The alpine world has been turned upside down in the last few years as shapes and constructions have completely changed. Donek is at the forefront of race and alpine snowboard development and the metal freecarve is one of the crowning achievements in their R&D.
This board provides the forgiving ride carvers have come to expect with the versatility they require.
Comes with new UPM pattern for mounting plate systems.
Effective Edge (CM)
Side Cut Radius (M)
Nose Width (CM)
Center Width (CM)
Tail Width (CM)
All our topsheets are dye sublimated which is an environmentally friendly process that uses water based inks and a paper carrier which is recycled. The ink is digitally printed on the paper and transferred into the plastic topsheet material with heat and pressure. The heat causes the dye sublimation ink to become a gas, which migrates into the plastic topsheet. As the material cools the ink becomes a solid and is fixed in the material.
Most of our base graphics are die cut. Base material begins as a sheet of plastic. In order to create a die cut base graphic, each component (letter or shape) is cut from an appropriately colored piece of base material. The same shapes are cut into the base or background color. Each piece is then put together much like a puzzle. All the pieces are held together with tape while the board is being pressed.
Dye sublimated base graphics involve digitally printing dye sublimation ink on paper. The printed paper is laid in contact with the plastic base material. Heat and pressure is applied. The heat causes the dye sublimation ink to become a gas, which migrates into the plastic base material. As the material cools the ink becomes a solid and is fixed in the base material. This technique is very durable as the ink will penetrate the entire thickness of the material.
We laminate large blocks from ¾ in lumber in a press. That block is sliced, much like you slice a loaf of bread, on our sawmill to produce individual core blanks. A core blank is placed on our cnc machine and cut to shape. Some cores then go into another lamination process in which we laminate a side stick (ash lumber with ABS sidewall pre-laminated to it) to the side of the shaped core. Others have sidewalls applied to them after the core has been tapered. We place the core back on our cnc machine and cut the taper or core profile.
Our metal construction incorporates a sugar maple core sandwiched between two layers of titanal and carbon fiber and covered by a smooth PBT topsheet. The metal (top and bottom) is under the PBT (or base) and cut slightly smaller than the perimeter of the board to eliminate edge impact damage to the metal. The insert holes in the metal are also predrilled larger than the insert barrels to prevent stress risers resulting from core deformation at the inserts. This is a common cause of delam/failure when using metal bindings.
This construction provides unmatched performance in challenging conditions. Edgehold and dampness are markedly increased and at the same time, the construction is very rider-friendly. In contrast to the notion of high performance boards that demand absolute precision from the rider, our metal construction provides fantastic performance with fewer demands on the rider.
Symmetriflex Wood Cores
symmetriflex \se-me-tri-fleks: a term invented by donek snowboards to describe the behavior of a snowboard core. they wish it were in webster's but.....
Advanced Side Cut
Traditional radial sidecuts tend to pressure (transmit the rider's weight) the board's edge near the waist of the board, between the rider's feet. This leaves the tip and tail free to bounce around in uneven conditions and makes for a very short unstable turning surface.
Using more complicated mathematics we're able to generate geometries that pressure the board's edge further from the waist of the board – applying force to the tip and tail instead of just at the board's waist. This keeps the tip and tail on the ground instead of bouncing around in choppy conditions. In effect we've lengthened the boards "wheel base". By moving the edge pressure farther away from the rider, we've generated a longer, more stable turning surface that makes our freestyle/freeride boards perform as well at 40 mph as they do at 5 mph. By keeping the tip and tail on the ground, we've reduced the need for vibrational damping.
We break the sidecut of the board into 100 different curves and increment the radius, producing a continuously variable sidecut radius. This particular geometry is used to allow a rider to manipulate the shape of a turn base on his position on the board. By placing a tighter radius in the shovel of the board, the rider can execute a tighter turn when innitiating a turn in the shovel. Longer radii in the tail allow the rider to straighten out his path and accellerate into the next turn as his weight transitions to the tail. This concept allows racers to execute a shorter path through a race course and provide recreational riders the ability to more easily manipulate the turn radius of their board.