Smokin 2012 Vixen Snowboard Review!

Posted on Wednesday 7th December, 2011 Times Viewed: 5301
I wasn't even going to test the Smokin Vixen. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time, when a fine young man appeared, and put it in my hands. “I'm not telling you anything about this board, you're just going to ride it, and love it.”

Five hours later, when he's prising it from my reluctant fingertips, I realised my riding days had just begun. The Vixen is the future. Fact.

Word Kaz Willmer
My new hero broke into a knowing smile that I too wanted this board, along with every other girl who'd tried it.

Can a board really be that good? Yes.

What Smokin Says

Highlights
The Transworld Snowboarding Good Wood Top 5 winning Vixen features our most advanced technologies  in a shape and flex built from the ground up for the female rider. For 11/12 the Vixen is available only in Clash Rocker, Smokin’s most sought after camber design for it’s versatility, responsiveness and pop.  Taking some park laps? The stable tip and tail of the vixen will help you stomp those landings while the rocker in between helps you jib like a pro. Ripping corduroy? Enjoy agile response from the Vixen’s moderate sidecut featuring Magne Traction. Hunting down pow? Clash Rocker and a park flex will help you float right over it whether its first tracks or 3 oclock chunder.  The Vixen is the ultimate choice for women looking to take their riding to a new level of power and style.

Influences
Girls who rip too hard to ride boards with flowers and butterflies on it, who don’t want to ride a cheesy oversized kids board, who aren’t afraid of the main line, demanding performance DESIGNED for you not adapted to you.

Conditions
I first rode the Vixen in the spring conditions of the Snowboard Test at Kaunertal, Austria – complete with slushy snow, ice patches, and fast groomers. Since the first time we met, I've also taken it to Landgraaf in Holland (the world's biggest indoor snow slope), and on the Grounded Freestyle Course at Hemel Snow Centre.

Handling
I've never ridden anything so easy to ride - it loved the slush, the snow, the ice, the park, and responded to everything, before I'd even asked it to. Riding a new board is meant to throw you out your comfort zone, but the Vixen was meant to be at my feet, and responds to every twist and turn I give it. It's a true twin shape and rode switch as easy as regular, and back again. It had no problems under speed or stamina, and its magne-traction edges maintained control. A mate in Landgraaf who I'd not ridden with since March was amazed at how fast and in control I was on the slope, and asked my secret. The Vixen was it.

Pop
I'd score it 10/10 for freestyle as it just wanted to pop off everything, whether it be a natural jump, a mound of slush or a park kicker, and landed it without a twinge. The first time I did the Grounded Freestyle Course I struggled with properly popping off the kicker, but first run on the Vixen and I was flying, and the landing is just as natural as the take-off. Apparently the secret is Smokin's Clash Rocker, where you've rocker between your feet and positive camber on the outside. But whatever it is, it's stealing girl's hearts everywhere, and now it has stolen mine!

Flex
It's super flexible but never washes out. It's easy to press but still maintains stability when landing kickers making it a super fun board for everything. The beautiful warm spring in Kaunertal meant the snow was very slushy, and the flexy Vixen loved bounding off piles of slush and lips on the side of the piste, but still maintained control when landing. You can't ask for more fun than that.

Rider in Mind
Every female rider who's tried the Vixen has loved the Vixen. It's an expensive board at around £550, but there's no doubt in your mind that it's worth every penny for the amount it transforms your ride. If you want to progress then the Vixen is for you. If you love the park then the Vixen is for you. If you love cruising the piste then yes, the Vixen is for you.

Other thoughts
The Vixen is hand-made in Lake Tahoe USA and is made from recycled plastics in an environmentally-conscious manufacturing process. If it helps us ride pow for longer, it's another bonus point for the already-golden Vixen.

I wouldn't change a thing about the Vixen - I'd be too scared to offend it. In fact I don't think I'd be able to cheat on it, or ride anything else again. The graphics are pretty sick too with its hippy tie-dye pattern.

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My thoughts
At a 148 it was slightly shorter than I'm used to riding, but I didn't notice the difference.

Trying a new board is meant to send you out of your riding comfort zone but with the Smokin Vixen, it was a complete opposite. We gelled, we bonded, and I can only describe it as the Duracell of snowboards - it just wanted to keep on going, no matter what was thrown its way. The word 'fun' doesn't do it justice. I was grinning like a Cheshire cat with heart palpitations only a night of Jagerbombs could equal. Now bring on winter and let me take my riding bigger and further than ever before.

Boarders Boards have the Smokin Vixen available through their online store or the Smokin Website http://smokinsnowboards.com/
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