Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Snowboards

Arbor Clovis

92

2017

Arbor Clovis

The Arbor Clovis is built for serious riders who like going fast and taking chances.

Lib Tech Attack Banana

91

2017

Lib Tech Attack Banana

The Lib Tech Attack Banana is a versatile board being fun for the park and and ripping fast lines.

Franco Batwing II

91

2017

Franco Batwing II

The Batwing II is a custom board for snowboarders that ride a lot of powder as well as typical all mountain terrain.

Rome Blur

89

2017

Rome Blur

The Rome Blur is a new board for those who prefer natural features and making big turns on and off-piste.

K2 Bottle Rocket

88

2017

K2 Bottle Rocket

The Bottle Rocket is a new board from K2 that’s on the softer side of the all-mountain spectrum with a freestyle deck for easy and surfy turns. 

Ride Machete GT

89

2017

Ride Machete GT

The Ride Machete GT is a redesigned all mountain ripper for riders who also put in significant time at the terrain park.

Roxy Torah Bright XC2 BTX

89

2016

Roxy Torah Bright XC2 BTX

A playful, yet aggressive, camber rocker all mountain board designed by Olympic Gold Medalist Torah Bright. 

Jones Airheart

90

2016

Jones Airheart

The Airheart is Jones Snowboards answer to traditional camber, but with an innovative design for maximum responsiveness and precision.

Gnu B-Pro – 20th Anniversary Edition

92

2016

Gnu B-Pro – 20th Anniversary Edition

The 20th Anniversary Edition of the Gnu B-Pro is an aggressive, yet playful, hybrid camber/rocker snowboard designed by snowboarding pioneer Barrett Christy.

Burton Family Tree High Spirits

88

2016

Burton Family Tree High Spirits

The Burton High Spirits is a directional camber board with rocker in the nose designed for freeriding and powder slashing.

Burton Feelgood Flying V

87

2016

Burton Feelgood Flying V

The Burton Feeelgod Flying V is a lively and playful snowboard built for all-mountain riding and is ideal for intermediate riders looking for a fun ride. 

Arbor Swoon Camber

86

2016

Arbor Swoon Camber

The Arbor Swoon Camber is a stiff all-mountain board designed for intermediate to advanced riders. 

Jones Snowboards Women’s Flagship

94

2016

Jones Snowboards Women’s Flagship

The Jones Women’s Flagship is a stiff big mountain board with a hybrid camber/rocker profile designed for advanced snowboarders.

Ride Berzerker

84

2016

Ride Berzerker

The Ride Berzerker is a directional all mountain, mid-width snowboard that underwent a massive overhaul for 2016 with a new shape and softer flex. 

Burton Custom 20th Anniversary

85

2016

Burton Custom 20th Anniversary

The Burton Custom 20th Anniversary board is the latest iteration of one of the most famous and storied snowboards in history featuring a mash-up of graphics from the last two decades. It’s available with a traditional camber, a hybrid camber that Burton calls “Flying V”, and in a true twin configuration.

Gnu Zoid

92

2016

Gnu Zoid

The Gnu Zoid is trapezoid-shaped and the heel-side edge of this American-made snowboard is shorter than the toe-side edge to maximize the different biomechanics of a heel-side turn vs. a toe-side turn.

Winterstick Seth Wescott

91

2016

Winterstick Seth Wescott

Seth Wescott’s pro model by Winterstick is a power-carving mach machine with an aggressive taper and tons of float in powder.

Weston Big Chief

89

2016

Weston Big Chief

The Big Chief from Weston is a splitboard better suited for going down than going up.

Cold Smoke Voodoo

93

2016

Cold Smoke Voodoo

The Voodoo from Cold Smoke is a powder hound that slices through variable terrain on your way to the good stash.

Never Summer Lotus (2012-13)

82

2012

Never Summer Lotus (2012-13)

The best thing about this board is its control. It has lightning fast edge-to-edge transitions, an extra-thick damping system which smoothed out most chunky snow, and great stability at top speeds, though it is lackluster in powder.

Jones Mothership (2012-13)

68

2012

Jones Mothership (2012-13)

The Mothership felt at home in just one place: bombing down wide-open bowls of deep, fluffy powder. It felt more like a miniaturized version of the men’s board, not one built specifically for women.

High Society Scarlet (2012-13)

93

2012

High Society Scarlet (2012-13)

The Scarlet was the top-scoring board at our snowboard test, with a mid-level, responsive flex, enthusiastic pop, and solid snow contact, which meant uber-stability, even at high speeds.

Gnu Velvet Guru EC2 (2012-13)

90

2012

Gnu Velvet Guru EC2 (2012-13)

An all-mountain freestyle snowboard with designed with moderate flex that responds best to aggressive riders.

Arbor Poparazzi (2012-13)

83

2012

Arbor Poparazzi (2012-13)

Less noodly and narrow than past Arbor women's boards, the Poparazzi is ideal for intermediate riders who like to cruise the mellow ungroomed, floss trees, explore steeps, and play in the bumps. Advanced riders felt it lacked the chutzpah to go mach speed.

Signal Omni Wavelength

84

2011

Signal Omni Wavelength

All-mountain Omni gets an all-condition workout.