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Best Men’s Park Snowboard 2015-2016

Words: Scott Yorko

Gigi Rüf isn’t known for the flex in his boards, but he made this one softer than we expected and it turned out fun and playful. One tester nearly teared up with his analysis, declaring, “There must be sand from a Nicaraguan beach in this board, because I’m telling you, they’ve captured my happy place!” Any intermediate-advanced park rider who wants something reliable will dig this mid-stiff park ripper for its superior stability. The nose takes a little extra oomph to lock into a press and you might skid out a little on quick, small turns, but you’ll really appreciate the strength on those backside pipe walls.

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

146 — 6.8 — 24.3
149 — 7.0 — 24.7
152 — 7.0 — 24.9
154 — 7.2 — 25.1
155w — 7.7 — 25.7
156 — 7.4 — 25.3
158 — 7.6 — 25.3
159w — 7.9 — 26.0

Flex: Medium

Camber: Hybrid (regular camber between inserts, flat to 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: $399.00
Length

146, 149, 152, 154, 155W, 156, 158, 159W

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.