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Best Park Snowboards 2018-2019

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

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.

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

Bataleon Global Warmer | Burton Talent Scout | GNU Ladies’ Choice | Gnu Space Case |  KORUA Shapes Otto | Lib Tech Box Scratcher | Lobster Stomper | Ride Twin Pig | Salomon Huck Knife

 

The Best Park Snowboards For Winter 2018-19

Bataleon Global Warmer Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £429/€549

Here’s a park board that’s soft from end to end, but stiffer from edge to edge. It’s therefore easy to handle between the hits on the kicker line, but forgiving enough to really press when you want to .

Bataleon’s Triple Base Tech helps in that department too, so you can turn even a boring section of piste into a playground.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Bataleon Global Warmer here

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Burton Talent Scout Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £439/€499

Anyone who watched the 2018 Winter Olympics will be familiar with this one – both the halfpipe and big air golds were won on the Burton Talent Scout.

With Burton’s new female-specific triax fibreglass in the build, the Talent Scout is lighter than ever, but still strong enough to handle anything you’ll find in the park.

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

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GNU Ladies Choice Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £499/€559

Another decorated veteran of Pyeongchang, this was one particular lady’s choice as she retained her slopestyle title.

Jamie Anderson’s signature stick has lots to offer around the rest of the mountain too, thanks to its combo profile and asymmetric edges. First and foremost, however, it’ll slay the jumps and rails.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 GNU Ladies Choice here

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GNU Space Case Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £509/€579

Forest Bailey is on the asym program too; his pro model has a deeper sidecut on the heel side. Combined with Magne-traction edges, it’ll grip the piste like few other park boards.

It’s also strong enough to thrash on park features and even stairsets, so rail fiends in particular can put their trust in this one.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 GNU Space Case here

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KORUA Shapes Otto Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: €399

They may be Yearning For Turning, but the KORUA crew know plenty about the park too. The Otto is the brand’s latest stab at a more freestyle-focused stick, and it’s a world away from the rest of the line.

The directional twin approach means it’s a solid all-rounder, albeit one that leans towards throwing shapes.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Korua Shapes Otto here

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Lib Tech Box Scratcher Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £429/€479

Jesse Burtner’s signature stick is all about fun, with a medium flex and rocker profile wrapped up in a true twin shape.

If you like creative, seat-of-your-pants freestyle that’s a world away from cookie-cutter triple corks, the Lib Tech Box Scratcher is definitely one to consider.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Lib Tech Box Scratcher here

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Lobster Stomper Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€459

This shares a lot of DNA with Halldor Helgason’s pro model, but thanks to a central carbon beam and less rigid glass it has a personality all of its own.

If you’re still working your way up through the gears when it comes to freestyle, this one would be the better choice. It’s accessible, yet capable of stepping up when needed.

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

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Ride Twin Pig Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€449

A close relative of the War Pig, this takes all the great features of that board and tweaks them for a purely freestyle focus.

As the name suggests, it’s a twin (albeit asymmetric rather than true), and has several features that increase its overall strength. Perfect, then, for going all in.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Ride Twin Pig here

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Salomon Huck Knife Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £389/€449

The Huck Knife is largely unchanged for 2018/19, which is great news.

This colourful splash of park perfection is one of the most popular freestyle boards around, and it’s easy to see why once you’ve tried it. It’s light, fast and attractively priced – what more could you want?

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Salomon Huck Knife here

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