FRANCO BEETLE KILL SWALLOWTAIL 160 SNOWBOARD REVIEW 2016
TESTER NAME: Gary Hansen
BOARD BRAND: Franco
MODEL NAME: Beetle Kill SwallowTail
BOARD SIZE (CM): 160
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Radical
OVERALL COMMENTS: Impressive all mountain assault craft dressed up as a hand crafted, wood veneered piece of art. Buttery smooth flex and completely workable sidecut was lively, playful, responsive, and super fun to ride. Edge hold was effortless and Energy response to the back edges was damp and predictable. Very Impressed!
RATE THE SHAPE: 5
SHAPE COMMENT: Gorgeous Outline. Great long blends in the nose contact.
RATE THE FLEX: 3
FLEX COMMENT: S stars means effortless turning, playful pop, and easy initiation of both high speed GS turns, and small carvy blasts alike!
RATE STABILITY/POWER THROUGH TURNS: 4
STABILITY COMMENT: Buttery smooth engagement and release. Sensitive but not soft. Even sturdy at speed amongst the chatter and chunder!
RATE THE GRAPHICS: 5
GRAPHICS COMMENT: there are no graphics… just a hand harvested Beetle kill White Pine Veneer harvested by Mikey Franco himself on Teton Pass! Dope Right!
RATE THE POP/PLAYFULNESS: 4
POP/PLAYFULNESS COMMENT: Fun playful, yet charged when pushed!
RATE FLOATINESS IN POWDER: 4
FLOATINESS COMMENT: Umm look at this thing.. I will trust it does just fine!
ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE TO MAKE IT BETTER? maybe a reference stance / sidecut relationship..! Mikey ~ this was a joy to Ride! Well made and you can feel it. This one is Keeper!
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