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Best Wide Snowboards 2018-2019

Chosen by the Whitelines Test Team

If you’re looking at board reviews and wondering what that ‘W’ means on the size charts, it indicates a wider waist. As you might have guessed, they’re for those with bigger feet. Ride a board too narrow and you’ll find yourself catching your toes and heels in the snow – whether you like park, powder or piste, you’re at a massive disadvantage right from the off. Fortunately most boards are available with a bit more girth these days, so even the Sasquatch-esque riders out there can get an easier ride.

“Ride a board too narrow and you’ll find yourself catching your toes and heels in the snow”

Before you crack on, it’s important to ask yourself if you definitely need a wide snowboard. With advancements in boot tech, footprints are shrinking all the time, so if your shoe size is on the borderline (around UK9 or UK10) then it might be worth checking out what you can get away with. It’s great to have the option to go wide, but if you don’t need to then it’ll just mean excess weight and slower edge changes.

As usual, we’ve left out the ones that have been made deliberately wide to compensate for their short length. Those are definitely worth a look as well though, and you can find most of them in our Best Snowboard Shapes list.

For now, here are the big-foot-friendly boards that we rate for this year.

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

Bataleon Stallion | Burton Deep Thinker | Endeavor Archetype | GNU Money | Jones Flagship | K2 Manifest | Lib Tech Skate Banana | Lobster Stomper | Rome Gang Plank | Salomon Assassin | YES Standard

The Best Wide Snowboards For Winter 2018-19

Bataleon Stallion Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 161W (265mm), 164W (268mm), 167W (275mm)
PRICE: £549/€629

Bataleon’s ‘wide-only’ deck returns for another year, and it’s actually better than ever.

Enjoy the envy on the faces of your normal-footed friends as you sail past on this beauty, which still has the best name in snowboarding.

Check out our full review of the 2018-2019 Bataleon Stallion here


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Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 160W (263mm), 163W (265mm)
PRICE: £499/€579

Despite boarding a pow-friendly taper, the Deep Thinker’s wide sizes are still hefty enough to accommodate most big-footed riders.

It’s mainly for doing tricks in the backcountry, but is conventional enough to take anywhere really. A great all-round choice, albeit one with a preference for powder.

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


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Endeavor Archetype Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 160W (276mm)
PRICE: £549

Rather than just slightly widening the Archetype for the 160W version, Endeavor has gone off the deep end.

It’s a full 1.6cm wider than the 158 version, which is excellent news for pow fans that don’t want to feel the drag.

Check out our full review of the 2018-2019 Endeavor Archetype here


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GNU Money Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 150W (260mm), 154W (262mm)
PRICE: £309/€349

It can be hard to find wide boards that are also not too long, so it’s good to see the GNU Money catering for the rider who needs that combo.

For what you get, it’s also insanely cheap too – possibly the best value board of the year.

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


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Jones Flagship Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 159W (263mm), 162W (263mm), 165W (266mm), 169W (270mm)
PRICE: £525/€599

Not only does this one come in a fantastic range of wide sizes, it’s also one of the few that reaches up there towards the 170cm mark.

Taller, larger riders will love the stability of this – when you’re that much further from the ground, it’s good to know that you’re on a solid platform.

Check out our full review of the 2018-2019 Jones Flagship here


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K2 Manifest Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 157W (260mm), 160W (262mm), 164W (264mm)
PRICE: £469/€529

This new all-terrain option from K2 has the power and response needed for stepping things up, but is just as happy to cruise around.

The ever-so-slightly setback camber, combined with carbon X’s underfoot, make this a lively ride both on and off the piste.

Check out our full review of the K2 Manifest 2018-2019  here


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Lib Tech Skate Banana Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 153W (261mm), 156W (265mm), 159W (265mm), 162W (265mm), 165W (268mm)
PRICE: £439/€499

Lib says that the Banana is for everyone, and they’ve backed that up by offering it in a multitude of sizes, including plenty of wides (and even a few ‘narrows’).

Even the big dudes can unlock a world of spontaneous funboarding, thanks to this.

Check out our full review of the Lib Tech Skate Banana 2018-2019  here


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Lobster Stomper Snowboard 2018-2019

PRICE: £399/€459

Based on Halldor Helgason’s pro model, the Stomper has formidable freestyle chops. However, a few well-placed tweaks later and it’s its own animal, one that can tear up the whole mountain with ease.

For a more pure park experience you could opt for the Halldor Pro, which is available in exactly the same sizes.

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


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Rome Gang Plank Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 15W (264mm), 160W (266mm)
PRICE: £429/€449

In a similar vein, this wouldn’t look out of place sailing over a kicker or sliding down a handrail, but there’s more to the Gang Plank than that.

Thanks to a unique take on flat-based design, Rome has made a bona fide all-mountain destroyer dressed as a park board.

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


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Salomon Assassin Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 156W (264mm), 159W (266mm)
PRICE: £449/€549

While both W offerings for this year’s Assassin are slightly shorter than last year’s, they’re actually a bit wider.

It’s all part of this board’s recent redesign, which has made it better than ever. If you’ve never tried one before, this is definitely the year for it.

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

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YES Standard Snowboard 2018-2019

LENGTHS/WIDTHS: 149 (245mm), 151 (248mm), 153 (253mm), 156 (258mm), 159 (261mm), 162 (268mm)
PRICE: £435/€499

While not listed as a ‘wide’ board, the design of the YES Standard makes it a little chunkier than most.

It’s not quite in oddball-shape territory though, so we’re happy to call this one of the best wide boards out there. The ‘Mid-Bite’ design makes for speedy edge changes, something often missing from heftier models.

Check out our full review of the 2018-2019 Yes Standard here


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