Playmaker is the latest creation from RVL8, with input from The Skiboard Connection, Austin Wuchter and Alan Newtson. It’s been 12 years since RVL8 released the first pair of zero camber, rockered skiboards ever made, and since then each pair of RVL8 zero camber boards have been geared toward increasing powder float, meaning wide with a soft flex. The Playmaker is RVL8’s first zero camber, rockered skiboard with a very stiff flex. While the stiff flex will reduce powder float somewhat it will greatly improve edge hold on hard snow and ice. And the 8.4mm over 20cm tip/tail rocker will enable the Playmaker to float even the heaviest rider through powder and variable snow. This is the closest RVL8 as come to creating a one skiboard quiver since the Spliff. The question will inevitably be “how does it compare to the Spliff?”. Unlike the Playmaker, the 109cm Spliff has camber and a little bit of rocker which makes it better for carving on hard snow but makes it not as good as the Playmaker in powder and soft snow. This isn’t so important for riders under 175lbs but once the rider weight exceeds 200lbs the Playmaker will greatly outperform the Spliff in soft snow while still being able to hold on edge on harder snow. In addition, the Playmaker comes standard with 4×4+2 inserts which means you can mount any pair of 4×4 compatible bindings centered or 4cm back, for even more powder float. If you need one pair of skiboards to handle just about any conditions the Playmaker is the one. Graphic design was a collaboration between Greco, Alan Newtson and Martin Azevedo.
Minimum rider height for best performance with:
Non release bindings is 5’7" (170.18cm)
Release bindings is 5’2" (157.48cm)
Width profile – 16.0/13.8/16.0cm
Rocker profile – 8.4mm/20cm tip/tail
Camber – Zero
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