Freestyle snowboarding is an awesome way to get creative and push the limits of your riding. It opens a whole new lane of progression and can change the way you look at a mountain. After extensive testing in world class terrain parks such as Area 51 and Breck Parks, I have narrowed it down for you. In this post you will find my top 5 recommendations out of the over 30 freestyle specific snowboards I have tested during the 16/17 season.
Bataleon Evil Twin
" The Bataleon Evil Twin is a versatile freestyle snowboard that has the stability for large features and jumps without being overly stiff. You will find a regular camber profile with 3BT - Triple Base Technology - in this snowboard, combining the power and precision of camber with an insanely catch free feel. I think this is one of the best snowboards for progressing your jump game since it will eliminate edge-catching as you are learning to spin properly. In my opinion Bataleon snowboards combine the best performance benefits of camber and rocker all in one unique shape. This will be my personal board for 17/18. "
Salomon Huck Knife
" The Huck Knife is one of the big dogs for 2017/2018 and is a very fun snowboard that performs. I find this snowboard to be a little more jib leaning, however it's still very versatile. You're going to get a camrock profile in this snowboard offering the stability of camber underfoot with the catch free feel of rocker in the tips. The rockered tips also provide you with more playfulness allowing for easy presses and butters. The Huck Knife is a board that is capable of technical pressed out jib antics and can still hold it down on larger features. "
Never Summer Warlock
"In my opinion the Warlock is the most versatile freestyle specific snowboard on Never Summer's line. You will find a solid medium flex (5/10), original rocker/camber profile, and true twin shape on this guy for 2018. Performance wise this snowboard is very similar to its brother, the Funslinger. I think the Warlock leans slightly more towards jumping where as the Funslinger leans slightly more towards jibbing. You'll also find all of the high end tech from Never Summer in this snowboard including a sintered base, vario power grip sidecut, matte topsheet, as well as carbon additives. If you are a rocker kind of rider, you can't go wrong with the Warlock. "
Burton Kilroy Process
" The Burton Kilroy Process is a board that performs and won’t break the bank. Coming in hot with full regular camber through the entire length of the board, a sintered base, and Burton’s proprietary “the channel” and “infinite ride” technologies, this is a versatile board that is going to be fun anywhere on the mountain. The biggest standouts for me on the process are its pop and versatility when it comes to park and freeriding. I would say the Process is a little more jump leaning, and requires solid technique for pressing. This is the most aggressive board on this list. "
" The Headspace is a playful, yet very capable snowboard. It is still the only snowboard in production to include a camber dominant profile, asymmetrical sidecut, and additional contact points in the form of Magne Traction. Combine that with a medium-soft flex and you have an incredible balance of capability and playfulness. This thing is going to rip and grip turns on all snow conditions, offer solid pop and stability, and still be very pressable. It's C3 profile is camber dominant with mellow rocker between the feet that is elevated when the board is on a flat surface. This provides a slick feeling when you're sliding sideways on rails, and also creates nice flex zones for pressing. "
Women's Equivalent Snowboards in Respective Order
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