We test a lot of snowboards here at WL, and by that we definitely mean a lot. Reviewing north of 500 products a year sees our team attending a fair few board tests through the winter, with La Clusaz’s Avant Premiere and Kaunertal’s Spring Break events often book-ending our test team’s seasons. Over time we’ve become accustomed to seeing various staples in each brand’s line that appear every winter, as regularly as the seasons change.
“Don’t call them comebacks, they’ve been here for years”
We’re talking about the ‘modern classics’ of snowboarding, shapes that do their job so well they remain largely unchanged each time we see the new topsheet. Brand reps might mumble about a sidewall material or composite layer that’s new for this year, but the whole point of these rides is that they go largely unchanged because when you clip into them you know what you’re going to get, because they’re that good.
We covered this topic a few years ago in the mag, looking at classics of the time like the Ride DH and Endeavour Color, but coming into the 2017/18 season here’s an in-depth gaze at the new kids on the block, boards that have helped shape snowboarding into what it is today over the last five years or so. Don’t call them comebacks, they’ve been here for years.