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Best Snowboards For 2022-2023

Our favourite all-mountain, freestyle, and freeride snowboards for the 2023 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 need a proper freeride deck | PC: Ed Blomfield

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

And if you’re looking to fully kit yourself out with this season’s best new snowboard gear, we’ve also rounded up our favourite snowboard boots, snowboard bindings, snow goggles and more.

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 a bit of freestyle flair wherever you go with an all-mountain deck | PC: 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.

“Here’s to another winter spent sliding sideways”

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. Here’s to another winter spent sliding sideways!

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


Best Snowboards 2022-2023

Amplid Singular Directional Snowboard 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best All-Mountain Snowboard
PRICE: €660, $660

The name says it all: the Amplid Singular Directional aims to go full Marie Kondo on your board bag. Never mind the quiver approach; just get one of these all-terrain vehicles in there, and prepare to spark a whole load of joy. This message is only slightly undermined by the fact that there are actually *two* Singulars – this one, and a true twin version.

Who Is The Amplid Singular Directional For?

Everyone! Again, that’s not just marketing spiel; as well as being equipped for all terrain and conditions, the range of sizes caters for everyone from Sophie up to the BFG. Park nuts will obviously want to look at the true twin version, but this would see them right as well.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Amplid Singular Directional here


YES. Greats Uninc Snowboard 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Men’s Freestyle Snowboard
PRICE: £540 / €600 / $600

YES. classify The Greats as a freestyle snowboard, and if our team of testers are anything to go by, it does that with apolomb, but the clever shaping and sidecut theory here elevate The Greats to a level of carving and on piste performance that most park boards can only dream of. Using biomechanical theory to enhance the way your body works in unison with a snowboard, YES. have created a revolutionary deck that’ll ride park as well as it digs trenches.

Who Is The YES. Greats Uninc For?

You’ve been around the block a few times and and you’re looking for something a little different. Although YES. put the Greats firmly in their freestyle category, we’d definitely call it more of an advanced all-mountain option, aimed squarely at chargers who refuse to compromise on performance, wherever they decide to go.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 YES. Greats Uninc here


Slash Happy Place Snowboard 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Unisex Freestyle Snowboard
PRICE: £399

There aren’t many snowboards that are coming in under the £400 mark these days, especially not ones with sintered bases, carbon lay up and Gigi Rüf’s seal of approval.

The brainchild of everyone’s favourite OG rider, Gigi Rüf, Slash make some of the best thought out boards in the game, consistent winners in the Whitelines 100, the Happy Place is a soft, jibby option that has more than meets the eye. The Happy Place is unabashedly a freestyle board, but it’s certainly one that can handle a range of terrain and a multitude of conditions. Park, piste or pow, there’s something for everyone here.

Who Is The Slash Happy Place For?

Thanks to its easy going flex and versatile profile, there’s so much potential here. And thanks to the true unisex sizing, pretty much anyone would get on with a Happy Place. Seriously, from beginner all the way to grizzled veteran, this is a snowboard that can deliver.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Slash Happy Place here


Jones Mind Expander Snowboard 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Men’s Freeride Snowboard
PRICE: £540 / €600 / $600

When the Jones Mind Expander first appeared, it was hard to say whether or not it would have staying power. The quality and fun factor were undeniable, but it cut right across the rest of the Jones brand’s identity – a brightly-plumed parakeet amongst a pack of padding snow leopards.

Fortunately for us all, it found its audience and spawned more variants than a certain infamous airborne virus. While we’d encourage you to check out the twin, split, youth, women’s and ‘Ultra’ versions, this year we’re singling out the original and best.

Who Is The Jones Mind Expander For?

The best way to get out of a rut is to dig new ones! If your standard all-mountain board isn’t doing it for you anymore, take this out on a slushy day and see if you can’t rediscover your joie-de-vivre in amongst all the carving and slashing.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Jones Mind Expander here


K2 Passport Snowboard 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Unisex Freeride Snowboard
PRICE: £465 / €530 / $530

For 2023, K2 have expanded their unisex offering with the all-new Passport. This is your ticket to ride just about anything, with a lively personality and rider refined features that focus on piste and pow.

The Passport is built for deep days and steep days. It’ll be a reliable companion for specialised riding and, while it will prefer a blower day after a couple feet of fresh snowfall, you’ll still get that high-end performance on an overnight light dusting. The stiffer flex and performance oriented construction do place a bit of a barrier to entry here, so rookies might want to look toward something a bit more mellow.

Who Is The K2 Passport For?

