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.
Wondering whats up with the new Burton Step-On Binding system? Think it could be the next big innovation in snowboard bindings? Get yourself a taste here with a rundown on how the new tech works, how it feels on snow, and what some potential drawbacks could be.