Pure Freeride Design is the creation of Rupert Gammond. After six winters in the Alps and a bunch of testing PFD Skis was born. All PFD skis and boards are hand made in the UK by Rupert himself to the very highest standards.
I took a prototype PFD Big Mountain Powder Plank Splitboard to Lyngen last spring. I had a lot of fun. The board I rode was a little stiffer and heavier than the current production model. It also had more camber. However, the shape and dimensions are the same so I got a pretty good idea what this board is about.
It's a beautifully made board that has a real quality feel about it. The combination of the short-ish tail and long nose enabled the BMPP to float nicely in pow and was especially enjoyable in big, open terrain. The stiffness and length (162cm) made it less suitable for tight tree runs, although I suspect the proper production model may be a little more forgiving in this kind of terrain.
On hard snow and crud the board excelled; don't go thinking this board is only at home in the pow.
The BMPP comes complete with market leading Karakoram hardware. Ultra Clips provide a solid connection and the tip and tail clips are well made and durable.
Best of all, alongside the great ride and the great looks, it was really nice to ride a board that had been made by an expert single pair of hands from start to finish.
More info on PFD Skis and boards over at pfdskis.com.