Gnu Gateway : Good Wood 2015
Men’s Park Snowboards Under $450
It's more than the board. Sure, this deck rips with its twin asymmetrical shaping, Magne-Traction edge grip, and flat kick tips. The triple density core and rockered profile don't hurt either. But that's only part of the story. This board was designed with Gateway Parks, a group of core riders pushing to open affordable and accessible snowboard parks close to urban areas. Dropping in on this deck also gets you a Weekday Warrior pass at any of the parks, plus proceeds go to funding more spots. We'd all ride more if it were as easy as hitting the local skatepark, right?
Available Sizes: 149, 152, 155
"This board turns like a boss. Super playful from tip to tail. Good park flex, responsive and fun. Doesn't feel sloppy at all, just enough rocker for getting weird without losing stability."
Good Wood 2015 Presented by THE-HOUSE.com
How do you pick the board that rides the way you want from the thousands of options out there? The answer: with the Good Wood 2015 Snowboard Test results. This year our 18 testers spent eight days hammering 400 boards through the park and pistes of Winter Park, Colorado. Each of these testers rides a little differently from one another, so there's something to be said when a board stokes out all who tried it. With the scores tallied for the 16th annual Good Wood, we present the best performing all-mountain and park boards of the year.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after burning some laps on each board, our test crew inputs scores for 18 characteristics that measure the ride on a sliding scale. The park and all-mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew often does break a deck or three. Once the winners are calculated, the testers are long gone, and the cardboard dust has settled from shipping, we package the tester feedback and send it to the brands involved, which they can use to help make better boards.