2014-2015-Best-Men's-Snowboard-Reviews

Over the course of last winter we attended several independent board tests and tested out a huge variety of different snowboards on a wide range of conditions.

Over the following pages we present a selection of some of our favourite snowboards that we could get our hands on, along with vital statistics, manufactuers' blurbs and our own tester comments. Have a flick through and see what you find - you might just end up discovering the perfect new board for you this season.

*More snowboards to be added shortly.

Alternatively, you can jump to a specific snowboard using the links below:

APO Iconic Sage Kotsenburg

APO Supreme

Bataleon Evil Twin Asym

Bataleon Global Warmer

Burton Custom Twin

Burton Process Off Axis

Capita DBX

Capita Scott Stevens

DC Hellcity

DC Media Blitz

Drake Team

Flow Whiteout

GNU Space Case

GNU Space Out

Head Force i Kers

Head Instinct

K2 Happy Hour

Lib Tech Speedodeeps

Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro

Lobster Nosejob

Nitro Glory Stomper

Nitro Überspoon

Ride Helix

Ride Wild Life

Rome Butterknife

Rome Gang Plank

Salomon Sabotage

Slash Aurora

Smokin' Buck Ferton

Technine LM Pro

Völkl Alright

Völkl Squad Prime

YES Basic

YES Jackpot

iconic-sage-kotsenburg

Sizes: 153, 157, 155w, 158w | Price: €449 | Suggested use: Freestyle/park | Shape: Directional Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "Like Sage Kotsenburg himself, his signature board is made to reach for the top spot of the podium. Based on a positive camber shape it combines a PB Blast Core and XV Carbon Strips to create an incredible pop which will boost you off any kicker. It is a playful board with a flex designed for freestyle riding, making it more forgiving on icy or bumpy landings."

What our reviewer says: This monster has a crazy potential for park but you need to have the level and the legs (and maybe even the weight) to make the magic happen. This is a serious machine for intermediate/advanced to expert park riders who like a stiff board who can take hard landings and stay compact. You can also ride it easy because of its versatility, but you'll find its real power when you push it - then you need the level to actually take it. You understand even more easily why Sage killed that park in Sochi, for example...

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8

Good For: Charging the park (for intermediate to experts)

Apo-Supreme-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 157, 161, 159w | Price: €499 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Directional | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "Do you ride hard on all terrain? Park, pipe or backcountry, the Supreme will be your best ally. Designed to charge in all domains, the Supreme simply excels. Celebrating its third birthday, this board stands tall, and it is no coincidence that Gerome Mathieu chooses to ride this board every day. Its Hybrid-W camber is a must for charging down powder runs and stomping tricks, while the tonic flex, XV Carbon Strips and the Sintered 8000 Base give you all the grip and stability needed to break the sound barrier. What more could one want? Oh yes, and the graphics where created by Matt Georges."

What our reviewer says: Close to last years model, the top of the range Supreme is a beast of a snowboard and has no limit on speed or grip. Pretty solid all the way, it's also totally safe in switch, although maybe the ollie can be a bit hard in the beginning. Definately a perfect board for an advanced rider who wants to charge around the mountain. Be awake and beware the ultra precise edge. Oh, and this thing is ultra light!

Tester Ratings: Friendliness: 3, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8

Good For: Attacking the mountain and the park wedges with rage and anger, for good to expert riders.

Less Good For: Just cruising around and keeping it mellow - you could get punished...

[part title="Bataleon Evil Twin Asym 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Bataleon-Evil-Twin-Asymmetric-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 153, 156 | Price: €479 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: TBT | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: We have cerated an asymmetrical TBT board because your toes are not the same as your heels. Just think about it: your toes are further from your ankles, which makes it easier to apply exactly the pressure that you want. Your heels are much closer to your ankles and therefore make a less efficient pivot point, meaning that exact pressure application and error correction are both more difficult. This is why many riders naturally favor traverses and cruising on the toes. With ASYM TBT the uplift on your heel side starts further outside your bindings than on your toeside. This gives most looseness where you can easily handle it (on your toes) and more control and better turn initiation where you need it (on your heels) The result is that when riding on a flat base, there is a longer effective edge engaged on the toe side and more pressure can be applied before the board starts to carve. This is great for straighter jump take offs. On the heel edge, the faster onset of the sidebases mean that less pressure is needed to engage the edge making it super easy to regain control from a flat base. The asymmetric EVIL TWIN is still a twin because the nose still mirrors the tail exactly so it doesn’t matter if you ride it goofy or regular.

