Updated on February 7, 2020

Are you ready to nail that trick you were so close to sending last season? This is the year, and a new freestyle board may be the upgrade you need. Freestyle boards are much different than all-mountain or alpine boards. The best freestyle snowboards don’t tear up the slopes, but instead, shred up the park. Rails, jumps, and boxes are where the board performs best. Freestyle snowboards are much lighter than traditional boards. You’ll be able to flick your board around easier, which is nice when doing spins in the park. Your board won’t carve as well or travel as fast as the other types of boards, but you’ll never get bored on a freestyle board.

Disclaimer: Snowboarders are known (and made fun of) for their use of slang. It may be your first time hearing boards being described with terms like flex, sidecut, and rocker. If you’re confused, I recommend checking out the Features Explain section below! This section is meant to help you choose the right snowboard for your abilities.

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Quick Answer - The Best Freestyle Snowboards

  1. Capita Ultrafear
  2. Burton Paramount
  3. Arbor Cadence
  4. Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX
  5. Salomon Gypsy
  6. Jones Mountain Twin
  7. Weston Snowboards Range
  8. Capita Birds of a Feather
  9. NICHE Crux
  10. Arbor Westmark

 

Comparison Table - Best Freestyle Snowboards

PictureNameCamber/RockerShapeFlexPriceRating
Capita UltrafearFlat / RockerTrue TwinMedium$$$4.2
Burton ParamountCamberTrue TwinMedium$$4.7
Arbor CadenceCamber / RockerTrue TwinMedium$$4.2
Lib Tech Skate Banana BTXRockerTrue TwinSoft$$$4.5
Salomon GypsyCamber / RockerTrue TwinMedium$$$4.6
Jones Mountain TwinCamber / RockerTrue TwinMedium$$$4.2
Weston Snowboards RangeCamber / RockerDirectional TwinMedium$$$3.9
Capita Birds of a FeatherCamberTrue TwinMedium$$4.4
NICHE CruxCamberDirectional TwinMedium$$$4.0
Arbor WestmarkCamberDirectional TwinMedium$$4.4
PictureNameCamber/RockerShapeFlexPriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Freestyle Boards for Snowboarding

Capita Ultrafear

Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 149 cm, 151 cm, 153 cm, 155 cm, 157 cm
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 8.1 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Flat / Rocker
  • Wide Size Available: Yes
  • Multiple Styles: Yes
Features
  • Elevated Contact Points For Precision Turning
  • Kevlar Body Armour For Dependable Durability
  • Skate Style Shape For Ultimate Pop
  • Quantum Base Absorbs More Wax

BEST INTERMEDIATE PARK BOARD

If you’ve had success with a Capita board before, you are going to fall in love with the Ultrafear. This new board features Capita’s proven technology and adds a whole lot of durability. This board is powerful, which is why it’s recommended for boarders transitioning from small jibs to big gaps. The Ultrafear is a great introduction to the potential of freestyle snowboards.

Burton Paramount

Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 155 cm, 158 cm, 162 cm
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 8 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber
  • Wide Size Available: No
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Snappy Suspension For Ultimate Jumping Abilities And Turning Precision
  • Triax Glass In The Snowboards Internal Layer For Versatile Flex
  • Ultimate Ride Technology Ensures Board Is Already Broken In
  • Unique System For Quick And Easy Mounting Of Snowboard Bindings

BEST BOARD FOR MULTIPLE SEASONS ON THE SLOPES

You’ll never get bored on this snowboard. It can do everything but backcountry, making it one of the best all-around snowboards on the list. It will rip down slopes at high speed and can be tamed by even beginner snowboarders. The core of the board is extremely light as well. The board is easy to twist and turn. If you want to get better at freestyle riding without sacrificing what you love about other snowboards, go with the Burton Paramount.

Arbor Cadence

Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 139 cm, 143 cm, 147 cm, 151 cm
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 7.4 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber / Rocker
  • Wide Size Available: No
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Edges Of Board Grip The Snow, Keeping You More In Control
  • Base Is Very Durable But Simple To Repair If Damaged
  • Shape Of The Board Allows For Turns To Feel Very Smooth

BEST FOR SMOOTH RIDING

The Arbor Cadence Rocker has a unique shape, which makes the board very playful. This means that the transition from turning right to left and vice versa feels natural. That being said, you will still feel very control during your turns. The edges of the board really dig into the snow as well. You won’t have trouble making hard turns on this board, even if it is your first time snowboarding.

Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX

Specs
  • Flex: Soft
  • Lengths: 152 cm, 154 cm, 159 cm, 162 cm
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 8.4 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Rocker
  • Wide Size Available: Yes
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • True Twin Base For Floaty Performance
  • The Edges Of The Snowboard Dig Into The Snow, Helping You Stay In Control
  • Shape Of The Board Allows For Jumping Without Much Effort

BEST BOARD FOR THE SKATEBOARDERS

Did your love of skateboarding get you into snowboarding in the first place? If so, you are going to fall in love with Lib Tech’s Skate technology. There happen to be 7 different serrated edges throughout the board. This allows for for the snowboard to dig into the snow, which will make your turns more stable and controlled.  Jumping on this board does not require as much effort as other boards. For this reason, many skateboarders going from pavement to snow love this board.

