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.
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.
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.