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Venture Paragon Review

A user-friendly high performance ride.
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Price:  $599 List
Pros:  User-friendly, versatile, responsive
Cons:  Nose and tail are soft for harder riding
Manufacturer:   Venture Snowboards
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 20, 2019
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  • Edging - 25% 7
  • Float in Powder - 20% 7
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 20% 9
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Venture Paragon is built with versatility in mind, and can cater to the seasoned all-mountain freestyle rider or the weekend warrior. This board has a responsive ride that is easy to get on edge to rail a turn, yet it can slash at any moment. It prefers quick edging down the fall line. It's impressively stable and handles chunder with a few bucks here and there, and the shape and flex of this board enable this board to butter and play until your legs cant anymore. Its ease of edge engagement and release make it an excellent board for high-level beginners to the 100+ days-a-season rider.


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Pros User-friendly, versatile, responsiveFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulLightweight, well-made, fun, responsive, user-friendly, made in the USAUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphic
Cons Nose and tail are soft for harder ridingTricky to size, unappealing graphicBelow average floatTop sheet scratches easyCan slip on hardback
Bottom Line A user-friendly high performance ride."That was totally wicked." -The IncrediblesSnowboarding can be hard; help lower the learning curve with this model.Has a playful merit to its high-performance abilities.Porsche performance at Honda prices.
Rating Categories Venture Paragon Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto Type Two United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
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Specs Venture Paragon Yes. Optimistic Never Summer Proto... United Shapes Cadet Jones Explorer
Shape Directional Directional Asymetrical-Twin Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Straight-line Rocker Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium Stiff Soft-Medium Medium Stiff
Weight 6.72 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.44 (lb)
Tested Length 156cm 151cm 157 156cm 159cm
Available Lengths 156, 157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 170cm 151, 154, 157cm 152,154,157,160,153X,155X,158X,161X,164X 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162cm 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W cm
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood Wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood
Waist Width 25cm 26.6cm 26.3 25.6cm 25.4cm
Radius 8.18m 6.5m 7.6 toe/7.3 heel 7.5m 7.5m
Taper 7mm 6m 0 20mm 0mm

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.

Performance Comparison


The Evil Twin Base lets Venture use the excess material from on base in the next. Thus lowering waste.
The Evil Twin Base lets Venture use the excess material from on base in the next. Thus lowering waste.

Edging


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.

The Paragon likes slow speed arcing turns or quick edging down the fall line.
The Paragon likes slow speed arcing turns or quick edging down the fall line.

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.

Playfulness


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 Flat camber profile has impressive pop.
The Flat camber profile has impressive pop.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

The versatile shape makes this a great board for spring riding.
The versatile shape makes this a great board for spring riding.


Isaac Laredo