Salomon Gypsy

Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 143 cm, 147 cm, 151 cm
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 7.4 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber / Rocker
  • Wide Size Available: No
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Made With Fiberglass To Make Board Lighter And Easier To Control
  • High Quality Base Makes The Snowboard Faster In Many Different Conditions
  • Makes Very Stable Sharp Turns At High Speeds
  • Carbon Added To The Construction Of The Board To Make Jumping Easier

BEST LIGHTWEIGHT SNOWBOARD

The construction of this snowboard features two things that most snowboards don’t have. The first is a carbon layer. This makes the board stiffer than others, which allows for you to jump easier. The second unique thing about this board construction is the use of fiberglass. Fiberglass makes the board extremely lightweight. The combination of both of these things makes the board great for freestyle snowboarders.

Jones Mountain Twin


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Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 155 cm, 157 cm, 158 cm, 160 cm, 161 cm, 162 cm
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 7.9 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber / Rocker
  • Wide Size Available: Yes
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Traction 2.0 Technology For Confident Stability
  • Stable Wood Core Is Easy To Twist And Turn On The Snow And In The Air
  • Eco-Conscious Design

BEST FREESTYLE BOARD FOR FREERIDERS

Freeriding snowboarders know exactly what they need — a board that is extremely playful but also can give them confidence in the most intense lines. The best part of this board is its stability. It hauls down the mountain at top speed but maintains the same playfulness it has in the park. The core of this board is stiffer than other boards on the mountain. This makes the board easier to twist in the air!

Weston Snowboards Range

Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 155 cm, 158 cm, 161 cm
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 7.9 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber / Rocker
  • Wide Size Available: Yes
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Slayer Wood Core Is Designed To Be Energetic And Long-lasting
  • Core Of The Board Is Made With Carbon Fiber, Which Allows For Simpler Ollies And Easier Turns
  • Highly Durable Metal Edges Of The Board Protect Snowboard Core

BEST POWDER PARK BOARD

Weston confused the snowboarding world when they released a directional park board. Truth be told, the board performs much better in the park than any other powder board out there. However, it doesn’t perform as well in powder for that same reason. By trying to do too much, Weston masters nothing with this board. On-piste snowboarders will find this board annoying, but if you bounce between backcountry and park, the Weston Range may be for you.

Capita Birds of a Feather

Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 144 cm, 146 cm, 148 cm, 150 cm, 152 cm, 154 cm
  • Shape: True Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 7.5 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber
  • Wide Size Available: No
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Strong External Walls Of The Board Keep The Board Safe And Long Lasting
  • Core Of The Snowboard Is Lightweight And Makes Snowboard Easier To Control
  • Snowboard Is Very Stable At High Speeds
  • Made Sustainably With Less Wood And Less Energy

BEST FOR SUSTAINABILITY

This board is unique because of Capita’s commitment to sustainability. If you want a board that respects your values, this may be the one for you. The snowboard also performs well. It has thicker external walls, which will keep your board protected if you find rocks or tough chunks of ice. The core of the snowboard is also powerful, which will keep the board stable at high speeds.

NICHE Crux


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Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 150 cm, 156 cm, 159 cm
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 7.7 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber
  • Wide Size Available: No
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Directional Shape For Beginning Freestyle Riders
  • Precision Cut Base Accelerates Quicker Than Other Snowboard Bases
  • Underfoot Camber For Ultimate Control And Pop
  • Flat Sections At Contact Points For Smoother Landings

BEST FOR PARK BEGINNERS

This board features technology that beginner snowboarders will love. First off, the precision cut base accelerates fast and helps you avoid unstrapping to give yourself more speed. This board is the only board on the list that features a flat section for a smooth landing. Finally, the shape of the board is directional which is easier to control but makes it harder to ride switch (when you ride to the left or right, opposite of your preferred way). Get down your fundamentals with this board and then graduate to something with more functionality.

Arbor Westmark

Specs
  • Flex: Medium
  • Lengths: 150 cm, 156 cm
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • Sidecut Radius: 7.7 m
  • Camber/Rocker: Camber
  • Wide Size Available: No
  • Multiple Styles: No
Features
  • Tough Top Sheet For Improved Strength, Durability, And Energy Return
  • Blunted Tips For Ultimate Forgiveness
  • Water-repellent Technology Makes Board Long-lasting
  • Same Model Available With Rocker Camber

BEST FOR TRICKS ON THE SNOW

Do you want to learn how to do tricks on your board without leaving the snow? You are going to love Arbor’s Westmark camber snowboard. The tips of the snowboard come blunted, which will allow you to toss and turn your board around in the air and on the snow. This board is extremely durable and well-built, which is why it lasts for a really long time. It may not perform as well as a Burton board, but it will be your best friend season after season.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A FREESTYLE SNOWBOARD

Snowboards are some of the most diverse things on the slope. Every board is different and everyone has their own preferences. That being said, park riders love boards that do one thing well — pop. Weight, camber, rocker, core, and sidecut radius differentiate from board to board, and there isn’t one combination that is proven best. If you really want to know what works best for you, demo boards before you buy one. The most serious of riders need a board that lasts season after season but also fits their style best. Before you spend more than $400 on a board, try it out!

