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10 Best Wide Snowboards 2015-2016

Our favourite wide snowboards of the year, as chosen by the Whitelines Team

Fortunately for the large-footed, there’s now a fantastic choice of wide snowboards from which to choose.

As well as chubbier versions of regular boards, you can also pick up a bespoke wide stick such as the CAPiTA Super Macho, Elan El Grande and Slash Nahual. Edge changes are slower with a wide model – that’s just simple physics – but it’s well worth it to avoid catching your toes every time you try to get a decent carve in.

“As well as chubbier versions of regular boards, you can also pick up a bespoke wide stick”

We’re not counting short-and-fat models like the K2 Cool Bean in this category, as their width is compensated by a reduced length and are therefore designed for regular-sized folks too (they’re still amazing, though – check out our Shape Of The Year category to see some of our favourites).

Instead, here you will find the best boards for those who want a conventional weapon in every sense, minus the drag.

All boards are in alphabetical order, other than the category winner which can be found at the end of the list.

All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi

Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi

Testers Choice Snowboard Awards 2015-2016

  1. Best Park Snowboards
  2. Best Freeride Snowboards
  3. Best All-Mountain Snowboards
  4. Best Women’s Snowboards
  5. Best Entry Level Snowboards
  6. Best Snowboards Under £350
  7. Best Snowboard Shapes
  8. Best Wide Snowboards

Arbor A-Frame

Wide lengths/widths: 159W (266mm), 163W (268mm), 167W (270mm)

This one’s expensive, but once you’ve got one in your hands it’s easy to see where the money went.

Aimed squarely at the hard-charging freerider, the A-Frame will make light work of everything from freshly-groomed corduroy to crappy crud.

The shape is perfect for big, wide pow turns too.

Check out our full review of the 2015-2016 Arbor A-Frame here

CAPiTA Supermacho

Wide lengths/widths: 157 (262mm), 161 (264mm), 165 (266mm), 169 (268mm)

 This new offering from CAPiTA is a wide-specific board – positive discrimination done right!

The camber does the job on hard packed piste without being overly aggressive, and the extra rocker in the nose will improve your powder days.

It also scored points for being one of the lightest wide boards that we’ve come across.

 

Check out our full review of the 2015-2016 CAPiTA Supermacho here

Elan El Grande

Wide lengths/widths: 159 (275mm), 163 (277mm), 167 (280mm), 171 (284mm)

Bloody hell; even if you’re LeBron James, you’re not likely to drag a toe on this thing.

With a waist width that’s about 2cm over the average, you might expect it to be too sluggish edge to edge, but the tip and tail have been brought in to quicken the process and make for a more maneuverable ride.

Check out the full details of the 2015-2016 Elan El Grande here

Endeavor Guerilla

Wide lengths/widths: 154W (260mm), 156W (261mm), 158W (262mm), 160W (263mm)

Most wide boards – especially purpose-built ones – are aimed at riders that are not only bigger but burlier.

However, if you want a stable platform for your hooves that’s more at home in a butter than on a black run, Endeavor has you covered with the soft-flexing Guerilla.

Check out our the full details of the 2015-2016 Endeavor Guerilla here

Never Summer Funslinger

Wide lengths/widths: 154X (258mm), 157X 262mm), 160X (264mm)

Given that they do an ‘X’ (aka wide) version of all their boards, Never Summer definitely deserve a spot on this list – and the attention of large-footed riders everywhere.

We’ve singled out the new Funslinger, as its asymmetrical characteristics and relatively soft flex make it a terrific choice for park fans.

Check out our full review of the 2015-2016 Never Summer Funslinger here

Nitro Magnum

Wide lengths/widths: 159 (273mm), 161 (274mm), 165 (274mm), 168 (278mm), 171 (279mm)

Another properly ginormous one, the Magnum will max out your speedometer thanks to the sintered base and directional shape.

When a board’s smallest length is a 159, you know it needs to be pointed, and you won’t ever have worry about drag when you’re picking your way down steeps or laying out carves.

Check out the full details of the 2015-2016 Nitro Magnum here

Ride Highlife UL

Wide lengths/widths: 159W (263mm), 163W (266mm), 166W (269mm)

This is Ride’s most expensive board, but isn’t eye-watering by anyone’s standards.

Both mega light and mega stable, it offers the big-hoofed rider a carbon-assisted responsive ride on the piste, and also floats nicely in the pow thanks to a rocker section at the nose.

Check out the full details of the 2015-2016 Ride Highlife UL here

Slash Nahual

Wide lengths/widths: 154 (256mm), 157 (260mm), 161 (264mm)

 This new Slash stick is Manuel Diaz’s big-mountain weapon, and won us over primarily for its insane stability at speed.

Once you add in the fact that it’s actually a lot of fun for spining off side hits and buttering the piste, you’ve got a terrific do-anything board that’s one of our favourite debuting sticks of the season.

Oh, and it only comes in a wide size. Awesome.

Check out our full review of the 2015-2016 Slash Nahual here

Stepchild Sucks

Wide lengths/widths: 153W (261mm), 156W (263mm), 159W (265mm)

Stepchild rarely creep over the 160cm mark with their boards, so if you’re large of foot but not of stature (or average-sized but after a wider-waisted model) then they’re always worth a look.

This has a combo profile and a true twin shape, so is perfect for anyone who likes a fun all-rounder.

Check out our full review of the 2015-2016 Stepchild Sucks here

WINNER – Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Horsepower Edition

 Wide lengths/widths: 157W (26.3mm), 161.5W (265mm), 164.5W (267mm)

The bespoke wide boards on this list are great, but our top spot goes to a beefed-up version of a classic standard board.

The Travis Pro HP isn’t cheap, but won rave reviews for its all-terrain chops. Aggressive riders loved how it handled the upper limits of speed and movement, but it’s got a lot to offer the average Joe.

For something that you could take to the park one day and the backcountry trails the next, while never having to worry about toe drag or excess weight, this is worth every penny.

Check out our full review of the 2015-2016 Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro Horsepower Edition here

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