Borealis Alpine Pro 2023/24
Back in 2017, our Chamonix team rider Clément Bochatay qualified for the 2018 Freeride World Tour, after finishing 1st worldwide in the Freeride World Qualifiers rankings. This have him the opportunity to ride the best freeride destinations with the best riders on the planet. It was finally time for him to develop with Borealis his own pro model, shaped with his needs in mind. Clément is mainly a big mountain rider but he also enjoys end of season shred, hitting side hits, speeding and carving on piste and sending it big in the backcountry. This is why he wanted a board capable of fulfilling his big mountain rider’s needs (stable at high speed in powder, secure edge-hold in very steep and icy conditions, capable of landing cliffs, etc) whilst being versatile-enough to enjoy everyday cruising on piste and sending tricks when he felt like it. We believe we achieved that with the Alpine Pro. The tapered directional twin shape is great for freeriding and keep enough of twin spirit to allow switch riding and landings. The precise and aggressive flex, hybrid sidecut, tweaked contact points and Sidewaves keeps Clément safe in high Alpine conditions. The Alpine Pro is a technical big-mountain/freeride snowboard but unlike similar models from other manufacturers, it stays versatile-enough to enjoy the mountain in all of its aspects.
Size tested: 162cm
At Splitboard Magazine, we wish to celebrate Borealis Snowboards’ tenth anniversary ¡Congrats! And thank you for your trust through all these years. As a board developed to enjoy great big days on big mountains, the Alpine Pro is a collab with French freerider Clément Bochatay, and it’s a great example of a splitboard designed to ride big lines with confidence. Having said this, looking at its nose, we can see a much more versatile shape that we would have expected to begin with. Its directional twin shape- setback 20 mm-, traditional camber and rocker under the nose and the tail make up a board that performs really well in all sorts of terrains and conditions. The Alpine Pro is a highly solid, stable board at high speed on complex terrain and mixed snow, most of the features you need to ride big lines. It’s still an adaptable, agile splitboard that allows you to approach the mountain in a more creative way. The Sidewaves -smooth disruptions along the sidecut, provide that extra control and edge hold, and as a result, it is a perfect splitboard to ride the most exposed lines. Mostly recommended for advanced riders and solid, aggressive riding.
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