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 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 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 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.
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.
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.