Rossignol Krypto Magtek
Another kick-ass all-mountain board from Rossignol that’s simply dripping with style. With its combination of 60 per cent rocker and 40 per cent camber offers plenty of power and smooth landings. The extremely stiff flex under the back foot also gives boarders more control, while the medium stiff front end offers smoother turns.
£259 | Rossignol
Rome Artefact Rocker
The so-called “platinum record of jib-sticks” the Rome Artefact Rocker is built to withstand everything the urban boarder can throw at it, from rails to cement ledges. It has a super-soft flex for “buttery” maneuvering. The board is exactly the same from the centre out to the nose or the tail, making it perfect for switch riding.
£235 | Rome
Slash Happy Place
Can you find your Happy Place with this twin shape, twin flex park board from Slash? It features the company’s CamRock technology, which “allows you to empty your entire bag of tricks” which gives you plenty of pop without sacrificing playfulness.
£241 | Slash
From its jet-black appearance to its medieval-style name, it’s unlikely there’s a more ‘heavy metal’ snowboard out there than the K2 Slayblade. However, rather than possessing the weight and girth of an ancient sword, it’s lighter than most all-mountain boards. It’s still the stiffness needed to power though the powder, but you’ll find tricks a little easier.
£350 | K2
Ride Buck Up
Is this the ‘most epic park snowboard ever?’ Ride certainly reckons its workhorse board will deliver more Buck for park patrons bang. Quick and lightweight, the board’s Hybrid Twin shape offers rocker at the tip and the tail and a stable micro camber zone for added pop when performing tricks.
£319 | Ride
One of the most popular DC boards out there, thanks to its “ripping quick cuts and lightning fast acceleration” the MLF offers a traditional camber, evened out by a lightweight construction. On top of that, DC’s Fresh Deck Top Sheet gives the all-mountain MLF the “poppy” feel of a skate deck, which will stand the test of time.
£300 | DC
Lib Tech Mark "Lando" Landvik Phoenix
The love child of snowboarders Mark "Lando" Landvik and Jamie Lynn, (named after the former, artwork from the latter), the board features Lib Tech’s famous Power Banana Camber, geared towards powerful and aggressive snowboarders. It also has seven points of focused edge control thanks to the Magne-Traction 5 system that’s won over 30 ‘Good Wood’ awards.
£325 | Lib Tech
Head Instinct DC I. Kers
Head introduced some brand new tech with its Instinct DC I. board include the DCT (Double Camba Torsion) which it says offers perfect pop and better edge grip, while there’s also the KERS (Kinectic Edge Recovery System) tech which it claims derives from Formular One racing. Also on board is the FRAMEWALL tech, which is the world’s first 3D sidewall.
A beast of a board, it’s designed for those riders with bigger feet and a wider stance, who still wish to enjoy devastating performance and incredible velocity on the mountain top. “Utilizing a new base material compound, we have been able to achieve higher abrasion resistance, increased wax absorption and higher on-snow speeds. All in an ultra clear package for extra crisp graphics,” the company says, while also promising an ultra lightweight, but powerful core.
£300 | Nitro
Lib Tech Attack Banana
Another all-terrain freestyle board, it’s aimed at snowboarders with a penchant for tearing up the white stuff, adding tricks and most importantly having fun with it. It offers power for big take offs and landings, but floats effortlessly. The medium tip and tail pressure promises end-to-end stability and pop.
£360 | Lib Tech
GNU Billy Goat
Designed in collaboration with snowboarder and legendary train jumper Temple Cummins, is aimed at those who find themselves a little deeper than they planned or a need to ‘lay down a perfect carved turn against the grain.’ The 2014 iteration of the Billy Goat adds C3 dominant camber technology, which promises end-to-end stability for big landings.
£335 | GNU
Rossignal Jibsaw Magtek
Apparently, the Jobsaw Magtek board is a ‘core park and pike board for the most maniacally committed’ that ‘inflicts terror’ in onlookers, while slaughtering the terrain with ‘bloody abandon’. Crikey. This freestyle board is 60 per cent camber and 40 per cent rocket, which offers stability as well as pop and control. It also features Rossignal’s Magne-Traction 7S tech, which offers a smoother ridge, without sacrificing continuous edge control.
£260 | Rossignol
This versatile, high speed board is just as at home jumping and jibbing as it is tearing up a mountain slope, thanks to the playful profile with mid-stiff flex and a long turning radius. The Quadrax fibreglass construction keeps the deck fairly stiff, for pop and power, while the Stratus core uses poplar wood to keep the board lightweight. The cambered shape at the top and tail also provides extra power. It’s pretty affordable too, and the zombie design is killer.
Burton Custom Restricted
This is the ‘more aggressive alter-ego of the most iconic board ever’ and is only available from select Burton retailers, hence the ‘Restricted’ part of the name. Designed to get the best from all terrains ‘from frozen parks to backcountry booters’ its weight is distributed equally throughout the board, while sitting somewhere in between soft and playful and stiff and aggressive.
£350 | Burton
Another winner of the coveted Transworld Snowboarding magazine Good Wood award, the Raygun uses Hybritech construction to offer a lightweight and strong board, while the integrated carbon within the fiberglass facilitates a ‘super smooth release of power, while increasing pop and liveliness.’
£223 | K2
Signal Freedom Machine
Designed by Signal rider James Olsen-Elm, this kick-ass board offers strength where you need it, thanks to the new Poplar Freedom Core design, which boasts reinforced thickness under the bindings. It’s made in California and suited to park or freestyle riding.
£350 | Signal
Capita Defenders of Awesome
What is it with hot girls clutching automatic weapons in the desert that just makes everything so much more awesome? The Defenders of Awesome (rather than Dead on Arrival) all-mountain board brings a positive camber, while remaining free and easy. This year’s improved board has already scooped one of the coveted GoodWood awards from Transworld Snowboarding. Stay Badass, as Capita says.
£380 | Capita
The design may be inspired by a cigarette packet, but don’t worry, you won’t be choking in the snow park if you’re using this year’s Latchkey board. Available in regular or reverse Camber, depending on your riding style, it has a Poplar Wood sandwich construction, which allows for a ‘high energy core with a soft flex but lasting pop.’ The shaved down nose and tail also allows for full jib control and easy presses in both park and street.
£350 | Stepchild