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Best Park and Freestyle Snowboards For 2021-2022

Whether you're hitting the jump and rail line or just building your bag of tricks around the mountain, here's our roundup of this season's best park and freestyle snowboards

The lines between park and all-mountain riding continue to blur, so it can be hard to pin down exactly what makes the best freestyle snowboard. Are you an honorary lifetime member of Laax’s P60 club? Are you the kind of rider who exclusively hits the jib line or street rails? Are you building kickers in the backcountry and gettings your spins on lock miles from the park ropes? Or are you mobbing every sidehit with your riding posse and growing your bag of flat land tricks on the greens and blues?

Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter. In almost every case, the ingredients that go into building the perfect freestyle deck are often very similar. But final tweaks and finishing touches all add a certain “je ne said quoi” to the snowboard, so there are a handful of key things consider before splurging your hard-earned cash.

“It can be hard to pin down exactly what makes the best freestyle snowboard”

What To Look For When Buying A Freestyle Snowboard

Backwards, forwards, frontside, backside, regular, hardways, right way up and upside down. Freestyle snowboarding, at its core, is about creativity. Snowboards in this category are almost exclusively true twin shapes, meaning the outline, stance, flex and profile is completely symmetrical if you cut it through the waist. They’re designed to be ridden in switch as easily as regular and feel completely balanced in the air.

We all know that nothing pops quite like a traditional camber profile, but those of us who’ve put in the hard yards of learning to ride on these boards will undoubtedly be aware of their Achilles heel(edge catches).
Most freestyle decks will strike a balance between sending the rider skywards when it’s time to pop and carving a line up the transition of a pipe wall or kicker, while still keeping the contact areas relatively forgiving and easy to press on.

There’s more than one way to shine a penny, though. Take your pick between camrock, flat and hybrid profiles, or check out some 3D profiles, like Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology.

Buddy up and double down. Freestyle’s better with friends. Riders: Henry Jackson and Fin Bremner (Pic: Ed Blomfield)

This is where the field starts to really open up. Every snowboard below features a wood core. Some just opt for the ol’ reliable poplar wood, while others look to shave weight, increase pop or add durability by adding lighter, harder and snappier woods.

Then, come the various additives. A freestyle snowboard flex can sit anywhere between 1 and 10 on the flex scale and it really is a case of horses for courses so, whether you’re wanting a big booter booster or a buttery soft jib knife, make sure you do your research. Stiffening up the nose and tail can increase a boards pop, but reinforcing the centre of the snowboard instead keeps the ends more playful for pressing on.

Not just a big factor in determining a board’s price, but also its speed, durability and ease of repairing. Extruded bases are the cheaper option and, although not as fast, will run well if you keep them waxed and are much easier to repair if you catch a loose screw on a box. Sintered bases run faster, and are pretty resistant to knocks and bumps, but amount to around a third of the cost of a snowboard.

“Whether you’re wanting a big booter booster or a buttery soft jib knife, make sure you do your research”

Remember, finding a good freestyle deck is only half (actually, a third) of the battle. You’ll want a well-fitting, comfortable and responsive set of boots and bindings to go with it. Not to mention some comfy threads to complete the look. As ever, a protective lid is a personal choice, but with so many affordable and freestyle specific helmets available this year, there’s really no excuse.

Best Freestyle Snowboards 2021-2022

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


YES. Rival Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s Freestyle Snowboard
PRICE: £449 / €480 / $480

YES. are self-confessed purveyors of rebellious youth, and the all-new Rival sits perfectly with these values. A no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners freestyle weapon designed for ladies with a penchant for ripping, it’s going to tick boxes you didn’t even know you had and is a full-on shake-up for women’s park riding.

Who Is The YES. Rival For?

Frankly, it’s not going to suit anyone who isn’t a pretty experienced rider, and more specifically someone who’s lining up most of the features in the park. However, If that’s your calling, this is your board. Every inch of the Rival snowboard is geared toward pop, performance, power and style by the bucket load.


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


Bataleon Disaster 2021-2022

PRICE: £380 / €450 / $450

All-mountain boards are (ahem) all well and good, but if you spend most of your days hitting man-made features then you’ll get much more out of a pure twin shape – especially if it comes in a good choice of shorter lengths and a flex that’s soft enough to press, ollie and butter at slower speeds. Step forward the Bataleon Disaster. It’s a classic park/street deck that wears its freestyle heart on its sleeve.

Who Is The Bataleon Disaster For?

Hey you! Yeah you, the guy dialling back lips on that gas pipe. Do you want a tough-as-nails board? With skulls on it? Thought so.


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


Bataleon Distortia Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £420 / €500 / $500

The last decade has seen the market flooded with rocker-combination boards intended to make turns and tricks that little bit easier. The trouble is, any kind of reverse camber compromises your ability to hold an edge through more aggressive carves. Bataleon stuck to their guns with Triple Base tech, and as the industry now goes increasingly 3D mad it looks like they were ahead of the game. The Distortia’s catch-free ride and friendly flex are brilliant in the park, but with some carbon lurking under the hood it’s also an awesome shape to explore the whole resort and even duck the ropes from time to time.

Who Is The Bataleon Distortia For?

Girls who want to shred, not just cruise. 180s, switch take-offs, butters and rail maneuvers are all easier on a true twin like this one. And if you fancy taking some of those park tricks to your favourite side hit, so much the better.


