The Snowboard Spring Break may have decamped from Kaunertal last Friday but we still have a couple of board reviews from The Stig to share.
The first is the Flyer, from the new snowboard company Whitegold. Whitegold is a collaborative venture between the man who brought you Sandbox Films and helmets, the legendary pro rider Kevin Sansalone and Bataleon Snowboards, the dudes who coined the technology of triple base.
Whitegold are a new player in the market but they certainly have some hardcore heritage. The brand began in the garage of Whistler’s legendary pro Kevin Sansalone, who started selling his hand-crafted boards around the resort. Cut to 2012 and Bataleon snowboards have given him the use of their factory and patented Triple Base Technology to bring Whitegold to a broader market.
The Flyer is a high-end, all-mountain freestyle model. It carries a mid-to-stiff flex thanks to a core combining poplar, paulownia and cork (the latter helping abosrb vibrations). It’s a bit unforgiving at slower speeds and isn’t really suited to jibbing, but the responsive qualities come into their own when charging, while the Triple Base helps mellow it out from edge-to-edge. Essentially it is best suited to the kind of riding Kevin enjoys out there in BC: powerful park riding, deep pow shredding and burly backcountry freestyle.
The Stig’s experience of the Flyer reveals a tough, all-mountain stick, which because of its high-end build is most suited to riders whose level falls between pretty good and gold star. There are many tech elements in the Flyer that contribute to its all-mountain applicability but two key features are the true twin contact, for a balanced freestyle ride, and a nose that is 1cm longer than the tail, for lift in pow and improved stickability in those bombed BC landings.
Also thrown into the mix is Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology, which has the pop of true camber, complemented by the looseness of rail to rail concave at either end of the board. The Flyer is therefore a super sprog, born of the shaping and riding experience of Kevin and Bataleon’s build knowhow. With such a refined gene pool the Flyer was bound to be a pedigree steed.