We don't release one, nor two, but three new generations!! After the Dual2 and the Extremecarver Gen5, we present you the Extremecarver Pro2. Some riders could see it during the SDT in Hintertux (Austria).
We perfectly managed to adapt our technology to thicker Titanal (0.4 mm) after the unique supplier stopped producing the thickness that was mainly used in the snowboard industry (0.3 mm). It was a real challenge and we made many prototypes. The transition is a success. What is also fantastic is that through this development we even improved the performances of the board!
The differences on the snow can be felt mainly in between the first series of Pro1 and the new Pro2. The series of Pro1.1 made in March 2016 (still with 0.3 mm Titanal) is absolutely awesome, and very very close to the Pro2. So honestly it's no need to upgrade if you have a Pro1.1.
In addition, the finishing of Pro2 is as excellent as Pro1.1 (while the finishing of Pro1 was not always at this level).
Among the performances there is again awesome dampening, what pays on the ice and bad snow. One of the unique characteristics of the Swoard boards is still there: the ability to improvise when you carve; you are not locked in the turns as with other metal boards, and the board is not limited to being good in only one type (or radius) of turns. Smoothness and easiness are surprising for such high level board. In our humble opinion, the best EC board ever.
Of course we can't avoid the question: "What is the difference with Gen5?". Patrice has answered in another thread:
Here is the new graphics, with a very small evolution of preceding one. There is also some coherence with the other models, Dual2 and Extremecarver Gen5.fivat wrote:The two boards have different characters, though we retrieve common points and the Swoard signature. On the snow, when switching from one board to another, I say to myself every time "wow"!
I really enjoy riding both boards. The Gen5 brings a little more pop (an increased dynamism) and is more toy. As explained, the technology has evolved and the Carbon-Kevlar ATC Matrix works really well.
The Pro is always incredibly stable and dampened: it makes the difference on heterogeneous snow or on ice for advanced riders. Our Metal ATC Matrix technology, involving a set of metal parts and not simply sandwiched Titanal sheets (as other brands), allows to get the advantages of metal without the disadvantages (one of the major disadvantages being precisely the lack of pop in common metal boards).
I will take my winter having fun with both boards in all possible conditions and on all inclinations of slopes.
Availability: online at the beginning of January 2017.
Again, special thanks to Lionel (the artist) and Patrice (the perfectionist) for the graphics. We hope you like it.
The Swoard team