MSRP: $600 Sizes: 159, 169
A true powder board, Weston’s Japow is characterized by a large nose and deep swallowtail, with 25 millimeters of taper between the former and latter. Riders found its mid-stiff flex floaty and responsive and its overall demeanor to excel on elongated, swooping turns. For most riders, the Japow would find its place among a quiver, filling the position of a board broken out when the snow stacks up and float is motivator number one. Though both its 159 and 169 length options will excel at high-speed slashes in wide-open terrain, the longer option, which also has a massive 27-centimeter waist width, will be essentially unsinkable, while the 159 possesses a more maneuverable personality. Its topsheet texture is both durable and sheds snow easily, while the high-performance base holds wax well and, being all black, is conducive to discrete repair jobs—because we’ve all had the misfortune of finding a rock lurking below an otherwise untouched field of pow. Mild camber in the center of the board blends to slight rocker in the nose and a flat section through the swallowtail. Good luck sinking this thing.