K2 Fastplant : Good Wood 2015
Men’s Park Snowboards Over $450
The deck du jour of K2 riders Alex Rodway and Jake Kuzyk, this board is a powerhouse in the park. Its flat camber profile is forgiving yet loaded with a web of carbon in the tips and a pre-curved carbon Ollie Bar between the feet to juice up ollies. In addition, the hybrid bamboo core cuts weight, adds snap, and boasts a five-year warranty against core breakage. With a twin shape and thin, stable tips, it’s game on for fastplants to 40-footers.
Available Sizes: 151, 154, 156W, 157, 159W, 160, 162W
“This is a perfect board for a more aggressive park rider. Slightly stiffer but a super sick board, and it can perform outside of the park, too.”
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.