The Osprey design was developed in the Spring of 2014. The goal with this design was to make a board that had the size, float and competence of the Spruce Sherpa but was quicker and easier to turn. We developed a fleet of prototypes for the 2014.15 season and those proved to be well-liked by all the testers. Prototypes were also tried by a number of the Shredfest attendees in February and the feedback we got encouraged us to put the board into production.
While the Osprey is not quite as powerful a board as the Sherpa, it is very quick in turn initiation and has a more playful feel than the Sherpa. It is still a large board by skiboard standards, however it can be ridden comfortably by riders from 150 pounds and up. It excels in deep powder with its rocker at both tip and tail. Turns are effortless in those conditions. On ice, the flat center camber provides an exceptionally firm edge that is very smooth and free from chatter.
The width profile of the board is the same as the Sherpa, however that's where the similarity in geometry ends as the board is thinner for a softer, more forgiving ride. The board's construction is cap with a wood core. The base is sintered for wax retention and the topsheet is a very high gloss thermoplastic urethane with the graphic design printed on the underside to eliminate edge damage. Like other Spruce boards, there are inserts for center mounting the Spruce riser as well as a -50mm position for deep powder and for riders that prefer a setback binding position.
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