If one board in the test captured snowboarding's core essence, this was it. Not only are these handmade boards built to order in British Columbia, with tinted resin topsheets that differ deck to deck, what sets their ride apart is how they invoke a timeless, carve-oriented feel recalling snowboarding's surfing roots. "I loved how the Grease Gun transitioned from edge to edge," mentioned one tester, "It had snappy finishes in turns, and even though upon first flex it felt too soft, after getting out on the hill it was perfect – snappy, poppy, yet still really stable." Thanks to a tapered directional shape and deep, groomer-hungry sidecut, the Grease Gun is equally in its element on hardpack and slashing waist-deep pow. Asked what needed improvement, one wise, veteran tester responded, "For me to own this board."
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
155 — 25.3
158 — 25.4
161 — 25.5
Camber: Reverse Rocker Light
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "It had snappy finishes in turns, and even though upon first flex it felt too soft, after getting out on the hill it was perfect – snappy, poppy, yet still really stable."
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.