Zion Z1

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Best Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015-2016

Words: Scott Yorko

“Elegance in simplicity” was the key phrase to sum up this dark horse of the test. OGs who appreciate traditional camber and standard sidecut with mid-stiff flex will get up early to rail this classic plank on fast corduroy with exceptionally snappy response. Testers had all the pop in the world for busting ollies and nollies off rollers and still found the Z1 playful enough to set spins off of sidehits. The only thing remiss was more torsional flex. “When quickly switching from edge to edge for small radius turns, it felt like the board stayed flat and had to be tipped high on edge to engage it,” said one corduroy cruiser.

From the testers:  “This board would be the shit for anyone who is an advanced snowboarder who gets up early and gets that fresh ‘roy!”

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

153 — 7.4 — 25.2
156 — 7.6 — 25.6
159 — 7.7 — 25.7
162 — 7.8 — 25.8

Flex: Stiff

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: $489.00
Length

153, 156, 159, 162

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.