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Best Snowboards For 2021-2022 | Our Pick Of This Year’s Top Snowboards

We've rounded up our favourite all-mountain, freestyle, freeride and splitboard snowboards for the 2021/22 season

What is the best snowboard? It’s a question we get asked on a daily basis and a question that has ruined many a Whitelines staff night out. Truth be told, the best snowboard isn’t determined by the product itself; it’s determined by the rider. Finding the right deck is an entirely subjective decision, based on your ability level, budget and, crucially, where you like to spend your time on the mountain. Are you lapping the park, pistes or powder? Are you getting your kicks in resort or out of bounds?

“Truth be told, the best snowboard isn’t determined by the product itself; it’s determined by the rider”

Regardless of what you’re in the market for, there’s an abundance of choice. Frankly, the sheer quantity of options can be one of the most challenging aspects to overcome when picking out your next snowboard. Luckily, there’s no such thing as a bad board, per se – at least not in our Buyer’s Guide – but having trust in your equipment and confidence in your decision making process is essential.

If you’re wanting proper freeride lines, you’ll want a proper freeride deck. (Rider: Henry Shackelton / Pic: Ed Blomfield)

Below, you’ll find a hand-picked selection of our favourite snowboards for this year. This contains the best freeride snowboards, park and freestyle snowboards, all-mountain snowboards, and some of our favourite splitboard and kids snowboard highlights. You’ll find everything from weird and wonderful volume-shifted powder twins to hard-charging park destroyers.

If you’re shopping for the first time or are still confused by some of the technical jargon then we’ve also put together some handy video explainers. Take a look at the links below for some useful advice.

Bring freestyle into the sidecoutnry with an all-mountain snowboard (Rider: Fin Bremner / Pic: Ed Blomfield)

As always, we’ve reached out to our extensive test team of ex-pros, retail staff, park crews, coaches, instructors and dedicated shred-heads for their tester verdicts. Given the nature of this season, not every product includes a verdict, but after weeks of trade shows, catching up with brands and pro riders, and scrutinising every product’s innovation, sustainability, originality and functionality, we believe we’ve compiled a list of this season’s best products.

“Let’s hope winter 21/22 is a turn up for the books”

Take a scroll through the list and, if any product catches your eye, click on the links underneath each description to access the full in-depth review, pics and first-hand rider’s verdicts. It’s been a funny old year, hasn’t it? It’s fair to say we’re all looking forward to seeing the back of 2021 and starting to look ahead to brighter times ahead – hopefully in the mountains, riding with our crew. Let’s hope winter 21/22 is a turn up for the books.

Happy shopping, folks. We’ll see you on the mountain!

Best 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.

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

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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.

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

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Burton Hometown Hero Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Unisex Freeride Snowboard
PRICE: £560 / €600 / $630

Here’s a thought (and please bear with us): how likely is it that Elvis Presley would have changed music and popular culture forever had he come up playing to working men’s clubs in a small town on the outskirts of Glasgow? Likewise, would John “Wizard of Wishaw” Higgins have won four snooker world championships had he spent his formative years perfecting his cueing in a Mississippi trailer park?

Our point is, the nature of a local legend has a lot to do with where you’re at – and this board is no different. It was designed with the tightly-packed trees and grisly terrain typical of the B’s home state of Vermont. If that sounds not unlike your own patch, your saviour has arrived.

Who Is The Burton Hometown Hero For?

While it doesn’t have the eye-catching silhouette of some of the other entries on the Family Tree, er, family tree, file this under ‘freeride’ all the same. The Burton Hometown Hero is a juggernaut, capable of blasting through crud without any of the bone-shaking repercussions.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Salomon Bellevue Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Women’s Advanced Snowboard
PRICE: £430 / €479

Picture the day; it’s a midweek morning, you’re off work and you’ve woken up to reports of 40+inches of fresh powder overnight onto a reliable base layer. School holidays are nowhere in sight so those big, open faces are free from holiday makers and all yours. In your mind’s eye are you going slowly down the nursery slope? No, you’re chucking the biggest, longest turns spraying snow as far as humanly possible on the steepest deepest faces at full speed. You’re probably going to want a board that makes that feel easy too aren’t you? And it would be a bonus if it looked good doing it right? Enter the Salomon Bellevue.

Who Is The Salomon Bellevue For?

Probably not the best option for an absolute beginner due to its stiff flex, setback style and backseat camber profile. But for any intermediate or above rider that’s looking to enjoy some carves and slashy powder turns then this is a great choice.

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

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Korua Shapes Escalator Plus Splitboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Splitboard
PRICE: €999

While the other splitboards in KORUA’s fleet have been brought directly across from the solid lines, the Escalator is their first split-specific shape that’s been built purely for time spent on the skin track. It’s the board that KORUA’s head honcho Nicholas Wolken uses for most of his backcountry objectives – be it a multiday objective deep in the Swiss Alps or a fast and light dawn-til-dusk-day mission.

Who Is The Korua Escalator Split For?

As far as carbon injected snowboards go, this one’s pretty rideable for intermediates and up. But as is the nature of the Plus Line, the Escalator is made with the lightest, most responsive and fastest materials at KORUA’s disposal. Naturally, then, the price jumps up a bit too. Riders who are going for the occasional yomp outside the resort ropes or investing in their first split will have more than enough to keep them frothing in the Classic Line. This one is targeted at those who are looking to shave minutes off their ascents and add several km/h to their descents.

