These are the 2008 Good Wood Board Test Winning Boards

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THE 2008 MENS GOOD WOOD BOARD TEST (2007/2008 Winter)

When you go to buy a snowboard, you don’t have enough information to make an educated purchase. You’re forced to buy a board based on the information you do have-the length, the width, the flex when you administer the belly push, the visible camber, the team, the ads-well, let’s just say that there’s only so much you can tell about how a board is going to perform in the shop. You can sample ice cream before buying it, and you can test drive a car, but just try to take a board for a lap through the park before you buy it. You need to ride it, and unless you made it to an on-snow demo the previous year, we’re guessing you’re SOL. And that’s where the Board Test comes in. We ride the boards, and we report back to you about which ones rode the best. Simple and effective.

Process
The Good Wood test is a men’s and women’s freestyle board test performed in the park at Copper Mountain, Colorado. This year a separate halfpipe test with pipe-specific testers was also added. In total, our 23-person crew of seasoned riders sessioned 25 brands’ top board picks-over 150 boards in a full range of sizes mounted, waxed, and maintained through the week by an army of brand representatives.
The boards were put through the paces on the 2,000-vertical-foot-long run from the top of the American Flyer through wide, butter-friendly groomers, the kids park boxes, the High Point Pocket Park, the Jibberish Pocket Park, and into the massive kicker and transition-filled Catalyst Terrain Park. We pretty much took over Copper Mountain.
Our testers scored each board at the end of every run for variables like pop, turning, stability, flex, buttering, edging, switch performance, rail performance-22 different factors were considered for each board by each tester. At the end of the week, the testers retired to the hot tubs, and we crunched the numbers to find out which boards performed the very best.
We’re confident you’ll find the best board for you in these Good Wood winning boards categories-which should come as a huge relief, because the last time we checked, snowboard shops won’t accept returns on used sticks.-Annie Fast

Top Five Pipe Boards

Burton T6
Burton integrated its cushioning boot-derived technology (Smooth Ride) into a dampening role on the topsheet of the directional T6. The result is a board with an ability to go bigger and faster with less impact on your body.

Tester feedback:
“This board is effing gnarly-it gets you where you want to go.”
“This was the funnest board yet for me.”

Available sizes: 152, 156, 162, 164
$800

Capita MHT
The redesigned directional twin has a radial sidecut but with a longer nose than tail-a perfect shape for the pipe. This design allows the board to enter and exit turns on the same arch with a smooth consistent turning radius, but the board is more versatile in varying conditions.

Tester feedback:
“It was pretty stiff, which was awesome in the pipe. The board felt really stable all around and was even fun on the jumps.”
“Holds an edge great even through a kink in the pipe.”

Available sizes: 152, 157, 161
$369

Gnu Danny Kass MTX (Dirty Habits)
This is Kass’ main ride-he’s a Magne-Traction addict. The wavy edges allow this board to hold an edge like a race board, but flex like a jib stick-it’s a best-of-both-worlds scenario. The board is directional with a speedy sintered 9900 base.

Tester feedback:
“This board makes everything fun with perfect flex and pop!”
“It held its edge really well. It rode like a big board in the pipe and a little jib board everywhere else.”

Available sizes: 153, 155, 158
$460

Libech TRS MTX
The Travis Rice MTX (with Magne-Traction) comes in two shapes, the shorter boards (153 and 157) are in a park shape, while the two longer models will excel in the powder just like Travis thanks to the “pointier” pow-specific shape.

Tester feedback:
“Good flex and great edge hold-sweet board for the pipe as well as all-mountain riding.”
“This is a really fun board for all-around cruisin’ the park, pipe-all of it.”

Available sizes: 153, 157, 161.5, 164.5
$490

Palmer Andy Finch
Honeycomb in the nose and tail lightens up this board and reduces swing weight for faster spins, while carbon reinforcements in the nose and tail add pop, durability, and support in landing. You’ve seen Finch shred-this is the board that doesn’t break when he does.

Tester feedback:
“Good flex with lots of pop. The board was fast and stable.”
“Really smooth from edge to edge-a really good ride.”

