The HighLife can be the quiver-killer for any region. It runs with the LowPro shaping package; LowRize on the tip for a loose, fun, effortless feel and ProRize in the tail for control and Pop!
Camber is not evil per say, it has super-Pop, makes nice clean arcs in the snow and keeps us from sliding out into a tailbone-cracker on the ice. Anyone can bend a camber backwards and yell "rocker". But what has gone into the design to keep that board snappy, poppy and to hold an edge while charging?
Rides Total Shaping Approach engineers the rocker/camber profiles, flex patterns and sidecut shaping to rhyme and rhythm together into one kick-ass deck. Even the HighRize Rocker Tech found on the Slackcountry can hold an edge on groomers when you get back from the sidecountry or are spending the day in-bounds.
As for the HighLife it has felt like a fave, dialed-in board from day one. Tahoe has been through a good run of pow, crud, ice and sun-baked cement. Parks, icy groomers, trees, POW and backcountry have been underfoot on this board and it flowed through everything! It holds an edge when railing the groomers, playful in the park, pops right up on top of pow and bangs in'n'out of bumps, moguls and tree runs.
I spent my first 19 years of snowboarding based in Jersey riding every slope from Whitetail to Jay. Ice and cold being our mutual diet I would say the HighLife will be a real good choice for a do-all board for EC. It is the next generation of the Concept TMS and big-footers Yukon's. These boards have been the flagships for all-terrain versatility/one-board quivers. The addition of the Slimewalls, Membrain topsheets, CarbonArray and Silencer tuned cores gave them that capability to have a poppy, playful flex with the dampening to hold up against the worst of crud, ice and big mtn speeds. This is the turning point I found with the '08/'09 to '09/'10 Yukon. It went from a stiffer, big mountain flex in '09 to an all-mountain freestyle flex in '10. (Not to mention the weight loss from dropping the heavier topsheet!)
THe HighLife is slated for sizes 155 through 172 with wide versions available in 159, 163, 168 and 172. It will have LowPro Rocker Tech, Slimewalls 90A, Silencer 5, CarbonArray5 and the Membrain topsheet.
As for graphics... it's Spacecraft. Those boys put a serious amount of thought into this deck; layers upon layers of mind-altered NW aesthetics. The 2010 Insano Focus Boa as well as the Optimo Contraband have been dialed-in to work as a total package as well as matching colorways for the HighLife.
If you are riding EC, need a versatile, do-all deck that will be just at home in Mt. Creeks parks, Hunter's icy groomers or Killington's misty-tight tree runs... reach for the HighLife.