Welcome to our snowboard and ski tech page. We don't really like coming up with fancy names for the stuff we put into our skis and boards, so we usually just call it as it is. However, we realize that may still need some explaining. Below you'll find the most pressing things that we want to talk to you about.
We don’t skimp on our splits. You’ll see a full inner metal edge, complete with sidewall and dampening tape. Also, when facing a kickturn on a steep slope, you want all the help you can get - that’s why we balance our splits so that they are tail heavy.
Stainless steel metal tip and tail pieces protect from damage and increase durability.
Karakoram Ultra Clips
ULTRA clips are the strongest, lowest profile splitboard clips in the world. They deliver unmatched compression between board halves and they are adjustable so you can maintain even compression as your splitboard ages.
By using fine threaded bolts we were able to provide a smooth finish to our bases for easier tuning and greater speed.
Paulownia is the poster child of cores. It has the best strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it an ideal choice for lightweight touring builds. But to take it to the next level we had to think outside the box. Instead of traditional stringers that run the entire length of the core, we turned everything on an angle, allowing us to vary the thickness of each piece and fine tune the flex throughout the ski. It then got infused with aluminum stringers for improved stiffness and dampening. This combination is our most high-tec core and is a dream going up and down.
Models: Backwoods Carbon, Backwoods Carbon Split, Great White Skis, Black Belt Skis
Every wood has it’s own highlights, so we decided to bring them all together. Poplar, the jack of all trades, serves as a durable base to start with, feather-light paulownia shaves unnecessary weight, and bamboo acts as a spine to maintain stiffness. We also threw in vertical carbon stringers for additional stiffness without the weight penalty. The combination is used in our stiffest boards, designed for riders who want complete control.
The pairing of paulownia and poplar is like having a helium infused board. This lightweight combination minimizes weight and maximizes performance, meaning more of your effort can go towards having fun, instead of getting dragged down by a heavy board. Paulownia has one of the best strength-to-weight ratio of any wood on the market, making it the ideal wood for cores. This build has a slightly softer flex and is designed to be super lightweight yet responsive for our ladies of shred.
Models: Spruce, Rise, Rise Split, Riva, Riva Split
A blend of poplar and bamboo minimizes weight and makes for a snappy, responsive ride. Bamboo running the length of the board acts like a spring and increases pop throughout. This lightweight combination minimizes weight, meaning more of your effort can go towards having fun, instead of dealing with a heavy board. Both woods are fast growing and sustainability farmed, so natural forests aren’t harmed.
Models: Logger, Range, Range Split, Backwoods, Backwoods Split, Japow, Japow Split
This is our classic, no frills, all poplar wood core. Almost every board out there has at least some poplar in it, and for a reason. For a single wood, this really has it all. Light, but still durable. Poppy, but not too stiff. Consistent, without feeling dull. Some things just don’t go out style, and a poplar core is one of them.
Models: Timber, Switchback Split
Think Rhino-Liner for your snowboard. This topsheet is bomb-proof and is designed to resist scratches and chipping. Plus its hydrophobic properties help to shed snow and prevent buildup. And if you weren’t sold already, it's made of castor beans instead of petroleum products, reducing the environmental footprint. The only downside is stickers don’t like to stick to it… but that's what helmets are for anyways.
TPU stands for thermoplastic polyurethane, a special type of polymer developed to maintain elasticity in cold temperatures and be abrasion resistant. All this tech mumbo-jumbo really just means that your topsheet is super durable without being super expensive.
Think Sintered 4000 on steroids. This world cup sintered base is specially formulated with a special carbon additive for the fastest glide available. The carbon distributes static electricity across the entire base area, creating a microscopic layer of water to glide on. No one is going to be able to keep up with you now.
Fast ride, more durable, good wax retention. It's the gold standard in bases. The 4000-series sintered base have a higher density than other options on the market, leading to better durability. Additionally, this structure absorbs more wax, making for a faster and smoother ride*. 4000-series PTEX is usually reserved for only top-of-the-line boards due to a higher manufacturing cost, but at Weston we use these on every board we make.
*With great power comes great responsibility. Higher wax absorption means the wax will also release faster and requires waxing more often. If you can’t remember the last time your board has been waxed, it's probably due. A quick coat every couple of rides will keep your board lightning fast.
Multi-axis, stitched fiberglass laminate that offers a precise and responsive ride in any terrain or snow conditions.
Multi-axis carbon fiber replaces fiberglass to create a lightweight, yet responsive topsheet.
Tip + Tail
Ready for takeoff? Stringers running from under your feet to the end of the board are ready to launch you off anything. Carbon is extremely rigid for its weight, and if you bend it, it explosively springs back creating unmatched pop. Carbon is a wonder material, but too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad. By not running the entire length of the board we can maximize pop while keeping the center of the board flexible.
There’s nothing worse than sending something big, but having the tail of your board wash out from under you when you land. We’ve added a carbon V in the back to increase pop for the takeoff and provides better support to help stick your landings. It also increases torsional rigidity, improving edge-to-edge control and ensuring the board moves exactly as you want it to.
Tip to Tail
Stringers running the length of the board increases stiffness throughout. By placing them near the center, the board doesn’t become overly stiff torsionally, making for easy turn initiation. They also allow for equivalent stiffness with less core material needed, reducing overall weight.
An innovative technology where carbon is weaved through the core from topsheet to base and back to create maximum pop. This effectively builds a spring into your board and will send you higher than ever before.
Carbon is laminated between wood stringers to provide added pop and strength. Putting it on its side is a more effective that traditional stringers, and achieves the same stiffness with less material required.
Highly durable polyurethane sidewall that also provides added dampening.
Highly durable sidewall that protects core from impact and increases torsional stability. UHMW PE is similar to the base material, but tweaked to be more impact resistant.
Our tip spacers are stitched to the core to provide added durability.
Just like roots help keep a plant grounded, flax reinforcement in areas of the core help increase strength and durability. Flax is also much more sustainable and environmentally friendly than petroleum-based alternatives.
Multi-radial sidecut provides two additional contact points to help maintain better edge control.
The tail on this snowboard will help you swim through powder like a fish in the sea while maintaining durability as each tail is structurally reinforced with carbon. Think of this shape like a giant teeter-totter. By not having the surface area in the tail it sinks, but in turn the nose floats that much more.
Aluminum is laminated between wood stringers to provide added strength and dampening.