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- Arbor Foundation Rocker Snowboard · 2023
- Arbor Ethos Rocker Snowboard · Women's · 2023
- Nitro Prime Raw Snowboard · 2023
- Rossignol District Black Snowboard · 2022
- CAPiTA Defenders of Awesome Snowboard · 2023
- Burton Ripcord Snowboard · 2023
- Jones Mind Expander Snowboard · 2022
- Academy Team Hybrid Camber Snowboard · 2022
- Salomon Pulse Snowboard · 2023
- Ride Benchwarmer Snowboard · 2022
Arbor Foundation Rocker Snowboard · 2023
The Arbor Foundation Snowboard is a medium flex board that is ideal for hitting whatever features you can find on the mountain and the grip tech underfoot ensures you have control when you need it. This classic, all-around, all-mountain board has a parabolic rocker that is ideal for a surfy ride, natural float, and buttery turns and spins! This board will cruise the groomers and ride the park with ease.
The Arbor Foundation Snowboard is a medium flex board that is ideal for hitting whatever features you can find on the mountain and the grip tech under foot ensures you have control when you need it. This classic, all-around, all-mountain board has a parabolic rocker that is ideal for a surfy ride, natural float, and buttery turns and spins!
A high-quality do-it-all board. System Rocker profile so it is shaped like a "banana" and the points of contact are between your feet. Easy to turn and playful. Great for cruising groomers and riding park. GripTech for added edge hold on those icy days.
Arbor Ethos Rocker Snowboard · Women's · 2023
This is a fully rockered deck that will be quite noodly and playful. This means that the edges curve away from the snow instead of towards it, so turn initiation is easier and catch free. If you like to get buttery and and surfy, this is the deck for you!
Nitro Prime Raw Snowboard · 2023
An all mountain forgiving ripper, with a flat to rocker profile, great for learning on or for those who want to jib and press. 5/10 flex. Directional twin, with their all mnt pop, provides tons of versatility on all types of terrain. This is one of the best budget budget boards ever made and can be ripped hard all over the resort or for the first timer learning how to make some smooth turns. Take to to the parks or streets to get steezy!
Will take you from "trying out" the blacks to crushing them. Not only will this board help you grow as a snowboarder, it won't get boring as you progress. Some learner boards will not perform as you outgrow it. Not this one!
Rossignol District Black Snowboard · 2022
Softer flex (3/10 on soft to stiff scale) which is easy to control and forgiving on sketchy landings. It makes it nice and flexy on the rails. True twin so it'll ride the same either direction! Will be nice for butters too with its flex. Strong extruded base. Rocker/camber/rocker profile gives it some extra pop and stability, plus a little bit of extra float in pow!
The Rossignol District Black is a soft-flexing, playful freestyle board that rocks on blues groomers and sending it in the park. It's an easy-going, fun-oriented board. With a camber/rocker hybrid profile, this board gives you the best of both worlds, and allows you to have some fun buttering on the nose and tail while having additional float in powder if needed!
The District Black offers an affordable price for an amazing deck that is built to handle the entire mountain! Rossi cores are made with 100% sustainably harvested wood. Twin freestyle flex adds pop and balance for enhanced board control. AmpTek Auto-Turn rocker profile to help you float!
CAPiTA Defenders of Awesome Snowboard · 2023
Summary: This is an iconic freestyle board that turns the whole mountain into a party! It's built for the intermediate-advanced rider who wants to get the most out of their riding and really progress as much as possible. This is one of the most popular boards on the market right now!
It's got a rocker-camber-rocker profile which is the ideal setup for versatility because the rocker offers a predictable ride, good float in deep snow, and easy turns. While the camber is going to give you stability, good edge hold and a ton of pop!
Capita added a bunch of new tech to this board this year to make it wayyy lighter than most boards on the market. These means it's nimble and turns wicked easy! Super fun to throw around in the park, in the trees, or just dodging little kids!
Why I personally love it: This board is so jam packed with new features and tech it honestly resembles the type of boards you'd see going for $600-$700. In other words, a crazy good value deal!!
Burton Ripcord Snowboard · 2023
Solid deck for progressing on, with its flat profile, you'll get a catch-free ride so you get tons of room for freedom of trying new things and keeping your confidence levels up! The softer flex gives you a ton of opportunities to get jibby in the park if you so desire but keeps the ride as a whole, mellow. Not much this deck won't be able to do all over the mountain.
