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nils last won the day on October 23 2019

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About nils

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    Alpine Ace

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  • Location
    Lyon, France
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Zinal, La Grave, Verbier
  • Occupation?
    Swoard snowboards founder, now running an architecture firm and raising a family with 4 kids
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    ALL kinds of Swoard!
    Swellpanik 185 and 196 Swallowtails
    Phenix Swallowtails Splitboard
  • Current Boots Used?
    Northwave .900 and Dynafit TLT6 ( backcountry)
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD3 Sidewinder Ti 54/47° at 0°cant/lift, Dyno HD
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  • Hardbooting since

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  1. Unless they moved, they are indeed made by NBL in Poland..As for those shapes and carving....marketing sells for sure..of course it carves, but as soon as you push it under the feet, there is no way the short edges and that nose shape can hold any pressure or big angles...it you look carefully on the vids, you can see they are never pushing it hard and linking turns...or when they push hard its frontsides and there is a editing cut so you don"t see the guy recovering. Am sure those shapes are fun in slow/mid speed mixed terrains thu....but not versatile the way I think versatile should be..I think the most difficult board to design is the perfect all terrain / riding style board...
  2. interesting article for once, american biased of course ( the snowboard world was moving big on this side of the ocean too at that time)...but the hypothesis on why seems to be skippin the idea that it all came from marketing from the majors ( especially Burton/Sims, but also fashion brands) The reason is simple: FS sells because it brings year long pics of dudes with fluo gear and later baggy / grunged inspired gear that would sell to the masses of kids getting at best a few days riding or none each season. FS is circus ( air rotations etc..) that looks extreme and summer camps bringing easy pics not far from media also helped promoting FS ( not for the spirit of snowboarding) but for big $$$. It only forgot that turns are what makes the sport so nice..and carved turns adding G forces making it nicer! I remember the first french media reactions when we launched Swoard: they said: alpine gear... are u a kamikaze?
  3. Sorry guys Patrice has written long explainations on the EC forum..might be easier to read his explaination directly there instead of copy paste here.. https://www.extremecarving.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=13845 Arnaud, who is a team member since prehistoric ages and happens to be a plastic injection engineer has also spent time with Patrice and UPZ developping the specs for it.. his explainations are also helpful to give you answers !
  4. what a weird question.....It is a style that suits some, and not others...Be it !
  5. I use my TLT6 for all my "soft" setups aka powder or other days than on my full carving deck
  6. Explainations: We have worked with many boot makers in order to try to fine the best combination for EC/Freecarve that suits our style of riding ( aka: no plates, wide boards with EC in mind) to replace our aging .900 and try to avoid a 1000+€ solution. It took Patrice and Arnaud ( we have the chance to have a plastic injection engineer in the team) 4 years or riding different boots with mods and work finally with UPZ with a modified injection formula that suits our riding style better. The mold is this of the RC12, with different tongues in the kit for each tastes, and also a modified spring system that one can adapt to our style " à la northwave style" the way we experimented with Jacques and Patrice in the early years of Swoard ( 2001-2003). This made it however possible to keep everything in the 700€ price range with all the optionnal mods included. ( sorry if this sounds like an add > moderators can feel free to move it to dedicated forum area) This season will see the first batch of final production with feedback from the full riding team as well as 2019-2020 customers. Can't wait to test mine! Nils
  7. I agree the vids are not ideal, I have seen the first Casi vid and it is more efficient at showing how rotation works...I don't agree about how swiss snowboard teaching would be inferior to what it used to be thu... They have had a long history of teaching rotation technique, and it is obvious even in oldschool vids like Canon Surf ('87-88)where you can see swiss rider Antoine Massy (white wool cap) turns vs the french crew...He clearly use rotation and the french, even Jean Nerva are clearly in counter rotation..Denis Bertrand and Regis Rolland also.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-wrD1L_IgE Anyway it's good that rotation is now a real subject of teaching, the term alone was not really used before the last decade...along with push-pull ( load / unload) they are the way to go whatever discipline you are doing..( ski, snowboard etc..)
  8. I use only TLT6 in powder and even in soft snow freecarving now
  9. flat, flat flat: no canting or lift as usual
  10. Flat indeed ( EC or freeride/Dual2 oriented)...Still working on the binding design and improvements..Its a very long quest for the perfection...The released ones are pre-series under the feet of the dev. team and few selected clients...so be patient! Maybe we succeed, maybe we don't!
  11. Just learned the passing of Philippe Fragnol, Chamonix's great mountain photographer..here is a pic from him not so off topic showing powder and hardboots...Notice they both are using rubber slings to make sure the bindings do NOT open on their Raichles..Jérome Ruby and Dédé Rhem in the Mallory couloir circa 1993 ( 55°) second pic, same guides north face of the Triolet
  12. I had to get the shells expanded in various spots for they were too narrow for my mid foot section...A good bootfitter can do that for not too much $$..They are now as comfy as crocs with the normal liner.
  13. Well since Pierre Tardivel has premièred most of the french alps very steep couloirs over the last 30 years in skiis and now on split, I can't say he is crazy ;)..He modified softboots bindings to suit his needs, and keeps experimenting...now he uses the plum plate with a strap in the front of the foot and bail in the back. He uses the plate under the foot while upclimbing too..kinda strange...He helps Plum work on their systems so let"s hope something even lighter comes out of it! ( i am not convinced by their bails for their new HB plates as of yet ( too thin to my tastes)
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