The Knapton Twin snowboard from Donek is a board that is built to help you bring your carving to the next level. Designed by Ryan Knapton, it combines extra stiffness with a wider profile than most other snowboards, and lets you make super low turns without the risk of touching the ground with your toes or heels and ruin your ride. The board takes some getting used to and might be hard for inexperienced riders to master, but can also work great as a first step towards more carving-oriented gear.
Turning on a snowboard is done by shifting your weight forwards and backward, which means that your body will be getting closer and closer to the powder as you try to reduce your turning ratio. Carving occurs when the turn is so sharp that you end up having your face only inches from the ground, being able to rest your hand on the snow as you whizz by. This requires practice and patience, but some pieces of snow gear are built to help you on the way.
The Donek Knapton Twin snowboard is in many ways a combination of the best of both worlds. With enough stiffness to sustain high speeds but also enough width to let you carve like a pro, it provides a near-perfect tool to get into the sport of snowboarding and figuring out which style you like best. The board gives you the freedom to experiment knowing you have a piece of equipment that is ready to take on almost any situation you might put it through.
Designed for the soft-boot rider, each Knapton Twin snowboard made by Donek is custom built, at the same price of a regular purchase, to best fit the needs of the client. For a little extra money, powder inserts can be added to the kit, and given their use, we warmly recommend the investment. All the boards that are produced,whatever their specifications, are designed to keep you riding freestyle with the knowledge that as soon as you choose you can switch to carving sharp turns and grazing the snow.
The Knapton is a twin snowboard, which means that the two halves are the exact mirror image of each other. The extra width of the board will require some adjustment if you are coming from a different sized one since you will need to be slightly more aggressive in throwing your weight over the two long edges to achieve a turn. The extra-wide profile, however, makes “booting-out” much harder since it adds additional surface during turns, providing the stability that rookie riders will much appreciate.
Finding a unique balance point between stability and agility, the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard can sustain very intense downhill riding as well as jumps or slower cruises. The larger dimensions translate in some added weight, which will not make it the ideal choice for riders wanting to spend a lot of time in the air, but for those that remain closer to the ground, once they learn to master it, it will quickly become a board that can do almost anything. Here is a complete rundown of the features of the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard:
- Each board is custom built at no extra cost
- Extra width provides superb stability
- Can carve aggressively
- Gives riders plenty of options between freestyle and carving
- Slightly heavier than traditional snowboards
- Greatly reduces risk of “booting out” during turns
- Brand provides great customizability
- Included powder inserts
Lengths: 153cm, 157cm, 160cm
Waist widths: 27cm, 28cm, 29cm
Sidecut radius: 8.5m, 8.7m, 9m
Sidecut: 7.6M +
Maneuverabilty: The Donek Knapton Twin snowboard, being a wider board than most, takes some getting used to when it comes to steering it around a snowy track, but the initial obstacles are easily overcome. The weirdest feeling is having so much space between your heels and toes and the edge of the board, which makes you have to push harder to get the board turning. Once you’ve managed, however, the feeling becomes very natural and straightforward and you’ll be cruising down the slopes with ease.
Turning: The added width of the Knapton Twin snowboard really shines when you start pushing those turns sharper and sharper. The edges seem to cling onto the snow and give your feet enough support to make “booting out” almost impossible, as you bend down closer and closer to the ground. The manufacturers are also very available for any customization request, so if you feel that you need some modification to let you carve even better than you already are, it’s good to know you there is a team you can rely on for anything you might need.
Stability: Thanks to the stiffness of its core, the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard can handle high speeds without issues. The board manages to strike a unique sweet spot between maneuverability and velocity, letting the rider benefit from a stable and secure base that gives the confidence needed to manage rapid descents. This allows for the smooth transition between aggressive carving and rapid riding, making the Knapton Twin snowboard one of the most versatile on the market.
Maneuverability: 97% – With its added dimensions and specific shape, the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard is not the easiest to maneuver, but when you manage to get a hold of it then it delivers the goods without hesitation. Overcoming the challenges that come with having extra space between your toes and the edge takes some practice, but after a while, it will feel very similar to a regular board while providing notable extra benefits.
Turning: 98% – The great benefit of the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard is that it allows the rider to choose between riding as they always have and quickly transitioning to a valid carving board. The wide edges provide great support and make it very hard to “boot out”, letting the rider push him or herself to extremes without the fear of ruining the ride. This feature is also great for beginners, giving them a versatile platform to explore a great number of riding possibilities.
Stability: 98% – Despite being excellent at turning, the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard is also a solid performer when you want to go fast, thanks to its stiff core which provides great stability even at high speeds. It is exactly this combination of agility and toughness that makes the board such a valid option for beginners wanting to experiment or pros looking for a versatile option to keep all their possibilities open while on the slopes.
Price: 96% – As with any piece of high-quality, technical gear, the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard doesn’t come very cheap. On the other hand, if you are on the lookout for a good snowboard you will probably be ready to pay the price for a product that will make you enjoy your time on the slopes. The great advantage of the Knapton Twin is that it lets you vary the fun in numerous different ways, letting you ride freestyle one moment and start carving the next, making its purchase an excellent choice for the money because of the sheer number of situations it can adapt to.
Overall: 97% – Bringing together flexibility, agility, and reliability, the Knapton Twin snowboard carves out a place of its own (pun intended!) in the world of snowboarding. Its innovative shape makes a truly unique product, putting a huge amount of possibilities within the range of an experienced rider and opening up a vast number of challenges for the newcomers to the sport. The extended customizability options the brand provides, for a little extra money, mean that you can fine-tune your riding experience as you get better on the slopes. This lets you truly identify the way you prefer to ride, and the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard is a great way to start doing that and help you figure out your snowboarding style.
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The snowboarding world might not seem like one that is ripe with innovation, but the Donek Knapton Twin proves that it is possible to open new ground even with small but well-thought-out changes. The unique shape and features of the board make it possible to take on numerous different challenges without ever having to change the setup, and the customizability the brand offers means you can fine-tune your experience over the years, as your skills and needs continue to evolve. Overall, the Donek Knapton Twin snowboard sets a shining example for what can be done, and we hope to see many brands quickly follow suit.