Arbor Westmark : Good Wood 2015
Men’s Park Snowboards Under $450
What you’re looking at is hand-dyed ash, people. The colored beauty of this board comes from a thin veneer of ash wood that not only looks good—it adds a nice layer of structural support. The full poplar wood core and two-way fiberglass finish of the rest make for a consistent medium-to-soft flex in a twin, rockered shape. The Grip Tech edges are extended underfoot to give a “driving with your feet” type feel of added edge hold under variable conditions and speeds.
Available Sizes: 150, 153, 154MW, 156, 157MW, 159, 160MW
“I’m a normal camber fan, but this is the type of rockered board I could ride daily. Really solid underfoot and just enough playfulness to get weird on rails without losing stability.”
Good Wood 2015 Presented by THE-HOUSE.com
How do you pick the board that rides the way you want from the thousands of options out there? The answer: with the Good Wood 2015 Snowboard Test results. This year our 18 testers spent eight days hammering 400 boards through the park and pistes of Winter Park, Colorado. Each of these testers rides a little differently from one another, so there’s something to be said when a board stokes out all who tried it. With the scores tallied for the 16th annual Good Wood, we present the best performing all-mountain and park boards of the year.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after burning some laps on each board, our test crew inputs scores for 18 characteristics that measure the ride 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 often does break a deck or three. Once the winners are calculated, the testers are long gone, and the cardboard dust has settled from shipping, we package the tester feedback and send it to the brands involved, which they can use to help make better boards.