Twelve years of testing has led us here, to the largest and most trusted board test in snowboarding. The 2011 Good Wood results present the top performing boards for both park and all-mountain versatility, split into two price categories for men and women. The Good Wood testing process began with 450 snowboards, and throughout the rigors of the week, these winners led the way, resulting in a stack of 40 tried-and-true “best” boards. With these results as your guide, you can easily sift through the mass of snowboards and find the perfect one for you.
Our test crew of eighteen riders took to the slopes of Breckenridge, colorado, for a full week of heavy slashing, jumping, jibbing, and overall shredding of the Peak 8 terrain parks and local freeride runs. Within that weeklong window of testing, they rode ice, hardpack, slush, and even a little pow. Boards were scored on fifteen criteria through it all, including high-speed stability, pop, flex, basic carving, and more.
Who are these testers? Full disclosure on who all the testers are, where they ride, how they ride, what board they normally ride, their stances, their height, and a list of each testers top three favorite winning boards from the test—this might help you narrow down your selection. Read the 2011 Good Wood Tester Bios.