When you've got a board bearing the Father of Freestyle's name, it better be good. Throwing it back to Kidwell's original 1985 Roundtail graphic, this revamping of a SIMS classic is built with the modern all-mountain freestyler in mind. No crazy gimmicks here, just a directional, cambered snowboard with enough taper to provide optimal float on the deep days, and trench-carving prowess on the rest. "The classic, cambered shape keeps things predictable when conditions become less than ideal," mentioned one tester. "It's a nice, mid-weight board that handles airtime with style and grace." Plus, being built in Never Summer's Denver-based factory, you know this board has a durable build. If you're in search of a timeless board – both in construction and graphics – look no further than the RT2. As a veteran tester eloquently pointed out, "It's a fucking Kidwell."
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
155 — 25.2
157.5 — 25.4
160 — 25.6
158W — 26.4
161W — 26.6
Camber: Traditional Camber with Micro Early Rise
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "The classic, cambered shape keeps things predictable when conditions become less than ideal."
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.