Head The Day 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

Want a pow board that does a great job without costing the earth? This is your answer. The Head The Day is back for a third winter, and there’s still not much out there like it. As an entry-level backcountry board, it’s near flawless.

Maximum powder float is achieved by that massive rockered nose, and by the fact that the rest of the board is tapered. It’s still fairly chunky at the waist, so those who find wider boards sluggish may not be a fan of this – but everyone else, especially those with bigger feet, will enjoy the shape.

“It’s fairly easy to manipulate with your feet – even taking that width into consideration”

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Bamboo through the middle adds a bit of pop from nose to tail, but it’s fairly easy to manipulate with your feet – even taking that width into consideration. Even so, it’s relatively soft for a pow board, so you wouldn’t want to use this in no-fall zone territory.

Conversely, the Head The Day is ideal for mellow faces (with some pow butters thrown in). On piste the setback camber profile can hold a strong edge, and the base material is so much better than the price would suggest.

As always, you have the option to chop The Day down the middle along that central bamboo channel, at which point you’re well on your way to having a splitboard.

Tester’s Verdict


“I fully rated the Day last year, despite not getting to take it over anything other than pristine piste. The chance to try it again in its natural habitat – fresh, fluffy powder and lots of it – was too good to pass up.

The results were… mixed. We started out on steep faces, which had benefited from an overnight top-up but hadn’t quite been given a full reset. The resulting variable terrain was, at times, a bit of a struggle for the Day. It just wasn’t cut out for absorbing the really choppy stuff, and at times felt really hard to control.

“The base is still as ridiculously quick as ever”

Later on, however, I got it on a wide, even, pow-stastic and not particularly steep face. The bouncy feel of the mellow flex really suits that kind of terrain – as does the shape, obviously. Plus the base is still as ridiculously quick as ever. On groomed runs, it’s an absolute screamer.

Not one for gnar, then, but if you’re more into mellow faces (as well as some premiere piste-bashing) then you won’t find a better board than this. The price is a massive bonus too.”

Tester’s Verdict


“The Day is a testament to a company aiming for performance over everything else. In a single word; brilliant. This board gave me some powder experiences bordering on enlightenment.

There is no arguing with Head; every one of its boards I have ridden in the past few years has shredded my preconceptions of a company associated with tennis rackets and skis for lycra enthusiasts. A pioneer in the ski world (with nearly 70 years in operation) it’s no wonder Head has become an innovator in snowboard technology, with market-leading products at amazing prices.

“I feel they’ve got the flex spot on for the backcountry”

Spurred on by a long and wide nose, the Day demands to float across powder effortlessly. This may be personal preference but I feel they’ve got the flex spot on for the backcountry; not too soft and not too stiff. There’s something special going on with the the poplar core and central bamboo stringer; it has great stability even for a long directional board, and is surprisingly light.

Overall I was super impressed by the Day. Superb in the backcountry and off piste, with great stability and edge on the groomers. This is the benchmark for which I will compare all other backcountry boards.”

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