One of the most common things people ask me is for recommendations on snowboards that will be fun and capable everywhere (quiver killer). For those of you with this question, here is a list of my top 5 snowboard picks for boards that are going to perform anywhere on the mountain, in any condition. Recognize that you will always be making some sort of compromise with this strategy of snowboard buying, and I would recommend having at least two snowboards. One twinnish or do-it-all style snowboard such as these, as well as a directional freeride or powder shape.
"The Capita Defenders of Awesome is a powerful and versatile snowboard that leans towards the freestyle side of the spectrum. While this board is certainly at home in the park, don't let that stop you from exploring the rest of the mountain. Loaded with a sidecut built for ripping turns and added carbon for awesome stability, this board is ready for anything. The biggest single standout for me on the DOA is how much pop it has to offer."
Arbor Iguchi Pro Camber
"The Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber is a little more freeride leaning and provides a surprisingly damp ride through choppy snow. You'll find an array of quality features in this snowboard such as a sintered base, real wood topsheet, 360 degree edges and a 360 degree stamped sidewall, as well as Grip Tech sidecut for superior control on ice. However the coolest tech is their uprise fenders, beveling the base and edge under the contact points to provide a catch-free ride while retaining the power and precision of full regular camber."
"The Lobster Sender is a board that is built for the whole mountain with regards to the flex and side cut, but also slays it in the park. It has carbon stringers added in the tip and tail of the board to add some stability and response, and also makes the snowboard more poppy. However, the coolest tech in this board is 3BT – Triple Base Technology. 3BT is a 3-dimensional base shape that bevels the base and edges up on both the nose and tail. This effectively creates a regular camber snowboard, that is even more catch free than rocker; really combining the best of both worlds."
NS Proto Type 2
"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, asymmetrical sidecut, a medium flex for stability, and Vario Power Grip for edge hold, this board is very similar to the Funslinger but beefed up in a few key ways. I also like the matte topsheet, which provides good grip when skating without a stomp pad. The biggest highlights for me on this snowboard are how stable it is at high speeds and how much fun it is for carving."
"The Burton Custom is a true king of versatility. The reference stance is setback about 1 inch, but can still be ridden like a twin by simply pushing your stance forward. This is a huge advantage in my opinion, allowing you to easily switch from twin to directional depending on conditions; this is simplified even more with Burtons channel binding system. Outside of the contact points the nose is longer than the tail providing additional float in powder and soft, deep slush. Tried and true, the Custom is an aggressive ride and a quiver killer"
Women's Equivalent Snowboards in Respective Order
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