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Last winter, I got to test an amazing soft boot carver... the Coiler BXFR 160, a free carve version of their Boardercross model. It was built to my personal specifications by Bruce Varsava. @Jack M pointed out that I hadn’t posted the review where it should actually be...sorry for the delay, better late than never. 🤣
Here’s my review. 

 

 

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Aloha Martin

Outstanding presentation once again

You have certainly set a high bar

Do you have an entry at Sundance this year?

 

I have a gaping hole in my quiver at my new "home mountain" not in Utah

I need an all-mountain battle axe for less soft days

The BXFR has been one of the few boards I have been considering

Did you design with any intention of riding off-piste?

Have you ridden BXFR off-piste in variable conditions worth riding?

Is there something inherent in the design that simply rules that out?

I need to broaden my horizons on firmer days more often

I prefer a wider board for stance preference

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15 hours ago, LiquidEarth808 said:

Did you design with any intention of riding off-piste?

Have you ridden BXFR off-piste in variable conditions worth riding?

Is there something inherent in the design that simply rules that out?

I prefer a wider board for stance preference

Thanks for your comments...maybe next year’s Sundance! 

I had intended the board to fill a specific gap in my quiver, as a soft boot on-piste carver, that I could do the odd BX race on. 

Off piste? I guess it depends on what terrain your powder is in. My mountain has a lot of steep, tight trees, and for that I already have a very able board...the mid-wide Yes Optimistic. 

My BXFR is on the stiffer side, and although very maneuverable for a big, wide board (with great float),  I wouldn’t ride it in tight trees, it would just keep accelerating! Wide open powder, it would work. The nose is quite low, but Bruce can change that to make it more pow-friendly. On groomers? It rules. Super stable at high speed combined with tenacious grip on all snow.   

I would suggest a softer flex pattern if you wanted it to be a little more versatile. 

My final dimensions were:

Length 160

waist 27

sidecut 8/10/9 

Running length around 135

Slight early rise at nose contact point, tail too (for switch carving ease).

Nose and tail shape - like Coiler Slice

Top sheet finish - Carbonium

Base Graphite

Camber low

Flex - medium stiff (I weigh 170lbs), nose softer than tail, with the tail the stiffest part for acceleration.(More like a slalom board)

I hope that helps. 

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I was going to ask you if you had discussed the Slice and Dice secret sauce with Bruce

I can't imagine riding something so short, while attempting to keep an open mind...

Gotta go to know

 

I am fully covered on the powder end of the spectrum

35 years at Snowbird...

Looking for a modern board for after the leftovers are gone...

Maybe the MD signature model

Have you tested a Kessler Ride?

Any comparison?

Assuming your BXFR is significantly stiffer

Thanks

 

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4 hours ago, LiquidEarth808 said:

I was going to ask you if you had discussed the Slice and Dice secret sauce with Bruce

I can't imagine riding something so short, while attempting to keep an open mind...

Gotta go to know

 

I am fully covered on the powder end of the spectrum

35 years at Snowbird...

Looking for a modern board for after the leftovers are gone...

Maybe the MD signature model

Have you tested a Kessler Ride?

Any comparison?

Assuming your BXFR is significantly stiffer

Thanks

 

I didn’t discuss the construction, but Bruce told me that he’d experimented with something new, just before he built mine, and thought it was a great improvement on edgehold, so I said “have at it!”

You say it’s short, but you must remember that with a 27cm width, that’s a lot of volume. Also due to its width, it inherently has great torsional stiffness. 

I did actually own a Kessler Ride for a while, and was a little disappointed. Obviously a great board, but it didn’t give me personally what I was looking for. It didn’t have the same solid grip or stability that my BXFR does. The Kessler would be better however in terms of versatility ie tight trees, tighter steeper bumps etc, but that’s not what I wanted the board for. 

I’d say come over to PC and try it, but I’m about to spend an obscene amount of money getting a structure put on it (by The IS SBX Team tech) for my Airline World Championships BX race, and I don’t want to risk any damage 🤣

 

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