We’ve delayed on posting the official results of the Best Good Platinum Wood Test Award Picks for far too long, but since it’s the Internet no one noticed or cared and if they did no one bothered to ask us about it. This is the official award winners and a brief description of why they won.
Best Beginner Board:
We all start somewhere and the needs of a beginner shouldn’t be forgotten as we ourselves move past that ability level. Anyone can theoretically ride anything and learn on it, but certain characteristics stick out as to why this board is better suited for an entry level rider. With The Formula the softer flex pattern and mellow reverse camber make it easy to initiate a turn but not worry about catching. Whether the person is just learning their first carve or hitting their first box the board can handle that which makes it ideal to progress with.
The Arbor Formula
Best Jib Board:
Anyone could make a floppy noodle with a bunch of stance options and call it a jib board. It can probably even jib fairly well depending on the rider, but what separates a jib board from an excellent jib board is a bit more. It needs to have the ability to press but it also has to have a little bit of snap so you can ollie up on to features as well as pop out of them. Tweaking the base shape so it’s convex and prevents edge hang ups helps too. Believe us when we say we were shocked when out of all the decks we rode the Rossignol RocknRolla stood out as the top contender. Hats off to a brand that’s relevancy in snowboarding has all but disappeared, you proved us wrong.
Best All Around Park Slayer:
Freestyle is an interpretation of how one views the obstacles in front of them and adds their own personal twist in how they hit them. Being able to have a board that can go from jumps to jibs and on to tranny’s is vital to having freedom when slaying the park. The MarHar Throwback surprised us as a board that could do that and this is why it won the most sought after award from us. MarHar is relatively new in the board world but their attention to detail and feedback from riders is what allowed them to win this award.
Best All Mountain Board:
While some experts believe that a quiver is the only way to go to enjoy snowboarding, not everyone can afford or have the luxury of owning multiple board set ups. This is where versatility comes into play. For years we’ve mentioned how great the K2 Raygun is at being a jack of all trades boards. From a beginner to an advanced rider you can have fun on this board as you face the many different challenges of the mountain.
The K2 Raygun
Best Powder Board:
Every person that snowboards at some point in their life should experience a deep powder day. Now while any snowboard can ride powder there are those that do it better. The K2 Ultradream is that board. The tip shape, profile, and camber option make it ideal for charging white lines and getting face shots. Being able to test this board out in varied powder conditions set it up above the rest.
The K2 Ultra Dream
Best Women’s Board:
This year we decided to add female reviews to the line up. It was a bit different and with anything new there is always a bit of a learning curve, but we were able to have a top pick for over all female performance from our lovely tester Zara. After trying out a few different boards from a few different brands she came to the conclusion that the Salomon Gypsy is the best women’s board on the market right now as it can handle anything she threw at it.
The Salomon Gypsy
The Legacy Award Winners:
The Arbor Blacklist
The Echelon Rounds
The Flow Rush
The Sims X-Wedge
The Death Sled Award:
In this world as a child you learn that Everyone Poops according to the book by Taro Gomi. Well in the snowboard world everyone makes a turd in their line up for whatever reason. It’s that one board that might have bad marketing which misleads people or the technology in it is ill conceived and hinders the ride. Rather than sugar coat the board or just omit it we offer the coveted Death Sled Award and this years recipient is the Rome CrossRocket. A board that has held this title two years in a row.
The Rome CrossRocket
For a full comprehensive list of all the boards we tested this year check out this link.
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