Since the initial launch at the Fieberbrunn stop of the FreerideWorld Tour in 2021, the brand has tweaked the Straight to make it more user-friendly.
The design uses a little less wood this year to give it a softer directional flex that is easier to manoeuvre. It’s a hybrid cambered board with a larger, rockered and lifted nose enabling superior floatation and then transitioning to camber between the feet for increased control, stability and manoeuvrability.
Strips of kevlar and carbon fibre run from the inserts to both tips, helping you stick those bigger landings and these wondrous strips also offer stability at high speed, will juice up your ollies and decrease board chatter when riding at speed.
BACKSEAT CAMROCK, ASH WOOD TOPSHEET, TIP PROTECTORS: The Backseat CamRock design places rocker in the nose and a slight amount in the tail with positive camber in between. This setback design delivers camber stability and control between the feet and in the tail, with the added float and manoeuvrability of the rockered nose. Uses a no plastic all wood topsheet. Thin, light and surprisingly strong aluminum protectors that cap the base and edge at the tip and tail to protect the board from impacts.
LANDING STRIP, STEEL EDGES: Strips of Kevlar and carbon fiber placed from the inserts to the tips in the nose and tail to support landings and reduce washouts. This design also helps dampen high-speed chatter, offer stability at speed and load up potent ollies. The edges with 35% more steel content than the average, are simply stronger and more durable than the alternative. The Identity shape saves material and weight and also stands up without tipping over like rounded boards do.
TRI-AX FIBERGLASS, FOREVER WOODCORE: Triax fiberglass is the time-tested classic. It features a three-way weave of premium fibers with strands running at 45-degree angles. It provides superior pop, consistent torsional flex, and more overall response. Straight board is constructed from four different lightweight wood species—paulownia, spruce, beech and poplar—for a premium core that offers a highly tuned and dynamic feel. It’s flyweight, durable, filled with pop and highly reactive.
SINTERED BASE 7200, DIAMOND STONE FINISH, FACTORY WAXING: The Sintered quality base is fast, durable and requires less waxing. Slash adds a slight diamond-structured stone grind to the base to maximize glide and optimize durability. It eliminates the slow, suction cup feel that comes with one-dimensional base finishes. All Slash boards are factory waxed with OneBallJay wax and ready to shred straight out of the wrapper.
PROGRESSIVE SIDECUT, ULTIMATE TRACTION: The progressive sidecut design blends many radii and smooth contact points for buttery smooth turn initiation, edge-to-edge transition and edge hold. It’s different for each model and matches the sidecut to the board’s specific camber profile. This small counter radius (bump) placed in the middle of the board’s sidecut improves edge hold without creating drag or strange edge grip. It adds extra bite on ice and turns regular turns into confident carves.
How to identify the size of the board that best suits you
The only way to know for sure is through experience. You just have to try different shapes and lengths until you figure out what is right for you. But everyone has to start somewhere, and there are a few easy guidelines you can follow to get off on the right foot. The first depends on the type of riding you want to do. If you plan on doing mostly freestyle riding, that is, hitting booters, jibs, and pipes, you will want to ride a shorter board. For more of a freeride, that is, first tracks through twelve inches of pow, a slightly longer board is typically suitable.
The rule of thumb is that, if you hold the board on end in front of you, it should come up to somewhere between your chin and the bridge of your nose. If you can find a board about that long, you should be ok to start. More advanced riders can decide if they want to go above or below that range, but at the end of the day, it is a really just a matter of preference. Contact any of our Authorized Dealers for advice, they will help you figure out which board is right for you.
Customers with Bigger Foot
It all depends. With most boots these days being more low profile, and bindings offering toe and heel ramps, you really do not need a wide board unless you are over a size 11.5 boot (U.S.). Typically, wide boards start at a 26.0 cm waist width and go wider as the length goes longer. Again, get fitted properly at your local Authorized Slash Dealer to get more of a custom set up and decide if a wide or standard width board is best for you.