Finding yourself the best park snowboard requires digging a little further into what you actually want to do in these man-made mountain playgrounds. The differences in construction required for a board that will take you to new heights in the superpipe versus ones that will allow you to merrily tackle rails are significant, and as such there are definitely some niches within this niche.
One thing that’s true (at least for the most part) is that the best park snowboards will be predominantly twin tipped – if not a true twin – due to the regularity you’ll be riding into and out from tricks switch. This way the board will feel similar (and depending on the construction and your stance maybe even identical) whichever way you’re riding. Some even have asymmetric sidecuts to give you extra control and edge-hold.
“The differences in construction required for a board that will take you to new heights in the superpipe versus ones that will allow you to merrily tackle rails are significant”
But beyond that you’ll need to be honest with yourself about the type of riding you’ll do, and your ability level. A rigid, carbon-infused, ultra-responsive missile will be excellent for slaying big icy pipes or sending it mach 10 into the pro-line, but they will certainly hamper your riding if you’re looking to progress, or get your jib on. In the latter cases you’ll want the pop but will enjoy snowboarding more with a bit more flex and forgivingness.
Happily our test team put a host of the brands’ best park snowboards through their paces last season, and so we’re able to present this rundown of the sickest we rode on the varied terrain you can expect in the snowparks of today.
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