You’re a confident rider who prioritises powder missions and days spent carving up the corduroy. Your park days are probably mostly behind you (or you have a specific freestyle quiver deck for party laps). You ride fast and hard and need a snowboard that can accompany you when you want to push your limits.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 K2 Passport here


Nidecker Mosquito Snowboard 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Carving Snowboard
PRICE:£585, €630, $650

Of the three models in Nidecker’s ‘Snow Surf Quiver’, the Mosquito is our number one pick. It’s a great example of a modern volume-shift design that can be ridden around 10 centimetres shorter than your standard deck. An updated silhouette for 2022/23 sees slightly more angular corners but, honestly it’s more of a cosmetic change. Performance remains much the same – and that’s a good thing. With that stubby tail and extended nose it’s a dream to ride in powder, but the beauty of this one is just how well it carves and slashes across the whole mountain. Unleash your inner John John!

Who Is The Nidecker Mosquito For?

Riders who are happy to swerve the park and try something a bit different. They love greybird days in the trees, and agile turns on the piste. And they probably own a wetsuit.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Nidecker Mosquito here


CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Volume Shifted Snowboard
PRICE: £385 / €419 / $430

Why do we go snowboarding? Cos’ it’s fun as hell, right? Corey Smith’s fleet of party wagons are a staple in the CAPiTA line, fully embracing the weird and wonderful side of snowboarding, they bring creative shapes and experimental thinking very much to the forefront.

If you’ve not had the pleasure of riding the Spring Break Slush Slasher before, then saddle up buddy because this is pure, unadulterated good times. With a more responsive profile and a deeper sidecut for 22/23, we already loved the board but the updated Slush Slasher had our team of testers raving.

Who Is The CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher For?

You’ve been around the block a few times, this is by no means your first rodeo and you’re looking for something a little different to inject some joy into your days on the hill. Powder is preferable, but you’ll happily settle for a warm spring day blasting around with your crew.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher here


Bataleon Cruiser Snowboard 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Newcomer Snowboard
PRICE: £400 / €460 / $460

Bataleon’s calling card is of course Triple Base Technology, and while there are obvious benefits for park riding (less chance of hooking up on rails and more forgiving landings) the original concept was all about more efficient turns. That’s what they’ve tapped into with the new Cruiser – a long-nosed, set back freeride weapon that corners like it’s on rails even at warp speeds. It’s no slouch in the pow either.

Who Is The Bataleon Cruiser For?

If your park days are largely behind you but you’ve still got the minerals to go fast and tackle steep stuff, you’ll find a lot to love about the Cruiser. Don’t be fooled by the name: it sounds like a mellow entry-level board but it’s got a pretty stiff flex better suited to experienced shreds.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Bataleon Cruiser here


Lobster Shifter 2022-2023

Whitelines Choice Winner: Best Snowboard Graphics

Over the years, the Helgason brothers have made a name for themselves with their signature riding styles, off the wall aesthetic, and of course, some raucous antics. More than a decade ago, they launched Lobster Snowboards, which quickly built a reputation as one of the finest freestyle focused brands on the market, a company that fits right in with their fun-loving ethos and creative lifestyles.

The Lobster Shifter is aimed squarely at jib kids, park rats, and anyone looking to up the ante in their freestyle game. It’s a budget friendly, mellow flexing, progressive snowboard that puts the onus on fun. The kind of ride that reminds just why you fell in love with snowboarding in the first place.

Who Is The Lobster Shifter For?

Riders who prioritise freestyle, whether that’s between the park ropes, in an urban environment or simply turning the whole mountain into a playground. There’s no real need to be an advanced snowboarder here, it’s so forgiving that even complete novices will find their feet.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Lobster Shifter here


Best of the Rest

Amplid Kill Switch Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: €590, $590

No changes to the Amplid Kill Switch for 2022/23, or indeed any of the brand’s head-turning ‘Future Shapes’ subdivision of boards. Amplid’s two-season approach is sustainability done right.

It’s something Amplid can easily afford to do, given how ahead of the curve it usually is on board design. Everything about the Kill Switch screams ‘cutting edge’, even without the racing-car-grade materials you’d expect to find in such a board. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun.

Who Is The Amplid Kill Switch For?

If you’re browsing in Amplid’s Future Shapes line, our guess is that you want something atypical and exciting. The Amplid Kill Switch certainly fits the bill, but is a little less radical than some of its shorter, stubbier brethren. It’s also one of the more versatile models in the range, even if it is primarily designed for powder.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Amplid Kill Switch here


Bataleon Evil Twin Plus Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £540, €640, $640

You’ve heard of Dr Jeykl and Mr Hyde, but what if there was another involved? The Evil Twin + is a new character in the story, one that takes the personality of the classic but looks to up the construction to offer a more refined and dynamic ride.

