Yes Basic : Good Wood 2015
Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards Under $450
With a continual evolution of design since this board was introduced five years ago, the Basic is anything but basic. New this year is an edge design called Underbite where the sidecut dips in underfoot, increasing edge pressure where you need it for smoother turns and better grip in crud. Inside, the triple-density wood core cuts weight and fine-tunes the flex. Its true twin shape, medium flex, and hybrid camber rocker profile provide an easy platform to take from park to backcountry.
Available Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155, 158, 159W, 161
“The weird edge keeps this thing ripping! It’s playful, on the softer side for an all-mountain board. The shape is pretty killer. A fun overall ride!”
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.