Have you ever wondered how to choose the best snowboard for your type of riding style? Maybe you’re someone who’s heart skips a beat at the thought of deep powder or maybe your friends can always find you in the park. Or maybe, you’re the kind of snowboarder who likes to try something different, depending on the day. No matter what you’re into, you’ll need the right snowboard to have the most fun. But how do you know which one to choose when there are hundreds of different options?

Here at The Adventure Junkies, we take pride in breaking down gear specifics and finding the best snowboards out on the market. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to choose the best snowboard and show you the best models of the year.

 

 

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIND THE BEST SNOWBOARD

PICTURE
SNOWBOARD
BEST FOR
MEN/WOMEN
PRICE
RATING
PICTURE
SNOWBOARD
BEST FOR
MEN/WOMEN
PRICE
RATING
Never Summer Prototype Two
All Mountain
Men
$$$
4.4
Arbor Poparazzi Rocker
All Mountain
Women
$$
4.7
Salomon The Ultimate Ride
All Mountain
Men
$$$
4.5
Never Summer Infinity
All Mountain
Women
$$
4.6
Burton Process Off-Axis
Park
Men
$$$
4.6
Roxy Sugar Banana
Park
Women
$$
4.5
Capita Ultrafear
Park
Men
$$
4.4
Salomon Gypsy
Park
Women
$$
4.3
Burton Flight Attendant
Freeride
Men
$$$
4.6
Gnu Ladies' Choice
Freeride
Women
$$$
4.5

 

 

SNOWBOARDS 101

 

3 THINGS TO CONSIDER TO FIND THE BEST SNOWBOARDS

 

1. STYLE: WHAT TYPE OF RIDER ARE YOU?

What board you choose largely has to do with what type of rider you are. Snowboarders who go into all types of conditions – backcountry, the park, through groomers – typically do best on an all-mountain style snowboard. Think of it as a one-size-fits-all style. Park snowboarders should get a park (also called freestyle) type of snowboard, and freeride snowboarders are obsessed with steep, fast, slopes.

 

ALL MOUNTAIN

All mountain boards typically have great response, are medium flex, and sometimes have special features to cope with ice or hidden rocks. They’re a great board to try if you’re just starting out and don’t know what type of riding you like, or if you snowboard mostly at a mountain with all types of conditions.

 

FREESTYLE

Park (freestyle) boards are very flexible, responsive, and forgiving. Their shape makes it easy to pop and slide. These are nearly always twin tip so that riders can land and ride switch with ease. (Want to get better at park riding? Transworld Snowboarding has an entire archive of trick tips!).

 

FREERIDE

Freeride snowboards are for chargers all about reaching the fastest speed possible. These boards tend to be a bit longer than the all mountain board, stiffer, and more durable. They are usually one directional instead of twin tip, making them just an extra bit faster.

You’ll want to make sure that your bindings and boots match the style of snowboard you choose, as there are specific types for those as well. You can read all about how to choose the perfect pair of boots in our guide, Snowboarding Boots 101. Oh, and don’t forget a helmet. Of course, we have a guide for choosing the best snow helmets, too.

 

2. SIZE

Many snowboarders have the misconception that your snowboard length correlates to your height. While this is true to some extent, it’s your weight that matters more. Each brand and snowboard model is different, so you’ll want to look at their official size guide beforehand. Wider boards tend to be better for larger people and those who are lucky enough to frequently ride in powder.

 

3. SHAPE

Snowboards now come in all types of shapes but the main three are directional, true twin, and directional twin. Each have their own pros and cons.

 

DIRECTIONAL

Directional snowboards are popular among all mountain and freeride style snowboards because their shape allows the rider to get down the mountain as efficiently as possible. However, you can’t ride switch on directional snowboards, making it quite limiting in the park or for riders who like to go both ways.

 

TRUE TWIN TIP

True twin tip boards are symmetrical, with the dimensions of both sides of the board being exactly the same. This shape is the best for park riders or those of us who simply like to ride switch.

 

DIRECTIONAL TWIN

Directional twin boards are – surprise – a mix of twin tip and directional shapes. These do well for all mountain or freestyle conditions and are a bit less limiting than directional boards. Usually, the dimensions of the tips are the same, but the back tip is firmer.