Understandably, the ‘Plus’ next to the name might be quite off putting for modest riders who don’t categorise themselves as an absolute Charlie Big Potatoes, but fear not, the Evil Twin + isn’t only for pros. The board is lighter, faster and a bit more responsive, but it’ll still offer the same fun, forgiving, freestyle experience you’ll have got from the original.

Who Is The Bataleon Evil Twin Plus For?

Let’s be real here, this isn’t for novice riders. You’re a powerful snowboarder who relishes lapping the bigger lines in the park, and are prepared to drop the cash and take a zero compromise approach to buying one of the best all-mountain freestyle boards out there.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Bataleon Evil Twin Plus here


Bataleon Goliath Plus Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £570, €650, $650

The crew at Bataleon opened Pandora’s Box when they gave the Party Wave the ‘Plus’ treatment a couple of years back, and now here we are with everyone’s favourite all-mountain powerhouse pumped full of carbon with a sexy new monochrome paint job to seal the deal.

It’s the Goliath Plus, so obviously it’s leaner, meaner and faster but you’ll find the same versatile shape, 3D shaping and adaptable profile as you do in the regular Goliath.

Who Is The Bataleon Goliath Plus For?

You may have been a fan of the original Goliath, but there’s no need to have sampled that one to appreciate what’s on offer here. This is a true all-mountain offering and, despite bearing the Plus moniker, the barrier for entry isn’t impossibly high. Intermediates all the way up to pro team rippers can get on board with this (literally).


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Bataleon Goliath Plus here


Bataleon Party Wave Twin Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £400 / €460 / $460

The lines between resort and backcountry boards are often blurred, not so much the lines between freeride and freestyle- and this is where the new Bataleon Party Wave Twin muscles its way into the crowd. The OG Party Wave made…well, waves, when it was released a while back and short, fat powder boards have been all the rage since. But why stop there? The bods at Bataleon have taken it upon themselves to alter their winning formula and produce a true twin powder board that loves to pop, butter and spin in the sidecountry and beyond.

It may look super niche, and juuust a little bit weird but the Party Wave Twin is the product of the consummation of the long awaited marriage between park and pow. Don’t be afraid to size down, the width is making up the surface area you’ll be losing in the length, and in turn gives you a more agile and nimble ride.

Who Is The Bataleon Party Wave Twin For?

You love powder, buuuut you also find yourself drifting off to the park whenever you get a spare lap. Why not combine the passions? If lofty back 1’s off pillows and big slashes on windlips make your nipples tingle then you’re sure to love what’s on offer here.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Bataleon Party Wave Twin here


Bataleon Push Up Women’s Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £440, €500, $500

A perennial favourite in the women’s Bataleon line up, the Push Up is their versatile, fun-loving, all-mountain machine. Our crew was united in their opinion on this one – it rips. “Smooth” was a word that was thrown around a lot from those who rode it, but this thing can still rip a carve, straight line a piste and charge through crud and chopped up conditions.

This isn’t a question of what the Push Up can do, it’s more like, what can’t it do?

Who Is The Bataleon Push Up For?

It’s a safe bet for pretty much any rider, especially those who don’t want to pigeon hole their snowboarding. There’s so much potential here, and anyone who wants to progress across the whole mountain should definitely take a closer look. The Push Up was comfortably one of our best in test women’s snowboards.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Bataleon Push Up here


Bataleon Whatever x Beyond Medals Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £470, €540, $540

There is perhaps no board as aptly named as the Whatever, because it rides, well… whatever. A classic Bataleon model that’s been given the Tor Lundstrom twist, it shares much of its DNA with the OG Whatever, but with a little bit of added spice. Previously the Beyond Medals crew have had a whack at the Goliath, but for this season they’ve taken on another of Bataleon’s flagship models, and the result is one of the best all-mountain snowboards of the year.

A touch stiffer, a smidge poppier, slightly more performance oriented but still at heart it’s the go anywhere, do anything snowboard we’ve loved since its debut. It’s a real buffet, powder laps for breakfast, corduroy for lunch and party laps in the park for dinner, all you can eat baby.

Who Is The Bataleon Whatever x Beyond Medals For?

Better yet, who isn’t it for? There are a lot of boards that claim to do it all, but this one genuinely does. If your park days aren’t behind you, but you still want a board that can dominate in other areas then the BYNDMDLS Whatever is a goer.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Bataleon Whatever x Beyond Medals here


Borealis Tundra Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: €529

While we can’t fault the Borealis crew’s ability to put together a snowboard, we have to take issue with whoever comes up with the names.

