Perhaps one of the most performance-driven decks in this year's park test, the Free Thinker proved to be a stiff and aggressive true twin that testers enjoyed ripping within the entirety of Mount Snow's boundary lines. With a traditional camber profile, testers agreed that this Danny Davis-approved board was snappy, responsive, and most at home when rallying through the pipe, sending the larger jump lines, or just searching for transition along the sides of the trails. But they also commented that it's not for everyone. One tester remarked, "For people who want to charge through the park, this is the board for them. For those who want something more jib-oriented that is both playful and loose, they may want to look elsewhere." He added, "As an all-mountain freestyle deck, it serves its purpose extremely well. It's stable into and out of jumps, locks into rails, and feels like it's meant to be ridden fast. Very fast."
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
150 — 24.6
154 — 24.8
157 — 25.2
160 — 25.5
157W — 26.0
160W — 26.3
Shape: True Twin
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "As an all-mountain freestyle deck, it serves its purpose extremely well. It's stable into and out of jumps, locks into rails, and feels like it's meant to be ridden fast. Very fast."
Buying a new snowboard shouldn't be an arduous task. But with hundreds of options to choose from, narrowing down options can be an overwhelming process. The internal struggle boils down to the reality that these things aren't cheap. With that in mind, Good Wood's intent has always been to best serve you in your quest to purchase the deck most deserving of your money. This season, our diverse crew of testers returned to the steeps of Snowbird, Utah for the all-mountain category and the progressive features of Carinthia at Mount Snow, Vermont for the park division. In the end, we came back with a collection of boards that are worthy of TransWorld's esteemed Good Wood stamp of approval.
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.