What is the best snowboard? Trust us, you’re not alone in wondering – in fact we get asked this question every day – but in truth, the answer depends on the person looking. Are you a park rat? A powder hound? A piste cruiser? Or maybe you’re a rider who likes to do it all, but can’t be bothered with the faff and expense of building up a quiver.
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Whatever your criteria, there is more choice on the market today than ever before – and while it’s hard to find a truly bad board these days, matching your own ability level and riding style with the right deck can really help with progression. It’s all about having confidence in your kit.
The Whitelines Test Team has amassed decades of experience on the mountain and includes retail staff, media, ex-pros and coaches amongst its number. We know a good snowboard when we see it. Together we’ve ridden more than 150 of this year’s new models, so you can rest assured that any snowboard reviews we pen are based on thorough, real-world testing. Of course, that goes for our binding and goggle write-ups too.
“Together we’ve ridden more than 150 of this year’s new models, so you can rest assured that any snowboard reviews we pen are based on thorough, real-world testing”
If you’re shopping for the first time or are still confused by some of the technical jargon then we’ve also put together some handy video explainers. Take a look at the list above for starters.
All that said, the collection below comprises 34 of our favourite snowboards of 2017/18. From surfy powder shapes to classic twin tips, there’s something here for everyone.
If any board catches your eye then you can click through for a more in-depth review, which includes the first hand report from its tester. Or if you want a stronger steer on your next purchase then take a look at the latest Whitelines 100 – our premium gear section featuring the best of the best, as well as annual category awards for park snowboards, freeride snowboards, entry-level snowboards and more.
Happy shopping – and remember: doing the research is half the fun!
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