We're stoked to announce that the newest model in our line, the Zelix, has been named a a Backcountry Magazine Editors' Choice for 2014!
A directional twin with an identical nose and tail shape, the Zelix also has 20 mm of stance offset, giving you the best of both worlds: awesome floatation alongside effortless switch riding. Originally an experimental Shape Shack design, this deck received so much incredible feedback from our staff and customers alike that we decided to add it to the 13/14 line.
The Zelix will replace two other boards in the Venture line - the Helix (a true twin shape), and the Zephyr (an all mountain shape and Editors' Choice winner in 2011). When asked how the idea for this board came about, Venture's owner and design engineer Klemens Branner explained: "We noticed that most people who were riding our Helix were setting their bindings back, so they were not in the sweet spot of the sidecut and were losing out on performance. At the same time, people were asking us to make our Zelix more playful and flexy. Combining the best features of those two decks into a single board seemed like a good way to solve both of those problems. After riding the first prototypes it found it was really fun while still maintaining the high performance aspect we are known for."
Clearly the folks at Backcountry Magazine agreed. Testers called the Zelix an "all-mountain badass," and "a sports car of a splitboard." Here are some other choice quotes about the board:
"Surprisingly nimble and agile."
"Great float for a twin."
"A powerful directional twin that's playful in mellow terrain and steps it up in the steeps."
For the 13/14 winter season the Zelix is available in both solid and splitboard versions. For detailed specs and more information you can visit the Zelix page on our website or check out the videos below.