Board Test: Inside the Top 25

The Top 25 took place April 26-30, 1999 at Mammoth Mountain, California. Three women and four mentested each board in varied terrain and scored it on a scale of one to five in the following categories: turninitiation, edge hold, stability, versatility (how well the board performed over varied terrain), and overallperformance.

These category scores were added together on every tester’s scorecard for each model,resulting in a preliminary total. At this point, we implemented the “Russian Judge” theory, discarding thehighest and lowest of the seven testers’ preliminary totals for each review board. The remaining battery offive preliminary totals for each model were then added up averaged to result in a final score. Since the reviewteam was made up of both men and women of varying heights and weights, the participating manufacturerswere invited to send each model in two sizes, one suited for smaller riders and one for bigger riders.

Weknow all this stuff is really confusing, but believe us, it works. And as a result, you’ve been dialed into thebest freeriding boards on the market. You’re welcome. Now, stop reading and go directly to your local shopand slap down some plastic. Then go riding.