Men's West BoundMen's West Bound

Men’s West Bound


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*Fusion Rocker Camber*

The West Bound is the best board in town. The greatest profile in snowboarding snuck its way out of the Shaper Series and on to the best. The West Bound features a unique and versatile shape with a pinch of taper, and the Recluse Web Carbon Layup. Float better, carve better, maneuver better, you are better on the West Bound. POP like an exploding hot air balloon. Find your home on the West. Go West Bound my friend.

X – Wide version of the original
DF – Widest version

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  1. sblain

    Bought a Westbound last season. I had been riding another brand from Colorado who used to make a 28cm wide board and was very happy with them. Then they decided to max at a 27 waist and with my size 13 feet that 1cm makes a huge difference to the angles you can set your bindings. So I started to look around at wide boards and bought a westbound.
    I was quite worried about riding a much shorter board, the 160 length providing a much shorter edge contact than I was used to. At 210lbs, 6ft 1 inch I thought I may have to be very careful with how hard I worked the edges on this board. Shouldn’t have worried, I’m a very aggressive carver and the Westbound could handle everything I threw at it. On groomers with moderate to steep slopes I could use body dragging edge angles and the board would drive through the turn with a very smooth entry and exit, carving deep trenches with no chatter. Only when I was on very steep runs and letting the board run at mark eight speeds did I get a little chatter, at those speeds with my weight , a narrow race board with a hard boot setup would have chattered so I wasn’t surprised. The board does handle those speeds well and allows you to maintain control with out bouncing out in a yard sale , you just have to use a tiny bit of caution.
    When you’re in the really steep back country riding where you need tight controlled turns, the board responds very well to torsional flex and will turn on a dime while maintaining edge hold. If you consider it’ll also give you drawn out carved turns using the entire edge radius this turning dexterity is a delight.
    I’ve only managed a couple of waist deep pow days on the board, it floated me beautifully , no nose dive probably because of the slight taper in the board.
    Historically when going to a resort I’d turn up with a 170/27 and a 165/27 to cover the kind of fun and riding I’d be doing. Now I’m quite happy to turn up with the 160 /28.5 DF and know it’ll handle anything I decide to do that day.
    I rarely play in the park anymore so I cannot give any insight into park riding, butters and 180’s etc of your board edges are easy while free riding.
    Sadly I’m getting old now and have been snowboarding since the days when we rammed a ski boot liner into a pair of Sorels and were really stoked about this new ( crap ) binding design that had come from Sims. Can’t tell you how many boards I’ve owned, but I can tell you the Westbound is certainly the most ” all round ” do everything board I’ve ever ridden.

    • Chris Harris

      Great review! Thanks for the extensive insight. Glad to have you on board!

  2. Shawn

    Finally some WIDES from NS!
    This might be what gets me back on one. Rode NS for a good decade or more and left when companies started making 275 and up boards. Excited to get on one of these. Hoping for a extra wide harpoon or swift in the future.

    • Chris Harris

      Welcome back Shawn! We’re psyched to be able to deliver Drag Frees for all of you who need them.

  3. Charlie Harvey

    I was lucky enough to demo the 160cm Drag Free West Bound back in March. I’ve been anxiously waiting for someone to make a versatile board with a 28+ cm waist width for almost 20 years of riding. Kudos to NS for pioneering this one and creating a killer option for us big footed riders. Over the years I have purchased and demoed several other “wide” & ultra wide boards from various companies. None of them stack up to the West Bound. The problem is always the same. The majority of others that have this much width come with excess length as well. The assumption seems to be that if you are tall and have big feet then you are also 250+ lbs. However my size (6’6”, 180 lbs, size 13 boot) doesn’t necessarily warrant a 168+cm length yet I do need the extra width. I have been getting by on 26.4cm wide boards for awhile now but always apprehensive to lean too far into my edges thus creating sloppy carves and frequently booting out. After a few runs on the Drag Free West Bound, any fears of booting out were history and it was time to finally enjoy riding/carving the way I’ve wanted to for decades. This. Board. Leaves. Trenches.

    After my demo, these were the most memorable items:

    1) Zero drag- Obvious but every run I was able to lean harder and harder into my edges with growing confidence.

    2) Shape- I found ample float in powder and yet it was still lively and responsive on hard pack. Even in the park this board was more than capable.

    3) Weight- Despite its larger size and surface area, the Westbound is notably lighter and more agile then previous boards I’ve owned

    4) Versatile- Hard carving is finally achievable for big footed riders (Boot size 12 and up), park riding finally doesn’t feel like balancing an egg on a spoon, and pow laps are buoyant.

    5) Edge to Edge- At first I figured it would be more difficult to get edge to edge or quick turn in the trees. This was not the case at all. I felt stable even at high speeds getting edge to edge quickly and smoothly.

    Overall, this is the long awaited tall mans dream. Drag Free=28.4cm wide grins for days.

    • Chris Harris

      Thanks for the review. Vince, The Chairman, has been pushing for this for years and we finally listened. Glad you dudes with the…uh…large feet finally have a board that performs.