Palmer Crown LE - 2011


Pretty much unchanged from 2010, the Palmer Crown is an expert freeride and boardercross snowboarder’s dream machine. The Crown is a complete missile at speed with unmatched stability and edge hold, and a sintered base so fast you’ll leave it unwaxed just so you don’t break through the sound barrier. For aggressive expert snowboarders only.

Manufacturer's Description:

Very fast, powerful and friendly

Titanium-powered and carbon-fiber energized accelerations plus our Smart FLF mini-rocker shape will hold an edge on anything and has unreal float in powder. Titanium and carbon work together turning thoughts to effortless precision. The legendary Palmer woodcore with Nomex™ Honeycomb in tip and tail delivers the lowest swing weight with exceptional response in the cap-sidewall construction. Smooth lacquered top plus 3D metal logo give it that high-end sports car look.

Incredibly fun for an experienced freerider - very fast and powerful, yet very smooth and easy-handling ride. For the ultimate in high-octane performance.

Recommended for freeride riding.

Recommended for big mountain riding.

Very high cost $

Camber Construction.

Directional Shape.

Year: 2011

Available Lengths (cm):
157, 161, 165

Riding Style: Freeride


4 Titanium Inlays
Smart FLF Mini-Rocker Shape
Nomex™ Honeycomb in Tip & Tail
4 Tip-to-Tail Carbon Fiber Strips
NCF Prepreg laminates
Cap Sidewall Construction
Beech/Poplar Woodcore
Stone Ground Inlaid 7200 Graphite Base
Split Sidewalls
6 x 2 Inserts and Directional Centered Stance

Similar boards: Endeavor Next Series - 2011 Bataleon Undisputed - 2011 Arbor A-Frame - 2011

Palmer Crown LE

Snowboard Review:

We were literally blown away by the 2010 Palmer Crown. As there has been minimal change to the Crown LE for 2011, it’s worth checking out last year’s review @ 2010 Palmer Crown LE Review

Posted by Rich Ewbank in • Palmer

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What colour is powder?

Snow Witch Elemental on September 01, 2010 at 04:33 AM

Does anybody know what is the recommended rider’s weight for the 157 cm?

Ingildeev Alexey on September 22, 2010 at 01:24 PM

Good afternoon! It would be desirable to specify available snowboard PALMER Crown LE of 2011 with 161 and how many it costs. Ingildeev Alexey.

Rich Ewbank on September 22, 2010 at 02:56 PM

Very expensive! £700 in the UK and about $950 in the US. Add import tax on to that if you live outside the US or EU.

Snow Witch Elemental on September 22, 2010 at 03:51 PM

So, I wonder if there is anyone who would tell me what the recommended rider’s weight is fir the 157 cm board?

Tom Ewbank on September 22, 2010 at 04:08 PM

On their website they state that the maximum weight is 90kg, pretty heavy. Therefore if you’re under 70kg I’d probably look at something a little more manageable; unless you’re a very experienced rider and want it to be ridiculously stiff.

Snow Witch Elemental on September 22, 2010 at 04:14 PM

Thank you Tom.

Tiago Sao Braz on October 24, 2010 at 02:12 PM

hey guys, i couldnt stop laughing when i saw someone saying that a rider with a 157 crown shouldnt be lighter then 70kg ;) i ordered a crown last year (157) and there was a fabrication defect on it. so i sended it back and got a new one. sadly they had no 157’s left o i had to take a 161cm, im exactly 53kg light ;) been riding crown 161cm for over an year now and never had troubles with my weight on it :) i think since the contact spot on the crown moves, weight doesnt make much of a diference as long as u are an experienced and agressive rider :)

Tom Ewbank on October 24, 2010 at 02:59 PM

You’re obviously an experienced rider and you like your boards pretty damn stiff…...I was simply going on the info provided by Palmer.

Thanks for the comment though; those of you looking for a stiffer board, Tiago’s living proof that you can be a featherweight shredder and still ride the Crown.

Snow Witch Elemental on October 24, 2010 at 04:10 PM

Tiago Sao Braz, thanks for sharing your experience with us. I am in the same weight category as you. I am wondering how would the Palmer compare to Arbor A-Frame and Element of similar size?

Chuck on December 01, 2011 at 09:31 AM

I paid over $1000 for the snowboard from Palmer.  The board was good while it lasted.  I have had 2 major problems though.

1 - DESIGN FLAW? •      It is my opinion that there is a design or manufacturing flaw with the carbon strips or laminations Palmer uses on their boards.  I was riding in semi-light powder and the board lost its lamination and the carbon fiber cracked inside.  I am not sure what came first, but it ruined the board.  I have seen other on-line postings about this issue, so I am not the only one who has had this issue. That would be OK if Palmer customer service was decent and the company wanted to actually stand behind their snowboards, but the company was not helpful at all.

2 – CUSTOMER SERVICE ISSUES •      I explained the issue with the board, and the customer service person said “you must have hit a tree, or had a bad landing”… and I absolutely did not do either – and it was somewhat annoying being accused of that.  Also, I had multiple e-mails go unanswered by the company, and they lost the pictures I sent them.  It looks like Palmer shut down their US company location.  Palmer used to have an office in Colorado – and I previously dealt with Tamarra who was great.  My e-mail to Tamarra got re-routed to Switzerland,—and that appears to be the only place to reach someone at the company.  It is my opinion that when Palmer shut down their North American office it resulted in “indifference” to NA customers like me.  Unlike Tamarra, the folks in Switzerland did not appear to give a darn about my experience with their products. •      I also wonder if Palmer actually made the board they sold me. The customer service person said that she needed to check with “their producers” about the issue with my board.  If they have to pay a third party to replace a board, I believe that it would make it harder for them to make it right with their customers (at least if they were short-sighted) compared to a company that could pull one off the production line.  I told them to send me any of their other boards even if it was a past return for cosmetic reasons… no go. My overall suggestion is that if you are considering buying a snowboard from Palmer, be very hesitant.  I would recommend another larger company that has a good track record of standing behind its products.  I paid a hefty premium for the Palmer snowboard and I expected a much better outcome—both from the board, and the company.