In the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Arnold, in Speilberg’s ’93 classic, Jurassic Park: Hold onto your butts. Your classic freeride snowboards are your hard and fast chargers. These ones are for all the riders out there who fancy themselves at giving ol’ Jeremy Jones, Xavier de le Rue and Travis Rice a run for their money.
Aggression is the name of the game with this category. Expect to see a lot of directional shapes, positive camber through the mid-portion of the board, and cores so stiff you’d think they’d been injected with a lifetime’s supply of viagra before leaving the factory.
“In the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Arnold, in Speilberg’s ’93 classic, Jurassic Park: Hold onto your butts”
Of course, a decent all-round freeride deck won’t just be reserved for those of you dropping into the Bec de Rosse or throwing yourself, balls first, into Corbett’s Couloir. Many of our top picks are just as capable at charging morning groomers, hammering through the slush at the end of the season, or slashing through trees and blowing up windlips. If you’re spending the majority of your time riding fast, off the front foot, on and off the piste, a freeride board will make a great addition to your quiver.
Naturally, there’s some overlap here between a couple of other Whitelines Choice categories, like our pick of the Best Carving Snowboards or Best Powder Snowboards, but a good freeride deck blends the lines between the different areas of the mountains and properly delivers across the board. Whether you’re weathering choppy seas, cruising at low tide, or kicking up a storm, these ones have got your back for every condition the mountains will throw at you.
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Bataleon Omni | Borealis Marauder | Burton Hometown Hero | GNU Müllair | Jones Frontier | Korua Pencil | Korua Tranny Finder+ | Nidecker Liberty | Rome Ravine | Ride Superpig | Salomon Speedway | YES Hybrid | Bataleon CT | Borealis Koi | Borealis Leviathan | Burton Deep Thinker | Burton Mystery Landlord | Burton Skeleton Key | CAPiTA Kazu | Endeavor Clout | GNU Hyperkarve | GNU 4 | Head Kizamu | Jones Flagship | Jones Hovercraft | Jones Mind Expander | Jones Ultra Mind Expander | Jones Ultracraft | K2 Party Platter | KORUA Stealth | Lib Tech Dynamo | Lib Tech Snake Kink | Lib Tech Rocket x Son of Cobra | Lib Tech Titty Fish | Never Summer Swift | Nidecker Megalight | Ride Berzerker | Ride MTN Pig | Rome Mountain Division | Salomon Sick Stick | Slash Aurora | Slash Brainstorm | Weston Backwoods Carbon | YES PYL | YES Optimistic | YES The Y