Borealis Koi 2023/24
This board is one of our founding models, launched back in 2015. It probably is the most distinctive boards of the Borealis line as its Japanese identity can be recognised through its name, its epic-looking Japanese wagara graphics, and of course, its riding program. It is most balanced directional powder shape in the line. Long tip with progressive rocker for efficient lift in powder, wide sidecut combined with Sidewaves for precise and powerful turns on hard snow, short and nimble fish tail for swift, responsive turns in deep conditions. This board rides like a dream in powder. Turn on a pin head in powder-covered forests, release its speed potential in wider open terrain. Lay deep trenches at mesmerising speeds on hard snow with this classic-looking next-gen weapon, ready to push your limits to uncharted territory.
Size tested: 156cm
At Splitboard Magazine, we are crazy about all-round surf shaped splitboards and that’s what the Koi, one of the boards we most enjoyed over the last tests. With the perfect rocker – traditional camber combo, it is designed to provide excellent floatability on powder days, and maximum edge control, both on groomed slopes and variable snow conditions. The ultimate splitboard to feel at home riding in the forest, as well as on powder-loaded open fields, or carving like a pro. It is easy to guess an amazing performance and an exceptional floatability on powder just by taking a glance at its shape, but we were quite impressed when riding it on groomers, where it feels agile, highly stable, solid, reactive, and steered fluidly. It is surely a versatile splitboard to add to your quiver if you are looking for high floatability on powder and an excellent overall performance, carving on groomed slopes or any other type of terrain and conditions you are likely to find out there.
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