The Ronseal-esque name says it all: these boards are the go-anywhere, do-anything models that let you keep your options open. These quivers-of-one allow you to adapt to the snowfall and weather conditions, ensuring there's always something to get after.
"These are the go-anywhere, do-anything models that let you keep your options open"
While each of these is all-terrain, and they do share a few characteristics in common, they are by no means all the same. Some are shorter, softer boards that favour surfy turns in the powder and mellow hits in the park. Others are built for charging, whether it's down an Alaskan face or towards a monster booter. If you're unsure which one suits your riding the best, take a closer look at their shapes, profiles and flex ratings.
Whichever you choose, you can guarantee that no two days on the mountain need ever play out the same way.
All boards are in alphabetical order. All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Arian Schlichenmayer / Sami Tuoriniemi
Redesigned for 2016/17, the easy-flexing Fun.Kink would happily suit anyone who wants to spend all day in the park.
Only a fool would keep it there when the pow arrives, though, as the elongated nose and Triple Base Tech make it just as good at floating as it is at flying.
CAPiTA Kazu Kokubo Pro
The Japanese master of style earns a new pro model this year, which is all about getting awesome in the powder.
Subtle directional elements help keep it afloat, and it’ll let you go as big as you dare. However, the medium flex makes it pretty sweet for mellower stuff too.
If you want to charge one minute and launch skywards the next, Kazu’s board could be the one for you.
Devun Walsh continues to kill it in Canada, and the DC Supernatant is his steed of choice.
Burly freestylers will love its medium-stiff flex, mostly-camber profile and light weight, while hard chargers are well catered for with carbon and Kevlar power-ups.
From park to peak, the DC Supernatant can turns its hand to anything.
Gnu Eco Choice
The combination of camber and rocker in the Eco Choice’s profile means it’ll float better than most twins in the deep stuff, and taking it for some park laps is a no-brainer too.
K2 Party Platter
The latest addition to K2’s ‘Enjoyer’ series has been an instant hit, jumping straight to the top of the short ‘n’ stubby board list.
Effortlessly manoeuvrable but still packing lots of pop, the Party Platter is one for those who like to follow an early-morning tree run with an afternoon of getting airborne.
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Gold Member
Trav’s pointy stick isn’t for everyone, but it is for everywhere. Never mind that shape; this is more fun for freestyle than you might think.
Take it to the backcountry and you can blast a Crack-esque culoir one minute, and a cliff-drop the next. Back within bounds, the serrated edge carves up the groomers with ease.
Born from the mind of Blauvelt, this is mostly directional but can handle much more than just turning and burning.
Its medium flex makes it fun for mellow park laps and side hits, while the carbon stringers increase its responsiveness when carving. If you get it into the deep stuff, it’s ideal for ticking off tricks among the natural features.
Ride War Pig
Unlike a lot of scaled-down boards, the War Pig was designed with general resort riding at the fore. The sidecut begs you to tear up the groomers, and there’s a surprising amount of pop to be had when you need it.
It’ll still tear up a powder field too, so don’t be afraid to take it out of bounds when the going’s good.
Salomon Ultimate Ride
Ever seen a Bode Merrill video part? He’s not a man who shies away from any aspect of snowboarding, so its only natural that his new pro model can do it all.
It’s got the strength and power to blast along at Mach 10, with a brand-new profile that resembles traditional camber but floats better in pow.