Best Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015 – 2016
Words: Scott Yorko
"If this board were a sword, it would be a lightweight, broad sword meant to cut fast and power through things," declared one tester. Everyone else seemed to agree, touting its aggressive feel, predictable takeoffs and landings on big jumps, confident handling in the pipe, tail load for big ollies, and edge hold on boardercross lines. Several riders wished for a little more torsional flex out of the box, which they'd likely get after the break-in period. Beginners and experts alike will appreciate this one, from powder hounds and tree ninjas, to mogul hoppers and groomer cruisers.
From the testers: "I knew exactly what to expect taking off and landing. Handled perfect in the pipe and even felt good on rails."
Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)
153 — 7.50/1.50/7.50 — 25.30
155 — 7.70/1.50/7.70 — 25.50
157 — 7.85/1.50/7.70 — 25.70
159 — 8.00/1.50/8.00 — 25.90
161 — 8.15/1.50/8.15 — 26.10
Camber: Hybrid (regular camber to inserts, reverse to tips)
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of
the board's flex.)
(Sidecut Radius: The measure of how deep or shallow the arc of a board's edge is from the tips to the middle, in meters. A smaller radius, around six to seven meters means a board will generally turn tighter. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)