Available sizes: 155, 159, 162
$549
Top Ten Men’s Park Boards Over $400

Burton X8
A new model equipped with the EST binding system for intimate board feel, dampening, and infinite stance options. A medium-flex, twin shape including Smooth Ride dampening and swing-weight reducing Pro Tip tapering on the tip and tail (Includes EST Burton binding compatible disc.)

Tester feedback:
“This board was dialed on everything even when I sketched in landing it powered through and saved me for the next jump.”
“Almost perfect. Nice flex for rails, very nice flex for jumping plus completely comfortable on setups. Loved it!”

Available sizes: 151, 155, 160
$550

Capita Indoor Survival
Two X-shaped carbon fiber beams in the center of this true twin board deliver plenty of torsional stiffness while still keeping the tip and tail flexy for jibbing. A smooth radial sidecut and centered stance complete the stick.

Tester feedback:
“This board honestly crushed every section of the park. With perfect flex spinability and tracking in turns, this board is the whole package.”
“Perfect pop for me-quick, snappy. Ninja on takeoffs. Nice flex for jibbing. Nice and light flying around turns.”

Available sizes: 152, 154, 156, 158, 160
$420

Forum Grudge
Proof that a directional board can perform super well in the park, this stunt comes with the highest-quality, lightweight and strong wood core and a super-fast sintered base-speed, strength, and durability from Forum.

Tester feedback:
“I liked to jump on this one. It’s solid for landings with just a little forgiveness and quick edge to edge. Nice for spinning-perfect pop off jumps.”
“This board had perfect flex and pop for any rail or jump, small or big.”

Available sizes: 154, 156, 158, 162
$550

Gnu Riders Choice MTX
A repeat finisher in the Good Wood test, this twin-shaped board features a directional sidecut for everywhere performance. The package is wrapped up with Magne-Traction edges and a slippery sintered 9900 base.

Tester feedback:
“Crazy edging, but still smooth on rails. I like Magne-Traction.”
“Awesome snowboard! The perfect flex for jumps and rails-great snowboard for everything. I loved it!”

Available sizes: 151.5, 154.5, 157.5, 161.5
$480

Nitro Eero
Eero Ettala’s pro model is built for park shredding. A solid core souped-up for the snappiest pop with a high-performance tri-progressive sidecut, which accelerates through the turns. Power through the park!

Tester feedback:
“This board is awesome overall. A little stiff at times but so fun and great on everything!”
“Perfect flex to load up for smooth spins.”

Available sizes: 155, 157, 159
$470

Omatic Wig Out
A full wood-core board with air channels to lighten things up and carbon fiber Xs near the tip and tail for strength and stiffening. A techie tri-radial sidecut adds precision steering capabilities to this board that was repeatedly summed up as “fun.”

Tester feedback:
“Real fun, soft and stable. Turns great and cuts through chop. Buttery smooth on rails.”
“Super jib board-butters like no other I’ve ever ridden.”

Available sizes: 152, 155, 158, 161
$400

Rome Mod
The newest trick stick in Rome’s line, the core of this true twin-tip was developed to be super poppy and lightweight for park and pow jumping. Finishing touches include impact edges that can withstand rail abuse and impact plates under the bindings to prevent focusing.

Tester feedback:
“Didn’t fail me on jumps, perfect stability, not quite as fun on rails but still impressive. Held an edge nicely into kicks. Rode well switch.”
“The best all-around board I have ridden in a long time.”

Available sizes: 154, 156, 158
$550

Salomon Arnie 5000

Scotty goes for it on this centered twin with an easy radial sidecut and a really fast base for clearing the super-kickers. It comes factory ready for rails with edge detuning on high-pressure zones.

Tester feedback:
“Real sick flex pattern, very comfortable on rails, and smooth in the air.”
“Sick on the rails and butters-even in powder.”

Available sizes: 150, 154, 159
$449

Santa Cruz Jon Kooley
Kooley wanted a soft, buttery board for rails and powder landings. He put together this true twin with heel-side correcting Bi-O-metric sidecut-the radius of the heelside is cut deeper than the toeside for more effortless heelside turns.

