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Their yearning for turning series is so awesome. I love the simple white/red boards and their shapes.
You don't see much info or reviews on these boards, does anyone riding them have any opinions they'd like to share?
The boards that excite me most are the Pencil, Stealth, Tranny Finder and Cafe Racer.

If I managed to ruin my SPAM I imagine I'd be very interested in one of those.

Lets talk Karua!
Their yearning for turning series is so awesome. I love the simple white/red boards and their shapes.
You don't see much info or reviews on these boards, does anyone riding them have any opinions they'd like to share?
The boards that excite me most are the Pencil, Stealth, Tranny Finder and Cafe Racer.

If I managed to ruin my SPAM I imagine I'd be very interested in one of those.

Lets talk Karua!
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Their yearning for turning series is so awesome. I love the simple white/red boards and their shapes.
You don't see much info or reviews on these boards, does anyone riding them have any opinions they'd like to share?
The boards that excite me most are the Pencil, Stealth, Tranny Finder and Cafe Racer.

If I managed to ruin my SPAM I imagine I'd be very interested in one of those.

Lets talk Karua!
I hear you. My favorite shapes from Korua are the Pencil and the Obelix. The classic line is really cheap. I've been looking for an addition to my current board and they are definitely on the radar even if I find it kind of stupid to buy a board with p-tex edges and no side cut to speak of.
 

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no, the regular boards do, sorry I misspoke (paraphrasing from OP who I think also misspoke). the regular boards i.e., Pencil, Cafe, Tranny Finder, Dart, Stealth, etc have edges.

it's the Concept line like the Obelisk and Blindgänger which don't.
I didn't mean to blurt out that I think the classic line is cheap in the middle of another topic... :grin:
 

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Just rode my Pencil Plus for the first time. -8C and blue skies.

I rode it on perfect groomers and some above the knee deep pockets of really nice but semi dense powder.

I was worried it would be hard to get on edge and to turn because of the width but the moment I took my first turns I realized this is a really nimble board.

Easy to get on edge and easy transitions. Easy to make short radius turn but also feels nice doing longer accelerating s-turns. You can slide around on it but it's not really the best feature of this board. Going down steeper runs I had a tendency to put it on edge instead of sliding the turns and it just kept accelerating like crazy unless I checked my speed. The steeps felt a lot steeper than on my old board... haha.

It's really fun carving though. I put my angles at 18/3 with lots of forward lean on the highbacks. The heel side grip felt surprisingly good and leaning into the toe side turns felt awesome. The groomers were ridiculously good so maybe any board would have had that grip though. I will definitely increase my angles further to 21/6 next time.

My former board needed a lot more back leg in the powder so at first I stalled going into the deeper parts because I just pressed the tail into the snow. Once I realized I wasn't going to sink putting weight on my front foot it was a blast charging through the powder. The base seems durable because my third run into powder I banged into a log or a rock and I thought the base was done for. Just some very mild scratches, luckily.

I'm a heavy guy so this board doesn't feel very stiff at all. If anything maybe springy and playful. Can it be playfully aggressive?

Not sure about the top sheet quality though. All in all I'm very pleased with it and I see this as a very nice daily driver for riding both alone and with my kids. A having a fun day on the mountain kind of board for just turning and looking for pow.
 

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After a few more days on the Pencil Plus, I have to say I'm still pleased with it. It's lively and not very forgiving but so much fun to ride.

The Goodride complains that it's more of a "drivey s-turn" board, but I find that laying this sideways it just takes off across the piste like crazy. Maybe it's my weight letting me flexing it more, but I suspect it's just a matter of pushing it. It's more of a problem with not having empty slopes because it turns so much that you cut into other people's paths. Another fun feature is that the board doesn't wait to turn. When you lay it over it just immediately takes off into the turn. What I completely agree with is that it likes picking up speed in the s-turns.

My first thought was that it's fine riding at all speeds and it is fine doing that, but it's not very fun riding it like that and at slow speeds it feels a little catchy and dull. So although you can cruise around on it, it's not what this board was meant for.
 

