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Best Newcomer Snowboards For 2021-2022 | Our Pick Of The Most Exciting Snowboards Making Their Debut This Season

If you’re the kind of rider who likes to stay on the frontline of innovation, here’s list of our favourite new snowboards for this season.

This one’s for new kids on the block. Recent years have seen brands become increasingly experimental in their shapes and constructions, often fusing the styles of pre-existing models in the line or supercharging some of their fan favourites. If you’re the kind of rider who likes to stay on the frontline of innovation, here’s your category.

“Each season sees a host of exciting new products to get you stoked for riding”

With huge leaps in new technology, materials and manufacturing processes for snowboards, each season sees a host of exciting new products to get you stoked for riding. This year, more than ever before, we’ve seen brands push the limits and shift the paradigms of what we thought was possible.

Our Test Team spent last winter riding every snowboard they could get their hands on, from powder hogs to park noodles, so whether you’re looking for something weird and wonderful, or a reimagined classic, here’s our top picks for the best new snowboards for 2021/22.

Best Newcomer Snowboards 2021-2022

Amplid Souly Grail Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Men’s Newcomer Snowboard
PRICE: €770 / $770

Amplid have carved out a stellar reputation for their fleet of snowboards dedicated to perfecting the art of the turn. Their Centrifugal Collection showcases some of the most performance-driven, technologically advanced boards that induce a near God-like feeling of power and control on the edge. Winter 21/22 sees a new model added to the lineup: the Souly Grail…Tighten your boots, zip up your vents, and say your Hail Marys. Your snowboarding prayers are about to be answered.

Who Is The Amplid Souly Grail For?

It’s certainly geared towards more experienced riders who want the best performance on offer. That said, you needn’t take a holier-than-thou attitude to precision carving to get along with the Souly Grail. Compared with the likes of the Pentaquark, this one’s pretty manageable at slower speeds, in tighter spots, and when you’re taking the home run in cruise control.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Amplid Souly Grail 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


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


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


K2 Special Effects 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Unisex Volume Shifted Snowboard
PRICE: £520 / €580 / $600

Welcoming to the stage for their first ever appearance, K2 brings you the Special Effects snowboard. Built for boarders to want to adventure into the unknown and untouched snow, this board lets glide over snow, bounce down pillows and makes predictable turn imitations.

Who Is The K2 Special Effects For?

If you’re bored of just going up the chairlift to just come down the piste alongside everyone else, then it’s time to move on and experience freeride boarding with the Special Effects board. Suitable for intermediate to expert boarders who are ready to up their game on the mountain, equipped with a Carbon Glass it’s responsive and less forgiving so you need to know what you’re doing.


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


Borealis Alpine Splitboard Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £735 / €859 / $1009

Borealis first arrived on the scene in 2013 and, although still a relatively small operation based in the Alps, they’ve quickly garnered attention and support among riders and the wider snowboard industry. Not least of all because shapes like the Marauder and Leviathan are impossible to walk past at trade shows and demo events. But it was the much more understated, sleek and functional looking Alpine Split that came up top trumps in this year’s testing.

Who Is The Borealis Alpine Split For?

It was first designed as a solid snowboard in collaboration with Borealis team rider and Freeride World Tour athlete Clément Bochatay for the kind of descents that would shrivel the burliest of ballsacks. It’s a purpose-built big mountain charger, and in its split form it sets you up well for long days on the skin track and far-out alpine peaks, but the rewards aren’t just reserved for the furthest peaks – it’s a pretty great option for all manner of tours.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Borealis Alpine Split 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


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 Frontier Splitboard Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £699 / €750 / $750

The backcountry can be a pretty intimidating place, but it doesn’t need to be. The Jones Frontier Split has been designed for every ability level of rider who’s looking to earn their turns away from the resort this season. With a user friendly flex, a rock solid construction, and beautiful topsheet from Jones regular artists, RP Roberts, there’s so much to love about this one.

Who Is The Jones Frontier Split For?