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

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Weston Hatchet Snowboard 2021-2022

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Men’s Volume Shifted Snowboard
PRICE: €649 / $649

Now in its sophomore year, Weston’s genre-defying backcountry freestyle machine is built for subverting paradigms and proving unequivocally that volume shifted decks are the future of progressive snowboarding. A powder board that isn’t reserved purely for the deepest days, Weston have ventured out and harpooned the great white whale of snowboard engineering. Unlike anything we’ve seen before, and riding like nothing else on the market, the Hatchet is in a league of its own.

Who Is The Weston Hatchet Pow Slayer For?

You like throwing backside spins as much as you like ripping backcountry, so why not do both? The Weston Hatchet is aimed squarely at snowboarders who refuse to pigeon-hole their riding style, who value finesse in the air as much as slashing in the deep.

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

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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 unknow 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.

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

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BEST OF THE REST – THE WHITELINES 100 SNOWBOARD WINNERS 2021/22

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Bataleon Goliath Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £510 / €600 / $600

Bataleon have been working in 3D longer than anyone and it shows in the performance of the class-leading Goliath. It boasts a winning mix of Triple Base, camber and top spec materials, together with a super versatile outline, that makes light work of groomers, park jumps and pow days. Sure, the shape isn’t as attention-grabbing as others on the market, but like a Porsche 911 the whole package has been subtly tweaked year after year to brush off any would-be challengers. David wouldn’t stand a chance against this bad boy.

Who Is The Bataleon Goliath For?

Experienced riders and seasonaires who know their onions will appreciate the technology that’s gone into this board. More importantly, they’ll appreciate the aggressive performance it offers anywhere on the hill. Why bother switching boards when you can dial in your skills on a trusty steed that will handle everything a full winter can throw at it – from icy pre-season to spring slush?

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

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Bataleon Party Wave Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £380 / €450 / $450

Surf-inspired boards are everywhere these days, though they’re normally aimed at grizzly freeriders with cash to burn on a quiver stick. The Party Wave bucks that trend. It’s a fun, competitively-priced deck that takes the volume-shift concept and applies it to all-mountain freestyle shralping. Hover over powder fields, wheelie through the slush, mow down bumps or chuck it off your favourite side hit. It’s party time!

Who Is The Bataleon Party Wave For?

Shredders who like to get creative but who are more inspired by natural terrain than the park will find much to love about this board. It’s got that signature catch-free feel of Triple Base, paired with a ton of surface area and a stubby silhouette that invites you to thread tree lines or just throw spins off moguls and piste markers. If you’re done with rails but not yet ready to grow a beard and buy a (black) splitboard, this could be the shape to make you see the mountain with fresh eyes. A mid-life crisis of the best possible kind.

MORE INFO: BATALEON.COM

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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).

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Jones Youth Flagship Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £329 / €350 / $350

Once they’ve got the basics of snowboarding down, kids tend to gravitate to the boom-gnarly-stunt-trick promise of the park. However, there is a better way. While others take the very first opportunity to ominously skid towards a rail, a freeride-specific stick like the Jones Youth Flagship could help your young charge discover what a turn is actually supposed to feel like – and amen to that.

Who Is The Jones Youth Flagship For?

Forget the warm, generously-filtered glow of parental love for a second, and ask yourself: does your kid rip? As in, do they objectively slay the mountain in a way that simultaneously makes your heart swell with pride, and your stomach turn at the thought of your own wasted youth not spent honing your shred skills? If so, you’re in the right place.

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JONES.COM

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

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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.

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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.

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K2.COM

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

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K2 Marauder Split Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £900 / €1,000 / $1,050

The Marauder Split snowboard is built to get you up and down the mountain whilst saving you weight. This split board comes as a package including pre-cut skins, hardware and mounting pucks. With this package, you have everything you need for a freeride adventure.

Who Is The K2 Marauder Split For?

If you want to escape the crowds on the slopes and find true freedom on the mountain the Marauder Split is the answer. We recommend this board if you’re an advanced level boarder who needs a responsive and durable board that feels lightweight underfoot.

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K2.COM

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

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K2 Wildheart Women’s Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £420 / €470 / $530

Go wild! Go wild! Go wild in the backcountry, where snows on the grass and you’re absolutely free. The Wildheart is going to be your true love if you want a powder board that’s versatile enough to handle tree lines and groomers.

Who Is The K2 Wildheart For?

The Wildheart board is for intermediate female boarders who don’t want to be held back by their equipment. This board is packed with features that heighten response for precision riding on challenging terrain and weaving between the trees. The Wildheart isn’t for the fainthearted, be brave and push yourself on the mountain. This board will give you confidence on the groomers and powder so ride harder and faster than ever before.

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K2.COM

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

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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.

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KORUASHAPESS.COM

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

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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.

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LIBTECH.COM

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

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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.

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LOBSTER.COM

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

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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.

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LOBSTER.COM

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

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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.

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LOBSTER.COM

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

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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!

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NIDECKER.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Nidecker Instinct Alpha here

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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.

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NIDECKER.COM

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

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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…

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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.

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RIDESNOWBOARDS.COM

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

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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.

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ROME.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Rome Agent here

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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.

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ROME.COM

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

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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.

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ROME.COM

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

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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.

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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

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Salomon Sleepwalker Snowboard 2021-2022

PRICE: £340 / €379

The 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?

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.

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SALOMON.COM

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

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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.

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SLASH.COM

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

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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.

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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 2020-2021 Vimana Meta here

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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.

MORE INFO:
WESTONBACKCOUNTRY.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 Weston Ridgeline here

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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…

MORE INFO:
YESNOWBOARDS.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 YES. 420 UnInc JPS here

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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.

MORE INFO:
YESNOWBOARD.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 YES. Basic UnInc RDM here

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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.

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YESNOWBOARDS.COM

Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2020-2021 YES. Standard here

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