SIMS Tom Sims Pro Series

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If you're going to choose one board in your lineup to designate with the namesake of the brand's founder and one of the most iconic personalities in our culture as snowboarders, it better be a good one. After a week ripping this thing through the vast variety of terrain that Snowbird offers, testers reaffirmed that the Tom Sims Pro is worthy of its name. One rider described this traditionally cambered, directional deck as "pretty close to perfect," saying that the board's construction and profile "made it easy to make quick adjustments when necessary," and adding, "I felt comfortable in all snow conditions, and despite its shape, it rode great switch." Some felt the T. Sims could improve with a decrease in flex, that with a touch of stiffness, especially in the tail, the true colors of this red, white, and blue board would shine. One tester who's ridden more boards than maybe any other stated, "I instantly felt like I could ride this board every day. It was stable on takeoffs and landings and felt very balanced. Loved the quickness of the board edge-to-edge."

Length (cm) –Waist Width (cm)

155 — 25.3

158 — 25.5

161 — 25.7

159W — 26.4

162W — 26.7

Flex: 6/10

Camber: Hybrid—camber with early-rise nose and tail

Base: Sintered

Shape: Directional twin

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

Price: $539.95
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All Mountain

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155, 158, 159W, 161, 162W

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Tester quote: “It’s like it knew where I wanted to go before I did.”

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Good Wood


Bang For Your Buck


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Tester quote: “It's like it knew where I wanted to go before I did.”

Good Wood 2018 presented by

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.