Here you’ve got a top-quality all-rounder that’s just as home in the park as it is in the sidecountry, lumbered with a moniker that suggests pure high-altitude gnarboarding. Something that infers its thrilling, Cheshire-cat-grin-inspiring delights would surely be more appropriate – ideally with a terrible pun thrown in for good measure. May we suggest… the Fundra?

In any case, it says a lot about the Borealis Tundra that that’s the only criticism we have.

Who Is The Borealis Tundra For?

This is Borealis’ quiver killer; one board to take out in any and all conditions. If that’s what you’re after, and you’re also a bit keen on the planet, then this covers both bases with aplomb. The stunning topsheet screams ‘one with nature’ – and that’s the kind of virtue-signalling we can get fully behind.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Borealis Tundra here


Burton Hometown Hero Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £590, €660, $660

There have been several new additions to the Burton Family Tree this season, but we’re still enamoured by the ol’ faithful. The Burton Hometown Hero is precisely that: a favourite amongst locals; a reliable and consistent workhorse that can keep up with the stallions; and prance with the show ponies just as easily.

Designed to pay homage to Burton’s heartland Vermont, and built to last winter after winter the Hometown Hero is a charger for deep and steep powder days, tree run tango’s, laid out carves and everything in between.

Who Is The Burton Hometown Hero For?

Well, thanks to the multitude of Heroes (Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Split) the range of users is about as broad as can be. Riding-wise, though, it errs more on the freeride side of all-mountain, with a chargey personality and a precise nature. So if that sounds like your bag then come on in.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Burton Hometown Hero here


CAPiTA Mega Mercury Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £685 / €750 / $800

We’ll be the first to admit that some of snowboarding’s tech jargon has become pretty alien, but then again, Mercury is the first planet in the Solar System, so who better to champion rocketship-esque technology?

And that’s exactly what you’ll find here. The Mega Merc takes advantage of the creme de la creme of CAPiTA’s bag of tricks, wrapped up nicely in their iconic Mercury outline. It’s Monsieur Longo’s board of choice so that should tell you all you need to know in terms of its favoured habitat and pop-ability. Proceed with caution.

Who Is The CAPiTA Mega Mercury For?

You’re an experienced rider who isn’t afraid to splash a little cash to get a truly next level experience. You’re probably a fan of the OG Mercury, but looking for something premium that’s noticeably lighter, faster and stronger.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 CAPiTA Mega Mercury here


Drake Battle Rusty Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: €440, $510

Has it really been a decade since the Rusty Toothbrush crew burst seemingly out of nowhere, and gave the fledgling ‘web edit’ format a much-needed boot up the arse? With more creativity and invention in one of their mini-vids than you’d find on most full-length megabudget DVDs of the time, they soon became the delinquent posterboys of the internet age.

The Drake Battle Rusty snowboard is the third iteration of the collective’s signature model, and the shared Italian heritage has cooked up another winner.

Who Is The Drake Battle Rusty For?

This one prides itself on being a multi-purpose tool that doesn’t sleepwalk into bland, beige utility. Whether you’re in the streets or the backcountry, you’ll feel like you have a specialist tool under your feet. The list of boards that can genuinely do both well is not a long one, so if you’re a fan of both then snap this up.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Drake Battle Rusty here


Drake Tao Of Drake Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: €400, $450

In reality, the gender categories for snowboards are far from cut and dry. Over the years we’ve seen female-specific boards take a heavy influence from a men’s model, and (latterly, and to a lesser extent) vice versa. It’s also not uncommon to find a rider using a board that’s technically aimed at the opposite gender, because it better suits their physical profile.

What you still don’t see very often, though, is a board that wears its suitability for both men and women as a badge of honour. That’s what Drake’s new Tao of Drake snowboard does, and you’ll now find it under the feet of the brand’s team riders regardless of chromosomes.

Who Is The Drake Tao Of Drake For?

Despite this novel approach, this certainly isn’t for everyone. Unless you favour the JP Walker approach of riding park to warm up for the street, you’d be better off on something with an all-mountain focus. Freestyle fiends will love it though.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Drake Tao Of Drake here


Gnu Banked Country Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £530 / €580 / $600

Back in the Whitelines 100 for the second year running with a few choice upgrades for winter 2023, the Gnu Banked Country once again had our test team frothing. It devours steeps, chomps up powder bowls and eats technical descents for breakfast.

