If you’re here because you’re in the market for a new snowboard - congratulations! Without wanting to come across like the folk who pitch a tent in their trousers whenever they peel the plastic off a new iPhone, getting your hands on a brand new stick is bloody brilliant.
"Choosing a new snowboard is the most excited a lot of us will ever get without actually doing any snowboarding"
Tearing off the wrapper, mounting your bindings for the first time, and enjoying that new-board smell; choosing a new snowboard is the most excited a lot of us will ever get without actually doing any snowboarding…
While it can be a lot of fun, it’s also fraught with peril. Get a stick that’s not right for you, and you’ll be cursing yourself for ever letting that funky graphic/pro endorsement/catalogue waffle sway you into picking up something that’s not quite your speed. It’s easily avoidable though, provided you do a little homework.
Before even looking at what’s new in 2017/18, it’s a good idea to brush up on a few rules of thumb. Our video explainers can help in that regard, so if you’re still not sure then be sure to check out the following:
So what does the list of snowboards available in 2017/18 tell us? Among other things, it has dispelled any notion of the weird-shapes "trend". With more available than ever, and their popularity showing no signs of abetting, it's clear those things are here to stay.
It’s not all about the oddballs, though; conventional fare is in bountiful supply, and certain modern classics continue to truck on. All in all, there’s truly something for everyone - you just have to keep looking until you find it.
Spoilt for choice, we mobilised the Whitelines Test Team - now bigger and better than ever before - and hit up every event we could. All told we covered over 200 decks in our quest for the best (as well as several bindings and goggles too).
Every snowboard we feature in our gear guide is accompanied by a full, in-depth review from an experienced rider - and if you’re wondering which ones they thought were the very best, check out what made the cut for this year’s Whitelines 100.
Of course, it’s impossible to test everything on the market, but this list is definitely the best place to start. Get the kettle on, and start looking for your new steed.
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Amplid | Arbor | Bataleon | Burton | CAPiTA | DC | Dupraz | Endeavor | Flow | Gnu | Head | Jones | K2 | Korua | Lib Tech | Lobster | Never Summer | Nidecker | Nitro | Ride | Rome | Roxy | Salomon | SIMS | Vimana | WEST | YES
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Amplid Surfari Snowboard 2017-2018
A new creation from Peter Bauer’s outfit, the Amplid Surfari is built to explore the pow and piste alike.
It’s part of Amplid’s ‘Centrifugal Collection’, a collection of boards designed to carve up the groomers piste like never before. When you get it up to speed, next-level dampening is there to keep the ride smooth.
Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Snowboard 2017-2018
The Guch’s latest pro model is slightly tapered for pow performance, but you can take this anywhere really. The setback camber gives you power to really open the throttle, and there’s bamboo in the core for increased pop.
You can pick this up either as a cambered or rockered version, both of which bring their own unique characteristics to the table.
Arbor Helix Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
This kids' board from Arbor has all the same tech you’ll find in their adult range, including the extra contact points for increased grip.
Backed by a three-year warranty, any burgeoning shred talent can really let rip on the Arbor Helix - especially if they prefer a more ‘mature’ look rather than cartoony graphics.
Bataleon Boss Snowboard 2017-2018
Some park boards almost have a ‘disposable feel to them, but not the Bataleon Boss.
This is a premium board in every sense, with a super fast base and response-boosting carbon underfoot - and thanks to the new ‘Sidekick’ tech, the Boss is better than ever.
Bataleon Carver Snowboard 2017-2018
If you really like carving, it makes sense to buy a board specifically for that purpose.
The Bataleon Carver gives you all the edge-gripping good times you could ask for without straying into mega-stiff hard-boot territory.
That said, there are a couple of carbon stringers running through this, so you’re ever short of stability and power.
Bataleon Distortia Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The mellow flex of the Bataleon Distortia allows for plenty of fun, buttery freestyle, but it’s not a one-trick pony by any means.
Take it to the park, of course, but the Triple Base design will also give you plenty of pow float. And because it still boasts classic camber, you get tons of pop and edge grip too.
Bataleon Evil Twin Snowboard 2017-2018
A stone-cold classic that’s as fun to ride now as it was when it first made, now with ‘Sidekick’ for even smoother turn initiation.
The Bataleon Evil Twin feels like a park board, but the Triple Base Tech ensures it punches above its weight in the powder too. The medium flex keeps all riding options open, with freestyle at the forefront.
Bataleon Feelbetter Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The bendiest board in Bataleon’s female-specific range, the Feelbetter is a butterer’s delight. Those who like to get spontaneous all over the mountain will love its easy-going personality.
It features simple tech, applied well, and would suit beginners just as much as more accomplished riders. Plus if you need a full setup, you can but it in a package with matching bindings.
Bataleon Goliath Snowboard 2017-2018
The Goliath is Bataleon’s one-board quiver, so if you like the idea of Triple Base Tech and don’t want to limit where you ride it, this would the the one.
It’s got a brand new outline for 2017/18 - and with its huge range of sizes, anyone can find a Goliath that’ll work for them.
Bataleon Magic Carpet Snowboard 2017-2018
Backcountry riding doesn’t have to be all about hard charging. If you prefer to scratch your freestyle itch while in the deep stuff, the Bataleon Magic Carpet has your back.
Thanks to the pronounced Triple Base you’ll feel like you’re hovering over the pow, while the true twin shape lets you ride switch and throw spins.
Bataleon Mini Shred Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
These days kids can enjoy the benefits of 3BT too, thanks to the Bataleon Mini Shred. With a solid edge when you want it and buttery looseness when you don’t, it gives both newbies and supergroms plenty of options on the mountain.