 

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BEST SNOWBOARDS REVIEWS

 

1. BEST SNOWBOARDS FOR ALL MOUNTAIN RIDING

NEVER SUMMER PROTOTYPE TWO

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon

BEST FOR: Experienced riders who want a board that can do it all

MEN/WOMEN: Men

STYLE: All mountain

SIZE OPTIONS: 152, 153 W, 154, 155 W, 157, 158 W, 160, 161 W, 164 W

FLEX: Medium

PROS: Great for riders who like to ride switch in variable conditions

CONS: Not the best board for heavy powder

 

 

 

ARBOR POPARAZZI ROCKER

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Amazon | REI

BEST FOR: Riders who explore the entire mountain in all types of conditions

MEN/WOMEN: Women

STYLE: All mountain

SIZE OPTIONS: 141, 144, 147, 150

FLEX: Medium

PROS: Comfortable, stylish, versatile

CONS: Deck color doesn’t always come as expected

 

 

 

SALOMON THE ULTIMATE RIDE

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Amazon

BEST FOR: Riders who go through powder one day and over jumps the next

MEN/WOMEN: Men

STYLE: All mountain

SIZE OPTIONS: 150, 153, 155, 158, 161

FLEX: Soft

PROS: Truly adaptable and great in all types of snow

CONS: Not the best board if you’re mainly in the park

 

 

 

NEVER SUMMER INFINITY

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon

BEST FOR: Riders who need a board that can handle all types of conditions and terrain

MEN/WOMEN: Women

STYLE: All mountain

SIZE OPTIONS: 142, 145, 147, 149, 151, 154

FLEX: Medium

PROS: Stylish, durable, responsive

CONS: Might limit more experienced powder or park riders

 

 

 

 

2. BEST SNOWBOARDS FOR THE PARK

BURTON PROCESS OFF-AXIS

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Amazon

BEST FOR: Riders with a playful style and who are all about the pop

MEN/WOMEN: Men

STYLE: Park

SIZE OPTIONS: 152, 155, 157, 159

FLEX: Soft

PROS: Easy to get air, responsive, and flexible

CONS: Too soft for serious backcountry riding

 

 

 

ROXY SUGAR BANANA

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Amazon | REI

BEST FOR: Riders who love to go switch in all types of terrain

MEN/WOMEN: Women

STYLE: Park

SIZE OPTIONS: 138, 142, 146, 149, 152

FLEX: Medium

PROS: Smooth riding, responsive, adaptable

CONS: Experienced riders might want a more specialized board

 

 

 

CAPITA ULTRAFEAR

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Amazon | REI

BEST FOR: Urban riders who play in the park

MEN/WOMEN: Men

STYLE: Park

SIZE OPTIONS: 151, 155

FLEX: Soft

PROS: Forgiving and makes for great jibbing

CONS: Not very responsible on hard carves

 

 

 

SALOMON GYPSY

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Amazon

BEST FOR: Urban riders who are always in the park

MEN/WOMEN: Women

STYLE: Park

SIZE OPTIONS: 138, 143, 147, 151

FLEX: Medium

PROS: Can’t get much better for jibbing, rails, and small to medium jumps

CONS: Too soft for going steep and deep into powder

 

 

 

 

3. BEST SNOWBOARDS FOR FREERIDING

BURTON FLIGHT ATTENDANT

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Amazon | REI

BEST FOR: Backcountry riders constantly going from powder to groomer runs

MEN/WOMEN: Men

STYLE: Freeride

SIZE OPTIONS: 156, 159, 159 W, 162, 162 W

FLEX: Medium/Firm

PROS: High quality, durable, and responsive

CONS: Directional shape might not be ideal for more versatile riders who like to dabble in the park

 

 

 

GNU LADIES’ CHOICE

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon

BEST FOR: Stylish riders who play in the park

MEN/WOMEN: Women

STYLE: Park

SIZE OPTIONS: 142.5, 145.5, 148.5, 151.5, 153.5

FLEX: Medium

PROS: Unique deck pattern, responsive, can handle ice and slush

CONS: Not a great board for beginner riders

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