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Best Snowboards 2018-2019

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

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.

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!

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

Bataleon | Burton | Gnu | Head | Jones | K2 | KORUA Shapes | Lib Tech | Lobster | Nidecker | Ride | Rome |Salomon | YES

The Best Snowboards For Winter 2018-19


Bataleon Fun.Kink Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £379/€429

Fun by name, fun by nature; the Bataleon Fun.Kink combines Triple Base Technology with a mellow-flexing camber profile to deliver a laid-back ride that can be enjoyed all over the mountain.

Smooth and surfy, it’ll carry you from the powder to the park with a smile on your face.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Bataleon Fun.Kink here

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Bataleon Global Warmer Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £429/€549

It won’t save the planet, but the Burton Global Warmer might help you raise the level of your park game.

The Global Warmer offers up a winning blend of power and playfulness, as a result of being fairly soft from end to end but responsive from edge to edge.

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

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Bataleon Party Wave Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £349/€399

Crazy wide, crazy floaty; the new Bataleon Party Wave is one of the best freeride boards to make its debut this winter.

Culoir-threading hellmen won’t appreciate its soft flex, but in terms of pure float this thing is hard to beat. The perfect vehicle for Tripe Base Tech, at an amazing price.

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

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Bataleon Storm Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £459/€529

Here’s another new freeride-friendly board, this time aimed at specifically at female riders.

The Bataleon Storm is versatile enough to take out even when it hasn’t dumped for weeks. If you get lucky, however, its tapered shape and sintered base help you sail across the deep stuff in the direction of the nearest natural feature.

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

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Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £499/€579

From the brain of Danny Davis (one of two pro models he’s got with the big B), the Burton Deep Thinker returns with a retro refit.

As you may have guessed, it’s just the thing for backcountry freestyle. Fairly stiff with a prominent setback camber profile, bolder riders will appreciate this one the most.

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

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Burton Role Model Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £295/€339

Kids like to ride powder too, hence why boards like the Burton Role Model have come along to give them the right tools for the job.

This has a lot in common with the adult models in the Family Tree range, but with plenty of grom-specific flourishes. Get your kid on this, and you’ll be struggling to keep up.

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

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Burton Talent Scout Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £439/€499

This here is Anna Gasser’s weapon of choice – the perfect platform for pushing your limits in the park.

The Burton Talent Scout is a lightweight true twin with a classic camber profile, with new female-specific fibreglass for more intuitive response. If you’re serious about freestyle, look no further.

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

Here’s another park weapon, albeit one that’s earned high praise for its all-mountain capabilities too.

Favoured by Jamie Anderson, the Gnu Ladies Choice is nevertheless ideal for the intermediate rider who likes to ride a bit of everything. The asymmetric outline and combo profile make this more than just a park destroyer.

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

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Gnu Money Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £309/€349

Despite that seriously low price tag, the Gnu Money features plenty of clever tech courtesy of the folk at Mervin Manufacturing.

It’s an all-mountain board that’s built to last, and is accessible enough to serve as someone’s first board. At the same time it’d go down equally well as an affordable addition to any quiver for mellow resort days.

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

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GNU Space Case Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £509/€579

Meanwhile the GNU Space Case showcases all of the brand’s top tech, wrapped up in a park destroyer with Forest Bailey’s fingerprints all over it.

It’s asymmetrical, with a mixture of camber and rocker in the profile, making it pretty versatile for a freestyle board. It’s also able to withstand a maelstrom of abuse.

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

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Head Stella Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £239/€299

This supposedly ‘entry-level’ women’s snowboard from Head easily won over our experienced testers.

The Head Stella comes at a price that’s almost too good to be true. The flat profile is a great platform for learning, and the freestyle-friendly elements could be your gateway to park riding.

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

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Jones Dream Catcher Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £395/€449

Despite its medium flex, the Jones Dream Catcher impressed our test team with its ability to hold a strong carve on hard pack.