Available as a full setup with the Mini Shred binding, it’s a great deal too.
Bataleon Push Up Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The Bataleon Push Up is all about progressing the skills you already have, with the focus on fun.
An easy-going all-rounder, it’s the perfect board for messing around on, but if you do want to pick up the pace there’s a bit of extra firmness at the nose and tail for response and stability.
Bataleon She-W Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
If you’re looking for high-end park performance, the Bataelon She-W fits the bill.
It’s Kaludia Medlova’s stick of choice, and has carried her to her current status as one of the most exciting slopestyle talents around.
It’s no stiff beast though, so you don’t need to be chucking double rodes to appreciate the She-W.
Bataleon Stallion Snowboard 2017-2018
The Rocky Balboa of snowboards - this might not have the quickest reactions, but it’s seriously tough.
The Bataleon Stallion is specifically built for the bigger, taller, burlier riders with big feet. If previous boards have felt lacking in stability, or if you’ve been cursed by toe drag, this could be a game changer.
Bataleon Surfer Snowboard 2017-2018
The pow-lover’s dream snowboard? With it’s mega-spoon 3BT nose and swallowtail, the limited-edition Bataleon Surfer will plough through the deep stuff like nothing else.
It’s not all about the deep stuff, though; check out our full review to find out just how well this rode when it hadn’t dumped for weeks.
If you want one, be quick - there ain’t many to go around!
Bataleon The Jam Snowboard 2017-2018
Say hello to Bataleon’s all-mountain workhorse, one that’s stiff and powerful enough to satisfy the most aggressive of riders.
Triax fibreglass ensures it’s always responsive, and carbon reinforcement gives it serious longitudinal snap.
The directional twin shape means that the park’s not off limits, especially if you like to send it deep.
Bataleon Wallie Snowboard 2017-2018
The Wallie is a new ultra-jibby funstick that rail riders are just going to love.
While soft from end to end, basalt stringers reinforce the Wallie from edge to edge to give you plenty of control without leading to a ‘door-like’ feel.
The squared-off ends are pretty cool too.
Burton Chopper Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
This classic kids' steed is back for another year - sporting a progression-friendly flat profile, with a no-hang-ups design that keeps tantrums to a minimum.
With Batman graphics among those to choose from this year, don’t be surprised to see the Chopper mentioned in your kid’s letter to Santa this year.
Burton Custom Snowboard 2017-2018
This legendary directional twin needs no introduction, but even if you think you know all about the Burton Custom, it’s always one worth checking out.
Packed with features, dominant all over the mountain, and never resting on its laurels, it’s no wonder this board remains as popular as ever.
Burton Custom Flying V Snowboard 2017-2018
The original Custom is built to do it all, but for those who prefer an easier-going ride courtesy of a combo profile, the Burton Custom Flying V is the solution.
It’s got all the same tech, and can turn its hand to everything, but the central rocker section gives this one a more playful feel than its cambered sibling.
Burton Custom X Snowboard 2017-2018
Oooft! The classic speed machine returns once again, supercharging the original Custom with carbon for an even lighter, more responsive ride.
It might not be for everyone, but in the right hands this is an absolute weapon - if you don’t believe us, watch out for the Burton Custom X the next time Christian Haller drops a mind-boggling pipe run.
Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard 2017-2018
Danny Davis has replaced his Easy Livin with two new models, and the Burton Deep Thinker is the more freeride-focused of the two.
The setback camber and directional shape will suit anyone who likes to charge, but this can handle DD-style backcountry freestyle too.
Plus it’s got graphics by the Gonz - what’s not to like?
Burton Dump Truck Splitboard 2017-2018
It may be called the Dump Truck, but if you’re up against crauddy conditions far out of bounds, perhaps Steamroller would be a more appropriate name.
The Burton Dump Truck splitboard blasts through anything, giving you a ridiculous amount of power through the turns. It requires a steady hand on the tiller, but if you can step to it then this is a winner of a split.
Burton Feelgood Flying V Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The Burton Feelgood is the female equivalent of the Custom, with a long tradition of all-mountain excellence.
This version has a mellower ‘combo’ profile, but unless you’re in love with camber then you can’t fail to appreciate the versatility of this one.
Pow, piste or park, nothing is off limits for the Feelgood Flying V.
Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard 2017-2018
Despite only being around for a couple of seasons, the Burton Flight attendant is already a classic.
It’s clearly cut out for freeriding, but don’t forget to get it in the air whenever possible. Burton’s ‘Balanced Freeride Geometry’ give this more of a freestyle feel when cruising piste, so it’s not just for speed.
Burton Flight Attendant Splitboard 2017-2018
This year the B has taken the much-loved Flight Attendant, and chopped it in half. The result? Astounding.
The majority of what is loved about the original has carried over to the splitboard version, with the added bonus of being able to explore far-flung fields on an absolute belter of a board. Easily one of our favourite splits of the year.
Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2017-2018 Burton Flight Attendant Splitboard here
Burton Instigator Snowboard 2017-2018
It’s farewell to the wonderful Burton Clash, but hello to a successor that’s just as good at getting newer riders up to speed.
The slight taper makes earning those first turns a whole lot easier, and when you’re ready to take on the powder it’ll be easy to keep the nose up.
More experienced riders have been known to pick up one of these as a fun ‘resort’ board, so it’s definitely not just for newbies.
Burton Kilroy Custom Snowboard 2017-2018
Slightly less techy than the original Custom, and considerably lower-priced, the new Burton Kilroy Custom opens up the iconic all-terrain vehicle to more riders than ever.
