Rail it, float it, send it.
A mid-wide waist width coupled with an aggressive sidecut and UnderBite sets you up for a turning experience like no other. Response, stability and edge hold on every snow condition. Floats better than anything this side of a 420. Enjoy the shorter swing weight by riding it a few cm’s shorter than your normal board and you will unlock this board’s true versatility. Pat fox designed the board @ patfoxart.
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.
Evolving over the years, the PowerDrive core is always about maximizing the power and energy of any given shape. The Optimistic begins with the same light, snappy Poplar and Bamboo core featured on the Standard and Ghost. We then mill two custom programmed channels about 30mm in from the edge, running parallel to and matching the sidecut dimensions.
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.
This is the term we use and is the grey zone many companies play in. We call it Sintered Spec because it’s hardness and chemical properties are very close to true sintered and it’s on-snow performance is also very close to true sintered - but it’s formed using the extrusion process. How? – Well the raw material is actually pre-consumer recycled (meaning it never left the factory) sintered base material. So while the heating and extrusion process has softened it slightly, it’s still much harder than true Extruded.
|Board Length (cm)||151||154||157||161|
|Surface Area (dm2)||40,5||42,2||43,7||45|
|Tip Length (cm)||31,2||31,6||32||32,2|
|Tail Length (cm)||15,2||15,6||16||16,2|
|Effective Edge Length (cm)||116,6||118,8||121||124,6|
|Contact Length (cm)||104,6||106,8||109||112,6|
|Waist Width (cm)||25,6||26,2||26,6||26,8|
|Front Foot Width (cm)||26,3||27||27,5||27,7|
|Rear Foot Width (cm)||26,6||27,2||27,7||27,8|
|Tip Width (cm)||30,8||31,5||31,9||31,9|
|Tail Width (cm)||30,1||30,8||31,3||31,3|
|Rocker / Camber (mm)||R0.2-C0.4-R0.2||R0.2-C0.4-R0.2||R0.2-C0.4-R0.2||R0.2-C0.4-R0.2|
|Sidecut Radius (m)||6.2||6.4||6.5||7,2|
|Ref. Point (cm)||53,3||55,9||58,4||59,7|
|Ref. Point (in)||21||22||23||23,5|
|Ref. Stance Setback (cm)||0||0||0||0|
|Min Ref. Stance Width (cm)||47,3||49,9||52,4||53,7|
|Min Ref. Stance Width (in)||18,6||19,6||20,6||21,1|
|Max Ref. Stance Width (cm)||59,3||61,9||64,4||65,7|
|Max Ref. Stance Width (in)||23,4||24,4||25,4||25,9|
|Rider Weight (lbs)||110-150||130-170||140-200||150-210|
|Rider Weight (kg)||50-68||59-77||63-90||68-95|