Best Snowboards for 2017-2018

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Best Snowboards for 2017-2018

 

There are hundreds of snowboards out there and they come in many shapes and sizes. And it can be daunting to find the best snowboard for you. Here at powderheadz.com, we strive to tell you which are the best snowboards for each type of rider. Whether you’re for All-Mountain, Freestyle, Freeride, or a Powderhound, we’ve got you covered for what we think are the best snowboards available.

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Snowboards for 2017-2018 down below.

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All-Mountain Snowboards


Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboards


All-Mountain riders want it all. And these boards will give them the ability to handle it. All-Mountain boards tend to have a medium or stiff flex that give you more control and stability. They also come in either Directional Twin for those who want to point their boards down the mountain or True Twin for those who want the entire mountain to be their playground. These snowboards are designed to take all the punishment you can dish out. All-Mountain Boards are not to hot and not to cold, they’re just right.


Here are what we consider some of the Best All-Mountain Snowboards for Men:


1. Burton Custom Snowboard

Burton Custom All-Mountain Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)150 | 154 | 154W | 156 | 158 | 162
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendCamber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Burton Custom is never going give you up, never going to let you down. This classic board has been a perennial favorite for over 20 years. It’s classic camber profile will give you that great pop off jumps. And it’s directional twin shape will let you stay stable through all types of terrains, from off-piste to deep powder to the park.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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2. Rossignol Magtek Snowboard

Rossignol One Magtek All-Mountain Board


Sizes available (cm)153 | 156 | 157W | 159 | 161
ShapeTrue twin
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
FlexStiff
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Rossignol One Magtek Snowboard comes with Lite Frame Technology – a urethane strip around the snowboard’s circumference, from nose to tail. This gives the board shock absorption across its full length and also enhances maneuverability. You get a smooth ride while maintaining board control.

Powderheadz Rating

4 Stars

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3. Bataleon Fun.Kink Snowboard

Bataleon Fun.Kink All-Mountain Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)149 | 151 | 154 | 157 | 159W | 162W
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendCamber
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Bataleon Fun.Kink is a Directional Twin Snowboard that’s a plays loose like a surfboard and won’t catch edges. The board’s Twin 3BT shape has a wide center and base uplift which gives you some extra stability during takeoffs and landings. It also allows you to still float on powder days and can still hold an edge on a hard-pack day.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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Here are what we consider some of the Best All-Mountain Snowboards for Women:


1. K2 First Lite Snowboard

K2 First Lite Women's All-Mountain Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)138 | 142 | 146 | 150 | 154
ShapeTapered Directional
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

 

The K2 First Lite is made to help Snowboarders learn their skills quickly and effortlessly. The Catch-Free Rocker Baseline™ reduces the risk of catching an edge while you learn how to carve down the mountain. And the soft flex rating will give you a forgiving ride while still remaining fun and playful. It’s a great board that will hopefully build your confidence for years to come.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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2. Flow Venus Snowboard

Flow Venus All-Mountain Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)139 | 143 | 147 | 151 | 153
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendCamber – Rocker – Camber
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

 

The Flow Venus Snowboard has a hybrid-rocker profile built for the woman who wants to the ride the whole mountain. The soft-flexing directional board let’s you effortlessly turn in deep snow or stay in bounds for a full day of riding. And Flow’s KUSH-CONTROL technology helps create one of the smoothest and strongest boards out there.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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3. Burton Genie Snowboard

Burton Genie Women's All-Mountain Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)138 | 142 | 147 | 152
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

 

The Burton Genie Snowboard is a great beginner-intermediate board that will give you fun, mellow ride without overwhelming you. The Easy Bevel combines the butter soft flex with a convex base for a catch-free riding experience while the Rocker-Flat-Rocker Profile and True Twin Shape will provide you with stable platform that offers effortless maneuverability.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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Snowboarding Freeride


Our Top Rated Freeride Snowboards


Freeriding is snowboarding with a soul. Freeriders take various aspects of snowboarding into a style that adapts to natural challenges, off-piste terrain and strays away from man-made features like jumps, rails, and groomed runs. It’s freedom of flow on the mountain. A poetry in motion of sorts. And a good poem needs a good pen.  The Best Freeride Snowboards have a directional shape and flex – a wide, soft nose with a stiff, narrower tail which allows the rider to lean back to float easily on powder. They are often longer and stiffer to keep you stable and fast and perform well in variable terrain.


Here are what we consider some of the Best Freeride Snowboards for Men:


1. Flight Attendant Snowboard

Burton Flight Attendant Freeride Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)152 | 156 | 159 | 159W | 162 | 162W

 

ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendDirectional Camber
FlexStiff
TerrainFreeride | Powder
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard floats beautifully on powder but is able to carve hard into the groomers. You’ll be able to maintain high speed while remaining extremely stable. The snowboard has a slight tapered tail, forcing the board to dip down at slower speeds while riding through powder. The Flight Attendant is suitable for riding in the park, but this board deserves to be in the trees.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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2. Jones Flagship Snowboard

Jones Flagship Freeride Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)154 | 158 | 159W | 161 | 162W

164 | 165 | 169W | 172

ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
FlexStiff
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride | Powder
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Jones Flagship Snowboard is a point and shoot type of snowboard. It’s a heavy and stiff snowboard with a slightly set back camber with a longer rocker in the front. You can go amazingly fast and aggressive on this very stable board, blasting through powder or chop, yet carve with complete control. This is a perfect freeride snowboard if you like doing a little freestyle off natural terrain.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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3. K2 Simple Pleasures Snowboard

K2 Simple Pleasures Freeride Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)151 | 156

 

ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The K2 Simple Pleasures Snowboard comes with a 19mm setback stance, a mild notch swallow tail and a short-n-wide profile that will give you effortless powder turns. The offset, underfoot camber with a tail rocker creates a surf-like feel on top of groomers as well as those deep snow days in the backcountry. It’ll be smooth riding on this snowboard that wishes it was a surfboard.

Powderheadz Rating

4 Stars

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Here are what we consider some of the Best Freeride Snowboards for Women:


1. Capita Paradise Snowboard

Capita Paradise Womens Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)143 | 145 | 147 | 149
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

 

The Capita Paradise Snowboard is an all-mountain freeride angled snowboard that’s poppy, stable and supportive while still remaining forgiving and easy to ride. The True Twin outline of a freestyle board and the camber profile of a freeride board offers a confident ride to the more adventurous riders out there.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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2. Jones Twin Sister Snowboard

Jones Twin Sister Women's Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)139 | 143 | 146 | 152 | 155
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

 

The Jones Twin Sister Snowboard is the board built for those who still dream of taking turns in the park while they’re riding deep in the powder snow. It’s a versatile all-mountain board that’s designed for you to take it to the limit off the beaten path, translating your park skills into more natural terrain.

Powderheadz Rating

4 Stars

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3. Arbor Swoon Camber Snowboard

Arbor Swoon Women's Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)143 | 147 | 151 | 155
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendCamber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

 

The Arbor Swoon Camber Snowboard is built with stability and power and has some more pop and edgehold than it’s sister, the Arbor Swoon Rocker Snowboard. It’s a complete snowboard with a solid Single Malt Poplar core, thunderhead tip profile, and an Ash Power Ply topsheet.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5 Stars

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Freestyle Snowboarding


Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboards


It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time. It’s tricky. Freestyle snowboarding is riding hard in the park or finding booters in the backcountry. It’s constantly seeking the thrill of mixing grabs, 180s, 360s, and flips with grinding rails and boxes. Freestyle boards are soft, have more flex, and have a directional-twin or a true-twin shape so you can easily ride back and forth between goofy and regular, linking tricks along the way. Grab any of these boards if you plan on being hyper-aggressive riding park.


Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Snowboards for Men:


1. CAPiTA Ultrafear Snowboard

Capita Ultrafear Freestyle Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)147 | 149 | 151 | 153 | 153W |

155 | 155W | 157

ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The CAPiTA Ultrafear keeps it loose. It’s a versatile flat, freestyle snowboard with a little bit of rocker towards the nose and tail of the board. Though it’s not built for speed, it’s still pretty fast and you’ll be able to turn on a dime without catching an edge. Suitable for powder, the CAPiTA Ultrafear works best at the park with it’s skateboard-like feel.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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2. Arbor Westmark Snowboard

Arbor Westmark Camber Freestyle Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)150 | 153 | 156 | 157MW | 159
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendCamber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate | Advanced

The Arbor Westmark Camber Snowboard provides a stable ride on cold, crusty snow and hardpack. This speedy ride will let you take on the park, pop your take-offs, and stomp your landings. The Westmark provides the flex and response you want while jibbing, without sacrificing the stability you need for higher speeds and bigger gaps.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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3. Arbor Coda Rocker Snowboard

Arbor Coda Rocker Freestyle Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)162 | 168 | 174
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker
FlexStiff
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Arbor Coda Rocker Snowboard offers a surfy ride with natural float and cleaner tracking. It’s designed with a slightly directional mountain twin shape that lets you conquer any terrain the mountain gives you, whether it’s out in the backcountry or in the park. It’s all about versatility with a poplar core that gives the rider an enhanced edgehold and some extra pop.

Powderheadz Rating

4 Stars

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Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Snowboards for Women:


1. Burton Talent Scout Snowboard

Burton Talent Scount Women's Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)138 | 141 | 146 | 149 | 152
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendCamber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

 

The Burton Talent Scout Snowboard has Overbite Frostbite Edges that provide enormous edge control in icy conditions and an off-axis squeezebox core that gives the snowboard some great pop. It’s true twin, cambered profile will take your talents all over the mountain.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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2. K2 Lime Lite Snowboard

K2 Lime Lite Freestyle Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)138 | 142 | 146 | 149 | 153
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

 

The K2 Lime Lite Snowboard comes with the  Tweekend™ twin rocker profile that will give you the freedom and control to jib and spin in the park while the carbon stringers will keep you stable and smooth with a superior edge hold. It’s a great progression snowboard that’ll keep you fun and loose.

Powderheadz Rating

4 Stars

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3. Salomon Gypsy Snowboard

Salomon Gypsy Women's Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)138 | 143 | 147 | 151
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

 

The Salomon Gypsy Snowboard features the Quadralizer, Slingshot Sidewalls for more control, maneuverability, and better flex in the park. The Rock Out Camber combined with the Popster Booster Core will help you send it through the air while the Slingshot dampening will make your landings cushioned.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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This is our current List for the Best Snowboards of the 2017-18 Season.  However, there are tons more Snowboards out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboard and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboards List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which board is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To:  Buy the Best Snowboards


There are so many types of snowboards out there with a multitude attributes, it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of snowboard you should get. Camber or Rocker? Directional or True Twin? Flex, Shape, Profile? Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

If this is your first major purchase snowboard, it’s best to get familiar with some of the terminology out there.


Ability Level:

Determining your ability level will help nail down which type of snowboards you should look at. Many snowboards are actually described as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert or have a range such as Intermediate to Advanced. The right board can help make learning easier for beginners or have specific characteristics designed for an expert rider.

Beginner – If you’re struggling to stay on your feet or stop without falling you’re a true beginner. But if you’re able to link turns and aren’t too comfortable doing so, you’re at the high-end of beginner.

Intermediate – If you’re comfortable at linking turns but skidding a little bit you’re just entering the intermediate range. If you’re comfortable linking turns on Blue Runs and can somewhat navigate Black runs you’re at the high end of intermediate. You’re also at the high end of intermediate if you’re learning or able to ride switch, can take small jumps in the park, or your able to venture into the backcountry.

Advanced – You’re comfortable to ride black diamonds and some double black diamonds and you can link turns at high speeds or steep terrain. Or you’re comfortable landing most small/medium jumps, handling small/medium features (rails and boxes), able to get in and out of the pipe, or ride off-piste/backcountry with some confidence. At this point, you’ve also probably found your style of riding: all-mountain, freestyle, freeride, park, or powder.

Expert – You’re practically a professional and are sponsored. You’re riding fast down a double-black or challenging backcountry, or taking large/extra-large features at the Park.


Riding Style:

All-Mountain – All-Mountain Snowboards are designed in all snow conditions and terrain: groomers, powder, and park runs. If you’re unsure which board to purchase, these snowboards are the most versatile to suit your needs.

Freestyle – Freestyle Snowboards are often shorter and have a true twin shape so you can ride switch easily. These snowboards fit right in at terrain parks or the occasional street grind.

Freeride – Freeride Snowboards are often longer and have a directional shape with stiff flex. These snowboards are made for those who stay off groomed runs and in variable terrain (Off Piste or Backcountry).

Powder – Powder Snowboards are a variation of Freeride Snowboards. They are longer, have a directional shape, and a stiff flex. They also have a wider nose and a narrow tail and the rider’s stance is often in the rear of the board, to help with floating on powder.


Shape:

Directional Shape – Common shape for All-Mountain Snowboards and Freeride Snowboards. Directional Snowboards are designed to be ridden in one direction. They are often stiffer in the tail and softer towards the nose to help with stability while carving at high speeds. Bindings are mounted towards to the rear.

Directional Twin Shape – Common shape for All-Mountain Snowboards and Freestyle Snowboards. Combines both attributes of directional and true twin shapes. Can come with a symmetrical shape but directional flex or a directional shape with a symmetrical flex. Bindings are usually mounted in the center.

True Twin Shape – Common shape for Freestyle Snowboards. True Twin Snowboards are completely symmetrical with identical nose and tips as well as flex pattern. You’ll be able to ride in both directionons with ease. Bindings are mounted in the center.


Profile:

Camber – Traditional profile for snowboards. Has a smooth arch underfoot and even pressure when the ride stands on it. Offers maximum energy and pop.

camber profile

Rocker – Has a smooth downward curve with less edge contact when the rider stands on it. Float well on powder. Doesn’t catch as much as Camber snowboards when trying to land 360s.

rocker profile

Flat – Splits the difference in benefits of a Camber and Rocker snowboard. Can turn better than a Camber snowboard but better edging than a Rocker snowboard.

flat profile

Rocker – Camber – Rocker – Popular profile for Freeride snowboards. Gives a hard-carving edge hold on firm snow and greater turning ability in powder

rocker camber rocker profile

Rocker – Flat – Rocker – Combination of Rocker snowboards and Flat Snowboards. Gives a hard-carving edge hold and pop more than a Rocker Snowboard.

rocker flat rocker profile

Camber – Rocker – Camber – Gives a strong, pressured carving zone between the snowboarder’s feet and retains precision and pop from the nose to to tail.

camber rocker camber profile


Flex:

Flex is often measured from 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest. Freestyle snowboards and All-mountain snowboards usually have a softer flex. They are more forgiving and easier to turn. Soft flex boards are great for beginners. Freeride snowboards and Powder snowboards usually have a stiffer flex. They provide a better edge hold and are more stable at higher speeds.


 

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This is our current List for the Best Snowboards of the 2017-18 Season.  However, there are tons more Snowboards out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboard and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboards List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  

As always, happy riding!

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