Stepchild Mai-Tai

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Best Men’s Park Snowboard 2015-2016

Words: Scott Yorko

At the end of each test day, when riders got to pick one board to shred around and snap some photos, everyone would beeline it to the Mai Tai. “The flex was really fun and playful with good torsion, but it held up hitting that big hip where you needed high speeds going into it,” said Eddie Wall. Some claimed it rode like the badass park rat little brother of the Sleazy Rider, one of this year’s all-mountain winners. Others reported that the camber profile and flex matched really well so you got stiffness when you needed it and playfulness and fun when you didn’t need to be ripping turns and going fast.

From the testers: “Rides a lot like my 2009 Stepchild Corporate. Best Stepchild I’ve ridden in a long time.”

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

149 — 7.12 — 24.8
152 — 7.28 — 25.0
155 — 7.46 — 25.2

Flex: Medium

Camber: Regular camber (low-profile)

(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: $380.00
Length

149, 152, 155

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.