There’s no shortage of snowboards that talk a big game and claim to dominate across a variety of terrain, but the Banked Country is a ride that knows exactly the terrain it’s built to govern. In bounds or off the beaten track, you get a consummate playmate that wants to ride hard and fast, and won’t be afraid to take any prisoners.

Who Is The Gnu Banked Country For?

Rookies, this one ain’t for you. The Banked Country is for confident, athletic and advanced riders. You’re a fiend for powder, but Mt Baker Banked slalom is the highlight of your year. One board to encompass both your passions. How delightful.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Gnu Banked Country here


Gnu Head Space Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £495 / €560 / $560

Gnu has been unabashedly weird since the late 70’s. True, they do things a little differently, but there’s no doubt that they are purveyors of some of the finest snowboards on the market.

The frontman of Gnu’s pro team, Forest Bailey, thinks outside the box. From his choice of street spots to his avant garde artwork, Forest is happy to shake up the status quo. His Head Space pro model is a weird and wonderful testament to freestyle in the modern age.

Who Is The Gnu Head Space For?

Advanced riders who prioritise creativity and freestyle but need a snowboard that will let them really push their limits both inside and outside of the park ropes.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Gnu Head Space here


Head e-Pulse LYT Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £520 / €600 / $659

Head has a long history of experimenting with electronic chips in snowboards. As far back as the mid-2000s it was offering versions of the KERS system (a name familiar to motorsports fans), and it’s still at it today with what it’s calling EMC (Energy Management Circuit) Technology. The Head e-Pulse LYT aims to harness this technology to deliver a smoother ride from lighter materials, but it’s far from a one-trick pony.

Who Is The Head e-Pulse LYT For?

This one is for those keen on carving, charging and dropping the odd cliff here and there. Spinners and flippers need not apply. If you also like your board tech to come with a dollop of complicated physics, you’re laughing.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Head e-Pulse LYT here


Jones Tweaker Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £470 / €530 / $530

Up til now, the closest Jones got to making a park board was the long-serving Mountain Twin – and even that was more suited to hitting natural features as part of its all-mountain remit. However, what we have here is a bona fide true twin that absolutely belongs in the park, yet is still unmistakably a Jones.

Who Is The Jones Tweaker For?

David Benedek is the rider that comes to mind; a freestyle pioneer who always championed the art of carve (even when it was far out of favour in the snowboard world) and fully understood how a snowboard works on the ground, not just in the air. If you want to Be More Benedek (and we all should), then this will help you get there.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Jones Tweaker here


Jones Twin Sister Women’s Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £490 / €550 / $550

A master of his craft, Jeremy Jones approaches snowboard design like a guy tasked with assembling the large hadron collider- this is science and evidence based. The Twin Sister has been rigorously tested and meticulously engineered to ensure it’s one of the most impressive all-mountain snowboards available- and it shows.

Who Is The Jones Twin Sister For?

Ladies who want one snowboard to do it all, park laps for breakfast, and fresh powder for lunch, the Twin Sister is a true alpine smorgasbord. You’ll probably want to have progressed past your first few wobbly days on the hill, but otherwise there’s something for novices all the way to pros to enjoy.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Jones Twin Sister here


K2 Special Effects Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £525 / €600 / $600

Okay, so it might not look like the most versatile board in your locker, and while it can do more than you potentially give it credit for, there’s no denying that the Special Effects is a quiver board. One of the special ones you wait anxiously for the best conditions to pull it out, and when you do, boy oh boy, is it worth it.

Short, shapely and extremely bodacious, the Special Effects has our pulses racing. We’d classify the Special Effects as primarily a freeride snowboard, but not in the sense that you’d ride it down Corbet’s Couloir, think less ball shrinking descents and more undulating hills covered in fluffy white gold. You’ll want to size down significantly with this one, but just trust the process!

Who Is The K2 Special Effects For?

The Special Effects is admittedly possibly more of a special occasion board, surfy turns on blower pow days or party laps slush slashing in the spring sun, but pretty much any rider who wants something specific to suit those occasions will find a chum here. It might be a bit much for a complete newbie, but otherwise you’re hot to trot.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 K2 Special Effects here


KORUA Otto Plus Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: €749 / $849

Faced with so many weird and wonderful shapes in the KORUA line, it might seem odd that we’ve selected their most normal-looking silhouette for an award. But the Otto Plus proves you don’t need to wave goodbye to the park if you’re serious about your turns; it’s a carving machine at heart, with enough tail to switch things up at the drop of a hat, blurring creative lines across the mountain. A quiver killer with a difference, then.

