The Rayne Vandal has arrived
Well, you heard it here first and now it’s official: The Rayne Vandal is here. Designed as a topmount freeride board, it’s a simple, lightweight board that should be easy to chuck around. Rayne says it was inspired by that hella NorCal steez and it looks like the Vandal will give riders a very functional platform for pushing the limits of soft-wheeled sliding.
FIRST VIDEO: Spanish rider Alvaro Bajo shreds the Vandal
“New to Rayne for 2012, the Vandal was inspired by some of our favorite NorCal riders and developed by our global team. Most top mounts are heavy weights with few locks and flat-cave’s. The Vandal is intended to be smart, simple, stiff and light weight. We combine minimalist design thinking with Rayne’s signature construction to offer unique 3D bends that build useful features into the board. The Vandal is here to incite more confidence and gnar shredding in all you top mount lovers out there.
The Three Dimensional Concave on this board works like this:
1: Integrated Wheelwells: subtle, pressed in curves in the front and rear open up the concave to naturally allow for more diverse wheel options, while allowing the rider to find their front foot without looking.
2: Integrated Gas Pedals: extending from the Wheelwells in the rear, the pressed in curve creates a natural ridge to dig your foot into pushing out toeside drifts and slides and a valley to sink your foot into for heelside lock-in.
Wheel Base- 25.75″ / 26.5″ or 27.25″
Sharp Edges – Final touch for locked in feet.
Vert-Lam Bamboo Core – Stronger than steel, light like a feather.
Pre-tensioned fibreglass – Adds long life, durability, strength and energy return.
Sublimated Artwork – Scratch-resistant ink is tattooed into the deck.
Speed-stiff – Don’t get bounced! Stiff boards will make you stable at high speeds.
3D Wheelwells – Fight against nasty wheelbite and keep your feet in place.
3D Gas Pedals – Find your feet and leverage without looking down. Ideal for freeriding.
Deep Tub Concave – Designed to cup the toes and heels for quick, precise turns.
Universal Variable Top Mounting – Lets you pick the wheelbase that works best for you.
Bee Orange Finish – Smells good, taste great, and seals and protects your board without harmful chemicals.