Freestyle is the main focus, but there’s no need to stick to the purpose-built kickers and rails - go explore the mountain!
Meanwhile, those looking for something a bit more park-focused might prefer the Kilroy Process below.
Burton Kilroy Process Snowboard 2017-2018
The Burton Kilroy Process has the dial set to ‘fun’, with some of the original Process’ techier elements (the Frostbite edges, for example) removed for a more loosey-goosey feel.
The price is right, too; for a purpose-built park board that rides as well as this one does, it’s an absolute steal.
Burton Process Off-Axis Snowboard 2017-2018
Another twist on the classic Process, this one has a couple of asymmetrical tweaks that some riders will certainly prefer. The outline is still true twin, but the core and edges are different on the heels and toes.
That aside, it’s still the same modern classic park destroyer beloved by the likes of Mark McMorris.
Burton Story Board Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
Here’s a new addition to the B’s Family Tree line, and it’s one just for women.
Boasting a lot of the features that have made the Flight Attendant such a hit, the Burton Story Board is destined to win over the pow addicts in 2017/18 - especially those who seek out airtime on natural hits.
Burton Talent Scout Snowboard 2017-2018
For women who like their park board to have full-on camber, the Burton Talent Scout is among the finest models available.
Confident riders will love its fast base and springy pop, which should carry you safely beyond any knuckle. It’s also got a similar asym twist to the Process Off Axis, which always goes down a storm.
Burton Working Stiff Snowboard 2017-2018
Here’s another new entrant to the Family Tree range, one with a shorter, wider shape for a surfy ride in the pow.
It’s stiffer than most ‘downsized’ boards, so you need to know what you’re doing, but as a result it’s a lot better at speed.
Whether on or off the piste, the Burton Working Stiff lets you feel the G’s on something a bit nimbler than your normal ride.
CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death Snowboard 2017-2018
The CAPiTA BSOD has had another makeover this year, but its focus is still on deliviering a ‘premium’ feel to your all-mountain adventures.
No expense has been spared here; the Black Snowboard Of Death is packed with lots of goodies from the Mothership factory, including new arced carbon rods and a faster-than-ever base.
CAPiTA Defenders Of Awesome Snowboard 2017-2018
This all-terrain weapon has found its way into the hearts of mountain-dwellers the world over.
Sturdy even at the highest speeds, it’s powerful enough for serious riders, but messing around is always an option too.
If you need something that can handle all conditions and will last all season long, the CAPiTA Defenders Of Awesome is pretty hard to beat.
Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2017-2018 CAPiTA Defenders Of Awesome here
CAPiTA The Outsiders Snowboard 2017-2018
Here’s an uncompromising park board if ever there was one ;the Outsiders is a true-twin, fully cambered snowboard that’s light on its feet and powerful in its pop.
Traditionalist kicker kings will adore it, especially with its shock-absorbing properties that will keep your legs happy for longer.
DC Media Blitz Snowboard 2017-2018
When Torstein Horgmo throws hammers, he does it on the DC Media Blitz.
His signature steed is powerful yet lightweight, ideal for blasting off park jumps and backcountry step-downs alike.
Thanks to the blunted ends, it spins like a top - and should you encounter any heavy landings, the ‘Impact Core’ has your back.
DC Space Echo Snowboard 2017-2018
Even stiffer than the Media Blitz, the DC Space Echo is for the more confident, powerful riders out there.
It’s better suited to charging at Mach 10 than pootling down a blue, but the directional twin shape leaves room for freestyle.
If you’re able to make the most of it, the Space Echo is a high-end weapon with an attractive price tag.
DC Telegraph Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
A high-performance board at a low cost, the DC Telegraph offers terrific value for money to any confident female freestyler.
The skate-inspired topsheet gives you heaps of pop, while beech reinforcement ensures it’s tough enough for the bigger park features.
Plus it’s got a sintered base that gives you the speed you need to clear any tabletop.
Dupraz D1 5'5" Snowboard 2017-2018
Despite being classed as one of Dupraz’s ‘shortboards’, this is still a hefty 165cm in length. Carving on it is an absolute treat, so if you like getting your elbow down then look no further.
Only the best materials have been used, too. It’s not that expensive, but feels like it should be.
Dupraz D1 6'+ Snowboard 2017-2018
Given that it’s a whopping 178cm from nose to tail, this version of the Dupraz D1 is an absolute charger.
Serge Dupraz’s decades of board-building experience have resulted in a fine-tuned precision tool that today’s carve fanatics will go bananas for.
Tapered and responsive, this will eat fresh corduroy for breakfast, and can fairly rocket through the powder too.
Endeavor Board Of Directors Snowboard 2017-2018
If you can’t fully understand the tech, how can you make the most of it? Endeavor’s premier all-mountain twin focuses on using tried-and-tested features to deliver a terrific ride.
With a pop-boosting carbon spine and shock-absorbing urethane sidewalls, this will feel right at home in the park. However, should you wish to explore further afield, it’ll be happy to oblige.
Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2017-2018 Endeavor Board Of Directors here
Flow Micron Chill Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
If your grom is well past the training-wheels stage, it might be wise to look for a kid’s board that’s been built with more technical riding in mind.
The Flow Micron Chill has a more complex profile than 99% of its peers, and even has a high-quality sintered base.
Still, it’s flexible enough to mess about with (hence the ‘Chill’), so not only chargers need apply.
Gnu Gnuru Snowboard 2017-2018
Asymmetric boards are usually aimed at the more advanced end of the market, but having unique heel and toe edges is something that riders of all levels can enjoy.
