Venture Paragon Review
Cons: Nose and tail are soft for harder riding
Manufacturer: Venture Snowboards
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Venture Paragon has a rockered tip and tail, with a flat camber in the middle. This gives the board a playful and versatile persona that we came to really enjoy. The Paragon is versatile in its use and user ability level.
The Paragon has a medium flex that is complemented by tip and tail rocker with flat camber between the bindings; this makes the board incredibly easy to turn. Both beginners and advanced riders can enjoy this benefit. The rockered tip and tail allow the board to exit and enter turns with ease, and the profile feels like you are riding the edge that is in between your feet. It created a very playful ride where we were able to make a variety of turns. It also has a fun pivot point underneath the front foot to slash out the tail for surf style riding. In particular, it excelled in short and medium radius arcing turns as well as slashing and bashing in the slush.
As a medium flexing board with a rocker in the tips, there are a few trade-offs. The first is an obtainable power threshold of the nose before it was overwhelmed; but, we were able to overpower the nose while carving hard arcing turns on groomers. The provided stiffness of the nose is more than enough for the average user, especially when focusing on quick edge transitions down the fall line. In certain case, rocker in the tips can threaten edge security in firm snow conditions. While it did not provide camber-like security, we were pleasantly surprised by the edge and stability at speed hold, even on morning frozen corduroy in the spring.
Float in Powder
Our review period began in the spring, and therefore we haven't gotten to ride this model extensively in powder. We will update you as to its performance when we have tested it for longer periods. Given this board's rockered tip and directional shape, we expect it to hold its own in the powder by providing average levels of floatation. The softer nose could be overwhelmed in strong powder turns and in heavy snow.
Stability at Speed
We were impressed by the Paragon in all forms of stability. Given its flex pattern and profile, it outperformed our expectations. When straight-lining, we observed small levels of nose chatter on groomed surfaces. The Paragon prefers to make quick edge to edge movements when trying to hit top speed as opposed to flat base straight-lining. In bumpy and cruddy areas, the board could easily be knocked off its line due to its softer flex. When these areas were encountered, it was best to leverage the quick edging to find the smoother zones within the bumps.
This easy to ride and versatile board bodes very well in providing a playful ride. Its rockered tip and tail make it easy to disengage the edges to slash your buddies. Additionally, the medium flex on the tip and tail makes initiating butters easier but has a refined balance point to maintain. Its playfulness makes popping off all size side hits a no brainer.
Popping and Jumping
Pop and landing stability are not inherent features of rocker or flat camber. That being said, this board was very easy to pop. When it was loaded, it provided decent pop due to its longer and stiffer tail. When landing, it provided a solid platform to land on, but backseat landings were hard to recover from, as the tail would wash out from beneath us.
The Paragon comes at the market standard for performance snowboards. It's even a little more affordable than most craft boards that are handmade in the US. It performed well and for the right rider, is definitely worth the money.
The Venture Paragon features a versatile and easy to ride shape that can handle most situations you could throw at this board. Based on design, its performance outdid our expectations, and it's a fun board to ride. It can be overwhelmed in powerful or bumpy moments, but if you are looking for a board to send off cliffs into chunder, we would look elsewhere. The Paragon is good for beginners to advanced riders who want one board to have fun and charge straightforward advanced terrain.
— Isaac Laredo