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Cold Smoke Voodoo

- published February 2016

93

2016

RATINGS

Handling/Responsiveness
8
Float
9
Versatility
8
Stiffness
9
Durability/Craftsmanship
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$850.00
N/A
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THE GOOD

  • Stiff and aggressive
  • Cuts through crud and chunder
  • Deep sidecut

THE BAD

  • Lacks torsional flex
  • Grabby at slow speeds
  • Small company with limited availability

THE VERDICT

What started as a small garage operation cutting old boards into splits has earned the praise and following of Southern Colorado riders looking to get themselves on big terrain and hunt down the deepest of pow stashes. Ideal for aggressive riders who like some backbone, the Cold Smoke Voodoo is a stable and predictable deck that wants to charge.

FULL REVIEW

Handling/Responsiveness
Even with a stout powder nose, the Voodoo’s sidecut put testers on edge and held them there for smooth, arcing turns across big open faces and backcountry ridgelines. Once on edge, the board likes to stay there, making it more ideal for carving wide S turns than weaving through tight trees.

Float
When testing conditions get variable, boards show their true colors under duress. Not only did the Voodoo feel balanced and stable floating through fresh powder, but it also soared across chunky, tracked-out crud thanks to its early-rise rocker and smooth dampening that curbed chatter like a full-suspension mountain bike floating across rock fields.

Versatility
There’s no question that the Voodoo can rip all over the entire mountain. With the reliable handling of a 4x4 truck, several testers felt just as confident riding the Voodoo as if it were a solid board. The sturdiness does come with a bit of a weight tax, so it wasn’t the fastest board skinning uphill.

Stiffness
As one of the stiffest boards in the test, riders applauded its power, edge hold, and stability landing cliff drops and mandatory airs in the backcountry. Bigger riders had an easier time loading up the tail and popping over rocks and tree stumps, saving them from a bad time.  

Durability/Craftsmanship
Riders who appreciate craftsmanship dig Cold Smoke’s handmade operation in a small factory in Crested Butte, Colorado. Without mass-production, they have a level of quality control that bigger companies can’t match. They refuse to sacrifice durability in their decks and treat all boards with a stone-ground finish, giving you extra bang for your buck.

How We Tested It

The splitboards in this test were used at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado on resort groomers, backcountry touring, and a cat trip with Irwin Guides.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.


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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$850.00
N/A
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Handling/Responsiveness
8
Float
9
Versatility
8
Stiffness
9
Durability/Craftsmanship
9
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
93

Specs

  • Length(s): 154 cm, 158 cm, 163 cm
  • Gender: Unisex

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