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.
The Burton Process snowboard is a great snowboard for the freestyle oriented rider looking for a do-it-all solution. This snowboard is going to stand up to big jumps and high impact scenarios while still feeling comfortable in situations where playfulness is valuable, such as jibbing.
Carving, edge hold and stability stood out on the No Bad Days Reverence, this thing was ripping all day through variable conditions ranging from ice to slush. It’s got some significant camber to it; it looks like about a centimeter at the highest point on a flat surface. This is a stable board and is great for jumping although it has pretty average pop for its flex.
The Never Summer Twenty Five is a great choice for the experienced rider looking for something that can take on steep lines, swivel through tree lines, and carve up groomers; it’s also going to be a solid choice on powder days providing lots of float. I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up due to the directional shape, stiff flex, and aggressive feel it provides.
Two of the biggest highlights for me on the K2 Bottle Rocket are how much pop the board can provide, and how much fun it is for carving. This is a wider snowboard that is designed to be able to be ridden a size or two down from your typical board, this makes the board more maneuverable, helps provide a more surfy feel, and is good news for those of you with large boots (size 11 and up). The waist width of the 152 is 25.9cm, which is as wide as many “wide” specific boards.
The Never Summer Proto Type 2 is a versatile snowboard that’s equally fun carving groomers and exploring as it is taking sunny park laps. Featuring a rocker dominant profile, a medium flex for stability, vario power grip for edge hold, and a sintered base for speed, this board is very similar to the Funslinger but beefed up in a few key ways.
The GNU Nicolas Müllair snowboard is a top contender for the freerider looking for a powerful carving board that also floats easily in powder. Capable of charging variable terrain with superior grip and floating with ease in bottomless powder, this is a versatile snowboard that any experienced rider would enjoy.
The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro snowboard is a great choice for the all-mountain rider looking for a one board to do-it-all solution. This is a snowboard that is going to perform well in any given situation, and without making any major compromises. If you want something that’s equipped to handle powder, icy slopes, trees, back bowls, groomers and park laps, you should consider the Bryan Iguchi Pro.
The Lobster Sender snowboard is a board that is built for the whole mountain with regards to the flex and side cut, but also slays it in the park. It has carbon stringers added in the tip and tail of the board to add some rigidity and response, and also makes the snowboard more poppy. However, the coolest tech in this board is 3BT – Triple Base Technology. 3BT is found exclusively in Bataleon/Lobster snowboards and is a 3-dimensional base shape that lifts the base and edges up by about 3 degrees on both the nose and tail. This effectively creates a regular camber snowboard, that is even more catch free than rocker; really combining the best of both worlds.
You can see just from looking at the Burton Fish that this is a snowboard that is going to thrive in the powder. From the 30mm taper in the nose to the double swallowtail this board is built to float and slash on those deep days, but also has an aggressive sidecut that provides hard arcing turns when carving up groomers. This board is a great choice to get the most out of those deeper days.