While it would make an ideal option for someone looking to make their first splitboard purchase, the Frontier is really open to a huge spectrum of riders. It’s not only one of the most affordable splitboards on the market, it’s also one of the most versatile. Yes, it can step up to the plate on slightly more demanding lines, but really this thing is happy wherever you point it (that includes switch, too).


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Jones Frontier Split 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



Korua Dart Plus Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: €699

It seems like KORUA Shapes can do no wrong. Release a series of bespoke shapes with a fresh, clean and minimal aesthetic known as the Classic Line? We’re here for it. Take some of those shapes (and add a couple of new ones) into a stealthy black, supercharged series called the Plus Line? Offt, alright, now we’re talking. Add one more line of conceptual shapes which bear as much resemblance to the outlines of rocket ships, ammunition and fruit and vegetables? Take my money and point me to the nearest chairlift.

Who Is The Korua Dart Plus For?

The Classic version of the Dart already has mass appeal. The flex is right down the middle – soft enough to be manageable for many riders; stiff enough for confident carvers to really work it through an arc. The Plus version really is a step up in performance and speed, with a pretty hefty reduction in weight. As such, it’s going to suit more advanced riders with a sufficient budget to splurge on a new toy. But if you’ve been in pursuit of the elusive “perfect carve” for a few seasons, this might be just the harpoon to hunt down the white whale.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Korua Dart Plus here


Lib Tech Apex Orca Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £890 / €1,000

When we first heard about Lib Tech’s new Apex Orca, we immediately thought of Dr Ian Malcolm’s famous quote, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” But in this case? Yes, yes they should. Well played Lib Tech, this one is truly something special. The Apex Orca is a look at how far we can push engineering and tech-wizardry in snowboarding and as such it don’t come cheap, but then again, this isn’t a snowboard for everybody.

Who Is The Lib Tech Apex Orca For?

You appreciate the finer things in life, be it a succulent Japanese Kobe steak or outerwear that’s actually waterproof, and you’re not afraid to part with a wad of cash to ensure you get the very best. Amateurs need not apply, with its ultra-light carbon construction this is a snowboard that packs a serious punch, but if you’re an experienced rider who knows how to attack the mountain, then you’ll get along swimmingly.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Lib Tech Apex Orca 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 Benchwarmer here


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


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


Weston Ridgeline Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: $600

The name might be new, but the Weston Ridgeline (née 10th Mountain) is a tried and tested favourite from the Colorado-based powder hounds. This thing will track like a ballistic missile; lock on to your target and hold onto your hat. Built for high precision riding and powerful charging, the Ridgeline’s construction puts the onus on instant response and stability at speed.

Find it. Point it. Send it.

Who Is The Weston Ridgeline For?

There isn’t a board in the Weston range that isn’t comfortable in the deep snow, but the Ridgeline reigns supreme as their ultra-aggressive, powerhouse freeride machine. Built for technical descents and guaranteed to perform when the stakes are high, this isn’t a board for novices. Where the Hatchet will excel in undulating powder fields or spinning off pillows, the Ridgeline is more suited toward threading gnarly couloirs and steep terrain.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 Weston Ridgeline here


YES. 420 UnInc JPS Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £469 / €500 / $500

It was back in 2013 when YES. Snowboards first turned heads with the 420. It was one of the first significantly volume shifted snowboards to really gain traction in the market, and has since been recognised as the bonafide OG of the short-n-wide revolution. Along with Romain de Marchi and DCP, JP Solberg has taken his favourite model from the line, and specced it out to meet his demands in the new, limited UnInc line for winter 2021/22.

Who Is The YES. 420 UnInc JPS For?

Here’s the thing: the 420’s reputation precedes itself as one of the best and most iconic powder snowboards out there. And while that remains the case in the UnInc version — and how — it’s surprisingly capable as a daily driver that can blast its way through chop, stick a landing in switch and (seriously, hear us out) even charge around the pistes. So, providing you’re confident riding a stiffer flex and chunky outline, you’ll be surprised just where you can take this one. Although we all know where it really belongs…


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2021-2022 YES. 420 UnInc JPS 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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