Slash Straight : Good Wood 2015 Reviews

Men’s All-Mountain Snowboards Under $450

Gigi Rüf's go-to board for big mountain riding. With a slightly setback stance (20 mm) and a stiffer, less rockered tail, the board has a sturdy backseat rudder feel when charging down. Rocker in the nose is double that of the tail, and combined with the large surface area of the nose, it has ample float in pow. With a cambered center profile, added fiberglass stringer from tip to tail and slight edge bump in the middle, it has the perfect blend of directional and freestyle performance.

Price: $449

Available Sizes: 156, 159, 161, 163

Tester Comments

"Hell of a ride. So solid under my feet. The tail is pretty damn firm, and it wants to hold on to tighter turns. Overall a phenomenal ride. Fun!"

Slash Straight Snowboard Review 2014-2015

Good Wood 2015 Presented by

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.