Having a well-stacked quiver is the dream, but the vast majority of snowboarders still make do with one deck at a time. If that includes you, then we highly recommend the ones you’ll find on this list.
The following snowboards are true all-terrain vehicles, which our Test Team identified as being perfect for the rider looking for one board to do it all. They’ve got their differences, of course - profiles vary drastically, and there are a few true twins in amongst the more directional shapes - but all of them have a real go-anywhere feel to them.
"There’s still plenty of variety here, but what they all have in common is that they won’t box you into one particular discipline"
Which one you prefer will depend on your riding style; if you love the park but want something you can take to pow when it dumps, you’ll be looking for something different to the piste-cruiser who likes to dabble in a bit of freestyle or freeride from time to time.
So there’s still plenty of variety here, but what they all have in common is that they won’t box you into one particular discipline. If you want to keep your options open, these are the boards to consider.
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Bataleon Evil Twin Snowboard 2017-2018
The Evil Twin would be a premium park stick anyway, but the addition of Bataleon’s signature Triple Base Tech makes it a true all-rounder.
The increased float of 3BT makes up for a true twin’s drawbacks in the powder, while the classic camber bend means you still get great edge bite on the groomers.
CAPiTA Defenders Of Awesome Snowboard 2017-2018
A few new tech upgrades have improved what was already one of our favourite all-mountain snowboards.
The CAPiTA DOA has the perfect medium flex for dabbling in a bit of everything, and has been built to take a beating whether it be in the park or way out in the deep stuff.
Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2017-2018 CAPiTA Defenders Of Awesome here
DC Space Echo Snowboard 2017-2018
Not all all-mountain boards are created equal; the guy who wants to charge all over the hill needs something different to the mellower rider.
The DC Space Echo is aimed at the former. It’s a stiff beast of a board, which can pop to the moon in the park, but it’s also the stick that Iikka Backstrom takes into the pow.
Endeavor Board Of Directors Snowboard 2017-2018
If it’s something a bit mellower that you want, this is just the thing.
The slight raise on the contact points of the Endeavor BOD make it so fun for cruising around the whole mountain, and the urethane sidewalls help to smoothen things out at higher speeds.
Its twin shape and carbon-assisted pop make it great for the park, too.
Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2017-2018 Endeavor Board Of Directors here
Gnu Riders Choice Snowboard 2017-2018
Another twin board, but this one’s got an asymmetrical twist that our testers felt gave it an edge in the all-rounder stakes.
The Gnu Riders Choice also has a rocker bend in the middle that helps in pow, but the Magne-traction edges ensure there’s no corresponding loss of edge hold.
Head Instinct i.KERS Snowboard 2017-2018
Head boards always represent good value, and anyone looking for a serious go-anywhere charger should definitely look at this one.
With KERS tech enhancing every turn and graphene/Hexlight additives worked in to the build, it sounds like science homework but is way, way more fun in practice - especially if you like to go fast.
Jones Explorer Snowboard 2017-2018
Much of Jeremy Jones’ fleet has been built with a freeride focus, but the Explorer allows you to do just that.
No matter the conditions or the terrain, it’ll see you through thanks to its medium flex and directional twin shape, among other things.
Lib Tech x Lost Twin Rocket Snowboard 2017-2018
The latest creation from Lib’s collaboration with Matt Biolos is a lot more of an all-rounder than what came before.
Despite the slightly tapered shape that’s ideal for deep days, the Twin Rocket leans towards freestyle in its design. For taking on natural hits one minute and blasting pistes the next, this ticks all the right boxes.
Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2017-2018 Lib Tech x Lost Twin Rocket here
Ride Helix Snowboard 2017-2018
Another asym board, the Helix is technically a park stick (favoured by Yuki Kadono, no less). However, if you explore the whole mountain on it, it doesn’t disappoint.
With plenty of clever tech (urethane sidewalls, carbon additives, impact plates), the Helix can step up to anything.
Rome Gang Plank Snowboard 2017-2018
Here’s another one that you’ll often see in the park - but make no mistake, the Gang Plank can be taken anywhere.
The flat profile gives it the edge in pow-float terms over its cambered equivalents, and doesn’t lose out too much in the pop & grip stakes thanks to the bamboo rod and ‘QuickRip’ sidecut respectively. A modern classic.
Rome National Snowboard 2017-2018
The National has been designed to ride like a twin on firmer terrain, but has an extended nose for when the snow gods have been kind.
It cruises beautifully on piste, and delivers impressive pop when you want to send it skywards.
All in all, the Rome National is one of the best new snowboards for 2017/18 - head to the full review to see footage of it in action.
YES Standard Snowboard 2017-2018
The YES Standard’s directional elements aren’t noticeable on the piste either, but get it in the powder and you can use that bigger nose to your advantage.
Rocker sections at the nose and tail will help in that respect too, but if it hasn’t dumped for a while you can get all the edge grip you need thanks to the camber between the feet.