DESCENDER BACKCOUNTRY

Big mountain freeride meets backcountry freestyle

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DIRECTIONAL freeride
radial SIDECUT
power bumps at insertS
CORE: Paulownia/ASH/POPLAR
FLEX: 8/10
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Profile of Descender splitboard

$970

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The Descender is a splitboard for anyone who wants a directional freeride board with enough tail to allow for switch landings and with enough power to charge big lines. This splitboard has no speed limit and is aiming for best in class  performance. Power Bumps™ at the inserts for ultimate grip and security in critical situations boost your level of confidence. The weight is kept low to allow for backcountry freestyle riding. The Descender has a light and snappy core using feather weight paulownia mixed with full length poplar and ash laminates. Thanks to the double ash stringers and rubber dampening there is zero chatter when straight lining icy faces. Rewarded with an “Editors Selection 2021” by Splitboard Journal. Comes in two wide splitboard versions.

Stranda Descender Splitboard

specifications

Length: 158, 161, 162 wide, 166 wide Core: Paulownia mixed with full length poplar and ash stringers Construction: Triax glass with carbon stringers.  Topsheet: Textured organic polyamid made from castor beans Profile: Parabolic 4mm camber – with low tip- and tail-rocker. Directional freeride. Base: Sintered 4001 Durasurf Split version: Voile compatible insert pattern. Phantom Herkules clips.

Length

Weight range kg/lbs

Eff. Edge

Nose Width

Waist Width

Tail Width

Sidecut

Setback

Cent. Stance

Stance width

166

85-120/180-265

1298

311

273

294

9,3

24

58

50-66

162

75-110 /165-240

1224

308

269

299

9,1

20

57

47-67

161

70-100/155-220

1222

299

259

289

8,9

20

57

47-67

158

65-90/143-198

1192

295

258

286

8,7

20

56

46-66

OUTLINE

Directional freeride with Power Bumps™ at inserts adding contact points for ultimate grip on ice

BOTTOM SHAPE

We build our snowboards with camber and Tip-Tail-Rocker. We distinguish between standard camber and low camber: with low camber, the centre of the board is slightly elevated and the contact points are further towards the centre. The Descender has an unique parabolic 5 mm camber – lifted under rear foot for extra pop and ollie power – with low tip- and tail-rocker.

core

At Stranda Snowboards we use ash wood and mix it with lighter types of timber as poplar and paulownia. Ash is perfect for building high-performance snowboards as it dampens vibrations and holds its camber, extending the life of your board. Adding poplar and paulownia keeps the weight down. Choosing a premium material also allowed us to reduce the use of petroleum-based composites.

Stranda Descender, freeride splitboard
Splitboarding in Riksgränsen, Swedeb´n

3 reviews for DESCENDER BACKCOUNTRY

  1. Leonardo

    I received this board early last year to test and I am extremely satisfied with it.

    Ascending with the Descender BC Split is a breeze. It tackles with ease soft snow along with ice crust and variable conditions. In walk mode, the skis have very stable under foot flex which really helps in uphill efficiency along with navigating any steps, roots or holes. Also, the low camber profile works wonders sidehilling giving you as much effective edge hold as you can get.

    Descending the Descender BC Split is a blast. The directional freeride board accels on steeps in powder to variable ice conditions. You can ride tight and technical along with bigger charging turns; the board can handle it. What I was most impressed with is that you can also take it to the resort on groomers and carve very enjoyably. It grips surprising well and the flex and dampness of the board has a great combination as you don’t feel much chatter and it still has pop. It is a fast board with a very grounded feel to it. This board can be your one board quiver.

    Thanks Mats!

  2. Ian

    Over the past few months I was lucky to test this board out over the course of 10 days of riding with a variety of conditions from powder to ice. I think the challenge in designing a great splitboard is finding the right balance for ascending with ease along with keeping the board playful for the descent. I came to really appreciate the balance the descender found to make this work.

    Hardware
    I’m a big fan of the hardware included on this board. Phantom Hercules hook are great since you don’t have hardware rattling around as you hike up. Voile Tip and tale connectors have the nice thumb handle so that are easy to get on without shredding your gloves. They are also riveted in place, since I have lost countless tip/tale connectors over the years that are attached with screws.

    Ascent
    For the ascent the Descender is stiff under the foot, which is great for the edge hold when side hilling as well as it keeps your foot stable when you are traveling over uneven terrain. I also love the cutouts for the skin tail connectors. With Stranda’s attention to detail it seems like a no brainer, but so many boards and companies don’t include them in their design. One area of improvement I would recommend is adjusting the placement of the inserts for the toe pieces. With the wider baseplate on my Phantom bindings, my front binding was difficult to twist into place. I was blocked by my toe piece on the inside. I feel like the the toe pieces could be placed a few cm back.

