In 2014 RVL8 Skiboards introduced the 88cm Blunt Rockered skiboards, and it was an immediate success. Riders were amazed at how such a small set of skiboards could pack such an amazing amount of performance. A combination of flex, rocker, width and sidecut combined to help riders feel an amount of freedom and mountain awareness previously unachieved. A year later, taking cues from the Blunt, RVL8 introduced the Blunt XL. At 100cm and with more pronounced rocker, the Blunt XL offers even more performance and reward than it’s little brother while still maintaining that nimble, maneuverable feel you expect from skiboards. Please note, the RVL8 BluntXL is the only skiboard model to sellout each year, consistently within the first 5 months, 3 seasons running. The new Blunt XL’s graphic design is by veteran RVL8 artist Martin Azevedo. View the feedback from the Forum Community on the new Blunt XL.
-View the video below of BluntXLs riders destroying a Vail powder day.
Why is rocker so awesome? What does it do for you?
Rocker offers increased float in powder! – With rocker, your tips will float up in powder and crud. The feel is smooth and just like when you surf, wakeboard or waterski, rocker helps you to stay buoyant and on top of the snow. You’re able to maintain a more balanced riding stance which saves energy and improves your reaction time.
Rocker is more maneuverable –
Rocker brings the tip and tail up and off the snow, shortening the contact length of the edges and making turns easier. Your ride becomes more nimble and maneuverable, allowing your to pivot and “slarve” without catching edges. You can slash the snow, slide sideways to scrub speed, smear and butter turns. The increased mobility works great when you are in the trees or tight chutes.
Rocker makes park riding a dream –
With rocker technology your skiboards are pre-pressed which makes riding presses in the park easier. The less-catchy nature of a rockered skiboards allows you to initiate your spins early and gives you greater ability to recover from off-axis landings and under-spun airs.
Who should/can ride rockered skiboards?
Everyone can ride rockered skiboards and have fun. That’s the beautiful thing about rocker technology. You can be a beginner or advanced rider, young or old, and benefit from riding rocker skiboards. Rocker is an easier and more fun ride.
Where does rocker technology excel on the mountain?
With the possible exception of icy, pure competition environments, there are rocker skiboards meant to excel in every type of skiboarding.
Minimum rider height for best performance with:
Non release bindings is 5’5″ (165.10cm)
Release bindings is 5’0″ (152.40cm)
Rocker profile – 5mm / 22cm (Tip/Tail)
Width profile – 16/13.8/16cm
Camber – 0.00
All RVL8 Skiboards feature the best ingredients available:
Mikey Hoffman –
100cm of floating fun. These simply float on top of powder. They are light and flexible giving the ease of powder skiing. Even though they are designed for powder, they can be used on groomers as well. They hold an edge nicely. They can be an all around skiboard if you mainly ski powder but still want to play on the groomers.
Courtney (verified owner) –
After years of riding the KTPs in all conditions, I thought they were the perfect all around board for me. Until the Blunt XLs came out. Rockered boards with a very similar size / footprint were intriguing and I’m so glad I gave them a shot. These boards are complete game changers for riding powder and have quickly become my overall favorites. If you’re looking to venture into powder and riding the trees, the Blunt XLs are the perfect choice.
Seems like fun
Perfect set of boards for powder! I’m 5’9″ and 165 lbs., and the Blunt XLs float like a champ in all powder situations I have encountered. Turn or stop on a dime in the trees.
I have also been using these more often on groomer days as I have become more comfortable with them outside of powder. That took a bit of an adjustment coming from the KTPs, but a simple tweak of your weight and you’re all set.
wlosow (verified owner) –
Hi all. Ride in Russia. I just love it! Love rocker – better than without it.
Michael Robinson –
Awesome Powder Boards!
I recently had one of my best skiing experiences ever — and it’s all because of the Blunt XLs.
Here’s the thing. With no fresh snow in the forecast, I had put away my gear for the season.
Then came an alert from Open Snow that Kirkwood was expecting two feet of snow, in late April mind you. All I could think about was how much fun I’d have with those Blunt XLs.
So, there I was skiing one day in a driving storm and the next under brilliant blue skies and two feet of fresh powder. I set the risers back and just floated through the snow. The maneuverability of these boards is insane, which came in very handy in deep snow and tight trees. If you love powder, you’ll love these boards.