Who Is The KORUA Otto Plus For?

Enjoyed those Yearning For Turning edits but not sure you’re quite ready to ditch your trusty twin for a board that looks like a pencil (and might even be called a pencil, too)? The Otto Plus is your gateway drug.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 KORUA Otto Plus here


Lib Tech Lost x LIB Rocket Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £555 / €630 / $630

The flagship board in Lib Tech’s Lost x Lib Collection, the Rocket was dreamed up by legendary surf shaper Matt Biolos. Our favourite place to ride the Rocket was in the spring slush, but that’s not to say it can’t handle firmer conditions or steeper terrain. The profile and construction of the Rocket mean it’s a veritable demon in deeper snow and it’ll dig a trench with the best of them – just as any great freeride focussed snowboard should!

Who Is The Lib Tech Lost x LIB Rocket For?

You’re a strong rider who wants a powder board that can be taken out of the locker any day of the season. You’ll ride a bit of anything, but your park rat days are probably behind you. Surfy turns and eurocarves are more your bag than front boards and down-flat-downs.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Lib Tech Lost x LIB Rocket here


Lobster Creamer Snowboard 2022-2023


The artist formerly known as the Lobster Cream is back for a third year, cementing its position as one of the finest crustacean/dairy-themed rides around. Why it’s now the Creamer and not the Cream, we’re not entirely sure – but with the Sender and Stomper also in the line, the Lobster line has just got that bit more consistent. Banish any images of that weird stuff Americans put in their coffee, and embrace one of our favourite new models of recent times.

Who Is The Lobster Creamer For?

Like much of the Lobster line, the Creamer is one for both in and out of the park. Based on its shape and flex profile alone, however, this is clearly aimed at the all-mountain funseeker, rather than the backcountry booter specialist.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Lobster Creamer here


Lobster Sender Snowboard 2022-2023


When the Lobster Sender first appeared, from chairlifts to barstools all you’d seem to hear was talk of ‘sending it’ (or indeed, going ‘full send’). The parlance of our times may have adapted, but this board still epitomises the caution-to-the-wind approach that made it a smash hit right out of the gate. Sendicus!

Who Is The Lobster Sender For?

Wallflowers need not apply; the brothers Helgason cooked up the Lobster Sender for those who carpe the absolute diem out of every mountain encounter. The target customer is in the air one minute, redlining on piste or pow fields the next, never phoning it in and always bringing their A-game.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Lobster Sender here


Lobster Stomper Snowboard 2022-2023


It’s surf’s up once again for the Lobster Stomper – but just as was the case last year, the graphic is where the comparison ends. This isn’t a pow-specific, uber-directional floater. Far from it, in fact; the way the brothers Helgason tell it, this one is at its finest on firm, freshly groomed snow, be it a motorway piste or a pristine freestyle feature.

Sometimes that makes for a conservative (ok, dull) experience, with a board that tries to tick all boxes at the expense of standout performance. However, the Lobster Stomper is anything but.

Who Is The Lobster Stomper For?

The graphic may be having its fun with you, but the name makes it as plain as day. What we’ve got here is a true all-rounder that’s particularly friendly to those who like to throw shapes with confidence – whether in the park or elsewhere on the mountain.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Lobster Stomper here


Moonchild Malibu Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: €579

Moonchild Snowboards was borne out of creative frustration. After churning out boards for other brands, two experienced shapers resolved to make their own. And they didn’t hold back.

A browse of the ‘Skunkworks’ range on their website shows just how far they’re prepared to go in search of a new snowboarding experience: reverse camber meets reverse taper, various “experimental holes” (including a full-on kitchen spatula design), and even a powsurfer with a real denim topsheet. Bonkers, yes – but endearingly so.

Who Is The Moonchild Malibu For?

If you need a break from the norm (but are still hopeful for a hell of a lot of pow days) then the Malibu has your name on it. Ideally you’ll have already had some experience with unconventional boards that have noses bigger than Cyril Sneer, but it’s not a requirement.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Moonchild Malibu here


Nidecker Escape Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £400, €430, $460

Nidecker deliver a lot of bang for your buck, and nowhere is that better illustrated than with the Escape. This well specced quiver killer has been a staple of their line for a few years, but its twin outline was starting to look long in the tooth compared to the coolest kids. A subtle facelift has made us fall in love with it all over again – and by the looks of their latest team edits, we’re not alone. We’ve seen the likes of Sebi Konijnenberg chuck this thing over giant park booters, crank it through banked slalom berms and charge it down remote lines. And if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for you.

Who Is The Nidecker Escape For?

