est snow­fall ever recorded in Crested Butte, Colorado. Credit the ta­pered shape and the wide, early-rise nose for keep­ing the Swift Split on top of the soft stuff. The ba­nana-rocker pro­file and a swal­low tail made har­vest­ing low-an­gle pow­der a dream, but hav­ing less edge con­tact makes this board a bit squir­relly on hard­pack.

THE DE­TAILS The Swift Split has a medium-stiff flex and lam­i­nated damp­en­ing strips be­tween the core and top­sheet, which make it a bit more sta­ble in choppy, firm snow than most boards with this pro­file. The rocker be­tween the feet helps ini­ti­ate snappy turns. Downer: The heavy weight and ba­nana rocker make it less ef­fi­cient for long tours, and it’s pricey for a spe­cial­ist board.

TRAIL CRED “Snow slides right off the car­bo­nium top­sheet,” our Colorado tester says. “It shed light flakes with the flick of a board, sav­ing sig­nif­i­cant weight when go­ing up­hill.” $1,000; 7 lbs. 15 oz. (162); 157, 162, 167; nev­er­sum­mer.com

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