CARVED Imperator 6 LW
Sizes Available: 145cm x 44cm, 151cm x 45cm, 157cm x 49cm
Sizes Tested: 145cm x 44cm

Carved Says:

The 145LW is the smallest Imperator in the Light Wind line and features a classic Imperator 6 outline. This handmade board is ideal for locations with unreliable or variable winds.

See, feel and experience a light wind masterpiece. See the shimmer of the proprietary carbon fiber and the unique hand finished rails of the new Imperator 6 LW. Feel the perfectly sanded edges. And now, experience the power, control and sheer pleasure the new LW edition generates in the lightest of winds. The seven-knot king. With broad tips, unique fin placement, and concave rails, our biggest light wind machine generates endless smiles and ultra smooth carves. Manufactured by master craftsmen since 2001. Craftsman that put their heart and soul into each board. Visit Fehmarn and you will likely meet your board builder on a shiny black board at a local beach. You see, they don’t just build masterpieces, they live the kiter’s dream.

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Tkb Says:

Carved offers three boards in its LW lineup with each board size having its own custom template to deliver varying levels of light wind performance and handling The Imperator 6 145LW has a more rounded traditional twin-tip outline that brings more freeride performance-oriented handling to the light wind equation. The template has a relatively straight midsection and pulled in tips that give the board the combination of extra surface area with a rounded template that will feel more agile for freeride/freestyle riding. The 145 features a simple single concave bottom and the flex pattern feels a bit stiffer than its larger brethren in the Imperator LW lineup.

The Imperator 6 145LW is designed for the light wind session where freestyle handling ranks just as important as extending the light wind range. The carbon construction and slightly smaller size than the 151LW makes this board feel really light under your feet and accentuates every aspect of this board’s riding with comfortable flex that doesn’t feel overly stiff or tinny. Everything from blazing upwind to rotational jumps will feel more nimble and easy on both your riding and your body. The straighter rocker helps the 145 rocket upwind, with the single concave rails and edge providing a really locked-in feeling that allows you to successfully load up the board for bigger airs. The 145LW handles chop like a charm and the rounded template keeps carving and hard turning feeling like a normal twin tip, particularly when compared to the straighter rails of the Imperator 151LW. The 145LW isn’t going to offer the same super low-end range you get from a boxy door-looking board, but it does an excellent job of opening up the light wind realm with its increased surface area while keeping jumping and carving performance alive with more user-friendly rails that are open to more aggressive freeride and freestyle riding.

The Imperator comes with two strap placement options to adjust your stance width. The board’s Ultra Pads and Straps offer 11 duck angle adjustments along with strap inserts that allow you to adjust both the strap width on the binding as well as the forward/aft position of the strap over the footbed. The footbed has an aggressive geometric pattern that supplies excellent grip with substantial cupping around the heel, a subtle bump under the inside of your arch and a toe bar that helps you lock in your feet. The straps use a ratchet-style binding system where you put your foot in the binding and ratchet the tightness until you have the perfect fit (no guess and check with this system).  With a wide range of adjustment options, overall, the Ultra Pads and Straps earned high marks for their comfort, security and solid connection to the board.

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