Lib Tech Travis Rice Gold Member

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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

Flex: Medium-stiff

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.)

 

Price: $840.00
Length

155, 159, 163

Good Wood 2018 presented by evo.com

With hundreds of options available, how do you pick the best snowboard for you and your riding? The 2017-2018 Good Wood board test is a great place to start. Every board in here has been through rigorous rounds of testing in the environments it's intended for, and passed. Between the feature-filled freestyle terrain at Carinthia at Mount Snow in Vermont, and the rugged steeps of Snowbird, Utah, our eclectic and discerning testers rode and rated hundred of snowboards, ultimately concluding that these are the pinnacle of this season's freestyle and freeride offerings, respectively. Our crew is comprised of riders of riders of vastly varying sizes and backgrounds, with two commonalities: they're all experienced snowboarders with astute product knowledge. When a board stokes out the majority of this group, it means something. In addition to the park and all-mountain Good Wood accolades, we award two boards in each category with the “Bang for your Buck” designation, meaning they're the top-performers with the lowest price tags. Now in its 19th year, TransWorld SNOWboarding's Good Wood is the longest-running and most credible snowboard test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board's performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.