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


Bataleon Evil Twin Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £450 / €550 / $550

A fixture in the Bataleon line since 2003 (damn, that’s nearly 20 years!) the Evil Twin has benefitted from several nips and tucks to keep the kids lusting after it. The 3D tech in particular has come a long way – these days it runs the latest Triple Base Tech including Sidekicks at either end (more on that below) – but at heart it’s the same park-focused rebel it always was, just… badder.

Who Is The Bataleon Evil Twin For?

For a freestyle deck, the Evil Twin packs pretty aggressive response and will hold its edge impressively, so it’s best suited to riders who aren’t afraid to hit bigger jumps or who like to crank out some turns while the park shapers are having a lie-in. Your all-mountain freestyle shredder, basically.


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


Bataleon Wallie Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £420 / €500 / $500

In a few short years the Wallie has established itself as possibly the most legit park and rail deck in the Bataleon range. For a company that built itself on ‘catch-free’ freestyle boards that’s no small claim. Taking inspiration from skateboarding, the radically steep nose and tail design – together with Triple Base tech – makes learning critical tricks over obstacles easier, and brings the board’s creative potential to another level.

Who Is The Bataleon Wallie For?

Anyone who takes their rail game seriously. The Wallie is not going to win any prizes on a powder day, but if your idea of a good time is lapping the park drag lift, bonking the crap out of natural features or maybe even trying to dial a wallride on some weird street set-up, this thing has your back. Just ask Ethan Morgan – it’s his go-to soft deck.


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


Lobster Eiki Pro Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €430

Eiki Helgason is one of the most creative, stylish, and innovative street riders in the world. So it comes as no surprise that his very own signature pro model from Lobster Snowboards isn’t just the most jib specific option in their line, it’s also one of the best boards on the market for taking to your riding to the park and streets this season. This was a real stand out snowboard for our test team this season, with some of them saying it’s one of the easiest and most forgiving boards they’ve ever ridden.

Who Is The Lobster Eiki For?

Men, women, and youths are all welcome, but the focus on your riding should be almost exclusively set on street, rail, and dome shredding. Although there’s a lot more versatility on offer here than your typical run-of-the-mill jib deck, it’s by no means an all-mountain cruiser.


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


Lobster Halldor Pro Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €490

As far as pro-models go – Halldor’s signature snowboard is one of the most notorious freestyle specific decks on the market. His style and creativity has raised the bar for snowboarding, and he’s done it all with this snowboard strapped to his feet. The Lobster Halldor pro is designed for going full send — whether that’s off the jump line, around the resort, or out in the backcountry.

Who Is The Lobster Halldor Pro For?

Freestyle rippers, park rats, rail kids and senders! It shouldn’t come as too much surprise that the Lobster fleet are catering towards all-mountain freestyle, and even less of a surprise that Halldor’s model is for the loosest riders in the crew.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Lobster Halldor Pro 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


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 Benchwarmer here


Rome Agent Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £380 / €460 / $460

Aside from a recent absence, the Rome Agent has served discerning riders for years as a bona fide modern classic. If ‘brilliant, dependable all-mountain snowboards’ had ever been a category on Family Fortunes, the Agent could well have been the top answer. Naturally it’s enjoyed a few upgrades over the years, and 2021/22 is no different – but if you’ve ever ridden (and loved) a Rome Agent in the past, you won’t be disappointed here.

Who Is The Rome Agent For?

While we’re happy to accept this one’s declared status as an all-round daily driver, the Rome Agent sails so close to being a park board that only freestyle fans should really be sniffing around this one. Pick this one up if you like jumping off and/or sliding on things, but aren’t particularly fussed where you do it.


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


Rome Party Mod Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £445 / €500 / $500

Lots of pro riders have their moment in the sun, but a career as long and illustrious as Stale Sandbech’s is a much rarer thing. After over ten years with Rome, the Norse god was given an expanded range of signature boards that dropped last season. We’re delighted to see that the Rome Party Mod, a tweaked version of his park-slaying weapon of choice, wasn’t just a one-off; the 2021/22 version could be prescribed by doctors as a guaranteed cure for the blues. Just looking at it puts a smile on our face – and riding it is something else.

Who Is The Rome Party Mod For?

Any board with ‘Party’ in the title has a particular demographic in mind. If snowboarding to you means starting every day with a fire in your belly and finishing every day with a Cheshire-Cat grin, then this could be the one for you. It’s essentially a giant wooden ticket, valid for unlimited fun times.


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


Salomon Sleepwalker 2021-2022

PRICE: £340 / €379

he Sleepwalker has been a great value choice for a few years now and for this season Salomon have decided if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There’s no new tech on the 2022 model, just a fresh new lick of paint to brighten things up after a pretty shitty couple of seasons for most of us. Aren’t they thoughtful? So, if you’ve ridden or even just liked the look of last years Sleepwalker then you know the drill. It’s about as much bang for your buck as you can get in a park deck.

Who Is The Salomon Sleepwalker For?

Style is the name of the game when it comes to ripping the park and the sleepwalker has bags of it. Spare bags in fact as it’s such a steal at this price point you can pick up some steezy garms to rep at your local hill with the pocket full of change you’re about to walk away with.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Salomon Sleepwalker 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



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