12/12/2011 | by Tom Copsey
The planet has turned a further seven times on its axis, allowing us to bring you another Product of the Week. This time round it’s Head Snowboards’ freestyle slayer, the Force i. KERS. Peep the review.
Head have been quietly building impressively technical snowboards for several years now. If you’re looking for quality performance at a decent price point then you should certainly have a gander at their range as in terms of what you get for your greenbacks, they’re hard to beat. They’ve also recently been growing their team to include some fine shreds on their roster, including Norwegian Fredrik Evensen who you’ll have seen sending it in Isenseven’s movies, Christophe Schmidt (who also is an Isenseven alumni and one of Germany’s finest pipe dudes), and Shayne Pospisil whose riding you’ll have seen in the tasty Smith Prospecting Idaho clip we posted last week. All three of these guys were instrumental in developing the Force i. KERS. Here’s the skinny…
Force i. KERS
Lengths: 149, 153, 156, 159, 162
Tested Length: 156
This is Head’s top-of-the-line freestyle machine that has its sights trained on park and pipe domination. Its twin shape with directional flex means switching it up is no problemo but maintains the directional-flavoured power and pop for when you’re sending it riding regular. An boy does this have some power and pop thanks to the Kevlar/Carbon jacket wrapping the full wood core, and inclusion of some crazy-ass tech. Said ‘crazy-ass tech’ is the Intellifibres, which react to how your ride to stiffen up or soften depending on how hard you’re pushing it, and the KERS chips in the nose and tail that harness piezo-electric energy created from vibrations and direct it back in to the board to give more power to your turns. Head even got Fredrik, Shayne and Christophe to hand finish every board so if the one you get looks graphically different to the picture above, it’s ’cause these dudes been getting involved.
Our Finnish photo ed Sami, a man who’s rather particular about his funsticks and prefers for them to be powerful without being doors, had this to say when he took one for a spin: “A very good all-round freestyle board with great edge control. The Force has traditional camber and provides a smooth and comfortable ride with great pop. Apparently this is a team favourite and it’s easy to see why – if you know what you’re doing you won’t be disappointed.”
If after reading this you’re all like, “Right, sold. This is the bad boy for me!” you can buy the Head Force i. KERS from The Snowboard Asylum, or head on down to your nearest Head Snowboards dealer to get your mitts on one.