Tester feedback:
“This board is all about having fun-perfect flex, pop, and spinability. It doesn’t get better.”
“I really like the two different sidecuts it made heel turns a dream.”

Available sizes: 151, 154, 157
$XXX

Uninc
Romain, Gigi, Danny, JP, and a twin shape with a directional flex kitted out with the next-level board feel and stance options of EST. Mind the impact-absorbent geometry of the 10:45 sidewalls and tapered thickness of the tip and tail for quick spins.

Tester feedback:
“Real loose, fun, great flex, and perfect for jumping and jibbing.”
“All around goodness-great for most everything. Snappy, quick, poppy-mi gusta.”

Available sizes: 152, 154, 156, 158, 160
$530

Top Ten Men’s Park Boards Under $400

Flow Quantum
Scotty Lago’s true twin is engineered with a tight radius sidecut and reinforced plates for easier turning and quick energy transmission. It’s finished off with softer brass edges for easier tuning and more crack resistance.

Tester feedback:
“Turned well and felt very responsive. Fun board.”
“Very good pop-sick jump board.”

Available sizes: 152, 156, 159
$399

Forum Youngblood
This true-twin board can handle both the rails and the big jumps thanks to a little necessary stiffness. All the basics are packed in from the vertical wood core to the P-tex base in a huge selection of length and width options.

Tester feedback:
“Turned and held an edge well. Rideable on rails, but stiff. Good for all-around riding.”
“Fun for freeriding and jumps.”

Available sizes: 148, 152, 155W, 156, 159, 159W
$360

K2 Darkstar
A treverything!”
“Perfect flex to load up for smooth spins.”

Available sizes: 155, 157, 159
$470

Omatic Wig Out
A full wood-core board with air channels to lighten things up and carbon fiber Xs near the tip and tail for strength and stiffening. A techie tri-radial sidecut adds precision steering capabilities to this board that was repeatedly summed up as “fun.”

Tester feedback:
“Real fun, soft and stable. Turns great and cuts through chop. Buttery smooth on rails.”
“Super jib board-butters like no other I’ve ever ridden.”

Available sizes: 152, 155, 158, 161
$400

Rome Mod
The newest trick stick in Rome’s line, the core of this true twin-tip was developed to be super poppy and lightweight for park and pow jumping. Finishing touches include impact edges that can withstand rail abuse and impact plates under the bindings to prevent focusing.

Tester feedback:
“Didn’t fail me on jumps, perfect stability, not quite as fun on rails but still impressive. Held an edge nicely into kicks. Rode well switch.”
“The best all-around board I have ridden in a long time.”

Available sizes: 154, 156, 158
$550

Salomon Arnie 5000

Scotty goes for it on this centered twin with an easy radial sidecut and a really fast base for clearing the super-kickers. It comes factory ready for rails with edge detuning on high-pressure zones.

Tester feedback:
“Real sick flex pattern, very comfortable on rails, and smooth in the air.”
“Sick on the rails and butters-even in powder.”

Available sizes: 150, 154, 159
$449

Santa Cruz Jon Kooley
Kooley wanted a soft, buttery board for rails and powder landings. He put together this true twin with heel-side correcting Bi-O-metric sidecut-the radius of the heelside is cut deeper than the toeside for more effortless heelside turns.

Tester feedback:
“This board is all about having fun-perfect flex, pop, and spinability. It doesn’t get better.”
“I really like the two different sidecuts it made heel turns a dream.”

Available sizes: 151, 154, 157
$XXX

Uninc
Romain, Gigi, Danny, JP, and a twin shape with a directional flex kitted out with the next-level board feel and stance options of EST. Mind the impact-absorbent geometry of the 10:45 sidewalls and tapered thickness of the tip and tail for quick spins.

Tester feedback:
“Real loose, fun, great flex, and perfect for jumping and jibbing.”
“All around goodness-great for most everything. Snappy, quick, poppy-mi gusta.”