The Gnu Gnuru is more easy-going than the likes of its fellow asym the Riders Choice, but has plenty of top tech (including wavy Magne-Traction edges) to get you progressing quickly.
Gnu Klassy Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
Kaitlyn Farrington’s renewed focus on the backcountry is aided and abetted by this, the Gnu Klassy.
With its directional design and combo profile, it’s right at home in a pow field. Getting airborne isn’t out of the question though, nor is carving up the groomers when it hasn’t spewed for a while.
Gnu Ladies Choice Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The Gnu Ladies Choice frequently carries Jamie Anderson to the top step of a podium, but it’s not just for the park.
Rocker between the feet comes in handy in the powder, whilst the asymmetrical outline makes carving up the groomers more fun than ever.
Of course, when you do take it to the park, it absolutely rocks.
Gnu Müllair Snowboard 2017-2018
Nicolas Müller’s pro model was never going to be a flash-in-the-pan, but we’re delighted all the same to see it return for 2017/18.
Its backcountry-freestyle credentials are beyond doubt, but there’s still plenty to enjoy if the conditions limit you to within the resort boundaries.
Light, lively and eco-friendly, Gnu might well have used spooky voodoo magic to trap Nico’s soul in the Müllair.
Gnu Recess Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
Here’s something you don’t see every day: an asymmetric kids board.
Now even groms can enjoy having a more targeted sidecut on each edge, better suited to their body’s natural forces.
The rockered profile lowers the risk of edge catches in the early days, and makes staying afloat in the pow a lot easier when they’re ready for it.
Gnu Riders Choice Snowboard 2017-2018
The Rider’s Choice - but which rider, you ask?
Well, thanks to the all-rounder chops of this como-profiled asymmetric twin, there’s not a lot of folk who would skip over this one.
Our tester went as far as to suggest it is “the perfect all-mountain board". If that’s what you’re looking for, the Gnu Riders Choice is a must-see.
Gnu Space Case Snowboard 2017-2018
This asymmetric freestyle beauty is the brainchild of Forest Bailey - and he did the artwork for it too.
Like so much of Gnu’s output it can work pretty well away from the park, thanks to the combo profile and Magne-Traction edges.
It’s clear where its strengths really lie, though, so check out the Space Case if you’re keen to deepen your trick bag.
Head Evil Youth Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
Rocker profiles make a lot of sense in kids boards, as getting the most out of a cambered stick can be difficult at a young age.
The Head Evil Youth provides a mellow platform for low-consequence learning, and opens the door to beginner freestyle too.
It’s not just for newcomers; our experienced, hard charging grom testers loved it too.
Head Instinct i.KERS Snowboard 2017-2018
We’re not sure anyone takes as scientific an approach to snowboard design as Head do. Every design decision can be explained in great detail, with wooly brand-speak in mercifully short supply.
The KERS system found in this board is no gimmick; for a truly reactive stick that’s powerful yet impossibly light, this Instinct is one worth following.
Head Rowdy Jr Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
For kids not ready to step to the Evil Youth, there’s the Head Rowdy Jr.
Mellow riding is recommended, due to the rocker profile and lack of sidewalls - but in that respect it’s excellent.
If you’re looking for a fun foundation that’s bound to get your grom hooked on shred, look no further.
Head The Day Snowboard 2017-2018
This is really a powder board, but should you not get any it’s still an excellent stick for razzing around the groomers.
The directional shape and wide waist both cry out for big, swooping turns, and it’s fast as hell too.
Ideal for pow, ideal for piste; If freestyle’s not really your thing, the Day will be.
Jones Air Heart Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
Aimed at the more committed freeriders out there, the Jones Air Heart is back for its second season.
With increased torsional stiffness, it’s even better for those who really like to push the boundaries of their riding - often outwith those of the resort, but not exclusively.
Our testers loved it, and we bet you will too.
Jones Discovery Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
Lots of kids love a colourful snowboard with cartoony graphics, but not all of them.
The Jones Discovery is ideal for the burgeoning young talent who has firmly grasped the basics, and wants to step things up.
Oh, and who wants to look more like the grown-ups do while they do it.
Jones Explorer Snowboard 2017-2018
In relative terms this is a ‘mellow’ Jones. Compared to some of its stablemates, the Jones Explorer has a friendlier profile that would better suit the all-mountain cruiser.
If you want to step it up, there’s no shortage of response and stability - but if it’s not all about scrambling for first lifts so you can get to that untouched pow field before everyone else, this excellent deck may be the Jones for you.
Jones Prodigy Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
The Jones Prodigy is essentially a scaled-down Explorer, built for the cruiser grom who’s not quite ready to go full send on the Discovery.
It still packs more tech than most kid’s boards out there, though, so you can expect your young charge to progress quickly on this all-rounder whip.
Jones Solution Snowboard 2017-2018
Supposedly the world’s best-selling splitboard, the Jones Solution earns much of its popularity from its relative accessibility.
It’s not as unforgiving as some splits can be, to the point where it doesn’t feel so different from a solid freeride board.
With carbon stringers added for 2017/18, the Jones Solution could be the perfect board to begin a long and fruitful foray into the world of splitboarding.
Jones Storm Chaser Snowboard 2017-2018
Boards don’t come more ‘specialist’ than the Jones Storm Chaser, but if you’ve got room in your board bag for a specific pow-slayer then it’s definitely one to consider.
Turn heads in the liftline, then head for turns in the untouched pow. Its surf-inspired design will offer up an experience like few, if any, other snowboards can.
K2 Fastplant Snowboard 2017-2018
Those wanting a park board that can take a winter’s worth of consistent abuse should take a closer look the K2 Fastplant.
