The Descender is for anyone who wants a directional freeride snowboard with enough tail to allow for switch landings and with enough power to charge big lines. This board 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 dampening PU-sidewalls there is zero chatter when straight lining icy faces. We have a full page here about the Descender and how it came to life.
Length: 158, 161, 162 wide, 166 wide Core: Paulownia mixed with full length poplar and ash stringers Construction: Triax glass with carbon torsion rods. PU-sidewalls. Topsheet: Matte Profile: Parabolic 4mm camber – with low tip- and tail-rocker. Directional freeride. Base: Sintered 4001 Durasurf
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Directional freeride with Power Bumps™ at inserts adding contact points for ultimate grip on ice
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.
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.
Powerful in the turns, damp and very predictable, an amazing freeride board. Stiff enough to eat up chop, but not so stiff that it feels like riding a plank. I highly recommend this board.
I’ve been riding 20+ years.. all sorts and shapes of boards from burton to lib techs to jones.. this thing is by far the farkin best!! Well done this descender is a bloody weapon and a half! The edge control at speed is insane, when you think you’ve lost control you just dig in and it will respond with ease.. love it love it love it..looking forward to riding board 007 of the descender batch this winter… licensed to throw it down.. turning ice into powder!!
The Descender is my ‘go to’ board for serious terrain and also for those days when you don’t know what the mountain is gonna throw at you. It’s incredibly calm at any speed and in any condition. The first thing I noticed about it is that it made me enjoy riding tracked out pow or ‘day after pow day pow’ more than I’ve ever enjoyed that before. The board is simply confidence inspiring! The nose has saved me many times from going over the bars. The very tip is soft enough to absorb everything, and right in front of the binding it’s stiff enough to always bounce you back onto your feet after a front foot heavy landing. I’ve ridden the Jones Flagship for many years. These two boards are close competitors – two of the very few serious free ride boards out there! But the Stranda puts a little more fun into the mix! It’s snappier than the Flagship and livelier, but with an equally large turning radius it’s equally stable at speed. Riding this board for a full day made me buy it in the solid and the split version and sell my Jones Flagship/Solution combo.
The other thing about it is the weight! This board is pretty darn light, and the split is one of the lightest I’ve found so far. The 162W is lighter than my Jones Carbon Solution 162W was – despite being 5mm wider!
Riding groomers on the Descender is fun, too. The base is fast, the radius on the longer end of average, and the construction can handle the speed that this produces. Tons of edge grip, phenomenal chatter absorption and loads of pop out of every turn,
Definitely a winner in the free ride world! Highly recommend!