Available sizes: 152, 154, 156, 158, 160
$530

Top Ten Men’s Park Boards Under $400

Flow Quantum
Scotty Lago’s true twin is engineered with a tight radius sidecut and reinforced plates for easier turning and quick energy transmission. It’s finished off with softer brass edges for easier tuning and more crack resistance.

Tester feedback:
“Turned well and felt very responsive. Fun board.”
“Very good pop-sick jump board.”

Available sizes: 152, 156, 159
$399

Forum Youngblood
This true-twin board can handle both the rails and the big jumps thanks to a little necessary stiffness. All the basics are packed in from the vertical wood core to the P-tex base in a huge selection of length and width options.

Tester feedback:
“Turned and held an edge well. Rideable on rails, but stiff. Good for all-around riding.”
“Fun for freeriding and jumps.”

Available sizes: 148, 152, 155W, 156, 159, 159W
$360

K2 Darkstar
A true-twin shape with a multi-radii sidecut (for smooth turning), and a thinned-out core on the tip and tail for reduced swing weight on those spins. The graphics are a Modern Amusement collaboration.

Tester feedback:
“Super fun-it just felt completely natural like that was my own board.”
“Board is sick-good flex for rails and jumps. I would run this shit!”

Available sizes: 152, 155, 157, 159
$390

K2 WWW
The dual-progressive sidecut on this true twin is designed to be mistake friendly, fun, and forgiving. Featuring a shorter thinned-out tip and tail with a longer effective edge, which allows you to drop down five cm in length from the size you regularly ride without sacrificing the stability of a longer board.

Tester feedback:
“The 152 has the effective edge of a 156, which makes it good for rails, but I still had control at max velocity.”
“I loved this board. For a 155 it rode like a 159. Stable on everything, but small and really manipulatable at the same time.”

Available sizes: 145, 148, 152, 155, 158
$330

Nitro T1
The most park-oriented board in Nitro’s line, the T1 features a true-twin shape with a progressive tri-radial sidecut to speed through the turns. Also available in limited-edition T1 Legacy graphic featuring 70s American hardcore-inspired topsheets.

Tester feedback:
“A soft board good for pressing and butters.”
“Smooth good ride and very stable.”

Available sizes: 149, 153, 156, 159
$370

Nitro Team
The wood core of the directional Team features a tapered tip and tail to reduce swing weight. An all-terrain board makes moves in and out of the park. The tighter center sidecut elongates to a larger tip and tail radius sidecut banging out performance turns and smooth landings.

Tester feedback:
“This was my favorite board so far. A little stiff, but it can handle everything.”
“Super fun board-a little stiff, but easy to adjust to. Perfect for everything.”

Available sizes: 152, 155, 155W, 157, 157W, 159, 159W, 162, 162W

$399

Ride Agenda
A twin board with a single radius sidecut for one smooth turn. Loud graphics and a bright base will draw attention to this park and rail doer.

Tester feedback:
“This board felt like the most medium-flex pattern of all the boards.
Not too soft, but not really stiff at all. A good all-around board.”
“Smooth through the jumps and a smooth ride.”

Available sizes: 142, 147, 152, 156, 159
$300

Ride Kink
Justin Hebbel and Darrell Mathes helped design this twin. It does double-duty as a park and rail board. The durable cleave edges and impact-absorbing Slimewalls put this board over the top as a rail destroyer.

Tester feedback:
“This board has a really good flex pattern-fun on rails and jumps.”
“So sick on rails, perfect rail board, not bad on jumps.”

Available sizes: 147, 152, 155, 158
$340

Rome Artifact
A true twin built with a softer nose and tail and stiffness between the feet, which equals pressing ease and stability on boardslides. The softer bronze edges come with a rail-friendly, jib-edge bevel.

Tester feedback:
“Such a good board. Perfect on rails-pretty good jumping.”
“Really versatile feel! The softer nose and tail were money on rails, but sometimes tricky on big landings.”

