Tapered powder hound & piste punisher
The Vertical is a hard charger’s best friend on all-time big mountain lines while it’ll also lay out thick, juicy carves into corduroyed pistes too. Its 3D tip floats this nose through powder like the hull of a boat and there are our Float inserts to let you set back when it’s extra deep and the tapered tail punctuates this buoyancy aid.
CAMBER PROFILE, 3D Lift, TAPERED SHAPE: The camber profile offers a precise feel, predictable turns, solid edge hold, suspension and powerful pop. Traditional camber distributes weight evenly and offers a progressive flex pattern. 3D lift pulls the tip (and tail) of the board away from the snow and provides more butterability and extra float. The width of the nose is greater than the tail width. Tapered directional shape is usually designed to provide the best float in powder – promoting the tail to sink and the nose to rise.
BURIED TREASURE REINFORCEMENT, STEEL EDGES: This is Slash's ultimate truss of carbon, Kevlar and basalt fibers. The effect is lightness because the connecting strength of fiber allows us to slim the core’s thickness. With the strategic placement this gives certain liveliness to the board by adding response to the tips and leaving torsional softness between the feet. An extra set of inserts set way back for those super deep days. Steel edges with 35% more steel content than the average, are simply stronger and more durable than the alternative.
TRI-AX FIBERGLASS, POP WOODCORE w/ Tip Protectors: 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. Arranged with premium strips of poplar for a lightweight and smooth flex with added beech hardwood stringers tip to tail through the inserts for power transfer and durability. Thin, light and surprisingly strong aluminum protectors that cap the base and edge at the tip and tail to protect the board from impacts.
SINTERED BASE 7200, DIAMOND STONE FINISH, FACTORY WAXING: The Sintered quality base is fast, durable and requires less waxing. Slash added 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. Identity shape saves material and weight and also stands up without tipping over like rounded boards do.
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.