TransWorld SNOWboarding, October 2009

We test them so you don’t have to.

Carson Hulbert putting the Nitro Rook through the ringer. Photo: Chris Welhausen

Carson Hulbert putting the Nitro Rook through the ringer. Photo: Chris Welhausen

How The Test Works

The test starts with each model of snowboard in three different sizes sent to the snowy slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado in mid-April for the weeklong test. We hire 23 expert testers to ride Breckenridge’s Park Lane park and the 2,400 vertical feet down Peak 8 testing each board on every type of feature and terrain available. The park boards are scored according to criteria including ollies/nollies, rail stability, buttering, flex, turning, and spinability—all-mountain is also scored in jumping and spinning, with an additional focus on high-speed stability and turning, and less focus on rails. Test forms are filled out, turned in, and computed.

Top Ten Men’s Over $400

Burton Custom V-Rocker (all mountain)
Burton Easy Livin’
Burton Joystick (all mountain)
Forum Destroyer Chillydog
Gnu Park Pickle
K2 Parkstar
K2 Slayblade (all mountain)
Lib Tech Skate Banana
Nitro Rook
Ride Machete

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