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 a pair of BluntXLs riders destroying a Park City 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:
One of the best boards EVER !
Did not yet got to testing them in deep powder, but for that there are lots of youtube videos showing how well they handle those conditions.
For the rest I can attest they are a great all mountain board: on flats they slide by themselves – you pick up speed without even trying. On groomers they go through everything like it’s nothing, crud or any kind of bumps – not even noticing them. Can go as fast or as slow as you want, spinning, riding fakie, anything. On hard ice it can be a bit harder to keep a very strong edge, but maybe I wasn’t trying that hard because I got used to appreciate their enjoyable slarving disposition, it’s very controlled and reliable, nothing throws you out of balance, nothing takes you by surprise. If they were an item on a menu I would call them “slarving delight” .
Highly recommended, only not as a starter’s board. But for your second board they are a treat.