But that’s nothing compared to what they said about its powder performance. You could well be looking at the finest all-mountain women’s snowboard of the year.

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

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Jones Hovercraft Splitboard 2018-2019

PRICE: €849

Recipe for a successful splitboard: take a widely-loved freeride board, then create a two-part version. The Jones Hovercraft Splitboard takes the famous powder performance of the original, and re-tools it for adventures even further out of bounds.

It’s got a few clever split-specific features too, including wavy edges on the inside of each half for extra grip while in touring mode.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Jones Hovercraft Split here

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Jones Mind Expander Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £479/€549

The ocean meets the mountain; the Jones Mind Expander takes the mantra that ‘snow is just frozen water’, and runs with it.

With a rocker profile designed by a legendary surf shaper, this is all about making smooth, flowing turns both on and off the piste. The Mind Expander is easily one of our test team’s favourites for 2018/19.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Jones Mind Expander here

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K2 Cool Bean Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £369/€399

Have you tried the Bean yet? If not, this is the year in which to fix that.

Only a handful of short, wide boards have had anything close to the impact of the K2 Cool Bean, and when there’s powder around it’s all some riders what to have under their feet.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 K2 Cool Bean here

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K2 Vandal Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £179/€199

The K2 Vandal doesn’t attempt to reinvent the wheel – it just delivers proven tech in a lightweight, affordable package.

Kids will appreciate its all-mountain characteristics, and parents its longevity. Older riders who remember snowboards with cap construction may find that it inspires a flutter of nostalgia too.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 K2 Vandal here

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KORUA Shapes Otto Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: €399

Perhaps it was inevitable, but the carving fiends at KORUA Shapes (including former slopestyle whizz Stephan Maurer) have released a twin-shaped board.

While not 100% freestyle-focused, you could happily ride the KORUA Otto in the park all day without getting any curious looks – although you’d likely get a boatload of admiring ones.  

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

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KORUA Shapes Pencil Splitboard 2018-2019

PRICE: €699

KORUA Shapes remain, at its heart, a freeride-focused brand, so it’s no surprise to see splitboards among its ranks.

The KORUA Pencil splitboard takes a proven solid model and adapts it for the far-flung backcountry. Its long, pointy shape stays on top of everything, and its performance in touring mode ranks among the best we’ve ever tested.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 KORUA Shapes Pencil Split here

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Lib Tech Box Scratcher Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £429/€479

NO other board on this list screams ‘FUN’ quite like the Box Scratcher, with its loosey-goosey rocker profile and true twin shape.

For days spend landing tricks you don’t even know what to call, look no further.

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

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Lib Tech Orca Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £529/€599

Lib Tech’s Travis Rice collection continues to expand, this year welcoming the Lib Tech Orca to the line-up.

This is Trice’s first scaled-down option, and quite different to the rest, but it’s still built for the powder. If you prefer tree runs to no-fall zones then this could be the one of his to get.

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

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Lobster Stomper Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€459

The Lobster Stomper is a close relative of Halldor Helgason’s pro model, and is similarly freestyle-focused.

With carbon enhancements for extra pop power, the Stomper seeks out airtime wherever it can find it. Thanks to the Triple Base Tech, you’ll get plenty out of this in the powder as well as in the park.

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

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Nidecker Mellow Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€449

Taking a surfer’s approach to the mountain is easier than ever these days, with boards like the Nidecker Mellow.

Despite the name you can afford to push this one, thanks in part to the lightning-fast base and dampening topsheet, but when you just want to cruise it’s as smooth as they come.

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

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Nidecker Rave Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £449/€499

Using most of Nidecker’s most high-end tech in its construction, the Nidecker Rave is the brand’s most premium all-mountain snowboard.
Like most Nideckers it’s a terrific carver, with tons of response and a rapid base. Get the elbows down, engage the camber, and prepare to Slice ‘n’ Dice.

