Making waves in the board biz isn’t easy. Riders continue to push boundaries far beyond the rope, and gear performance is more important than ever. To add to the pressure brands face, people talk and words travel far. Especially online. We used web analytics to determine which of the 44 Good Wood award winning snowboards were the most popular–meaning had the most views–on our site this fall. The results? Eight all-mountain decks and two park decks from some of the biggest names in the game.
CAPiTA has defended its title once again with this awesome all-mountain board. The DOA comes with a few upgrades this season, including stainless steel inserts, stronger Kevlar-bound sidewalls, and a faster base. This board won a Bang for your Buck award at the 2016 all-mountain test in Aspen, Colorado.
New for this year the T. Rice comes standard with Lib’s Horse Power Construction—a lighter and snappier fiberglass layup for premium pop and power.With a trifecta of hardwoods in the core wrapped in a high-end jacket of basalt, bean-based, and traditional fibreglasses, it has a dynamic and damp feel. Finished with Magne-Traction edges, a medium-firm flex and a hybrid camber profile solidifies its utility.
Never Summer’s new Proto Type Two model is an asymmetric blend of their popular Proto HD board, mixed with elements of their Funslinger and Ripsaw models. It’s backed by high-tech ingredients like carbon fiber “Vs” in the tips and “Xs” underfoot for loads of stability and pop. The softer flex and freestyle leaning make it a go-to for riders looking for a playful board that can rip around the whole mountain.
The new Explorer model from Jones is made for seeking out new lines, whether it’s on groomers, in the woods, or way out in the backcountry. More on the freeride spectrum, this directional board has a setback camber profile with rocker in the tips, subtle serrated edges, and new 2mm spoon-shaped bevel in the tip and tail—all of which help it eat up rough conditions and terrain.
The Outerspace Living was designed to be more of an all-mountain freestyle board, but the flex is sick flex for pressing rails and boxes, both regular and switch, and is strong on takeoffs with great pop. This board won a Bang for your Buck award at the 2016 park test at Carinthia Parks of Mt. Snow, VT.
Gnu’s new Eco Choice asymmetric twin behaves like the popular Riders Choice, but it’s covered in an environmental cloak. The Eco Choice was tweaked by team rider Nicolas Müller to have less production impact with its water-based inks, non-toxic resins, recycled plastic sidewalls, FSC wood core, and Bio Beans topsheet, but still retain the classic feel the Riders Choice is known for.
The maeT is more versatile than last year—more stable, yet still satisfied the most playful testers. This year there’s a little less camber throughout to help keep it under control and the loose flex was easy to manipulate but still offered quick response time and felt solid through carves. This board also won a Bang for your Buck award at the 2016 park test at Carinthia Parks of Mt. Snow, VT.
The Space Echo’s slightly directional shape combined with a true twin flex adapts to freestyle and freeriding terrain with ease. The flex is meaty but good, and it really helps the board rally turns, loft off of lips, and handle chunder and landings. This board also won a Bang for your Buck award at the 2016 all-mountain test in Aspen, Colorado.
The Brainstorm’s complex blend of four different woods in the core, combined with two different fiberglasses along with carbon fiber and Kevlar materials make it light and mighty. Its directional twin design and medium flex means it adapts well to riders with a freeride or freestyle mindset. Testers said that this board charges with tons of power and stability, and that they felt confident in all types of terrain.
Salomon team rider Bode Merrill’s The Ultimate Ride pro model is just what its name implies. The true twin shape, hybrid positive camber profile, and loaded core and fiberglass build meld into this premium all-mountain model made for park, powder, and beyond. It was called super playful and snappy, with great maneuverability.
Those were the most popular snowboard stories on TWSNOW.com in 2016. For boots, bindings, and accessories, click here.