Cheater Snowboard

Carving this board is like cheating

progressive SIDECUT
bamboo topsheet
FLEX: 8/10


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The Cheater is an easy turning surf-carver with an abundance of edghold. We’ve tailored the sidecut for a blisteringly fast response to any rider input. It’s got a blunt nose profile, with a tighter entry radius in the early rise, which we combined with a short half moon tail. Three layers of rubber dampening make for a ride that’s smooth as butter on hardpack. The nose rocker makes turning easy and creates float. Additional carbon stringers in the tail section add longitudinal snap. A precise and highly manoeuvrable board for cruising and carving. The 170 comes in a wide version as well. Colors: 170s = green. 177 = red.


Lengths: 170, 170 Wide, 177 Core: Ash/poplar Construction: Triax glass with carbon torsion rods Topsheet: Bamboo Profile: Camber with Tip-Tail-Rocker. Semi swallow tail Base: Sintered 4001 Durasurf


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At Stranda Snowboards we use ash wood and a minor part poplar in our cores. Ash is perfect for building high-performance snowboards as it dampens vibrations and holds its camber, extending the life of your board. Adding poplar keeps the weight down. Choosing a premium material also allowed us to reduce the use of petroleum-based composites. We use a thin layer of bamboo as the topsheet, which adds to performance.


We build our snowboards with classic camber and distinguish between standard camber and low camber: Cheater has standard camber with Tip-Tail-Rocker. The camber is elevated 11mm, with the contact points slightly moved toward the snowboard’s centre for easy turning. The board feels very secure, even when carving on icy slopes.


The Cheater’s blunt nose is combined with Tip-Tail-Rocker and a Semi-Swallowtail. The result is a precise feeling of control at any speed. It’s a fresh take on how to mix on-piste edge hold with off-piste playfulness. With 40 mm of setback and the short Semi-Swallowtail it naturally sinks its tail to steer in powder.

3 reviews for Cheater Snowboard

  1. Michael P.

    Such a good carver that anyone who can carve at an intermediate level can jump on and have fun. Nose has softer flex then tail. I would say medium stiff nose to a stiff tail. Nothing crazy. Its no plank. The nose is not hooky due to the early rise which keeps the front contact point of the edge out of the snow till you are on edge making your turn, which also makes for easy release back to flat base. You can basically set it up with any stance you would like and have a great time carving this board. You will have the best time double posi stance with a narrow width – but a stubborn duck stance rider could get on this and carve like they have never carved before. The edgehold is great due to the long effective edge. The flex and radius make this board fun to carve on basically any groomed run. It is a very specialized board for me personally, but every time I have jumped on it I have a blast.

  2. justaride

    Pure carving magic!

    I’m 176cm tall and weigh 62 kg (5’9.5″, 135 lbs) with 27 years of snowboarding experience, 80 to 100 days a season. My feet measure 28cm (28 Mondopoint) and I usually ride a performance fit boot between US 10 and 11, depending on the brand. I ride the Chetaer 170 Wide with +30/+9 binding angles. The 275mm waist width is more than I need and becomes challenging in bumpy conditions, but the 260mm of the standard size Cheater 170 is simply not enough for the way I carve.

    This board is a rare beauty! Usually a 170 with this amount of effectice edge and such an aggressive carving oriented shape comes with a great amount of stiffness and at least a 10m turning radius. If you’ve ever paid attention to turning radii, you know that between 8.5m (Cheater 170) and 10m is a small world of a difference in handling. Most average 160 boards come with about an 8m turning radius, +/- 20cm…. So that’s what everybody is used to. Now here comes the Cheater 170! Packing the effective edge length of a 182 board into a 170 with a very ‘normal/average’ turning radius and a surprisingly mellow flex. The result is a board that when you just stand on it feels fairly big – until it moves! The sidecut just wants to turn! The flex can easily be manipulated by my 62kgs, meaning I can actually bend the board into its turn shape without too much effort. Once on edge, you’re basically surrounded by edge… You’re not standing ‘on’ the board, but more sitting ‘in’ the board. Like biking on a downhill bike with a very raked out fork… That instant sensation of great security at any speed combined with a radius and a flex pattern you don’t have to fight will fill you with so much confidence, that you immediately step up your carving game! The name isn’t lying! It’s a Cheater! It’s too easy….. The camber profile with that flat spot in front of the nose contact point combined with a mild 9mm taper in the tail add to userfriendliness: The board doesn’t ‘hook up’ and releases easily out of turns.
    All this is being topped up with that incredible feeling of a mostly ash wood core. It is a bit of a heavier wood, but the vibration dampening it brings to the table is simply incredible. It also stores so much energy through a turn that it boosts you into the next turn right when you release the pressure. The bamboo topsheet adds to the dampening and yes, makes it look very expensive…. As I said in my Shorty review, Stranda bases are not only fast and very highly wax absorbent, they’re also very hard making them impact resistant and a pleasure to scrape after a wax job.
    That was a novel! So in short: If you like carving S-turns in absolute control, buy a Cheater! If you want to be surprised by the magic of an easy turning ‘longboard’, buy a Chetaer! If you like bombing down groomers at warp speed, buy a Cheater! If you want to simply experience the highest level of ride quality and own something refreshingly different, buy any Stranda snowboard! They’re all well worth it!

  3. tartopoar

    Amazing board! Mix the edge hold and dampening of the best free carve board with the flotation and manoeuvrability of a good free ride board. This can be a quiver killer as basically you don’t need any other board except if you are a freestyle addict. This board like speed too and feel super trusty under your feet, you will always be in control and confident even in really bad conditions. I want to add also that the quality is top notch. The edges are all around the board, the bamboo top sheet is very resistant and the sole has a really good glide. With the cheater you can’t be disappointed.

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