If you’re willing to take a beating every now and again, riding the park and hitting non-snow (jib) features is one of the most fun things you can do on your snowboard. Over the next few pages, we’ve collated 20 of the best park and jib snowboards for the 2014/2015 season
How to choose a park/jib snowboard
How do you go about picking the right park or jib specific board? Here are few things to think about before parting ways with your hard-earned cash:
As a general rule of thumb, most park/jib specific boards will have slightly softer overall flexes than their more all-mountain oriented counterparts, making them much more manoeuvrable at lower speeds, and allowing riders to butter and press features more easily.
Boards optimised for rail riding will be the softest of the bunch, while more all-round freestyle decks better suited to jumping will be stiffer to give you more stability when landing. At the end of the day though, the flex you like best all comes down to personal preference.
Shape and Base Pofile:
The vast majority of park/jib specific boards will use a true twin outline, allowing you to ride switch just as comfortably as in your regular direction.
Base profiles will largely dictate the feel of your ride with reverse camber boards being better suited for jibbing (easier to press, more forgiving and less prone to hooking up), while camber boards will handle jumps much better (more pop, more responsive, less prone to washing out on landing). Flat profiles typically offer up the best of both worlds, as do hybrid profiles, which blend camber and reverse camber sections together.
What really sets jib and park boards apart from each other are the other construction features. Look out for carbon stringers in key spots for added pop, magnetraction for better on-snow grip and dampening in the sidewalls to protect your edges from rail impacts. Also worth paying attention to is the base construction. Extruded bases are more durable, easier to repair but less speedy than their more expensive sintered brothers.
Over the next few slides you’ll find 20 snowboards that have been tried and tested in parks around the world: