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Weston Backcountry Backwoods Review

Agile like a Peregrine Falcon
Weston Backcountry Backwoods
Photo: Weston Backcountry
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Price:  $599 List | $598.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Responsive, snappy, maneuverable, durable topsheet, powder performance
Cons:  Backseat landings, switch riding
Manufacturer:   Weston Backcountry
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 29, 2020
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  • Edging - 25% 9
  • Float in Powder - 20% 8
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 8
  • Playfulness - 20% 7
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8

Our Verdict

The Weston Backwoods wants to slash and turn all over the mountain. It can win bank slaloms, rip groomers, or dance through trees. The powder inspired shape is outfitted with freeride characteristics that give it excellent edge hold and stability, while the blended core provides the board with a responsive and snappy feel. Given its directionally specific shape with limited tail, its switch performance suffers. The Weston Backwoods is for directionally minded riders looking to turn and surf the mountain snow or shine.

New Graphics
The 20-21 Weston Backwoods functionally remains unchanged and has been updated with a new graphic.

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Pros Responsive, snappy, maneuverable, durable topsheet, powder performanceFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulLoads of pop, stable, fun turning experienceManufactured with 100% hydropower, beautiful graphic, playful
Cons Backseat landings, switch ridingSwitch performanceTopsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slipperyAverage powder floatation, pop is less user-friendlyBack half of the heel side edge feels like it can slightly disengage under certain circumstances
Bottom Line Agility meets stabilityIf we could only buy one, this would be itHigh performance embedded with a consistently playful charterA board fit for those sunny all-mountain laps filled with turns, methods, and straight linesPower meets finesse for performance in all conditions
Rating Categories Weston Backcountry Backwoods Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Mountain Twin Capita Kazu Kokubo Pro
Edging (25%)
9
10
8
8
8
Float In Powder (20%)
8
9
8
7
8
Stability At Speed (20%)
8
7
8
8
8
Playfulness (20%)
7
8
9
8
7
Pop And Jumping (15%)
8
7
8
9
9
Specs Weston Backcountry... Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Mountain Twin Capita Kazu Kokubo...
Riding Style Freeride Alternative Freeride Freeride All Mountain Freestyle All Mountain Freestyle
Shape Directional Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Directional Multi-Radial Camber Rocker Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber CamRock Hybrid- Rocker/Camber
Flex Medium Stiff Stiff Medium Medium Stiff Medium
Weight 6.63 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.1 (lb) 5.4 (lb)
Tested Length 157 cm 151 cm 156 cm 157 cm 157 cm
Available Lengths 152, 152 wide, 157, 157 wide, 160, 160 wide, 163, 163 wide, 167, 167 wide cm 151, 154, 157 cm 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162 cm 151, 154, 155, 157, 158, 160, 161, 162, 164, 167 cm 151, 154, 157, 160 cm
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Slayer (bamboo, poplar) Carbon-wrapped wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) FSC Mountain (dual-density wood, hardwood bamboo stringers) Wood
Waist Width 25.6 cm 26.6 cm 25.6 cm 25.3 cm 25.5 cm
Radius 7.5/6.8/7.8 m 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.8 m 8.4 m
Taper 18 mm 6 mm 20 mm 0 mm 9 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Weston Backwoods may feel light, but it doesn't skimp on performance. It boasts quick, accurate, and powerful performance movements, and features a micro camber for most of the profile, with rocker in the tip and tail. It has a volume shifted shape, which means there is a wider waist width and shorter length to downsize yet achieve the same levels of stability.

Performance Comparison


The Backwoods is at home in all types of terrain.
The Backwoods is at home in all types of terrain.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Edging


The Backwoods is like a Peregrine Falcon in its turning ability. This board excels at fast, short, and medium radius turns. Whichever radius you want, once you think about turning, you are already doing it; it's that easy to get on edge. The Backwoods is incredibly nimble and moves around bumps, allowing you to look at the mountain differently. It feels like you're surfing. The board is meant to be downsized, which unlocked this playful feeling without compromising security. When turning, it feels like you're riding the entire edge of the snowboard. The turning itself is powerful and consistent, which then is translated into a strong snap off the stiffer tail, and faster turn finishes. We really enjoyed this turning style. It had a lot of response and power in a user-friendly package.

The Backwoods can obtain plenty of edge hold on firm snow.
The Backwoods can obtain plenty of edge hold on firm snow.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Float in Powder


Optimal float in powder was one of the top design priorities of the Backwoods. It has all the components required to provide effortless floatation and a swift turning ride. The shape of Backwoods promotes effortless floatation thanks to its powder inspired shape with a long nose and shorter, tapered tail. The shorter tail allows the board to be incredibly agile and snappy when turning in fresh snow. This board is very fun to ride in powder and has the stability and agility for whatever terrain you wish.

Stability at Speed


The Backwoods provides a stable ride, especially considering its length and playfulness. The cambered profile and wider waist give you a solid platform to charge over things that are in your way. When we were straight-lining, the nose resisted chatter well. Our testers felt secure and enjoyed going fast down the mountain, making quick edge transitions.

Nimble and quick edge response for the Backwoods.
Nimble and quick edge response for the Backwoods.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Playfulness


The Backwoods is playful in its versatility and the types of riding styles that it can support. If you are looking to really drive the snowboard, it can do that. If you want to slash around, it's got you. If you want to win your local bank slalom, it can do that. In contrast, the Backwoods was hard to butter around the mountain. The nose was hard to initiate a butter and even harder to maintain. We were, however, able to rip turns and pop into butters, which were still enjoyable, but we had to work for them and accept that we couldn't hold them as long.

Popping and Jumping


The Backwoods provided sufficient pop when taking off side hits and jumps. It didn't blow our mind, but we found that we could still jump over everything we needed to. The long nose is a good platform to load your ollie. The tail has a V-shaped stringer of carbon to stiffen it up, which helps with pop and landing security, but the shorter tail does take some adjustment to nail ollies and landings. When we needed additional support on hardpack landings, the tail provided adequate support. However, jumping and landing on park jumps is not a primary design goal of the Backwoods and still performed well.

Value


The 19-20 Backwoods is partnered with the National Forest Foundation. Ten percent of every Backwoods sold goes to support the foundation; that is rad! The board is priced competitively with other high-performance snowboards, and it's worth every penny.

Conclusion


The Weston Backwoods provides a refined and versatile ride in all conditions. It features a gently volume shifted profile that is quick on edge and stable at speed. Its design places the least amount of emphasis on jumping and landing, but we found it was proficient in this category. This board is good for intermediate to advanced riders who want to surf the mountain and have fun with every turn, whether in ice or powder.

Isaac Laredo