    Descent
    This board is amazing on the descent. I just love the combination of the sidecut, flex, shape and power bumps. It keeps the board floating in powder, this board is actually really hard to sink. The Stiffness of the Descender provides a really stable feeling at speed on big and fast descents. The sidecut on this board is a bit more aggressive than my previous board and I really like it. Because of that this board is actually really fun to rip on groomers. The “power bumps” are really effective for better edge hold on icy slopes. We only have 1 edge on a snowboard, so it’s nice to have 4 contact points. I do wish they included the “power bumps” on the inside(split) edge, That is one feature I missed after riding a Jones solution, I feel like it improves edge hold when skinning on a side hill.

    Overall, super fun board. I’ll buy one next season

  3. Jesse Scotland

    The Stranda Descender has been my ride now for the last 3 months, let’s start with my first impression. I was riding down a run in rogers pass called thorington after completing the jupiter traverse. We skied a mixed bag of conditions starting with awesome powder and ending in more melt-freeze spring like snow lower down. I felt extremely stable and in control right away making my first few turns down the steep face to the shoulder. I felt the weight of the board under my feet was perfect for my body weight for driving into tight carves and having the board remain stable under my feet while at speed, the board really could handle more than I was just willing to give it. On the way through the mousetrap section we encountered a couple good lip features. I was instantly surprised by the amount of response and pop I received when I launched out of the first feature, it threw me off guard and sent me much further than i expected.

    As I spent more time on the Stranda Descender I began to learn a bit more about how the board liked to be ridden. Let’s talk about the shape and construction for a quick second before we really start to understand this piece of art.

    The result of that pop I experienced was from the lightweight snappy wood core of paulownia. The core is also mixed with poplar and ash stringers/laminates, these dampen the vibrations when riding icy terrain or charging causing no chatter. The use of lightweight snappy wood keeps the board at a reasonable weight to consider the Stranda Descender for lightweight split mountaineering missions to hold an effective edge on the up and down hill when encountering those boilerplate conditions during a good freeze. The Triax carbon stringers make the board much more torsionally resistant. The shape is what really drew me to the Stranda descender at first. Having a background in freestyle and park I really enjoy boards with a more playful twin feel. The Twin directional shape with the shovel nose and tail, a true camber board with a light 4mm camber and light tip and tail rocker with power bumps. This board has the ultimate combination to tick all those boxes of an ex park rat gone freeride. Playful, charges, twin shape for switch landings, true camber, maximum edge effectiveness during those fast gs carves, support during those big landings, and ability to handle a variety of conditions from breakable crusts, icy faces, to staying afloat in deep powder. Really a quiver killer.

    We spent the ending phase of winter finding powder where we could and testing out the Stranda descender in some steeper terrain. The Satan’s Choice couloir in Kootenay pass really put the test on the steep and tight. Big jump turns on a marginal snow surface and it felt great. The north facing “Shelf line” on Cheops had me put all my trust in the Stranda Descender as this line is a serious no fall zone line traversing above cliffs. Again the performance was incredible, i was so happy with the Descender.

    Then we started to do some longer trips, like the uncommon but close by Ashlu-Elaho divide traverse in the sea to sky coast ranges. I mostly had the unfortunate “opportunity” to ski on the Stranda descender the entire 4 days of the traverse. I Felt very comfortable skiing the Stranda Descender which is super important in a split board for me. In quite challenging terrain and variable conditions, I could maneuver and control the Descender just as I would a set of skis in almost every snow condition. For breakable crust I would switch back to the board as it just handles so much better cutting and breaking through to be able to still put carves in without a heavy catch.

    The toe piece is Centered perfectly for early rise in your tips during kick turns and I was very pleased about this. Comforting to know you don’t have to mess around doing icy steep side hills and making switch backs with ski crampons. The power bumps really help when gripping icy surfaces and trying to make sure your edge holds a firm surface when walking up, riding down or traversing. The Phantom hercules hooks and tip and tail clip system hardware are an easy sell for extra board stability. The cut outs for the skin tail clips are great when hoping for the extra grip for the skin’s tail clip. While lastly The castor bean top sheet and incredibly scenic graphic make this board aesthetically pleasing to look at with the simple black base and small logo tucked in the top corner.

    Over all the Stranda Descender ticked all the boxes and performed exceptionally. I would recommend this board to anyone looking for another option to consider when looking into a premium free ride board that rivals names like Jones or Cardiff on the market!

    Thanks Mats for the incredible experience.

    Jesse S.

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