So first things first, these boards are made 100% in the good ole U.S of A. No outsourcing to China with this company. Nothing but American sweat (and sometimes blood) come with an OZ Snowboard or Splitboard. If that alone doesn't set this company away from the corporate snowboarding world of today then I don't know what will. Within the OZ factory located right in Denver, Colorado you will find everything you need to build a complete snowboard. From cutting their own cores, to dye sublimating all the graphics, to laying out a board for the press, this factory can produce whatever they deem necessary. Building a better snowboard and doing so in an environmentally friendly way!
Ride Mode: And so as with Tour Mode the performance of a splitboard in Ride Mode is of upmost importance. How is the board going to ride in a variety of conditions? How does the camber and flex affect the ride? How well does the board hold an edge and how well does the board initiate and hold a turn? All of these are very valid questions to ask. First of all, how does the OZ hold up in a variety of conditions? Well, it does great in all the conditions I have had it in. Starting with powder, the camber and flex on the OZ help provide excellent float in soft and deep snow. The early rise rocker on the nose and tail of the splitboard help keep the board lofty and on top of the snow even deep snow and having traditional camber between the bindings. A directional shape with slightly setback inserts also help float in the deeps and helps provide for a more stable landing off cliffs, ect. Then as the snow conditions start to lend to more crust or hard pack the traditional camber between the bindings comes back into play giving you better edging and carving ability. Initiating and holding turns comes very easy with the OZ as again the traditional camber between the bindings really grabs ahold. The medium flex of the board provides a stable and chatter free ride while at the same time feeling a little playful. Its not completely "dead" as some stiffer boards tend to feel. Overall, the OZ Alpenglow CQ split design has in my mind has provided me with an excellent "Ride Mode" feel in a variety of Colorado conditions. If you wanted you can even get a little freestyle going on your OZ splitboard! Here is some more pics of shredding on the OZ Split.