Anyone looking for a playful yet versatile board on which to get creative. Buy one of these and you probably won’t want or need a second deck. So that’s minimalists and bargain hunters too, then.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Nidecker Escape here


Nidecker Sensor Plus Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £475 / €500 / $520

Nidecker might have a giant range of shapes these days, but when it comes to classic twin tips there are only two choices: the Sensor, and the Sensor Plus. While the regular Sensor boasts a pretty mellow flex and rocker towards the tips for a jib-friendly ride, the Plus is aimed squarely at more aggressive riders who know their way around the big jumps at their local park. With more carbon in the mix it’s a little stiffer, and a little pricier, but the reward is a deck that snaps off the lip and won’t buckle when you set the landing gear down.

Who Is The Nidecker Sensor Plus For?

Enjoy spinning 5’s and beyond? Then this might well be the park board for you. The responsive trad camber profile also makes it a solid choice for charging around the resort and beyond – while keeping an eye out for take-offs at all times.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Nidecker Sensor Plus here


Nidecker Thruster Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £525 / €550 / $570

A new addition to the Nidecker roster last season, the Thruster once again impressed the crew to come up trumps and make its way back into the Whitelines 100 for the second year running.

A mash-up of the now defunct Princess and Platinum models, everything about the Thruster screams ‘Premium’- from the top shelf tech and materials used to the sleek aesthetic, this isn’t a snowboard for the faint hearted or those pinching pennies. Advanced riders looking for something that’ll track like a ballistic missile, but that isn’t just limited to digging trenches on freshly groomed corduroy should definitely consider taking a closer look at the Thruster.

Who Is The Nidecker Thruster Pro For?

Who’s the Thruster for? Well, it’s easier to say who it’s not for: it’s one of the stiffest, most aggressive snowboards in the Nidecker line. A real wolf in wolf’s clothing. Inexperienced riders will likely find it a bit much to handle.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Nidecker Thruster here


Ride Shadowban Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £415 / €480 / $500

With the success of their Pig line, it’s cool to see Ride veer away from the porky shapes with the Shadowban. This is a new foray into all-mountain territory, with a mellow flex and some of the best tech Ride has to offer, and all for less than 500 bucks, not bad, not bad at all.

Okay, and maybe the graphic comes into play here too, we’re loving the synth-pop 80’s Stranger Things vibes. Obviously never pick your board based solely on the topsheet, but we like this one, what you gonna do? Sue us??

Who Is The Ride Shadowban For?

Your park days aren’t entirely behind you, but you’re more likely to take a few laps rather than spend all day sessioning that one rail. Instead, you’re looking to spend your time on the hunt for fresh corduroy, bombing hills and seeking out pockets of powder when the weather delivers.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Ride Shadowban here


Rome Agent Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £420 / €500 / $500

The Rome Agent is the Mr. Brightside of the Whitelines 100. Each year other boards come and go, yet this one’s flag remains planted high in the charts. We’re not sure it’d go down quite as well at a wedding, mind.

So crucial to Rome’s early success was the Agent that it’s the only board the brand has honoured with a 20th anniversary graphic – an old favourite from the UK-based Neasden Control Centre. The standard red-and-black version will be easier to get your hands on, and both will deliver a top experience on the hill.

Who Is The Rome Agent For?

The catchment area for this board is, frankly, huge. It’s not too stiff, not too soft, ready for the park yet capable of so much more. The Rome Agent is a true all-rounder, and just such a blast to ride whatever the agenda.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Rome Agent here


Rome Artifact Pro Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £420 / €500 / $500

Name a more universally beloved freestyle board than the Rome Artifact; we’ll wait. For years it has sat at the very top of the tree, rivalled by a tiny smattering of others – and we don’t expect that to change any time soon.

That being said, its fun-on-a-bun personality does make it a bit noodly for the biggest features in the park. Just a bit of extra stiffness, combined with a few other tweaks here and there, and it’d be a different story. Step forward the new Rome Artifact Pro.

Who Is The Rome Artifact Pro For?

Like we said, anyone who liked the original up to a point, but found it wanting when things got serious, will prefer this one. The dial hasn’t been turned up too far, though, so the Rome Artifact Pro remains accessible to a wide range of riders.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Rome Artifact Pro here


Rome Heist Women’s Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £370 / €430 / $430

It’s oft been said that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, and the Rome Heist consolidates this concept completely. Separately, the materials aren’t the highest end options in Rome’s toy box but when you add them together and mix in all the features of the Heist you end up with a really versatile, confidence boosting snowboard that’s super fun to ride.

