Freeriding is some of the most fun and challenging snowboarding you can do, and it is a style of riding we are all attracted to as we progress and want to explore new terrain. Freeride boards tend to naturally be more aggressive and provide great stability at high speeds. Most of these boards are going to have a setback stance as well, which will help to eliminate rear leg fatigue on powder days and enhance your carving experience. Whether you want to duck into the trees, search for powder drops, or just make turns at really high speeds, these 5 boards are going to perform.
Freestyle snowboarding is an awesome way to get creative and push the limits of your riding. It opens a whole new lane of progression and can change the way you look at a mountain. After extensive testing in world class terrain parks such as Area 51 and Breck Parks, I have narrowed it down for you. In this post you will find my top 5 recommendations out of the over 30 freestyle specific snowboards I have tested during the 16/17 season.
One of the most fun things you can do on a snowboard as you are getting around the mountain on groomers and cat tracks is butters, or flatland snowboard tricks. The amount of tricks you can come up with are almost endless. Having a certain style of snowboard will make butter tricks much less difficult, and also more stylish. Generally for this style of riding you will want a softer flexing, true twin snowboard; and in this post I have highlighted five of my favorite choices.
One of the most common things people ask me is for recommendations on snowboards that will be fun and capable everywhere (quiver killer). For those of you with this question, here is a list of my top 5 snowboard picks for boards that are going to perform anywhere on the mountain, in any condition. Recognize that you will always be making some sort of compromise with this strategy of snowboard buying, and I would recommend having at least two snowboards. One twinnish or do-it-all style snowboard such as these, as well as a directional freeride or powder shape.
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This is the snowboard for the rider looking for a playful and maneuverable all-mountain/freestyle snowboard that doesn’t suck in powder. A board that you can press and butter, but still have fun carving and dipping through trees with. I would also recommend this snowboard to a beginner rider looking for something that is versatile, easy to learn with, and capable of progressing on for a few seasons.
The GNU Carbon Credit is a great snowboard for someone looking to upgrade from rental gear and invest in their own setup, or even for your first time snowboarding. The soft flex and rocker dominant profile make this board very forgiving, maneuverable and good for progression. You aren’t going to be catching your edges with this snowboard. The asymmetrical sidecut and Magne Traction provide reliable grip and performance for carving as well. I would recommend this snowboard to beginner riders and up.
The two biggest highlights for me on the YES The Greats is the playfulness the rocker brings to the tips as well as noticeably more aggressive heelside turns. Another feature worth mentioning is the sintered base which is harder, faster, and more durable than extruded bases commonly found on entry level and jib specific snowboards. The Greats is a capable and versatile freestyle board as long as large jump progression and other high impact maneuvers aren’t your focus.
This is a board for the rider that wants something unique, fun, and capable in all conditions. I would say my favorite two categories on this board are carving and park. If you are looking to add a specialty board to the quiver or just find something different for a daily driver, this snowboard fits the bill. At the end of the day, I can say with confidence you’re going to be stoked on the Warpig.
This is a great snowboard for the freerider that can appreciate the versatility to truly explore the entire mountain. This is a board that is going to dominate groomers, slay steep and technical runs, actually float in powder, and still hold its ground in the terrain park.