Academy Propaganda

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For park rippers who don't buy into bullshit, the Propaganda is the perfect tool to press and pop through featured terrain. A straightforward, flat cambered offering from Academy, testers appreciated its soft and predictable flex pattern for technical rail moves, heralding its easy manipulation while riding in a lower gear and when landing off-kilter. Riders described the Propaganda as "balanced" and "easy-going". The trait some testers felt this board lacked was stability—a tradeoff for its relaxed persona that riders enjoyed while jibbing. More comfortable navigating triple kinks than sending 80-footers the Propaganda resonated best with those who favor forgiveness and pliability in a board. After burning a hotlap through one of Carinthia's numerous rail lines, one tester noted particularly its "exceptional pressing ability," exclaiming, "You can plant 'em down nice," concluding that, "It’s super malleable but has enough beneath you that it’s reassuring."

Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)

149 – 25.35

152 – 25.35

156 – 25.5

Flex: 4/10

Camber: Flat

Base: Extruded

Shape: True Twin

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board's flex.)

Price: $349.00
Brand Name

Academy

Gender

Mens

Style

Park

Product Type

Snowboard

Length

149, 152,156

Manufacturers URL

http://academysnowboards.com/

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “A very fun board. Certainly more geared toward jibs than jumps, it was still a good board to catch air on.”

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

Yes

Gallery ID

1000328626

Featured-product

NO

Guide Year

2018

Tester Quote: “A very fun board. Certainly more geared toward jibs than jumps, it was still a good board to catch air on.”

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.