2016 Good Wood DC PBJ Men’s All Mountain Snowboard

Best Bang For Your Buck Men’s Park Snowboards 2015-2016

Words: Scott Yorko

Sometimes big things come in small, 350-dollar packages with centered stances and playful flex. For park rats looking to get buck on a budget, you can’t do much better than this deck. “I’m crazy hyped on the PBJ,” said one tester. “It looks so simple, and guess what? Simple works.” Best in softer afternoon conditions, the PBJ was consistently praised as predictable, controllable, and versatile. Like the sandwich, you can take it just about everywhere, though it’s ideal for small- to medium-sized features you’ll find at places like Big Bear. Tweakable for nice, crisp grabs.

From the testers: “Cannot wait to ride this board when the conditions soften up a little bit. Great for pressing and buttering. Real quick turner, awesome for spinning onto rails.”

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

144 — 6.5 — 24.60
149 — 6.7 — 24.80
153 — 6.9 — 25.00
155W — 7.1 — 25.10
157 — 7.0 — 26.10
159W — 7.2 — 26.30

Flex: Medium

Camber: Regular camber

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)

(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: $350.00

144, 149, 153, 155W, 157, 159W

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.