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 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.