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OUR TAKE The foot-wide, rock­ered nose on this clas­sic swal­low­tail board floats on any­thing from chop to chun­der to pow­der. With the rear foot in­serts set at the tail, the Japow rides the back seat and ma­neu­vers like a dream. “This board floated so well that I was able to keep glid­ing through a flat spot where I usu­ally get stuck,” said our 6’1”, 190-pound tester af­ter a back­coun­try tour through Cardiff Fork in Utah’s Wasatch Range.

THE DE­TAILS Steel edges ex­tend across the tail for added weight, which causes the nose to rise out of deep snow dur­ing kick turns when skin­ning. Testers re­ported that the long, 123.5-cen­time­ter ef­fec­tive edge holds strong on steep, icy slopes.

TRAIL CRED “I was ner­vous about the short size of this board in deep snow, even with my back foot right up against the tail,” one tester says. “But its 26-cen­time­ter waist width meant the length didn’t di­min­ish the float at all.” $899; 7 lbs. 5 oz.; 159; we­st­on­snow­boards.com

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