Sometimes less is more, and between the supremely minimalist graphics to the tried and true camber-dominant profile, that's exactly what testers took away from Stepchild's Latchkey. "I loved the simplicity of this board," said one satisfied tester, "It's basic and no bullshit – the way a snowboard should be." Featuring a slightly stiffer than middle-of-the-road flex pattern, testers found this upgraded version of one of Stepchild's most iconic models to be both stable and poppy, making it a viable deck for the rider who enjoys both higher speeds and larger jump lines. And thanks to the subtle flat sections outside of the inserts, the Latchkey certainly stays true to its namesake by effectively locking into presses – even if one tester admitted it required a bit more legwork: "It was a little harder to engage than other boards, but once you were in a press, there was no fear of slipping out."
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
148 — 24.6
152 — 24.7
155 — 24.9
157 — 25.0
159 — 25.2
Camber: Camber Between Feet; Flat Contact Points
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: "It's basic and no bullshit – the way a snowboard should be."
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.