FLEX

Flex is how easily your board will bend. This directly relates to how much control you will have over your board on the ground and in the air.

SOFT: More forgiving, but requires much more strength to navigate and toss around. Better for beginners

MEDIUM: A nice middle-ground, which most freestyle riders prefer. There is a balance between forgiveness and maneuverability.

STIFF: The most difficult boards to ride. Beginners will feel out of control, but masters will love the micro-control they will have.

 

ROCKER / CAMBER PROFILE

In order to understand how your board’s profile will affect it’s riding ability, you need to understand what camber, rocker, and flat profiles mean. Warning, there are many different types and combinations, but the ones explained below are the most important for freestyle riding.

FLAT: Just like it sounds! There is no arc or curve in the board at all.

CAMBER: A very slight upward curve in the middle of the board with contact points near the ends of the board.

ROCKER: Camber turned upside down, the board is shaped subtly like an arc.

CAMBER/ROCKER: This is where things get a bit confusing. Boards shaped like this look like a big W. The board cambers in the middle, allowing you to pop, but rocks near the tips, allowing for more control on turns, rails, and jibs.

FLAT/ROCKER: These boards are flat in the middle, but are a rocking shape near the edges, which allows for more control.

 

SIDECUT RADIUS

Snowboards have a very unique shape. It may appear that the front and back edge are curved and the middle of the board is straight. However, that is not the case. If you look carefully, you’ll see that snowboards actually have more of an arch-like shape. This shape is what allows for you to turn on the snow with control. In fact, each snowboard has a completely unique cut. The measurement of this cut is called the sidecut radius. If you imagine that a circle was drawn with the same circular shape of your board, the sidecut radius is the measurement of the radius in that circle. So what does this mean for you? Well, if you want to be a freestyle snowboarder, it is recommended to stick with a sidecut between 7 to 8 meters.

A smaller sidecut radius will allow you to make much sharper turns. Snowboarders who go back and forth on the slopes quicker, in a slalom like way, tend to look for the smallest sidecut possible. A longer sidecut radius will not allow for you to turn as sharply, but will give you more stability at high speeds. If you plan to go down steeper slopes, or consider yourself an intermediate snowboarder, this may be for you. Snowboards that have a sidecut longer than 8 meters are regarded as “big mountain” because they are used by experts in extreme environments.

 

SHAPE

Snowboards come in 2 different shapes. The traditional shape is like a skateboard. Snowboarders refer to this as “true twin”. The other type of snowboard shape resembles more of a surfboard. This allows for a board to float more in deep snow.

Most freestyle boards are true twin shaped. Why? Well first and foremost, freestyle riders like to ride switch. “Riding switch” is when you ride in the opposite stance. So if you ride with your left foot forward, for example, riding switch would mean that your right foot would be in front. Freestyle snowboarders tend to ride switch often because they can do more tricks. Why? Well they will not have to lose speed switching back to their dominant stance after a landing. True twin shaped boards are also easier to twist. This means it will be easier to spin your board around and land 180s, 360s, and other spin tricks. Because true twin shaped boards allow you to ride switch without losing any performance. Directional boards may be better in powder or deep snow conditions, but true twin boards are preferred by freestyle snowboarders.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

ABSORBENT BASE

Bases with absorbing technology will hold wax much better than those without. This means you won’t have to wax your board as often for it to perform at its best.

DIRECTIONAL-SHAPED BOARDS

Directional boards are best for beginners. Why? Beginners typically avoid learning how to ride switch until they have a season or two under their belt. So if you are just getting the hang of going down the slopes, get yourself a directional board for more control.

MOUNTAIN CORE FOR IMPROVED TORSIONAL RESPONSE

Boards that boast torsional response are for freestyle riders who love to spin. These boards respond to spin really well, making your board easier to flip around.

SQUEEZEBOX

Boards with this technology feature a unique core that gives more pop than other cores. It also tends to be a bit heavier. Snowboarders that hit large gaps should take advantage of boards with this technology.

ULTIMATE RIDE TECHNOLOGY

Burton boards boast this technology, which actually happens to be really useful. Burton overbuilds their boards and then puts them in a machine to break them in. Other boards take a few months to really break-in, but your Burton will be ready on the first day.

ULTRALIGHT CORE

Every snowboard boasts a unique core, however, there is no proven front-runner in terms of wood. Freestyle boards try and stay as light as possible, which is why the core is always boasted. Instead of focusing on the core material, compare the weights of your desired board length.

WIDE SIZE AVAILABLE

If you have really large feet (think size 12), consider buying a wide snowboard. This will prevent your heels and toes from dragging on the snow. Be careful though! Wide snowboards are also much more difficult to control.

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