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.
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.
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.
The Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP is a great choice for the all-mountain rider who enjoys charging with speed and likes to get aggressive with their carves, having super-strong and reliable grip on ice is another huge bonus with this snowboard.
The Jones Flagship snowboard is something special. This is a high-end, purpose specific snowboard that has incredible lift and float through powder while also being a phenomenal all-mountain carver. The spooned nose and tail provide a very catch free feel, which balances well with the regular camber and stiff flex
From steep and deep pow lines to navigating an icy maze or sending booters, the Jones Mountain Twin will deliver. This is the powerhouse of all mountain twin snowboards, equipped to do it all.
This is a lively and poppy park board that has a much more aggressive feel than its rocker counterpart. The Artifact is also quite stiff but ended up being a really fun and stable board that reminds me a lot of the Ride Helix; this is the type of snowboard that begins to blend the lines between freestyle and all mountain.
If you’re looking for a powerful, lively snowboard that’s just as capable sending giant kickers in the park as attacking the mountain at full speed, the Helix has got you covered. Check out our full review of the Ride Helix snowboard.