- Price: £400
- Sizes: 153
- Flex: 6
They say: The industry’s first flatline-equipped stick.
We say: The Slayblade quickly won over critics when it replaced the classic Zeppelin last year. Its completely flat shape means great edge hold, and it carried Brit Ben Kilner all the way to the Olympic halfpipe semi-final.
Tester says: Fast, responsive, poppy. Makes you feel ultra stable at high speed.
- Building boards since: 1987
- HQ: Seattle, WA, USA
- History lesson: Founded as a ski company in 1961 by brothers Bill and Don Kirschner, K2 has been making snowboards longer than many board-specific brands. Despite this, it a while for K2 to live down its image as a commercially-driven ski-shark among snowboarding minnows. In the end though, the brand’s obvious commitment to snowboarding over the years, combined with its reputation for quality, has helped change even the most gnarled shredder’s minds.
- Ridden by: People looking for a brand that’ll let them ride whatever and wherever they want without being laughed at by anyone. Technically good, if slightly anonymous riders.