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I really enjoyed riding the Pencil. I've heard some people question their durability but I can't really speak to that. I would suggest if that's a concern that the Plus versions are beefed up construction so they may be a little tougher. however I didn't notice any signs that they were frail, on the contrary the base held up well and even the gloss topsheet, though it took a few chips around the edges but that happens on a lot of boards from impact or lift line dings etc...
The metal edge wraps around the tip of the tail on my Pencil Plus so I'm not much worried about the tail. I asked Korua about why they didn't make it wrap around the entire tail and they said it's because they use the same mold for several boards. So it's the best they can offer for now.

In general the quality of the board seems fine, unless you get a faulty one. I received a board that had a faulty top sheet and I ended up ripping the entire top sheet of the board, after talking to the Korua guys. I've been riding this board like I stole it since I'm getting a replacement board and so far everything else seems to hold up just fine. I just ride it wherever I want and today I ran nose first into the world's toughest ice boulder in high speed speed and the nose held up just fine, even though I was thrown several meters from the collision. The base seems solid as well.

From the little powder I've managed to run I think it's an easy turner and it floats really well. Sadly the weather hasn't been great and there's been a lot of windswept icy hardpack off piste and in the trees it's mixed dense powder and tough crust. I'm riding high altitude birch trees when I don't ride open faces and the pencil is easy to turn in the trees. It's more my own ability that hinders me in trees.

I've turned my angles to +21/+6 and I think that's what I'm sticking with on this board.

Despite the faulty top sheet I have nothing bad to say about this board and the guys at Korua have been nothing but forthcoming. I decided to wait for a replacement board because it just rides too good to return it for a refund or another model.



Cool thread. Trenchdigger looks sweet.
Indeed it does and I've been eyeing both the Trenchdigger and the Cafe Racer. When I get my next board it's most likely another Korua if I don't go for an Amplid.
 

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Totally confused by the above. Isn't a board laid sideways ( presumably in a turn) that takes off on it's own (drivey) a "drivey s-turn" board? Not trying to be a dick, it just seems to me that the board is doing for you exactly what Goodride said it would do. Maybe we don't have the same understanding of "drivey"? I'm shopping like you and absolutely loved your thread where you almost settled on the Amplid, but then got the Pencil. I want to understand what you are saying about the Pencil now, but I don't get it.
The Goodride compared the Pencil Plus with the Puzzle. They said the Puzzle was more off the tail and surfy. That it liked going from side to side etc. And the Pencil Plus was more front foot driven and "drivey" and that it liked accelerating turns. The Puzzle liked going across piste and the Pencil just wanted to be pointed.

I don't disagree with the board being front foot driven. In my short experience I've found it to like s-turns and that it picks up speed doing that. The board has a longer sidecut radius towards the tail. What I meant was that I find that it likes to take off in sharper turns when you increase the board tilt and drive into it. And that when you do that it really takes off into the turn from the beginning. The radius seems to be shorter in the front (I know it's longer towards the tail from asking the Korua guys) so that when you press into the start of the turn it immediately launches into it if you commit to the turn.

After a few days of riding and having tried my First Call 162 in between I find the Pencil much more demanding and that the tail is a bit washy unless you ride it just right. Last night it started to dump it kept on snowing with -7C all through the day and I've had a full day of absolutely awesome snow. The Pencil is a blast in the powder and I find myself going into trees that I didn't enjoy riding before. In the powder it's so surfy and easy to ride it is ridiculous.

For the record, I've never tried the Puzzle. I also enjoy watching the Goodride reviews in general even if I sometimes fast forward through some of the bantering between friends. Mostly I like the parts where they show the boards on the table.
 

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I have a 157 Trannfy Finder and love it. I have about 10-12 days on it. It's more of my powder board or whenever I feel like I want to just carve all day. Not great at slow speeds but that's not what it's built for. If you want a stiff cambered powder board that can lay trenches this board can do it. I haven't had any troubles with durability yet either.
It's not very relaxing in the resort chop. When I went back to try my softish First Call it was like sunshine and puppies for my knees.

I want a Korua.... maybe a Pencil... who knows...
A guy at a shop said the classic version was more on rails and the plus was just more fun and lively.
 

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Yeah I'm thinking either Pencil or Apollo. But it depends on when Fullbag releases that 160 Lifer, also which board(s) I retire for next season. I'm at a point where I need to sell/retire 1 or 2 boards before getting any other one.....
Final verdict for my Pencil Plus is that it's a great powder board that you can take all over the mountain.

