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Best Kids’ Snowboards 2018-2019

We test the finest gear for groms

Kids’ snowboards have come a long way over the past few seasons. For starters, there’s plenty of choice. Not so long ago only a few of the big brands bothered to produce snowboards for young riders, but as the original generation of shredders has gained a middle aged spread and begun spawning, demand has grown.

At the same time, attitudes have shifted regarding the age that children can begin learning to snowboard. It was once accepted as fact that kids should learn to ski first, because it is supposedly safer and easier; these days instructors offer lessons in standing sideways to grommets as young as three. As well as catering to this market, brands like Burton (who host annual ‘Riglet’ events) have realised the importance of promoting snowboarding to the next generation.

“Remember, knee deep for you is waist deep for them!”

All this has resulted in a plethora of awesome kids’ kit. Sure, the old formula of shrinking it, softening it and shoving a cartoon graphic on it still works to a point, but with the advent of flat, hybrid and reverse camber kids can master their turns with less fear of catching an edge. There are even some progressive powder shapes in the mix to get your little one hooked on the greatest pleasure snowboarding has to offer, without the tears that come with back leg burn or tomahawks – and remember, knee deep for you is waist deep for them!

High time, then, that we put the best kids’ snowboards through their paces. We assembled a crew of keen young shredders based in the mountains – aka The Whitelines Grom Team – and arranged for them try out a variety of models. The riders reviewed the kit in their own words, and their parents also relayed their own observations about how they got on.

For more advice, check out our articles on How To Buy Snowboard Gear For Kids, and How To Teach Your Kids To Snowboard.

Scroll down to view all the best kids’ snowboards, or skip to a particular model using the links below

Bataleon Mini Shred | Burton Role Model | CAPiTA Scott Stevens Mini | Jones Mini Mind Expander | K2 Vandal | Salomon Gypsy Grom | Salomon Villain Grom | YES FunInc | YES PowInc

The Best Kids’ Snowboards For Winter 2018-19

Bataleon Mini Shred Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £179/€199 (£199/€229 with bindings)

This package deal is hard to beat, which isn’t surprising when you learn that Bataleon are selling it at cost in order to make snowboarding as accessible to kids as possible.

The brand’s Triple Base Tech provides a larger margin for error in the early days, and opens the door to freestyle down the line.

Read our full review of the 2018-2019 Bataleon Mini Shred here

Burton Role Model Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £295/€339

Grom-specific powder snowboards are an emerging trend, and it’s good to see Burton’s ‘Family Tree’ line looking after the kids (appropriately enough).

With a tapered shape, setback camber profile and no shortcuts in the tech department – not to mention the fact that it looks like a ‘grown-up’ board – freeride-lovers will be drooling over this.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Burton Role Model here

CAPiTA Scott Stevens Mini Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £199/€219

From the Role Model to the ultimate role model – Scott Stevens. Getting your kid this board won’t turn them into a master of one-footing, but it should deliver a healthy dollop of inspiration.

Taking the essence of Sleepy’s pro model, this version is ideal for those who gravitate towards the park.

Read our full review of the 2018-2019 CAPiTA Scott Stevens Mini here

Jones Mini Mind Expander Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £305/€349

This year the whole family can get on the Mind Expander. As well as the original and the new women’s version, there’s also this one for junior.

Naturally the specs aren’t quite the same as on the adult versions, but the shape has been faithfully ported over.

Read our full review of the 2018-2019 Jones Mini Mind Expander here

K2 Vandal Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £179/€199

Simple, yes – but oh so effective. The K2 Vandal won over our test team, proving that you don’t always have to go with bleeding-edge tech to make a great board.

Thanks to that price, and the fact that our grom team were able to get away with riding a bigger size, means that it’s great for your wallet too.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 K2 Vandal here

Salomon Gypsy Grom Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £219/€249

Here’s a kids’ board with a hybrid camber profile; a step up from flat base if your young charge is progressing quickly.

The core varies in thickness to keep it light and flexible, and the nose and tail are pre-detuned for park use. Freestyle-loving young ‘uns will love this one.

Read our full review of the 2018-2019 Salomon Gypsy Grom here

Salomon Villain Grom Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £219/€249

This one is essentially the same as the Gypsy Grom, but the size range is skewed towards bigger kids.
Naturally the graphics are lifted straight from the original Villain, a modern classic park board.

Read our full review of the 2018-2019 Salomon Villain Grom here

YES FunInc Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: €279

Rocker profiles make the most sense in kids’ boards, as they’re less likely to catch in the snow when those first turns are being perfected.

They’re also great for butters and presses, so any kid on the FunInc will soon be able to channel their inner park rat. It helps in the powder too, making this a great all-round choice.

Read our full review of the 2018-2019 YES FunInc here

YES PowInc Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: €299

On the other hand, if your kid is already jonesing for first tracks on a powder day, then this excellent new board would be the better option.

By scaling down their legendary 420, the YES crew have ensured that groms the world over can waste no time in mastering the backcountry.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 YES PowInc here

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