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Best All-Mountain Snowboards For 2021-2022 | Our Pick Of This Season’s Best Snowboards To Ride The Whole Mountain

Need a snowboard to ride park, piste, powder and everything in between? Here's a list of our favourite all mountain snowboards for this season

What is the best all-mountain snowboard? Is there even such a thing as one snowboard that can do it all? The debate goes on and remains snowboarding’s most contentious battleground (well, that and the whole Step-On thing). Many brands claim to have come up with the silver bullet, single snowboard solution that kills off the competition. You know the ones – the daily drivers, the all-rounders, the quiver killers, the one-stop-shops for park, piste and powder riding alike.

Don’t be too easily swayed, though, the easy answer isn’t always the truth. Colonel Sanders sold a hell of a lot of chicken, but I’m not sure anyone wants to know how he made it. All-mountain snowboards are virtually every brand’s best-seller, but it takes a little more scrutiny to pick out the best of the bunch. Every winter, the Whitelines crew round up our highlights, cut through the marketing jargon, and present our selection of the season’s best all-mountain snowboards.

“Many brands venture slightly off the fence, creating what you might call an all-mountain freestyle or all-mountain freeride snowboard”

In the list below, we’ve curated a selection of all the big hitters, hidden gems and complete curveballs that genuinely impressed us this season. But look, we get it. One man’s Michelangelo is another man’s Milli Vanilli. They won’t all be to your liking, and that’s fine. It’s a hell of a balancing act. Occasionally, some strike the treble twenty and split the stoke evenly between freestyle, freeride and piste. More often, brands venture slightly off the fence, creating what you might call an all-mountain freestyle or all-mountain freeride snowboard. These snowboards tend to have the edge when it comes to riding in the park over the backcountry, and vice versa.

One snowboard to do it all. Rider: Henry Shackleton (Pic: Ed Blomfield)

What To Look For When Buying An All-Mountain Snowboard

Directional twins are often the shape of choice for all-mountain snowboards. For the most part, the board will feel and ride like a true twin and easily handle switch, but there will be some directional elements in its construction. This could be a slightly set back stance, elongated nose scoop, flex pattern, taper, etc. but never enough to make the board feel uni-directional.

CamRock and Hybrid cambers seem to have claimed this territory for the majority of all-mountain boards, but there’s still the odd sighting of a full camber, flat, or even rockered all-mountain snowboard in this year’s Buyer’s Guide – as well as this list.

Camber provides grip, power and pop to the snowboard, making it very versatile on the piste and suited for faster, more aggressive riding. Rocker offers increased manoeuvrability, float in powder and forgiveness but can feel unstable at speed. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why all-mountain snowboards tend to adopt a combination of the two.

Flex ratings are a personal choice and largely down to the type of rider you are, and the type of terrain you’ll be spending most of your time on. Generally, in this category range, flex ratings will sit somewhere between four and seven out of ten, striking a balance between playfulness and response. It’s not uncommon to find these numbers creeping close to double digits on some all-mountain options, though.

“We believe the following boards should be serious contenders for all-mountain shenanigans this season”

Of course, if you’re planning on spending a lot more time in the park this season, or lining up some big backcountry lines, or maybe heading out to Japan for the first time, you may be in the market for a more specific tool for the job. If so, check out our rundown of the best freestyle snowboards and best freeride snowboards for 2021/22 instead.

As with any purchase of new season snowboard gear, the choice is very subjective. But whatever your ability, budget, gender or feelings towards things that are gold and glitter, we believe the following boards should be serious contenders for all-mountain shenanigans this season. And hey, if in doubt, just pick your favourite graphic.

(Please don’t)

Best All-Mountain Snowboards 2021-2022

Bataleon Whatever Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best All-Mountain Snowboard
PRICE: £430 / €500 / $500

All-mountain boards by their nature tend to look a bit… meh. After all, they need to sit firmly in the middle of the performance spectrum – not too pow-specific, not too jib-orientated. With the updated Whatever, Bataleon have succeeded in blending everyday versatility with an exciting 3D profile and gorgeous silhouette to create a quiver of one which truly sets your pulse racing.

Who Is The Bataleon Whatever For?