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

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Nidecker Tracer Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€449

The most eye-catching snowboard of 2018/19? There was a veritable stampede of testers vying for a shot on the asymmetric Nidecker Tracer, and none was anything less than thrilled once they got it on snow.

One even said it was the best carving board he’d ever tried. Not bad for a debutant.

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

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Ride Hellcat Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £409/€499

This female-specific all-rounder is an absolute beast; it’s stiff, powerful, packed with tech, and perfect for the bold rider that’s looking to push their riding to new heights.

The Ride Hellcat is equipped for everything from heavy lines in the backcountry to first-chair-last-call park sessions. Be warned, though – it’s not for newbies.

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

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Ride Twin Pig Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€449

The War Pig can handle itself in the park, but now the Ride Twin Pig is here to woo the freestyle purists away from the original.

Several of its features are aimed at improving its durability, so expect to still be lapping on this one when the rocks start to poke through on the landings.

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

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Rome Gang Plank Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £429/€449

A modern classic; the Rome Gang Plank has a flat base, but with some clever tweaks to the sidecut and core that make it pop and hold an edge like a camber.

It’s built to withstand bucketloads of abuse, whether it’s on the rail line or in the sidecountry. It’s a true do-it-all deck.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Rome Gang Plank here

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Rome Kashmir Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £349/€399

Some of that same proven flat-board tech has helped make the new Rome Kashmir an instant favourite.

Don’t let the pointy ends fool you; this is a genuine all-mountain board that’s probably happiest in the park, but is impressive elsewhere too.  

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

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Rome Ravine Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £449/€529

With its distinctive shape, the Rome Ravine had our attention from the start. Fortunately the ride lived up to expectations – our testers rated this one’s freeride chops, but also made mention of its performance on groomers.  

With a powerful tail and bevelled nose, this is crying out for confident backcountry fiends.

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

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Salomon Assassin Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £449/€549

Think you know the Salomon Assassin? Think again. This has undergone a bit of a revamp for 2018/19, and is perhaps better than ever for all-rounders.

The new flex profile and sidecut make this seriously good on piste, but it’s still more than happy to turn its hand to a park session.

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

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Salomon Huck Knife Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £389/€449

If it’s a freestyle specific weapon you’re after, however, then the Salomon Huck Knife would be the way to go.

This ever-popular true twin remains largely the same for this winter, which is great news for everyone looking to deepen their trick bag.

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

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Salomon Pillow Talk Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€449

A female-specific addition to Wolle Nyvelt’s Hillside Project series, the Salomon Pillow Talk is unusual in that the shorter version is also the wider of the two.

Which one you want depends on your own riding style. Whichever you go for, you can expect terrific powder performance – and it’s not too shabby on the piste either.

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

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Salomon Sick Stick Splitboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £699/€799

The solid Sick Stick got the Wolle treatmeant at the same time as the Pillow Talk did, and the new version was an instant hit.

Now there’s also this, the Salomon Sick Stick splitboard. If you’ve been looking for another backcountry vehicle, this comes with skins and pucks included for added convenience.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Salomon Sick Stick Split here

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YES Basic Decade Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £575/€649

To celebrate hitting double figures, the YES crew have taken their beloved Basic daily driver, and supercharged it.

With major upgrades to the base, core and topsheet – and no change to the excellent ‘Underbite’ sidecut – the YES Basic Decade is a fitting way to kick off another decade of innovation.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 YES Basic Decade here

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YES Optimistic Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £525/€599

The YES Optimistic is a piste-slayer designed to be ridden a little shorter than normal. While you can get your elbow down from first run to last, it’s also a bit more maneuverable than your average carver.

It’s got a nice stiff flex for powerful charging, so there’s no need to hold back with this one.

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

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YES PowINC Kids’ Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: €299

Now that the YES founders are all dads, it’s no surprise to see a grom-focused take on the famous YES 420.

If your young charge is more interested in the powder than the park, then this melow-flexing directional shape could be just the thing for them to get to grips with the sidecountry.

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

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