The Optimistic comes back this year with a lot more than just a face-lift. It’s an all-new board, an all-new ride and comes stacked with some of our most proven and refined design theories. This board combines the fun, easy nature of the 420 with the carving prowess of the PYL and the explosive horsepower of our PowerDrive core.
It’s wide. And wide is good. This allows you to ride the board up to 6cm shorter, giving you more maneuverability in the trees and easier spins in the air. Width also creates stability at speed and floatation in the deep that we used to associate with length. It also begs to be leaned-over as far as you dare on the groomers, which is fun as hell!
Add in the now legendary Underbite and you have a board that will carve troughs into hard-pack and float better than anything this side of a 420.
UnderBite edges re-distribute a rider’s weight in such a way that it enhances turning ease and edge hold. Creating divots inward at the binding area reduces and disrupts the surface area of the edge that has contact with the snow while the board is turning. This increases the edge pressure by distributing your weight/energy in the areas where you need it - from the binding out, and through the center of the board where the carving arc is taking place. This segmentation of the sidecut into 3 key zones focuses your body weight onto areas that initiate, hold and release turns.
We’ve re-designed the PowerDrive core from last year evolving the original idea into what we call Carbon PowerDrive. The Optimistic begins with the same Poplar and Bamboo core featured on the Standard and TDF. The PYL begins with a lighter weight Poplar and Paulownia composition. On both models, we then mill two custom programmed channels about 30mm in from the edge, running parallel to the sidecut.
Inserted into these channels are pre-bent bamboo stringers wrapped in carbon. The end result is a highly responsive core that precisely matches and compliments the outline of each board. From intuitive turn initiation, solid edge hold and explosive release, the PowerDrive core is constantly active.
Just like it says. Pellets or course powder is pressed until it forms a solid. There are several suppliers for our entire industry and they each have different codes for them, depending on the color and transparency. These codes can make it seem like you’re getting many different kinds and grades of sintered but they’re all pretty much the same as far as you and I will ever tell. True Sintered is harder and more expensive than extruded and it can be faster for those that ride aggressively fast. But to do that, it needs to be waxed and prepared for local conditions.
|Board Length (cm)||Tip Length (cm)||Tail Length (cm)||Effective Edge (cm)||Contact Length (cm)||Waist Width (cm)||Tip Width (cm)||Tail Width (cm)||Rocker / Camber (cm)||Side Cut (cm)||Ref. point (cm) (in)||Ref. Stance Setback (cm)||Min Stance Width (cm) (in)||Max Stance Width (cm) (in)|
|151||31.2||15.2||116.6||104.6||25.6||30.8||30.1||R2/C4/R2||6.3||57.2 - 22.5||0.0||53.2 - 20.9||61.2 - 24.1|
|154||31.6||15.6||118.8||106.8||26.2||31.5||30.82||R2/C4/R2||6.35||58.42 - 23.0||0.0||54.4 - 21.4||62.42 - 24.57|
|157||32||16||121||109||26.6||31.9||31.29||R2/C4/R2||6.5||58.42 - 23.0||0.0||54.4 - 21.4||62.42 - 24.57|