Softest of the three, an amazing bang for buck and a similar vibe to what you have already been riding. Easy edge transitions, ready to tackle the whole mountain!
Jones Mind Expander Snowboard · 2022
Riding pow! But it handles everything well. It's got "surf rocker" to floats on the deepest days, but has a short sidecut so turn initiation is pristine and it wants to carve hard. Performs well in soft and hard conditions alike, with a super surfy feel.
All =-mountain freeriding with an emphasis on powder float and very nimble. Will get you to any freeride destination on the mountain other than maybe the steepest and harshest of runs. Also just a blast to play around on and ride.
Powder. This is a freeride board for when you know its dumping. Still flexible enough to feel comfortable in the trees but its going to give you a whole new perspective on powder.
Salomon Pulse Snowboard · 2023
The Salomon Pulse is designed for riders wanting to gain more confidence on the slopes. It has a flat our camber profile to give additional stability across the center of the board, with bite free edges to avoid catching edges. The camber under each foot will give added response and allow for easy turn initiation as you learn to carve up the mountain!
This option from Salomon is the perfect board for progressing riders. Featuring a softer flex, learning how to ride will be relaxed and easy on the Pulse. A flat-out camber profile will help build confidence in those newer riders without feeling too aggressive. One of my top choices for a beginner rider who wants to learn some new tricks!
The Pulse features Flat Out Camber and Bite Free edges for low consequence easy riding board for beginners and intermediates. Soft flexing, packing an Aspen Core with a versatile directional twin shape. This is an easy choice for any one who wants to explore all-terrain freestyle riding.
Ride Benchwarmer Snowboard · 2022
Any all-mountain or freestyle rider that is on the aggressive side will love what this board brings to the table. It is fast, has soooo much pop, and really snaps out of turns. A nice, and stiff twin for the riders that like to get after it in the park, or anywhere else on the resort. A mostly camber board with rocker in the tip, and tail. That combined with its stiffer flex gives this board all the control, pop, and stability any aggressive rider would love, but can still turn in tight spaces. Double impact plates, carbon stringers, and a stone ground sintered base, this board is loaded with tech that is normally in boards that are normally $650+. This is a really strong board that should hold up really well for heavier riders.
It has impact plates to make the board much stronger and more resistant to breaks. The traditional camber makes it great for all-mountain riding. This is an asymmetrical twin with a different heelside and toeside radius to help with carving and balance. This one is more geared towards the park and is built to be lightweight and extra strong.
Ride Heartbreaker Snowboard · Women's · 2022
Rocker dominant profile but with some camber so it's forgiving without sacrificing response or performance. Amazing dampening Slimewalls and a lightweight nimble core. Great board from park to peak!
Salomon Sight Snowboard · 2023
This board is great for all-mountain riding, handling everything from the corduroy groomers to powder in the trees! The Salomon Sight has rocker at the nose and tail for a soft transition into powder, camber in the center for amazing edge control and heavy carves! Flex rating 4/10 so definitely on the softer end, even with that little bit of camber profile!
The Sight features a directional twin shape to allow riders to progress onto steeper terrain without losing control. The rocker and camber blend combine for a nice balance of stability and pop, making this a great board to learn freestyle on. It has a lot of pop and flotation when needed, and the sidecut makes turn initiation a breeze.
Decathlon SNB 100 Snowboard · 2023
This board is meant to hit the whole mountain! It's a super versatile deck that floats well in deep powder, has very soft torsional rigidity, and great edge grip. It will be a lively board, but it still gives you a touch of control.
Salomon Lotus Snowboard · Women's · 2023
Summary: The Salomon Lotus is a beginner/intermediate board that's great for pushing your boundaries and conquering new terrain! It's a very forgiving board and will make you quite confident in your progression! It's soft flexing and therefore playful so you'll never feel like you have to fight it and will have full control over your riding!
- The edge of this board is fully detuned straight from the factory, this means that you're less likely to randomly catch and edge and fall on this board than you would be on other boards!
- this board is a directional twin which means it's nearly identical from end to end. This makes it super versatile and great for riding in either direction if you want to explore riding with either leg forward! The nose is just ever so slightly bigger than the tail which helps it cruise through deeper snow on powder days!
