A new addition to the DC lineup for this season, the 156 keeps things simple by being offered in their most requested size: you guessed it, 156. Featuring a traditional camber profile and a stiffer-than-average flex, our testers at Carinthia agreed that this board was ripe for ripping the entire mountain with a freestyle attitude. One tester commented, "Expect to work for your press, but don't worry, there is plenty of pop to put you there." But where the 156 truly shined was through the jump lines and in the pipe, with testers agreeing that it was a confident and stable ride that felt most comfortable at higher speeds. And considering that a number of our testers tended to prefer boards on the shorter end of the spectrum for their park-riding purposes, the fact that the 156 still stood out from the pack says quite a lot for this single-sized deck.
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
156 — 25.4
Camber: Traditional Camber
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: "Expect to work for your press, but don't worry, there is plenty of pop to put you there."
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.