Capita DOA

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Best Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015-2106

Words: Scott Yorko

One way to defend awesome is to keep the highest-scoring board in our test at the lowest pricepoint of any all-mountain winner. A board that testers called “incredibly playful without sacrificing integrity or edge hold,” the DOA has a shorter camber profile extending five centimeters past the inserts to flat, which allowed enough play to keep it fun at low speeds and in softer conditions. Testers liked how this four-time Good Wood winner “ripped both long and short radius turns with a ton of snap.” Not quite stiff enough to be your big-mountain AK slayer, but ideal for everything else.

From the testers:  “Truly an all around ripper, the shape feels good in the park and the flex was manageable everywhere. Blast ollies, rail carves, and center up on a rails. Join the fight with this board!”

Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)

148 — 7.60 — 24.40
150 — 7.70 — 24.60
152 — 7.80 — 24.80
154 — 7.90 — 25.00
155W — 8.10 — 25.80
156 — 8.00 — 25.20
158 — 8.10 — 25.40
158W — 8.20 — 26.00
160 — 8.20 — 25.70
161W — 8.30 — 26.20

Flex: Medium

Camber: Hybrid (regular camber past inserts, zero to reverse to tips

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex ranging from soft, medium-soft, medium, medium-stiff, and stiff.)

(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board’s edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $420.00
Length

148, 150, 152, 154, 155W, 156, 158, 158W, 160, 161W

Good Wood 2017 Presented by evo.com

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.