Personal thoughts: this is one of those boards that is great if you're a beginner but it'll also totally stand up to more technical riding, making it great for intermediates as well!
Burton Hideaway Snowboard · Women's · 2023
Directional flat camber allows you to turn easily and float when the mountains fill up! with a tiny bit of taper from nose to tail this board turns easily without and grabby feel. Great option for riding blues and greens and progressing to every part of the mountain.
Beginners primarily, if you want to take it into the park it will do a fantastic job there. The soft flex profile linked up with the flat bottom and rocker at the tip and tail make this an awesome starter!
Yes. Basic Snowboard · 2023
Yes! This smooth ride will take you all over the mountain, comfortable for laps on fresh groomers and not afraid to venture out into the woods. Full tip to tail Poplar wood core proves to provide durability, consistent flex and lightweight. From the top to the bottom the Basic is built to take your riding to the next level. With a Cam-Rock profile that gives you the best of both worlds when considering edge control.
Ride MTNPIG Snowboard · 2022
This year's model was designed to be a little more forgiving and quicker on the hill. Designed for deep powder and aggressive riding. Split tail tech allows for a more dynamic turn shape in the deep stuff and more of a flexible turn feel. Tapered directional hybrid camber allows for stability on fast runs, yet catch free edge hold. Aggressive response for those deep powder days. Sintered base provides speed and Performance core provides lightweight durability. Also includes carbon-infused glass in the core for extra pop! This one will not disappoint! Advanced riders only!
Trees, Powder, Groomers, Uneven Terrain, Jumps, and Pipe. This is a highly versatile board able to handle it all.
Nitro Lectra Snowboard · Women's · 2023
Lightweight wood core give you the power and response in the pop you need without sacrificing strength and durability. Hybrid flat camber profile has nose and tail lift before the traditional contact points for catch-free and effortless turns. Float, press, and explore all over!
Decathlon SNB 100 Snowboard · Women's · 2023
This board can handle everything well, a directional twin to make riding switch a breeze while also giving you a little bit more nose for those deep days on the mountain. With a mid flex and standard camber this board is capable of handling everything from off piste, deep carves, and park jumps while staying playful and forgiving with its rocker nose and tail points. Great board for an intermediate to advanced rider, who wants a board that can handle any day on the mountain with ease!
Head Transit Snowboard · 2023
Reverse camber aka 'Rocker' makes for easy turn initiation and will help you to progress your ninja snowboarding training. A playful design that will have you exploring new features and terrain as you venture into some harder stuff.
A softer flexing rocker profile board that is great for the beginner rider looking to get into the sport! Easy board architecture makes for easy turn initiation and a poplar wood core makes this board responsive and durable!
K2 Cold Shoulder Snowboard · Women's · 2022
The Cold Shoulder is designed for women riders who are looking to explore the whole mountain, without sacrificing the playful and fun aspects of a more freestyle-oriented board. The longer nose gives it fantastic float in pow and some serious stability at higher speeds, while the mid-flex and central camber gives it tons of pop and carving ability!
Roxy Dawn Snowboard · Women's · 2023
A forgiving and playful twin shaped board designed for the progressing rider, the Roxy Dawn is perfect for any beginner or intermediate rider looking for an easy flexing board that they can learn new skills on! Flat profile between the feet with an easy rocker section at the nose and tail will allow this board to be super easy to control. Magnetraction built into the edges for a stable and secure ride that can hold its own on some icy or hard pack terrain.
Dreamscape by Decathlon Park & Ride 500 Snowboard · 2023
Medium flexing all-mountain freestyle board guided more towards intermediate-advanced riders! 6/10 flex for all-mountain versatility. Directional twin with a combination of rocker and camber for a stable ride. Sintered base on this board makes it built for speed!
A wide board great for on-piste and hitting up the park. You can also set the bindings back far for powder!
K2 Standard Snowboard · 2023
The K2 Standard Snowboard is a great choice for those just getting started in the sport, or for intermediate riders looking to improve their skills on a forgiving, playful deck. It's made with a Catch-Free Rocker Baseline that moves the contact points off the snow for an intuitive and easy-going ride. Combines a soft flex and snappy Aspen wood core. Biaxially woven fiberglass hugs the aspen core and gives the board edge hold needed to handle higher speeds as you progress and explore new terrain. Directional twin, so you can play while moving in either direction as you fine tune your skills. It also uses Rocker Profile, featuring K2s Catch Free tune-that is flat in between the bindings and rockered just outside them as well. This results in easy release and initiation of each toe side or heel side turn. Easier turn release from the turns will equal faster progression. The package is rounded out with an Extruded 2000 base which is forgiving, durable and always ready for more fun.