It's ok even for a second season rider like me. I've taken it down black diamond pistes and similar open powder faces, both wide and narrow. It's very easy to move around on steep slopes but it also feels stable just letting it go at higher speeds in powder. After a few days on it I felt confident taking it through denser alpine birch trees and it's nimble enough for a bigger rider at least. It also has great float.

The edge hold on windswept icy surfaces off piste is ok but not fantastic (note that I'm only comparing this with my experiences as a skier and one other snowboard, so maybe it's actually great.... or lousy).

It's great fun carving it but the tail is a little washy for me and I think the board is a bit chattery on icy pistes and not great in choppy resort snow. On fresh corduroy it's really fun and you can turn it however you want. I think the washy tail might also be a bit of a problem with my inexperience and that I like to shift my weight back on the tail as the turn progresses. One funny thing that I've experienced with this board is that if I'm too enthusiastic when I initiate a carve in softer snow the front part of the sidecut will dig into the snow too much resulting in a a nice faceplant. Also perhaps because of my inexperience.

As for riding with the family it's good in the sense that it lets you have fun on the side of the piste without having to change board. It's nimble enough to chase around the narrow forrest trails with the kids even if it would be easier if it was a bit softer.

I love this board, and they will pry it out of my dead frozen fingers before I let it go. Not sure this can be my only board though... I might need a couple of new ones for the next season. Maybe that Cafe Racer... and something to ride with the family. :wink:
 

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Recently shifted my attention to the tranny finder from the cafe racer. I’m kinda between a TF 57 or going Simple Pleasures 56. It’s interesting that the volume shifted 56 SP almost matches the specs of the 57 TF. I’m wondering how a board designed intentionally wide in regards to foot size (TF) would handle vs something intentionally designed to be downsized on (SP). The 56 SP wouldn’t be much of a downsize for me since my other boards are 57-58-59.
Maybe flex? Otherwise it's just a matter of location of surface area and effective edge, right?
 

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Owned the 54 T.Finder this year, and still currently the 56 Stealth. At ~165-170lbs, size 8US Ion Leather boots, mod-Genies/Cartel combo binders.

Def a charger for me with my specs above; borderline plank-ish esp in bulletproof conditions here in Ontario. Strongest suit is def going fast; charging hard esp on wide open groomers. Turn initiation can potentially feel slow if have softer bindings and/or boots, and small boot size (technique also plays a major role, of course). If looking for something mellow and/or forgiving, these boards aren't it lol.

Havent gotten many deep days with them yet, so can't delve much on that aspect right now. But will be making the trek to pow mecca (Japan) this coming winter, so hoping to see how well it floats in deep snow.

Also, any board I own I usually ride both on hill and in the park. Rode the 54 Tranny Finder a ton especially; the more fun and versatile of the two. They're pretty fun on jumps and quite boosty. Esp on colder/slicker days, find myself landing near the flat bottom far more than I'd like lol. I didn't jib with them all that much (aka avoided them, as can be seen in edit below lol). Not the ideal choice for that type of riding anyway, so can't say much for that either.

Have since given the 54 T.Finder to my bro, but have replaced it with the 57 T.Finder + this summer. Excited to see how the regular and plus line compare/differ on snow.

Anyhow, here's a short edit from spring hot laps on the 54 T.Finder this past winter.

https://youtu.be/ELKsB-tjkjA
There's a review of the Tranny Finder plus on Whitelines. I ride the Pencil plus and I found this little quote fitting:

The only thing that is somewhat of a negative I could say about this board is that it can be fairly hard to bring this beast to stop when you are travelling fast or on bumpy terrain, I could only imagine the struggles one would go through descending a run with lots of moguls, your legs would be on fire! That is an unavoidable and only minor downside to a board that is incredibly good at what it’s built for. It is definitely an advanced rider’s board, it requires a lot of control and is very stiff and aggressive.
Admittedly I'm only an intermediate rider with bad knees but the Pencil plus was murder on my knees last season. Although great in powder and on fresh groomers.
 

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After watching the new Korua edit I'm just itching to break out my Korua board.... come on snow.... I actually have two Pencil plus, since the first one had a defect top sheet. So one rock board and one shiny pristine one.
 
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