Best Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards 2015-2016
Words: Scott Yorko
Funky, weird new shapes get everyone's attention, especially on a highly directional board like the Gold Member with superb effective edge hold that carved like a boss through all kinds of tracked up slush. At around 26 cm in the waist, it's a bit of a wider board, which was ideal for bigger-footed testers with low stance angles who really like to rail deeply into carves. Some testers found it hooky at low speeds and torsionally stiff, but the camber profile was loose and forgiving, "which is really huge for an intermediate rider looking to step up on some more aggressive terrain," said one tester.
From the testers: "For edge hold, I wish I could give this a higher score than a 5! Really great performance when laying into deep carves!"
Length (cm) — Sidecut Radius (m) — Waist Width (cm)
155 — 8.1 — 25.8
159 — 8.2 — 25.8
163 — 8.2 — 26.6
Camber: Hybrid (reverse between inserts, camber 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.)