Available sizes: 147, 150, 153, 156, 159
$350

Technine Jib
A directional twin featuring retro Aggression Tarquin graphics. This full wood-core board is available in three different colorways: candy apple metallic, blue metallic, and blaack.

Tester feedback:
“Good for jibbing and buttering-I’m takin’ it to the streets.”
“Basic boards are damn rare. This board is something you can ride and know what to expect.”

Available sizes: 149, 153, 157
$300

twin shape with a multi-radii sidecut (for smooth turning), and a thinned-out core on the tip and tail for reduced swing weight on those spins. The graphics are a Modern Amusement collaboration.

Tester feedback:
“Super fun-it just felt completely natural like that was my own board.”
“Board is sick-good flex for rails and jumps. I would run this shit!”

Available sizes: 152, 155, 157, 159
$390

K2 WWW
The dual-progressive sidecut on this true twin is designed to be mistake friendly, fun, and forgiving. Featuring a shorter thinned-out tip and tail with a longer effective edge, which allows you to drop down five cm in length from the size you regularly ride without sacrificing the stability of a longer board.

Tester feedback:
“The 152 has the effective edge of a 156, which makes it good for rails, but I still had control at max velocity.”
“I loved this board. For a 155 it rode like a 159. Stable on everything, but small and really manipulatable at the same time.”

Available sizes: 145, 148, 152, 155, 158
$330

Nitro T1
The most park-oriented board in Nitro’s line, the T1 features a true-twin shape with a progressive tri-radial sidecut to speed through the turns. Also available in limited-edition T1 Legacy graphic featuring 70s American hardcore-inspired topsheets.

Tester feedback:
“A soft board good for pressing and butters.”
“Smooth good ride and very stable.”

Available sizes: 149, 153, 156, 159
$370

Nitro Team
The wood core of the directional Team features a tapered tip and tail to reduce swing weight. An all-terrain board makes moves in and out of the park. The tighter center sidecut elongates to a larger tip and tail radius sidecut banging out performance turns and smooth landings.

Tester feedback:
“This was my favorite board so far. A little stiff, but it can handle everything.”
“Super fun board-a little stiff, but easy to adjust to. Perfect for everything.”

Available sizes: 152, 155, 155W, 157, 157W, 159, 159W, 162, 162W

$399

Ride Agenda
A twin board with a single radius sidecut for one smooth turn. Loud graphics and a bright base will draw attention to this park and rail doer.

Tester feedback:
“This board felt like the most medium-flex pattern of all the boards.
Not too soft, but not really stiff at all. A good all-around board.”
“Smooth through the jumps and a smooth ride.”

Available sizes: 142, 147, 152, 156, 159
$300

Ride Kink
Justin Hebbel and Darrell Mathes helped design this twin. It does double-duty as a park and rail board. The durable cleave edges and impact-absorbing Slimewalls put this board over the top as a rail destroyer.

Tester feedback:
“This board has a really good flex pattern-fun on rails and jumps.”
“So sick on rails, perfect rail board, not bad on jumps.”

Available sizes: 147, 152, 155, 158
$340

Rome Artifact
A true twin built with a softer nose and tail and stiffness between the feet, which equals pressing ease and stability on boardslides. The softer bronze edges come with a rail-friendly, jib-edge bevel.

Tester feedback:
“Such a good board. Perfect on rails-pretty good jumping.”
“Really versatile feel! The softer nose and tail were money on rails, but sometimes tricky on big landings.”

Available sizes: 147, 150, 153, 156, 159
$350

Technine Jib
A directional twin featuring retro Aggression Tarquin graphics. This full wood-core board is available in three different colorways: candy apple metallic, blue metallic, and black.

Tester feedback:
“Good for jibbing and buttering-I’m takin’ it to the streets.”
“Basic boards are damn rare. This board is something you can ride and know what to expect.”

Available sizes: 149, 153, 157
$300

and black.

Tester feedback:
“Good for jibbing and buttering-I’m takin’ it to the streets.”
“Basic boards are damn rare. This board is something you can ride and know what to expect.”

Available sizes: 149, 153, 157
$300