Its flat base makes it versatile enough to throw at any feature, be it pipe, rail or booter, and a carbon insert between the feet gives it pop comparable to a cambered board.
The bamboo core is all but unbreakable too, hence the five-year warranty.
K2 Party Platter Snowboard 2017-2018
This thing wowed us upon its debut last year, and it’s lost none of what makes it great.
The K2 Party Platter is short and wide, giving it mean float and manoeuvrability in the powder. Its ideal habitat would be a tree run, but it’s just as fun in slushy side hit territory.
K2 Simple Pleasures Snowboard 2017-2018
The name says it all; if you love to have fun on the mountain in a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants way (rather than a plot-a-course-and-synchronise-watches way), then the K2 Simple Pleasures will see you right.
Nimble and playful, but with enough camber for some proper edge bite, blasting around a resort on this can’t be recommended highly enough.
Korua Apollo Snowboard 2017-2018
For surfy vibes on the mountain, Korua are the masters. Their Apollo snowboard is an asymmetric treat that offers up insane float in the powder, and epic carves on the piste.
Unless you really have something against white topsheets and/or red bases, you’ll probably love this one.
Korua Tranny Finder Snowboard 2017-2018
This is Korua’s ‘gateway’ snowboard.
The Trannyfinder is far more conventional than most of Stephan Maurer & Nicholas Wolken’s fare, but still has a powerful setback camber profile that’s fun for blasting piste and pow alike.
Freestyle is much more accessible with this than most Koruas, so consider this one if you still like to throw shapes.
Lib Tech Banana Magic Snowboard 2017-2018
The Lib Tech Banana Magic doesn’t come cheap, but you get plenty for your money.
It’s an excelllent all-rounder, for starters, so could be the one-board solution you’ve been looking for.
Carving fans in particular will love it thanks its deep sidecut, but riders of all flavours can appreciate its lightweight, lively construction.
Lib Tech Box Knife Snowboard 2017-2018
When Think Thank’s Jesse Burtner wants to go for it in the backcountry, he takes out the Lib Tech Box Knife.
Its mostly-camber profile and sintered base lend themselves to some high-speed charging, but the twin shape and medium flex keep freestyle as an option too.
Want something mellower still? Keep reading...
Lib Tech Box Scratcher Snowboard 2017-2018
The yang to the Box Knife’s yin (or perhaps the other way round, we’re not sure), the Lib Tech Box Scratcher boasts Skate Banana-esque rocker for easy presses and pow float.
Magne-Traction edges compensate for the subsequent loss of edge grip, making this more appealing to all-rounders than your average reverse-cambered board.
Lib Tech EJack Knife Snowboard 2017-2018
A slightly tapered shape implies that Eric Jackson’s pro model will be happiest in the powder (much like the man himself).
You don’t need to be as gung-ho as he is, however; it’s actually got a fairly middle-of-the-road flex that is easier to tame.
Should you need to make do with firmer snow, the wavy Magne-Traction edges have your back.
Lib Tech x Lost Jamie Lynn Snowboard 2017-2018
This collab is mad, but good-mad.
Eschewing traditional shape logic in favour of surf-inspired stubbiness, Jamie Lynn and Matt Biolos have created a truly unique stick.
Despite being a mere 146cm, it’s wide enough to give you all the surface area you’ll need in the powder. For turn-on-a-dime spontaneity, nothing comes close.
Lib Tech x Lost Twin Rocket Snowboard 2017-2018
Another Lost collab, but this one’s much more conventional - and, in our opinion, even better.
Its slight taper of makes general cruising and pow riding more fun, but it’s close enough to being a twin that you can chuck spins off anything in sight.
In fact, with the Mayhem Twin Rocket under your feet, you won’t want to do anything else.
Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2017-2018 Lib Tech x Lost Twin Rocket here
Lib Tech Skate Banana Snowboard 2017-2018
The world’s best-loved rocker board remains a linchpin of the Lib Tech line, enjoyed by freestyle fiends and pow hunters in seemingly equal measure.
For the combination of easy float and processability, no other true twin can touch the Skate Banana. Beginners love it too, as it’s mellow enough to grasp the basics whilst being impossible to outgrow.
Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker Snowboard 2017-2018
Got your tricks down in the park? Time to take them to the backcountry.
The Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker is just the board for the job, with strong true twin freestyle credentials married to some pow-taming design.
The combo profile keeps you afloat, even when landing switch, and there’s no shortage of edge grip on firm take-offs thanks to the Magne-Traction.
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Snowboard 2017-2018
Travis Rice favours stronger, lighter Horsepower’ construction for his pro model, which is definitely worth the extra cash.
If you like to ride with a bit of oomph all over the mountain, this will give you no trouble - and may even open the door to a new world of backcountry freestyle.
We can’t all be Travis, but any confident rider can get a hell of a lot out of his signature deck.
Lobster Eiki Pro Snowboard 2017-2018
The elder Helgason prefers a softer-flexing board for winter-long jib mastery, strengthened right under the feet by carbon rods.
The combination means plenty of response when you need it, but loads of play when you want to really eke out a press.
A close relative of the Bataleon Wallie, the Lobster Eiki Pro is a stellar choice for rail rats.
Lobster Floater Snowboard 2017-2018
A former limited edition, the Lobster Floater graduates to the main line of boards in 2017/18.
It’s that rare thing; a true twin board that’s best taken to the powder. Triple Base Tech keeps you on top of things no matter which way you point it, with the new Sidekick feature improving things further still.
Whether it’s a park day or a pow day, the Floater loves to get airborne - and slush is right up its street too.
