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.
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 Salomon Huck Knife is an impressive all around freestyle weapon that comes in at a great price point. With high-end features like EQ rad sidecut, a sintered base, and “popster” core shape, this snowboard is responsive and capable wherever you take it and doesn’t feel overpowering or hard to maneuver. The biggest highlights for me on this snowboard is the feeling of the sidecut and how much fun it is on jibs.
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 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 first thing I noticed when I picked up the Bataleon Magic carpet is how light it is! This snowboard has a very lightweight construction (mainly coming from the core materials used), which is a nice benefit. The side cut is also really fun for carving with speed and also feels maneuverable at slow speeds. However the biggest highlight on this snowboard is the 3BT three-dimensional base shape that impacts all aspects of the performance of this snowboard, in a good way.