2012 GOOD WOOD BOARD TEST

THE TEST:

Thirteen years running, the TransWorld Good Wood Snowboard Test continues to be the most comprehensive snowboard review in the industry. While technology keeps transforming, our Good Wood gathering puts it to the test and delivers the best of it—judged by riders just like you. This year we stormed the Unbound Park and 3,100 vertical feet of freeriding at Mammoth Mountain, California with diverse and expert crew of eighteen testers and rode ‘til we were spent. We tackled it all under a bevy of conditions during a one-week window and critiqued 450 boards on 17 characteristics from nollie pop and flex, to stability, sidecut, and more. The results are 40 best-in-class park and all-mountain boards for both women and men. It’s no ultimatum, but it’s a damn fine guide to finding the best board for you.

THE PROCESS:

We hit the Unbound Park at Mammoth Mountain, California, with a diverse and expert crew of 18 testers and rode ’til we were spent. Jump lines, jib lines, 3,100 vertical feet of freeriding—we tackled it all under a bevy of conditions during a one-week window. Each run is an investigation into all the new tech, shapes, and flex. Every board is critiqued on 17 characteristics from nollie pop and flex, to stability, sidecut, and more. All said and done, the crew grinds about 450 boards down to 40 choice decks. After long days of hard riding, countless laps, and nearly a thousand scorecards crunched, we bring you the 2012 Good Wood results. Enjoy!

::THE WINNING BOARDS::

::SEE 2013 RESULTS::

The Test In Action

Filmed and edited by Mark Wiitanen

Take some laps with the testers at Mammoth Mountain, California and see the Good Wood process in action. Watch the riding that went down and comments from testers about all the new boards, trends and tech. Associate Editor Ben Gavelda gives a run down of the test, the objectivity and fairness. Head tester and long time coach and shop owner James Jackson speaks on behalf of the test crew and the integrity of the Good Wood stamp. It’s all here so you can trust that new deck, even before you buy it.