Lobster Halldor Pro Snowboard 2017-2018
The mad colour schemes may be gone, but Halldor’s weapon of choice still has everything you need for park domination.
It’s a true twin weapon with just enough flex for the big stuff, but just as happy when on a mini shred mission.
Of all Lobster’s freestyle-focused boards (are there are many), this is our favourite.
Lobster Jib Board Snowboard 2017-2018
Now flat-based but still featuring 3BT, the Jib Board is as catch-free as they come.
The wide centrebase makes presses as easy as falling off a log, aided by the mellow flex.
Beech strips run the length of the Jib Board, so while it may be soft it’s far from fragile.
Lobster Park Board Snowboard 2017-2018
As it is with most lobster boards, the clue’s in the name. However, our testers found that this performed admirably all over the mountain.
The Triple Base has a lot to do with it, as does the medium flex. It’s still better off on the kickers and rails though, so get tricky with it as often as possible.
Lobster Sender Snowboard 2017-2018
This is the most all-mountain focused of Lobster’s line, built to hold up in all conditions and on all kinds of terrain.
Carbon additives at each end give the Sender more pop, while the 3BT gives the true twin shape a leg up in the powder.
If you like doing a bit of everything, this would be the Lobster board to choose.
Never Summer Swift Snowboard 2017-2018
The Never Summer Swift is part of the brand’s new ‘Shaper Series’ for 2017/18. If you like to carve, it’s a selection worth checking out.
The longer nose and combo profile give it magical float in powder too, so if the gods are kind you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Nidecker Angel Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
If you’re a progressing rider that’s looking for something both dependable and affordable, the Nidecker Angel is a good shout.
It’s borrowed sime key design features from its higher-end stablemates, but remains a mellow, fun-focused ride that can help you reach the next level of your riding.
Nidecker Concept Snowboard 2017-2018
To paraphrase Vesper Lynd, there are carvers, and there are carvers. This is the latter.
The Nidecker Concept will slice up the corduroy like nothing you’ve ever tried before, holding a ridiculously strong edge and soaking up nasty vibrations as it goes.
Timid riders need not apply; this one is all about power.
Nidecker Gun Snowboard 2017-2018
The first thing you’ll notice about the Nidecker Gun is the shape. If you like riding fast, take a look at this one.
Make the most of its long running length, camber profile and super-stable core, and you might find yourself going supersonic.
It’s just as good in the powder, which is why it’s one of our top picks for the coming winter.
Nidecker Rave Snowboard 2017-2018
Here’s another carve-friendly design from Nidecker, albeit one that’s not quite as unforgiving as the Concept or Gun.
Its bread and butter is holding a strong edge at face-melting speeds, thanks in part to the triax fibreglass and camber profile, the mellower flex means that redlining isn’t be all and end all.
Nitro Squash Snowboard 2017-2018
Bryan Fox and Austin Smith’s quiver creations are always worth a look, and each one has its unique strengths.
In the case of the Nitro Squash, cruddy snow doesn’t stand a chance; you can blast through it with ease on this relatively stiff beast.
It’s got so much to offer in better conditions too, thanks to the large spoon nose and strong edge grip.
Ride Berzerker Snowboard 2017-2018
The Ride Berzerker has been an excellent all-mountain option for the last half-decade, and its latest incarnation is another winner.
Carbon additives ensure it can handle Blauvelt-esque thrashings, but it’s not so stiff and directional that you can’t enjoy a bit of mellow airtime too.
In short, this is pretty much as ideal as an all-rounder can get.
Ride Helix Snowboard 2017-2018
One of the finest park boards to appear in recent years, the Ride Helix brings asymmetrical design to what is otherwise a powerhouse of a true twin.
The different sidecuts make piste cruising more fun than you’d expect, too, and its carbon additives give it excellent pop and response without overly stiffening the ride.
Our testers found that it was just as good away from the park too; if you’re looking for a one-board solution, perhaps the Helix is it.
Ride Kink Snowboard 2017-2018
This team favourite freestyle board has been upgraded for 2017/18. It’s still as reliably poppy as ever, only now it’s even more durable.
Rail riders will enjoy the Ride Kink the most, but anyone who likes to mess around in the park or on the piste will appreciate it also.
Ride War Pig Snowboard 2017-2018
The Ride War Pig was a massive hit upon its debut last year, and with an extra size added to the line in 2017/18 it’s bound to win over even more fans.
The shape is naturally well-suited to the powder, but groomers, slush and even park can be tamed with this thing.
An all-mountain fun-stick for the ages.
Rome Blur Snowboard 2017-2018
With its cambered profile and stiff flex, the Rome Blur is built for speed.
In fact, the name says it all; ride this right and you’ll be whizzing past your fellow mountain users in a haze of black and green.
With its carbon additives and a slick sintered base, you can absolutely fly on this thing.
Rome Buckshot Snowboard 2017-2018
Toni Kerkela and Ozzy Henning got their heads together and crafted this, a high-end park destroyer that’s tough as nails.
Should you like to take it to the streets as well as the park, the Buckshot is hardy enough to handle the abuse, despite feeling lighter and more flexible than you’d expect.
Rome Gang Plank Snowboard 2017-2018
An all-rounder in a park board’s clothing, the Rome Gang Plank is a flat-based marvel at an affordable price.
Bamboo in the core helps to enhance its pop, and the sidewalls are built to take an absolute hammering from dawn to dusk.
There are also some clever extra contact points that give it more edge bite than you’d expect from a flat board.
Rome Gang Plank Mini Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
The classic Gang Plank has been scaled down for the groms, offering them something a bit more sophisticated than standard kiddie fare.
