Whether its your first or your twentieth, buying the best snowboard for you is always a big decision. Boots and bindings play their part, of course, but no bit of hardware is as likely to define your riding – or cost you more – than your deck.
We’re blessed with an abundance of choice, from those made by tiny start-ups in garages to the output of massive multinational companies. Naturally, this can make deciding which one to buy pretty daunting. The tech spiel can often baffle and confuse, even as it tries to help, and definitely takes some getting used to.
“Whether its your first or your twentieth, buying the best snowboard for you is always a big decision”
With that in mind, we’ve done the legwork for you and boiled down the jargon into plain English, making the board’s purpose – and target customer – clear in every case. For the ones our Test Team got their hands on, you’ll also find in-depth reviews on what the board is actually like to ride.
Along with price and sizes, we’ve included the key categories that define each board – check out our guide to Flex, Shape and Profile for more on those. Details on everything else, from core weight to effective edge, can be found simply by visiting the brands’ websites; or better yet, by perusing the range in your local shop.
For now, though, here are the best snowboards for 2015/2016 as chosen by Whitelines:
Scroll through the list to your heart’s content, or skip to your favourite brand using the links below.
Amplid | Arbor | Bataleon | Burton | CAPiTA | DC | Drake | Elan | Endeavor | Flow | Gnu | Head | Jones | K2 | Korua | Lib Tech | Never Summer | Nidecker | Nitro | Ride | Rome | Roxy | Salomon | Slash | Smokin | Stepchild | Technine | Volkl | YES
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi