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Best Snowboards for 2016-2017

 

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 2016-2017 down below.

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Best All-Mountain Snowboards | Powderheadz.com

 

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboards for Men


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:

Burton Custom Snowboard

Burton Custom Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)148 | 151 | 154 | 156 | 158 | 158W

160 | 162W | 163 | 165W | 169W

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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Rossignol One 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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Salomon Super8 Snowboard

Salomon Super8 All-Mountain Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)151 | 154 | 157 | 160| 163

 

ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendBack Seat Camber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Salomon Super8 is a Directional Twin Snowboard that’s able to float on powder while also carving on hardpack. It’s unique, directional shape is paired with a back seat camber profile, giving the board a fun, pre-loaded feel that’s driven easily by your back foot. This snowboard is the closest thing you’ll find to a surfboard on the mountain.

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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Snowboarding Freeride

 

 

Our Top Rated Freeride Snowboards for Men


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:

Burton 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 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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Jones Flagship Snowboard

Jones Flagship Freeride Snowboard


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

164 | 165 | 169W

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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K2 CarveAir Snowboard

K2 CarveAir Freeride Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)149 | 154
ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexStiff
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The K2 CarveAir Snowboard is an unconventional board. Shorter and wider than most typical freeride snowboards, it will still give you the stability you need in deep snow. It’s directional shape and wide waist can still holds an edge very well. Though this board isn’t as good in powder as the other snowboards on this list, you’ll be able to carve with more ease. It’s perfect for those who ride the edges of resort boundaries.

Powderheadz Rating

4 Stars

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Freestyle Snowboarding

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboards for Men


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:

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
TerrainFreestyle | All-Mountain
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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Arbor Westmark Snowboard

Arbor Westmark Camber Freestyle Snowboard


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

The 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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Bataleon Disaster Snowboard

Bataleon Disaster Freestyle Snowboard


Sizes available (cm)144 | 148 | 151 | 153

154W | 155

ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker
FlexSoft
TerrainFreestyle | All-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Bataleon Disaster Snowboard is a versatile board that handles well in the park but is designed for the street. The soft flex gives you a lot of pop and the wide waist increases stability for riding rails and jibs. This is a great freestyle snowboard for those looking for a soft board for grinding on jibs or taking a casual cruise down the mountain.

Powderheadz Rating

4 Stars

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This is our current List for the Best Snowboards of the 2016-17 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.


 

Best All-Mountain Snowboards | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Snowboards of the 2016-17 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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