If your sprog is already fairly confident on the mountain, then the Rome Gang Plank Mini will help them keep the progression going - be it on the piste, in the park or in the pow.
Rome Marshal Snowboard 2017-2018
Thanks to the ‘QuickRip’ sidecut, the Marshal performs excellently on firmer terrain despite being flat-based.
It also has a pop advantage thanks to a carbon rod down the middle, leaving you to make the most out of the zero-camber’s all-round advantages.
It’s also stiff enough to charge on, if that’s your thing.
Rome Mechanic Snowboard 2017-2018
Flat-based boards are great for beginners, as they’re less catchy than camber but easier to control than rocker. That’s why the entry-level Rome Mechanic has this profile.
It’s admirably un-flashy, so you get a solid, predictable foundation on which to build - whether you choose to cruise the mountain, or give freestyle a try.
Rome Mini Shred Kids' Snowboard 2017-2018
The Rome Mini Shred features an interesting take on board profile, and one that’s bound to help any grom grasp the basics in no time.
It’s also available in sizes as short as 90cm, so even the youngest prospective shredder can get started on this one - and there’s a matching boot and binding too.
Rome Mod Snowboard 2017-2018
Stale Sandbech prefers a stiff beast of a board, and the Rome Mod fits the bill.
Using this to its full potential takes some work, but if you’ve got the ability then the Mod delivers some unbelievable results.
With carbon in the base and ‘Zylon’ running from end to end, this thing is as fast and poppy as anything you’ll come across in 2017/18.
Rome Mountain Division Snowboard 2017-2018
The super-light construction and sintered base of the Rome Mountain Division make it ideal for all-mountain charging.
Whether on the piste or off it, the setback camber profile gives you power in the turns, so you’ll be tempted to push the boat out on this one.
Oh, and it looks the business too.
Rome National Snowboard 2017-2018
Another new one from Rome for 2017/18, the National is fully cambered for to deliver uncompromising pop and edge hold.
Much like the Marshal, it’s one for taking to the whole mountain. Small rocker sections at the nose and tail make the pow easier to manage, but the overall shape and flex are just as suited to the park.
Rome White Room Splitboard 2017-2018
The Rome White Room is stiffer at the nose and tail, allowing you to blast through crud and pop to the moon. It’s no plank, though, so if you find a nice cruising spot then you won’t feel like you’re on the wrong deck.
If you like keeping your options open out of bounds, this splitboard is an excellent choice.
Roxy Torah Bright Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The Aussie queen’s signature stick is always a favourite of the hard-charging, freestyle-focused females, and looks just as tidy in 2017/18.
The true twin shape is ripe for park and pipe, but thanks to the combo profile you can have a blast in the pow too.
Plus it’s the only Roxy snowboard to feature wavy Magne-Traction edges - perfect for pipe walls and groomers alike.
Salomon Assassin Snowboard 2017-2018
The Assassin is one of Salomon’s best loved boards, which is no surprise considering its all-rounder credentials (albeit with a slight lean towards freestyle)
Carbon at each end gives you extra pop, and the sintered base will carry for as fast as you dare, so those who don’t hold back will get a kick out of this.
Salomon Assassin Pro Snowboard 2017-2018
This, as you may have guessed, has all the versatility of the Assassin but with even better tech, including carbon-enhanced sidewalls and a higher-quality core.
The result is a lighter, more responsive snowboard with an undeniably premium feel. In other words, one of the best just got better.
Salomon First Call Snowboard 2017-2018
Part of the new ‘Hillside Series’, the Salomon First Call is all about freeriding.
Essentially the Sick Stick’s little brother, it shares the same ‘different shapes for different lengths’ approach.
If you’re quite picky about your powder whip but don’t want to splurge, the First Call is worth a look.
Salomon Gypsy Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The Gypsy remains one of the most popular female-specific park boards on the market, and that’s unlikely to be any different in 2017/18.
The board itself is, however; there’s a new shape, and improved edge tech.
It’s still a hardy true twin, though, and one that provides freestyle fans with all that they need.
Salomon Huck Knife Snowboard 2017-2018
Our testers loved the lightweight performance of the Huck Knife, and couldn’t believe how low the asking price is.
It’s not short of tech, but retains a predictable feel that is perfect for lapping the park and dialling in the tricks.
Those looking for a new freestyle board in 2017/18 need to be checking out the Huck Knife.
Salomon Premiere Splitboard 2017-2018
By removing the central column of the Salomon Premiere and stashing it in your bag, you can massively enhance the skinning experience - and an easier ascent means you can save more energy for the descent.
If your tours are getting longer and longer with each passing winter, perhaps it’s time to consider the Premiere.
Salomon Pulse Snowboard 2017-2018
Overhauled for 2017/18, Salomon’s long-serving beginner’s board now features a camber-esque profile as opposed to the flat base of previous years.
It’s soft enough that even the most apprehensive newcomer can learn to manipulate it without much difficulty, and the slightly directional shape means you’ll be cruising in no time.
Salomon Rumble Fish Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
If you like the look of the Gypsy but want something a bit more agressive, the Salomon Rumble Fish is the answer.
Carbon additives improve the end-to-end pop as well as the edge-to-edge response, so you can really push yourself on this one and it won’t let you down.
Despite its true twin shape, our testers were quick to praise its all-mountain performance.
Salomon Sick Stick Snowboard 2017-2018
The name’s been around for a while, but the newest incarnation of the Salomon Sick Stick isn’t like any you’ve seen before.
Wolle Nyvelt has fully overhauled it as part of his new ‘Hillside Project’, and we’re happy to report that what was already an excellent board is now even better.