Who is it NOT for? The Whatever is just as comfortable diving into the sidecountry as it is taking a lap through the park. Wanna cruise the resort? Build a powder kicker? Yeah cool, whatever. Anyone who doesn’t have the budget or luggage allowance to take more than one deck will appreciate this board’s ability to tear up just about any terrain. Sure, it’s not the stiffest thing out there, but for the average shredder the friendly flex just makes it more fun.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Bataleon Whatever here


Nidecker Venus Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboard
PRICE: £350 / €350 / $370

Snowboard design has evolved a lot over the past few seasons. Directional shapes are no longer the preserve of dedicated powder boards – in fact many all-mountain models are losing that classic twin-tip look as riders realise the benefit of a silhouette that’s slightly biased towards your regular stance. The Venus is one such example. A staple of Nidecker’s women’s line for many years, it’s been radically upgraded for 2021/22 with blunter lines and a slightly shorter tail. The result? Better turns, more float and increased stability when you’re blasting around the hill, while retaining all the freestyle performance you need to take it to the park.

Who Is The Nidecker Venus For?

Riders of every level who want one board to do it all – piste, park, pow – will have their prayers answered by the Venus. Its mid flex is right in the sweet spot between friendly and responsive, and that new shape lets you make the most of the mountain’s natural terrain, especially if you’re lucky enough to score some fresh snow.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Venus here


Burton Instigator Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €400

Progression is key when you’re learning to snowboard, especially if you’re not content to just practice your falling leaf down the bunny hill. The Instigator might not be the flashiest snowboard on the market, but for a consistent learning curve that goes far beyond your first few days on the hill it’s hard to beat, especially when you factor in the modest price tag.

Who Is The Burton Instigator For?

You’re the kind of rider who wants results fast, you love a bit of instant gratification. The Instigator’s versatility could appeal to those who aren’t quite sure where they’re going to be riding the most, so it can do a bit of everything. Sure, there are snowboards that are higher spec, but this will let you dip your toes in the pool without pushing you in the deep end.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Instigator here


Burton Skeleton Key Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €580


What’s in a name? Well, when on the hunt for your new ride, a model’s moniker can often tell you a lot about what to expect from it. Case in point: the Burton Skeleton Key; a veritable access-all-areas pass in snowboard form. [NB: this is no hard-and-fast rule. Whitelines accepts no responsibility if you buy a Jones Hovercraft and aren’t able to buzz around like Marty McFly in Back to The Future Pt. II].

Who Is The Burton Skeleton Key For?

Riders that tend to gravitate towards directional or true twin shapes, but don’t actually spend a great deal of time in the park or riding switch, are missing a trick – and this could be the shape to which you should shift. The Burton Skeleton Key will stay afloat in the deep, but it scores high on groomers too.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Burton Skeleton Key here


CAPiTA Mega Mercury Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £680 / €730 / $730


After the success of the beefed up Super DOA, CAPiTA have turned their attention to another all-mountain favourite. As the name suggests, the Mega Merc is the herculean big brother to the CAPiTA Mercury, the snowboard you know and love, but with all the dials turned up to 11.

Who Is The CAPiTA Mega Merc For?

You’re the kind of rider who prioritises… well, everything. Speed, agility, power, lightweight construction, finesse in the air, float in the powder, aggressive response on groomers, the whole enchilada. There’s no part of the mountain you don’t want to attack, and you’re not afraid to splash a little more cash to get the VIP treatment.

You’ll happily spend a few extra pennies for top shelf liquor rather than house spirit, it’s still whisky- but this is whisky, y’know?


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 CAPiTA Mega Merc here


CAPiTA Pathfinder Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Men’s Freestyle Snowboard
PRICE: £350 / €379 / $400

A new addition to the roster, the Pathfinder is an affordable option for those looking to join CAPiTA’s cosmic crew. The softer flex, blunted shape and easy repair base mark it out as a more park focused deck, great for street rats, jib kids and urban rippers, or for newer riders looking to dip their toes into the world of freestyle.


Who Is The CAPiTA Pathfinder For?

