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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.