Smokin Hooligan : Men’s Good Wood 2015
Park Snowboards Under $450
Sports hooligans are f—king nuts. The closest thing snowboarding has to them are maybe few a drunks at the Open (when it was back East), and that’s mild. That’s a good thing, because snowboarding is not a sport, it’s a pursuit, a culture, an act. And for the act of terrorizing the park, this soft twin, flat-to-rocker board does the trick. It has three-stage dampening along the rails to smooth out the ride and a variable density fiberglass layup for longevity and snap.
Available Sizes: 144, 148, 152, 156
Tester Comments “Solid board with good stability at all speeds. Felt great on rails and jumps with the right amount of torsional flex to match the profile.”
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.