If you’re a baller on a budget looking for a great value snowboard to rip the park and beyond, then look no further. Great for beginners all the way up to strong intermediates who prefer a softer flex and a more wallet friendly price tag.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 CAPiTA Pathfinder here


Drake Battle Rusty Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £345 / €400 / $490

With a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-esque split personality, the Drake Battle Rusty is as comfortable throwing down in the streets as it is floating in the deep snow. A collab with the infamous Rusty Toothbrush crew, this is a snowboard that bridges the gap between freestyle and freeride.

Who Is The Drake Battle Rusty For?

Canadian ‘rappers’. Kidding. Anyone with a penchant for freestyle, be it outside the resort boundaries, in the park, or the streets. Thanks to its unique shape, the Battle Rusty is as confident throwing lofty back 3’s in the backcountry as it is hitting gap to rail in the urban jungle.

Riders who want to blur the lines of what freeride and freestyle really mean and take advantage of every bit of snow they come across will find a rusty playmate here.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Drake Battle Rusty here


Gnu Banked Country Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £470 / €530

The Christy-Cummins clan are an institution within the Mervin family, and in snowboarding itself, mum and dad are two of the most prolific riders of the last three decades, so it only makes sense that their son Cannon is an absolute ripper too. For 2021/22 we’re seeing some much-anticipated teamwork from the father-son duo to bring to you the brand-new Gnu Banked Country.

Who Is The Gnu Banked Country For?

Experienced riders who are looking for something really next level for charging in-bounds but is also more than capable of giving as good as it gets when the conditions are prime. Rad dads with 20 seasons under their belt find mutual ground with their up-and-coming rippers (who are already better than them) in this all-mountain freeride steamroller.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Gnu Banked Country here


Jones Aviator 2.0 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Men’s Advanced Snowboard
PRICE: £499 / €550 / $550

CAMBER! We take it for granted these days, but it’s still just about the best invention since an unheralded caveman’s overzealous demonstration of Where Babies Come From caused the sticks he was using as props to set alight, thus changing the course of human history forever. As examples of the unadulterated classic bend go, it’s hard to look past the thoroughbred that is the Jones Aviator. Even more so now that it’s been given a stunning upgrade – more on which later – that manages to retain what we loved about the original – including, of course, the camber profile.

Who Is The Jones Aviator 2.0 For?

Only those with a decent riding pedigree need apply; this is not to be trifled with. But if you’re up to the challenge, and keen to turn your weapon of choice to the whole mountain – including the park – then the Jones Aviator 2.0 fits the bill, and then some.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Jones Aviator 2.0 here


Jones Stratos Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £539 / €580 / $580

It undoubtedly looks like a powder-chaser, but on closer inspection it’s clear that the Stratos can turn its hand to just about any terrain or riding style. And while we stress that a board’s aesthetics should always be considered a bonus rather than a reason to buy it… Just. Look. At. It.

Who Is The Jones Stratos For?

The ever-expanding Jones line has something for everyone (provided you actually want to ride the actual mountain and not just the handrails in the car park), so it’s worth making sure you’ve matched up with the right one. That said, the Stratos has true all-mountain appeal; we’d invite just about every intermediate to advanced rider to consider this one.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Jones Stratos here


Jones Stratos Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £540 / €580 / $580

No prizes for seeing this one coming; the all-conquering Jones Stratos is now available for female riders too. They didn’t waste any time, either, with the original board only entering its second season.

Who Is The Women’s Jones Stratos For?

Its daily driver credentials have been given the thumbs up from pipe-slayer-turned-pow-chaser Elena Hight, but we reckon that any confident rider will find something to like about the Jones Stratos – especially those that lean towards carving and freeriding, but who still want to keep their options open.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Jones Women’s Stratos here


K2 Excavator 2021-2022

PRICE: £540 / €600 / $550

The appropriately named Excavator snowboard digs deep into the hardpack and blasts through powder. Catered towards advanced boarders the Excavator board lets you make the most of the mountain, performing on a wide range of terrain.


Who Is The K2 Excavator For?