Who Is The Rome Heist For?

Any rider who’s got to grips with the basics and is looking to expand their bag of tricks without being confined solely to the park. There’s no upper limit on rider ability for a snowboard like the Heist, so, intermediate and advanced riders, fill your boots.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Rome Heist here


Rome Ravine Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £470 / €530 / $530

Despite all the shapes on offer these days, few snowboarders actually load their bags with more than one deck – especially if they’re flying. The all-mountain, one-board-to-do-it-all quiver killer therefore remains the biggest segment in the market. In the past, these were almost indistinguishable from park decks, being twin tips with a stiffer, slightly directional flex and/or a subtly set back stance (see Burton Custom). But what the new wave of silhouettes has proven is that fully directional boards – done right – can still mix it on jumps while delivering proper, grin-inducing float in powder. Enter the Rome Ravine.

Who Is The Rome Ravine For?

Riders who don’t want the stress or expense of choosing from multiple boards, but who’d like something a bit more exciting than a bog standard directional twin. And these days, that’s most people.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Rome Ravine here


Salomon Sight Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £335 / $380

Drawing inspiration from the new Salomon Highpath, the redesigned Sight is a genuinely good choice for those who’re balling on more of a budget or looking to take their first dip into the endless pool of freeride snowboarding.

The flex and profile tend towards a mellow option for either more inexperienced riders, or those who prefer to make surfy turns rather than threading the needle down super gnarly turf. It’s an adaptable snowboard that takes some really clever Salomon tech and tones it down into an affordable and attainable package. And all for less than 400 bucks, what a bargain.

Who Is The Salomon Sight For?

You’d err towards the freeride side of all-mountain riding and are looking for a budget friendly option to open the doors for you. Despite taking inspiration from some heavy hitters, the Sight’s easy going flex and mellow ingredient list earmark it as one that can be used by everybody, from novices all the way to pros.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Salomon Sight here


Vimana Continental Directional Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £445 / €500 / $500

During the COVID-19 pandemic, for various reasons outwith its control, Vimana ended up on the edge of the abyss. Thankfully for fans of everything black and white and rad all over, Norway’s finest have stayed the course and are now in a stronger position than ever.

It’s always worth looking at the limited releases to see what the brand’s stacked team of legends has cooked up recently, but we’ll forever have a soft spot for the perennial Vimana Continental Directional.

Who Is The Vimana Continental Directional For?

This is definitely accessible enough to aid the developing rider (albeit perhaps not the true newbie). However, it’s chiefly made for those who log as many days a year as they can, in all conditions and across all disciplines. You may well be looking at your new quiver killer.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Vimana Continental Directional here


YES. Basic Women’s Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £380 / €430 / $430

Ask and ye shall receive. The crew at YES. are coming in hot for 22/23 with what quickly became one of our test teams favourite snowboards. This is the YES. Women’s Basic. The snowboard we know and love, with a bit of female specific flair.

Everything about this new women’s Basic is instant classic. The tried and tested outline, the versatile camrock profile, even the understated graphic is a winner. Aside from the sizing, they’ve tricked out the women’s Basic with a narrower waist width, softer flex and slightly mellower profile to make it a budget friendly resort board that can seriously go toe to toe with the big dogs.

Who Is The YES. Basic Women’s For?

It’s hard to really put your finger on who this board is aimed at, regardless of if it’s your first wobbly day strapping in or you’re a seasoned vet with 20 years of experience under your belt, there’s something to enjoy here. Snowboarding is meant to be fun and enjoyable, and the Women’s Basic really allows for that, with no fuss and no frills.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 YES. Basic Women’s here


YES. Warca Snowboard 2022-2023

PRICE: £540 / €600 / $600

Ripping off the rip offs. A decade ago, YES. launched the now iconic 420. A weird and wonderful shape that totally subverted the paradigm of powder snowboards. Sure it wasn’t the first to do it, but it certainly brought the stubby shape to the forefront once again.

Understandably, the 420 spawned a wave of imitators, and now YES. are turning the tables with the Warca. A portmanteau of two of their biggest rivals within the sphere, and a real competitor for one of our favourite boards of the season, the YES. Warca is primed for ripping powder, charging groomers and bringing freestyle flair into the backcountry.

Who Is The YES. Warca For?

You’re an advanced rider looking for a board that you can rip around the whole mountain, but your heart really lies with surfy turns and wide open powder bowls. If you’re used to a bigger deck- don’t be afraid to size down here!! The shape more than makes up for it and in turn offers you a more nimble and agile ride than you might be used to.


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 YES. Warca here




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