They call it your all-around, all-mountain, freeride splitboard, and for good reason. The G3 Black Sheep is a full rockered, carbon light constructed, directional twin that will satisfy any snow surfer’s big mountain or technical dream line. From wide open, high speed powder turns in the alpine, to tight & technical, quick thinking lines in the trees, this board does it all. G3’s a reputable company that has had the backs of guides and backcountry enthusiasts since the beginning, behold the Black Sheep by G3.
The Blacksheep is playful in the pow and steady on hardpack. It is lightweight with a stiff flex for an all around good time in the backcountry.
Made from biaxial stitched carbon fibre and triaxial glass, this hybrid construction dampens vibrations while keeping the board ridged with a stiffer flex. A poplar paulownia wood core helps to keep the Black Sheep lightweight and strong and gives this splitboard the stiff flex and durability you want in the powder and on the skin track.
The ABS/TPU sidewalls, corrosion resistant alloy steel edges and P-Tex 2000 Electra base are top-of-the-line and found in many of G3’s trusted models of both skis and snowboards. A time tested and true construction that provides good bang for your buck.
Available in 2017 in four sizes, this beautiful blue top sheet with green lettering is an eye catcher. A modest, white G3 logo under the tip and tail peaks above the snow when riding regular or switch, and compliments the black base nicely. The shape is directional twin, with a longer shovel in the nose than tail, a just the right amount of taper. It is rockered in the tip and tail making riding backwards a breeze.
A slight taper in the tail is all you need to stay afloat in the deep stuff, and the side cut grabs whatever variable snow comes your way.
A larger shovel up front helps keep your nose out of the snow and away from tomahawking your landings. Classic Voile clips on the tip and tail synch the board together with no gap.
Full rocker splitboards can make uphill backcountry travel difficult in icy conditions, as there is less skin to snow contact than with cambered boards. Luckily the directional twin, slightly tapered tail and side cut allows this board to rip groomers when backcountry conditions are less than favourable. Despite having the short model of the Alpinist skins I haven’t encountered any problem with grip on the uptrack, as the rocker isn’t as pronounced as most rockered resort snowboards. The Black Sheep is lightweight and fairly durable for endless steps breaking trail and gaining elevation. No matter if you’re pointing steep lines or pow slashing in the trees, this board has a stiff flex and great shape for easy side to side transfer and floatation. A reasonably priced option from a manufacturer you can trust. Look for an even more lightweight model called the Black Sheep Carbon X3.
Price: $799.99 CAN
Length: 154cm, 158cm, 162cm, 168cm
Weight: 3.09kg / 6.8lb, 3.28kg / 7.23lb, 3.39 kg / 7.47lb, 3.56kg / 7.85lb
Dimensions: 300-257-292mm (Tip-Tail-Waist)
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