The Hatchet is Weston’s dream freestyle powder board, specifically designed for freestyle riders who want to take their park skills into the backcountry. As a part of their Pow Slayer Series, this is a volume-shifted board that is designed shorter and wider for maximum maneuverability and float. The board excels in tight trees, deep powder, and pillow lines.
The top sheet features a maple veneer with art by John Fellows and underneath you'll find an Electra Sintered Base which is Weston’s fastest base.
The core is Westons Freedom Wood Core which combines paulownia and poplar wood in order to maximize performance while minimizing weight. Paulownia offers the best strength to weight ratio while poplar is the jack of all trades, offering excellent durability and response. The Hatchet’s build offers a slightly softer flex, ideal for those who want to play.
Camber underfoot ensures lots of pop and quick response throughout your turns on the way down and maximum skin contact for the way up. This also provides the best edge hold for both the uphill and downhill.
Weston’s Split Tech provides a full-length inner edge complete with sidewall and dampening tape. They also designed the tail to be slightly heavier than the nose to help out with kick turns on the skin track.
Rooted Inserts increase strength and durability; these are flax inserts used as reinforcement in specific areas of the core. The use of flax instead of petroleum-based alternatives is more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Tri-axe Glass is also used in the Hatchet’s core and is a triple axis stitched fiberglass that increases stiffness, precision, and response in any snow or terrain.
Carbon is weaved through the core from the top sheet to the base and back again, essentially acting as a built-in spring. This S Weave of Carbon is an innovative technology designed to increase pop
Ultraclips from Karakoram are the strongest splitboard clips on the market with the lowest profile and keep the board pulled tightly together. They not only offer impressive compression between the two halves of the board but can be easily adjusted so that that compression is maintained as the board and clips age. The levers lockdown in split-mode to eliminate rattling and unwanted movement while walking or skiing. The hardware features hole-less tech that eliminates the usual holes in the base of the snowboard, leaving the base smooth.
Core: paulownia and poplar
The folks at Weston seem to have a pretty good handle on making snowboards. This is the third board we have reviewed and all have been really quality rides—both the Weston 10th Mountain Split and the Weston Range. Each board I’ve tried has had a very unique personality and excels at its designed purpose.
The idea of a volume-shifted board is one that seems to work quite well. Short and fat means it’s easy to maneuver and spin around but still floats effortlessly in deep powder. I found that turn initiation was pretty slow and this is likely to do with both the twin shape and the extra width. This isn’t really an issue as the board can be forced around quickly due to its short length, meaning that there isn’t really a big impact on maneuverability. It caught me by surprise trying to lean into a turn and not having the quick response but with a quick pull it can still turn on a dime.
What really surprised me was the effectiveness in hardpack. The Hatchet is designed for powder but I found it to be quite stable and grippy on hard snow surfaces. It was super fun to carve on and was nice and agile for flat ground tricks.
It comes as no surprise that this is a weapon in the powder, effortlessly floating and playful for spins and butters. The ride is poppy and fast!
One disadvantage to the unique nose and tail shape is that standard skin clips may not fit very well. I use G3 skins and the nose clip essentially didn’t really grab. It held out ok for the days that I rode it, but I would suggest getting the skins that are designed for the board. Weston suggests using Pomoca skins with this splitboard and they’ve even designed their own tail clips so you get the best grab on their boards.
All in, this is a pow-slaying machine that will bring a smile to anyone's face who likes a playful ride.
Price: $1,203.53CAN / $949.00 US
Shape: Directional twin
Weight: 2.8kg / 6.2lb
Effective edge: 116cm
Length: Tip 20cm, Tail 16cm
Width: Tip 31.9cm, Waist 27.3cm, Tail 31cm
Camber profile: rocker tip and tail, camber underfoot
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