Dreamscape by Decathlon Endzone 500 Snowboard · Women's · 2023
A fun flexing, easy to turn, true twin. This board is great for beginners looking for a forgiving ride, that is catch-free, and playful due to its flat to rocker profile, and its softer flex. Also, due to those same traits, this will make any freestyle rider happy with how easily it butters, and turns at slower speeds. Very solid board for the price! Beginner-intermediate riders looking for fun, easy to turn, flexible board that won't break the bank.
Yes. Standard Snowboard · 2023
This is another directional twin! I can't speak highly enough about this profile. Symmetrical stance, sidecut, identical nose/tail lengths with SLIGHTLY less volume in the tail makes this a switch-riding dream, while giving you a bit of added confidence for when you encounter the pow stashes out est. I've got a few directional twins in the quiver and it is truly the most versatile profile out there for any and all terrain you may encounter.
Directional twin freestyle all mountain machine...One of Yes' best selling and iconic boards. Great for riding park to the pow. Cam-rock profile, great for carving groomers, doing tricks and side hits, butter and tail presses or slaying some pow. Underbite technology provides extra edge hold and precision on turns.
Arbor Element Camber Snowboard · 2023
The rider who is looking for a tried and true legacy all-mountain board with a twin shape for a freestyle feel. Mid flex to the board is balanced to provide enough stability to charge hard and enough flex to play around the park and lock in some presses. This camber profile reduces edge catching at the contact points, and has a precise crisp snap out of turns, great for carving, and quick initiation in tight spaces. Grip tech adds extra edge hold in icy conditions when you need it. A do it all workforce for the rider who wants maximum versatility for all sorts of conditions and terrain you find in resorts.
Nidecker Merc Snowboard · 2023
An amazing playful, all-mountain, progressing board ideal for the beginner to intermediate rider, still leaving room to grow into an advanced shredder. Standard Camrock profile with camber beneath your feet and rocker towards the tip and tail give response and power when needed, but also a bit more forgiving of a ride. Extruded base for fast riding and Pop Carbon to add that umph needed to ollie over your favorite SLOW sign or off a side hit. 10/10 bang for your buck with this deck.
This board has a nice waist width at 266mm, great for large boots and bindings without getting drag! It's a 6/10 flex rating, and has lots of tech built in to help absorb vibrations and landings. The core is made of a excellent blend of 4 different woods to give it a strong backbone, and extra responsiveness. The camber is going to give you that pop you've been looking for, press into the tail and feel it launch you!
Burton Stylus Snowboard · Women's · 2023
Summary: This is a sweet board for the casual snowboarder who just wants to explore the whole mountain! It's forgiving enough to make a great first snowboard but resilient enough that it'll work for those who have been riding awhile and are still exploring more technical terrain! It's got a twin shape for experimenting with riding either way and soft and forgiving flex so you can spend more time riding and less time falling! It's also burton's most affordable board!
- This board's profile (the shape of it when lying flat) is "rocker-flat-rocker" this is the most forgiving snowboard profile on the market and makes it very easy to experiment with new riding styles. It's what I've ridden for years even as an advanced rider because it's very confidence inspiring!
- The edges on this snowboard are lifted upwards ever so slightly which makes it very difficult to accidentally catch an edge and faceplant! Don't worry though, they aren't lifted enough to be able to feel the difference, all you'll notice is that you aren't randomly falling like you might on other boards!
This is one of Burton's best entry-level boards that is easy for learning on and forgiving...you won't be catching a bad edge! Soft flexing and very playful. Has a flat to rocker profile which is really nice for learning your first turns. It is a twin-shaped board so the nose and tail are the same width and shape. High quality construction...great first timer board!
K2 Vandal Snowboard · Boys' · 2022
Ideal for the young grom who wants to get better in the park and have a high-quality, freestyle-focused deck to take it to the next level. Soft 3/10 flex and rocker in the tip and tail make it ideal for jibbing and park playfulness. Enough capability for floating in deeper snow and cruising all-mountain, but it shines in freestyle.
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