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Best All-Mountain Snowboards 2018-2019

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

With an increasing number of specialised boards hitting the market in recent years, it’s easy to forget that the lion’s share of the snowboard-purchasing public are actually after just one board with which they can do it all – the quiver-killer as it were. The boards we present to you here have been singled out due to their excellence at taking you anywhere you might wish to ride.

Of course, if you only want to throw roosters then a pow-specific gun will be your best bet; likewise if you just have eyes for the jib line or the streets then a model built with riding such terrain will offer you the most fun – if you have the cash then go ahead and build that quiver! But the best all-mountain snowboards should be able to effortlessly take you from powder laps in the morning to a post-lunch park sesh, all the while making the on-piste blasting and sidehitting a blast.

“The best all-mountain snowboards should be able to effortlessly take you from powder laps in the morning to a post-lunch park sesh”

It’s worth noting that there are spectrums within spectrums: some of the decks that made our best all-mountain snowboards shortlist will be better suited to mainly riding park but dabbling in powder, and vice versa. Though the majority will be directional, thus best suited to going forwards, some will be true twins. But our rigorous testing has confirmed the boards in this list will function admirably wherever.

So, with a little self-analysis you should rest safe in the knowledge that whatever the conditions or terrain, these boards will be able to take all that you throw them at in their stride.

Scroll down to view all the best snowboards, or skip to a particular board using the links below

Bataleon Fun.Kink | Bataleon Storm | Gnu Money | Head Stella | Jones Dreamcatcher | Nidecker Rave | Ride Hellcat | Rome Gang Plank | Rome Kashmir | Salomon Assassin | YES Basic Decade

The Best All-Mountain Snowboards For Winter 2018-19


Bataleon Fun.Kink Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £379/€429

There have been a few changes made to the Fun.Kink for 2018/19, but it’s still firmly in the ‘mellow’ camp of all-mountain boards.

If you like riding without much of a plan, then this board is ideal. It’s soft enough for presses and the like, but the camber lets you hold a strong edge when you want to.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Bataleon Fun.Kink here

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Bataleon Storm Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £459/€529

The new Storm tips towards the freeride end of the scale, what with its tapered outline and directional Triple Base Tech, but it’s still one for taking anywhere.

When there’s no pow around, the medium flex and almost-twin shape mean that you can lap the park and work until the next dump arrives.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Bataleon Storm here

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Gnu Money Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £309/€349

For the cash-strapped in search of a one-board solution, the Gnu Money would be an excellent choice.

Gnu’s famous combo profile is ideal for all-round riding, and despite the relatively low spec it got two thumbs up from our testers.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Gnu Money here

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Head Stella Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £239/€299

The Head Stella was another deck that clearly punched above its weight during testing. Head’s most entry-level deck can turn its hand to anything, at a genuinely amazing price.

Perfect for beginners who intend to take on the whole mountain, but more advanced riders would do well to give it a closer look too.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Head Stella here

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Jones Dream Catcher Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £395/€449

You’d be missing a trick if you bought a Jones board and never took it into the powder, but the Dream Catcher doesn’t need to wait for a storm to be great.

With camber between the feet and rocker at each end, it can turn its hand to freestyle and piste-bashing alike. The medium flex rating helps too.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Jones Dreamcatcher here

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Nidecker Rave Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £449/€499

There are some weird and wonderful shapes in the Nidecker stable, to the point where the more conventional stuff can get overlooked.

Be sure to check out the Rave, though; a one-board solution that you can ride absolutely anywhere, but that’s particularly epic on the pistes.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Nidecker Rave here

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Ride Hellcat Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £409/€499

If you’re a confident rider who hates the idea of changing up boards, then the Hellcat is the solution.

It’s the kind of stiff directional twin that whole careers were forged on back in the day, and it could well bring your own riding forward in leaps and bounds.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Ride Hellcat here

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Rome Gang Plank Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £429/€449

Lots of Rome’s best all-mountain options have a flat profile, and the Gang Plank is no exception.

Suitable for everything from hitting street rails to popping cliffs, it’s little wonder that this remains a strong team favourite.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Rome Gang Plank here

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Rome Kashmir Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £349/€399

At first glance this might look (and sound) like a big-mountain option, but it ain’t.

The Rome Kashmir is a true twin with lots of clever features, including a multi-radius sidecut designed to compensate for the flat profile. In other words, it’s great for taking everywhere and anywhere.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Rome Kashmir here

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Salomon Assassin Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £449/€549

The Assassin has had a makeover this year that has made it even more suitable for doing a bit of everything.

The addition of a directional flex and some subtle shaping alterations to the nose mean that this isn’t just for freestyle anymore – although it can still crush the park when called upon.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Salomon Assassin here

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YES Basic Decade Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £575/€649

This limited-edition anniversary release from YES was always going to be a hit with team WL.

As long-standing fans of the original Basic, it was safe to assume that a spec’d up version (sintered base, enhanced core, top-secret topsheet) would be something special. And it is.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 YES Basic Decade here

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