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Best Men’s Park Snowboard 2015-2016

Words: Scott Yorko

Not quite soft enough for noodle lovers like Eddie Wall, other testers were stoked on the flex and camber profile and thought the torsional stiffness was perfect for loading up those big hips off the side of tabletops. This extra backbone in the tip and tail did make it a bit more challenging to press, but the board had tons of snap for sending spins off the lip of all the jumps while giving our troops boatloads of confidence crushing turns en route to the park. Some called it the “well-rounded, freestyle-influenced daily driver” with enough strengths to take your game outside the park.

From the testers: “This thing is bleepin’ boopin’ radical. Insane board. Definitely a swipe right kind of scenario…For any intermediate-to-expert park rider who considers himself an AIRTIME enthusiast.”

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

Size, waist width, entry radius, focus radius, exit radius
149 — 9.2/7.7/9.2 — 25.0
152 — 9.3/7.8/9.3 — 25.1
154W — 9.4/7.9/9.4 — 26.0
155 — 9.4/ 7.9/ 9.4 — 25.2
157W — 9.5/8.0/9.5 — 26.2
158 — 9.5/8.0/9.5 — 25.3
160 — 9.6/9.1/9.6/ — 25.4
161W — 9.7/8.2/9.7 — 26.3

Flex: Medium

Camber: Hybrid (low-profile regular camber between inserts, reverse to tips)

(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: $560.00
Length

149, 152, 154W, 155, 157W, 158, 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.