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.
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 K2 Party Platter is a lively snowboard that is best suited for powder, carving, and generally just having a good time whatever the snow conditions may be. Its directional shape and short tail make the board very maneuverable and provide a fun, surfy feel on groomers. The two biggest highlights for me on this snowboard is how well it is able to carve and hold an edge, and how quickly you are able transition from edge to edge and change directions (even in deep heavy snow).
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.
This is a great snowboard for the rider who wants it all, and leans a bit towards the freestyle/jib side of the spectrum. The Rossignol Jibsaw is great for carving in all conditions, is stable at high speed, and still allows for some nice presses and playful freestyle tricks. If you’re looking for a board that will be fun and capable all around the mountain, the Jibsaw is a solid choice.
The Rossignol Sushi is an excellent addition to your quiver as a dedicated powder board that can also double as fun carving snowboard. I would reserve this snowboard for deep powder days and early morning groomer laps. Overall the Sushi is a really fun snowboard, the shape alone lets you know you are about to have a good time! I would recommend this snowboard to intermediate riders and up.