The Excavator board is for the guy who wants to carve down the groomers but when the powder turns up its time to head off to find new lines. As a powerful and responsive board, it’s geared towards intermediate boarders who need precision on challenging terrain.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 K2 Excavator here


Lobster Shifter Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €380
Halldor and Eiki Helgason launched Lobster snowboards over ten years ago now. Since then, they’ve pushed some pretty major boundaries, not just in terms of their riding, but also in their fleet of freestyle specific snowboards which cater to every style of street, park and all-mountain creativity.

Who Is The Lobster Shifter For?

Well, firstly, take a look at the price tag. That alone should give it widespread appeal. More specifically, if you’re looking to invest in your first setup or park focussed deck, this would make a great contender. Likewise, if you’ve been riding for a while but just want something to take out for days when the snow’s soft, the sun’s out and you’re wanting to get some jibs and flatlands added to your trick back, this thing will rack them up in no time.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Lobster Shifter here


Nidecker Instinct Alpha Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £395 / €400 / $430

If you’re looking for efficient design solutions then the natural world is a good place to start. As David Attenborough is fond of telling us, a few million years of evolution has seen animals adapt their forms to the environment. Nidecker drew on this concept to create their new ‘Instinct’ series, featuring silhouettes and three-dimensional elements that mimic the shapes that work so well for birds and marine life.

Who Is The Nidecker Instinct Alpha For?

While the Alpha can certainly handle the occasional lap through the park, this is really a board for riders who see the whole mountain as their playground. It’s got crazy flow that encourages you to draw lines down the hardpack, seek out pow stashes and get creative over natural hits. Think Mathieu Crepel busting a floaty front 3 off a windlip. Oof, filthy!


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Instinct Alpha here


Nidecker Thruster Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £430 / $500

It never ceases to amaze us that Nidecker have been in business since 1887. OK, back then they were focused on farming equipment rather than snow-sliding machines, but that’s a lot of experience in the manufacturing game. Their snowboards rightly have a reputation for aggressive piste performance – as befits their Swiss roots – and with the Slice ‘n’ Dice video series of the last 5 years they’ve successfully tapped into the carving renaissance. Now they’ve poured all their edge-to-edge know-how into an aggressive new shape that’s capable of slaying hardpack and powder alike. Introducing the Thruster.

Who Is The Nidecker Thruster For?

If you have to ask, it’s probably not for you. We’re talking about unchecked aggression here, dude. A directional shape, stiff core, positive camber and lightning-fast base make this an all-mountain weapon of the most formidable kind. Experienced riders with a taste for low turns and eye-watering speeds will dig it. Beginners? Less so.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Nidecker Thruster here


Ride Benchwarmer Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €580

Brand new from Ride the Benchwarmer storms out of the gates as the weapon of choice for your in-bounds, park boosting, piste bashing, weapon of send. This stiff, hybrid (mostly camber) snowboard is packed full of all the carbon, slime and asymmetric tech you need to pop high and turn tight. Just looking at that base graphic makes us want to brag about having the best turns on the mountain…


Who Is The Ride Benchwarmer For?

Built for the aggressive chargers who want to leave their mark on the pistes and parks, this technical beast favours the intermediate & advanced riders who can handle a tight turn and a strong pop. Available in a large array of size options this unisex board should work for anyone willing to step up to the mantle.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Ride Benchwarmerhere


Rome Freaker Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £410 / €460 / $460

If you’re familiar with Rome’s output of late, you might recognise the specs on this as also belonging to last year’s Speed Freak model. Given that it’s definitely more of an all-mountain design than an out-and-out charger, the new name makes a lot more sense. So it’s not technically ‘new’, but instead can be seen as a fresh start for a board that perhaps, didn’t get a fair shake under its old moniker. As far as we’re concerned, justice has been served, and the nerds just looking to max out the top speed on their phone’s tracker app can look elsewhere.

Who Is The Rome Freaker For?

Let’s face it; most of us want a board that can deliver every day. The Rome Freaker is exactly that, a true taskmaster that is as happy in the air as it is in a carve. Rene Rinnekangas swears by this one – and if you come across anything on the mountain that he can’t do, be sure to let us know.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Freaker here


Rome Muse Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s Newcomer Snowboard
PRICE: £400 / €450 / $450

This fresh model from Rome is essentially a bit like a speedboat. It’s fast, agile, exciting, bags of fun, and guaranteed to make onlookers green with envy. In fact, one could argue that it’s even better; with the Rome Muse, you won’t feel like a prime, Insta-influencer-grade bellend when you’re on one.

