Volkl Cashew - 2010

/images/brands/volkl/logo/volkl_logo.gif

Volkl’s green option! The Cashew has an 80% recycled base and hemp topsheet, but it’s not just the enviromental conscious construction that’ll have your mates green with envy. A rocker profile and the Powder Convex base will have you praying for the deep stuff. A technical all-mountain snowboard board with a medium to firm flex designed for advanced riders.

Manufacturer's Description:

The brand new Cashew is an innovative backcountry freestyle board, it also represents an important step towards sustainable and ecological manufacturing. Instead of a plastic topsheet, the Cashew features a tear-proof hemp/linen topsheet. 80% of the sintered base is made of recycled material while flexible wooden sidewalls replace the conventional ABS plastic ones. We used recyclable steel for the Cashew’s edges and as little resin and other toxicological materials as possible, which means that we have cut down on the use of resources but not of technology and know-how! A unique combination of a directional sidecut, Rocker Shape and Convex Powder Base provides incredibly playful riding behaviour as well as maximum flotation in powder snow. An integrated Shock Absorber makes the board super stable for huge jumps too. The ultimate package for backcountry and park ventures and at the same time, for a better future!

Recommended for freeride riding Recommended for big mountain riding High cost snowboard Available in MidWide Rocker construction Directional twin shape Green or Eco Friendly construction

Year: 2010

Available Lengths (cm):
157, 162

Riding Style: All Mountain

Specifications:

HEMP CANVAS TOPSHEET WITH PARTIAL GRIP-LACQUER NEW!
TIP-TO-TAIL SUPREME WOODCORE
SLIM-TIP CONSTRUCTION
SHOCK ABSORBER
DIRECTIONAL FREESTYLE SIDECUT
ROCKER SHAPE
WOODEN SIDEWALLS
SIDEWALL DAMPENING
UPPER AND LOWER TRIAXIAL FIBERGLASS WEAVE PLUS V-FLEX FIBERGLASS WEAVE
DOUBLE VÖLKL PREMIUM CARBON WEAVE
SINTERED BASE WITH DIE-CUT (80% RECYCELED BASE MATERIAL)
CONVEX POWDER BASE

Similar boards: Amplid The Fenom - 2010 Organic Teaspoon - 2010 Lib Tech Dark Series C2 Power BTX - 2010 Ride Machete - 2010 Prior AMF - All Mountain Freestyle - 2010

Volkl Midsized Roller Bag - Black Matte Shiny Print
Volkl
$180
Volkl 21" Carryon - Black Matte Shiny Print
Volkl
$103.95
Volkl Double Ski Bag
Volkl
$145
Volkl Cashew

Snowboard Review:

Volkl say that if you’re a big footed rider and you’re looking for a deck that excels in the off-piste but is also competent on the groomers and comfortable off jumps then the Cashew could be the board for you. Alternatively, if you’re a heavier rider and you want a board for riding powder but would like to ride something a little shorter and environmentally friendly then Volkl have the answer.

The Cashew is a freestyle/freeride deck designed to float easily in the deep stuff but remain playful, poppy and manageable in those tight tree lines. This float is not only aided by the sheer width of the board but also by the rockered profile and convex powder base. The Cashew is also the most environmentally friendly board that Volkl have ever made, with; a linen/hemp topsheet, wooden sidewalls, recycled steel edges and a sintered base of which 80% constitutes of recycled plastics.

So, what does it ride like? Well, in the powder it’s a great deal of fun and floats effortlessly. Not only is it a joy to ride in the deep stuff but it feels very stable when landing big drops and the longitudinal flex although relatively firm doesn’t tire you out when ollieing and bouncing around.

This is all well and good but I would say that when you take this board onto the piste and into the park it doesn’t perform half as well and although Volkl market it as an all-mountain/park/backcountry board in fairness it only really excels in the backcountry. On the piste the Cashew feels a little unforgiving underfoot and will definitely get your teeth chattering when you start powering through icy variables and crud. Also, unless you have big feet you’ll loose a lot of response from edge to edge; having size 8 UK feet (US 9) I found initiating turns really slow and I felt that a lot of jibbing and spin tricks off of kickers were really compromised. Had my feet been a couple of sizes larger the width would have been ideal. Nevertheless, the Cashew doesn’t really lend itself to park riding as the flex is a little too firm for both rails and off-centre landings, and the sidecut is a little long for spinning and controlling the board at low speeds, specifically for jib setups.

In conclusion; if you’re a big footed rider looking for a deck to shred on powder days or deep into the backcountry then this board is a belter. But, if you spend most of your time in the park or on the piste then Volkl have developed other boards that will do the job much better; the Squad, Squad Prime and Coal are three such examples. At least if you get bored of Cashew and its eco hemp construction, you can smoke it.

Posted by Tom Ewbank in • Volkl

User Snowboard Reviews

Want some advice, or have a question about the Volkl Cashew snowboard, or whether it is right for you? DON'T POST HERE! Head over to our snowboard forums and our community will be happy to help.

Seriously - READ THE ABOVE..., the snowboard forum the best way to get your question seen by all of our community and an answer, rather than just those who happen to view this page.

However, if you have ridden this snowboard and want to share your feedback, then please add your experience below. It helps to add as much detail as possible, e.g board length you used, bindings, rider stats etc.

Post a review of this snowboard:

Remember my personal information?
Notify me of follow-ups to this snowboard review?

Submit the word you see below:

What colour is powder?

Connect: