What makes a good park board? It depends exactly what you want it to do; there’s as much variety going on in there as there is in any sub-category you could name.
It’s true that the vast majority of them are true twin, given how much more likely it is that you’ll be riding switch. Some have an asymmetric element or two, but will feel the same in either stance regardless.
"From budget-busting pro models to affordable fun-sticks, our Test Team put many a park board through its paces"
However, the similarities often end there. A board designed for aggressive kicker- and pipe-slaying will probably have a powerful camber profile and be pretty stiff to boot, but jibbers should be looking for something softer and less likely to hang up on a rail.
There are no hard-and-fast rules, however. When the ‘lympics rolls around, we fully expect to see all kinds of boards at play on the slopestyle course, depending on what that rider prefers.
From budget-busting pro models to affordable fun-sticks, our Test Team put many a park board through its paces. Here’s what they liked the most.
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Bataleon Boss Snowboard 2017-2018
The Evil Twin is excellent for jumps and rails, but the Boss is on another level.
Tricked out with the best materials, this is as premium as park boards get. Whatever your preference, be it street rails or XL booters, this one has you covered.
Check out the video on the full review to see exactly what the Boss is capable of.
Burton Kilroy Process Snowboard 2017-2018
Don’t let the outline fool you; this is a true twin park weapon if ever there was one.
The Burton Kilroy Process takes all the goodness of the classic Process and gives it a limited-edition tweak.
The resulting board is mellower, but still so fun in the park - especially for the price.
DC Media Blitz Snowboard 2017-2018
Ooooft, this is a beast of a freestyle board.
The stiffness will suit anyone who likes to push themselves, but it’s best avoided if you’re still new to the game.
It’s got the Torstein Horgmo seal of approval, so if you’ve already got to grips with the park then this will help you go bigger and higher than ever before.
Lobster Halldor Pro Snowboard 2017-2018
Another pro model, but this one’s a little tamer, and better suited to all aspects of freestyle.
The 3BT base on Halldor Helgason’’s signature board makes butters on piste so easy, and the flex is quite forgiving. However, if you want to go full send then it can handle that too thanks to the carbon stringers under each foot.
Salomon Huck Knife Snowboard 2017-2018
The Salomon Huck Knife can really help you step up your park riding, and is a lot of board for the price.
The wood core varies in thickness to give it skate-deck pop, and the blunted shape lets you spin like a top. More experienced park riders will love its relatively agressive character, but it’s not so unforgiving that you can’t have fun.
See the Huck Knife in action by heading to the review page.
Salomon Villain Snowboard 2017-2018
Louif Paradis has once again overseen the design of this classic freestyle board, and it’s been given a few tweaks for 2017/18.
Naturally it’s still just as adept at destroying rails in the park or in the streets, rather than being destroyed by them. Pop is aided by carbon at each end, so you can fairly launch it off booters too.
The full review features a video of the Villain killing it in the park, so head there via the link below to see what’s what.
Vimana Continental Twin Snowboard 2017-2018
Available either as a cambered or rockered board, the Vimana Continental Twin has all bases covered.
With its no-nonsense construction and clean design, it’s one of the least flashy park boards we’ve ever encountered - but as our testers were pleased to discover, it’s also one of the best.