Who Is The Rome Muse For?

Rome’s female-specific options are pretty great across the board, but the Rome Muse is the brand’s only real all-rounder. If you’re looking for one board to see you right regardless of what Mother Nature has cooked up the night before, this is a fantastic choice. More specifically, those who lean towards freestyle rather than freeride will get the best results.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Rome Muse here


Salomon HPS Louif Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €649

Wolle Nyvelt’s Hillside Project Series has been one of our favourite collections since it first dropped a few years ago. There aren’t many out there who know more about shaping than he does, so he’s worked with some of the Salomon team’s brightest stars to create some classic powder-hungry vehicles that knock gimmicky shapes into a cocked hat.


Who Is The Salomon HPS Louif Paradis For?

Not ready to give up freestyle but looking towards a powder-filled future? With this stunner, you really can have it all. Granted, it’s far from a park board, let alone a rail slayer, but when you want to pull shapes on a powder-less day, it’ll do nicely.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Salomon HPS Louif here


Slash ATV Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £520 / €529 / $549

ATV- the acronym speaks for itself. This is Gigi Rüf’s all-terrain vehicle, the self-professed and elusive quiver of one. The OG Slash board is celebrating its 10th anniversary, so Gigi has gifted us with a super limited re-issue ATV as well as the 21/22 iteration. An aggressive charger that takes no prisoners, the ATV prides itself on its ability to be simultaneously reactive, responsive, and fully rad. A snowboard that dominates the hardpack as easily as it destroys the steep and deep, designed, shaped, and tested by the man himself, the ATV is Gigi’s first choice no matter the terrain or the conditions.

Who Is The Slash ATV For?

The mid-stiff flex, technical layup and aggressive camber mark this out as a snowboard that isn’t for amateurs. Those who ride with pace, pushing their limits and charging hard and fast will find a workhorse that’ll saddle up every day of the season in the ATV.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Slash ATV here


Vimana Meta Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €549 / $639

A stalwart of the Scandi snowboard scene, Vimana is celebrating its 6th year by releasing their best line of product to date. With a core team of progressive freestyle rippers and a growing popularity throughout Europe and the rest of the world, Vimana are making big moves, with their all-terrain charger, the Meta, at the forefront.


Who Is The Vimana Meta For?

Thanks to its stiffer flex and pretty aggressive profile the Meta is suited to experienced riders who know exactly what they want from a snowboard. The reactive layup makes it bit of a stretch for novices, who’ll get taken for a ride, rather than the other way around.

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Vimana Meta here


YES. Basic UnInc RDM Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £519 / €550 / $550

Since 2008, the boys over at YES. Snowboards have been shaking the tree with some of the most progressive, innovative and creative snowboards out there. But long before then, they were shaping the culture of snowboarding and pushing progression to its limits with the UnInc Crew. Romain De Marchi’s re-imagined Basic UnInc is the most versatile, all-mountain focussed of the series and is a pretty serious step up from the long-standing best seller.

Who Is The YES. Basic UnInc RDM For?

Make no mistake, it’s a bit of a boss-hog. Rider’s will need to be fairly confident and experienced to take full advantage of what’s on offer with the Basic UnInc. But if you’ve been looking for a powerful twin snowboard to level up your all-mountain freestyle this season then surely this is one of the best tools for the job.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 YES. Basic UnInc RDM here


YES. Standard Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £469 / €500 / $500

YES. Snowboards have given us some of the most exciting and convention-defying snowboard shapes of the last decade or so, but when you take all the cues from these designs and distil them into something a little quieter, more subtle, and less in-your-face, you wind up with the Standard. Right down to its muted monochrome colourway, it makes no attempts to fly its own flag. So we’re going to do it on its behalf instead. This thing absolutely rips.

Who Is The YES. Standard For?

Close down all those browser tabs you’ve had open for park and powder specific decks sitting in your shopping cart. The Standard cuts the divide between freestyle and freeride performance right down the middle and unanimously received feedback from our test team as being one of the most versatile all-mountain snowboards out there.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 YES. Standard here



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