Pow-surfers of all shapes and sizes will find a Sick Stick that works for them, so be sure to take a look.
Salomon Sleep Walker Snowboard 2017-2018
A new one for 2017/18, the Salomon Sleep Walker is essentially a softer, more affordable take on the Villain.
It shares the same shape and profile, but underneath lies a simpler construction that’s good for the wallet and even better for the progressing rider that needs something reliable.
It’d also work nicely as a fun resort board for the more experienced rider.
Salomon Ultimate Ride Snowboard 2017-2018
Bode Merrill’s weapon of choice returns for its second season, and it’s lost none of what made it have such an impact last winter.
You can take this everywhere thanks to its all-mountain build, but ideally it’ll be somewhere gnarly.
Superpipes, monster park jumps and steep pow faces are this board’s happy places; beginners need not apply.
Salomon Villain Snowboard 2017-2018
The Villain has been refined again, once again under the watchful eye of Louif Paradis.
Street-dwellers couldn’t ask for a better setup, but even if you stick the resorts you can’t help but appreciate its tough-yet-lively construction and blunted-twin shape.
The mellow flex makes it accessible for all kinds of rider, and appropriate to all styles of riding. A cast-iron classic, now better than ever.
SIMS Tom Sims Pro Snowboard 2017-2018
Hand-made in the US of A, this posthumous pro model for one of the all-time greats is built for just the kind of hard-charging, low-carving mountain assaults that made Tom Sims’ name.
The shape, sidecut and construction are ideal for slicing up a fresh groomer, but it’s just as good in the powder - and you don’t even have to poach a chairlift.
Vimana Clone Snowboard 2017-2018
The Vimana Clone is a serious snowboard that is best suited to accomplished riders. Carbon and Kevlar both sit within the core, and the sidecut can grip a piste like crazy.
With each size a tribute to a legendary Scanadanavian rider, it doubles as a nice doff of the cap too.
Vimana Continental Twin Snowboard 2017-2018
Available in both rockered and cambered versions, the Vimana Continental Twin is an honest-to-goodness park destroyer that our testers thoroughly enjoyed riding.
It’s well-built and refreshingly free of gimmicks, doesn’t cost the earth, and we’re big fans of the monochrome design too.
The Vimana Continental Twin is definitely one of our favourites for 2017/18.
WEST La Hache Snowboard 2017-2018
Meaty by name, meaty by nature; this all-mountain snowboard from West is fairly stiff, cas end-to-end carbon stringers, and an upgraded base that can really charge.
La Hache doesn’t exclude less confident riders, though, and would make a great one-board solution for anyone getting to ride for a whole winter.
YES 20/20 Snowboard 2017-2018
The bar for true twin powder performance was raised when the 20/20 first appeared.
By completely rethinking base design, the guys at YES have created an a bona fide hovercraft that lets you turn the backcountry into the best park ever.
It doesn’t come cheap, but the unique ride of the 20/20 is worth every penny.
YES 420 PowderHull Snowboard 2017-2018
For this one, YES took the breakthrough tech of the 20/20 and applied it to their famous short ‘n’ stubby freeride shape.
The result is greater than the sum of its parts; in the deep stuff, nothing floats quite like the YES 420 Powderhull.
YES Basic Snowboard 2017-2018
Don’t let the name fool you; this board has won high acclaim from riders who’d normally go for something far techier - not to mention pricier.
‘Underbite’ edges make turns on the Basic an absolute joy, and it’s great for freestyle too. No matter what your quiver is looking like, there’s always room for a YES Basic in anyone’s board bag.
YES Emoticon Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
The Emoticon takes the much-loved Basic and gives it a female-friendly twist.
Shorter, lighter riders will appreciate its narrower waist and softer flex, both of which allow the ‘Underbite’ edge design to really take hold.
The price and characteristics may suggest that the Emoticon is entry-level - and beginniers will indeed love it - but in reality it has a lot to offer more seasoned shredders too.
YES FunINC Kid's Snowboard 2017-2018
Here’s all the goodness of YES’ know-how, boiled down into a kid-friendly stick.
The mellow rocker profile is an aid to learning, and also makes it easier to stay afloat in deeper snow.
It also looks more like a ‘grown-up’ board, which some groms definitely prefer over more cartoonish designs.
YES Greats Snowboard 2017-2018
Pigs will fly again in 2017/18; the YES Greats continues to channel the ‘greatness’ of the former UNINC boys who made good over at YES.
If you already slay the park, you’ll like the stiff flex and asymmetric sidecut of the Greats. It also features carbon and triax fibreglass for lightning-fast response.
YES Hel Yes Women's Snowboard 2017-2018
Whether it’s hard-pack and powder, Helen Schettini’s pro model is equipped to push your riding in every sense.
‘Underbite’ edges make light work of piste carves, while the directional shape and fairly stiff personality ensure you can blast down pillow lines or sail off cliff drops.
It’s easy to see why this remains a top choice for hard-charging snowboarders.
YES Pick Your Line Snowboard 2017-2018
The YES PYL is a tapered freeride powerhouse, built to charge.
The camber gives you plenty of oomph in the turns, while rocker sections at each end help to smoothen out the ride.
If it’s DCP-esque backcountry blasting that you have in mind, here’s just the board on which to do it.
YES Standard Snowboard 2017-2018
Despite its true twin shape, you’re more likely to find a YES Standard in the pow than in the park.
Its M.O. is taming natural features out of bounds, with a stiff enough flex to really ping.
It’s narrower between the feet for quicker edge changes, so if it hasn’t dumped for a while you’ll still enjoy razzing this around the pistes.