What our reviewer says: The Evil Twin Asym was a blast to rip around on! Although the Triple Base Technology takes a couple of laps to get used to, once you've figured it out you really do get the best of both worlds: all the pop of camber, plus catch free edges which make buttering around much easier. The Asymmetrical design was definitely noticeable, with heel edge turns feeling easier to initiate than normal although this one did have a mid to stiff flex. Would be perfect for park riders looking to specialise more on the jumps.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Park riders looking for a board they can send off jumps and rip the whole mountain with.

Less Good For: Beginners or pure jib riders because this one was a little stiffer.

[part title="Bataleon Global Warmer 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Bataleon-Global-Warmer-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 148, 154, 157, 156w | Price: €479.99 | Suggested use: Park | Shape: Twin | Camber type: TBT | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "The G.W. was introduced recently, to instant acclaim and for good reason: It is the specced up brother of the AIROBIC. The Global Warmer comes with a hardwood enforced CORE CORE and its secret lies in the extra carbon stringers under the bindings. Not so awesome for the environment but very awesome for turbo pop and next level performance while retaining a soft flex. The G.W. is the missing link, allowing freestyle riders to have just one board instead of one for rails and another for jumps. Snowboarding turned up to 11!"

What our reviewer says: The Bataleon Global Warmer rules. Featuring a nice soft flex pattern and premium materials, this one's pretty much like a jibbers cadillac. That said, horizontal carbon stringers provide extra torsional stiffness for great edge to edge response and the tip to tail camber of the TBT made this one nice and poppy. This one was amazing fun to ride and we highly recommend it for jibbers looking for a high end stick that they can also take off jumps and around the mountain.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 3, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Jibbers and park rats looking for a soft board that still has a ton of pop.

Less Good For: Powder hounds plus riders looking for a stiff flexing board.

Burton-Custom-Twin-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 151, 154, 156, 158, 160, 163, 158w, 162w | Price: €600 | Suggested use: All Mountain/Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber or Flying V | Test conditions: Slush |

What the brand says: "The twinned out alter-ego of the most iconic board ever gets an anatomically aligned upgrade."

What our reviewer says: Super fun ride with great pop, but forgiving enough for intermediate riders to take all over the mountain without any issues. Handled the slush, crud and groomers super well and is highly recommended for any ability of rider looking for a board that can do it all. Sick hemp topsheet graphics too.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Weekend warriors and freestylers looking for one board to rule them all.

Burton-Process-Off-Axis-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 152, 155, 157, 159, 162 | Price: €440.00 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "Meet the new king of pop. This action-packed Process puts a whole new spin on park-tuned geometry"

What our reviewer says: The Burton Process Off Axis is a super fun board for the whole mountain. Off-axis Squeezebox gives pop exactly where you need it although the board is soft enough to take on rails as well without you getting spanked. Superfly II core also used in the Custom gives it great pop and snap. This is the perfect board for the guy who wants to charge groomers and hit the park.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Intermediate riders looking for a board to take all over the mountain and into the park.

Capita-DBX-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 151, 154, 157 | Price: €529.00 | Suggested use: All Mountain/Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Rocker/Flat/Hybrid depending on size | Test conditions: Slush | Size ridden by tester: 154

What the brand says: "With three X-Games Real Snow Medals and video parts validated by multiple appearances in Snow-boarder Magazine’s Best Riders on Earth issue, Dan is respected as one of the most talented snowboarders alive. His versatile style requires the properly versatile tools for getting the job done. We made an arsenal of discipline-specific boards for him, and now we’re making them for you. This includes a reverse camber 151 for jibbing, a zero camber 154 for the terrain park and cruising resorts,and a hybrid camber 157 for powder jumps and backcountry days."

What our reviewer says: Dan Brisse devours everything. Accordingly he needs a board that can do the same. Brisse's pro model is available in 3 lengths and the one tested was his mid-size option for bossing roof gaps and such. The board's zero camber profile gave it stability on groomers and helped it to feel solid when charging. We weren't able to take it on kickers but it would have performed great.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 3, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 8, Response: 8

Good For: Going big, advanced dudes, roofgaps (!)

Capita-Scott-Stevens-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 151, 153, 155 | Price: €479.00 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Reverse Camber| Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "As a master innovator and industry leader in new tricks, Scott Stevens has set himself apart in the snowboarding game. Often imitated but never duplicated, his riding and personal style speak for themselves. With that said, we are proud to present the CAPITAAAH! Scott Stevens Pro. This twin-tip Freestyle FK park destroyer is exactly what Scott uses to get wild. Featuring carbon load bars for tons of pop and anew full-perimeter cork/rubber dampening system for increased durability, this board was made to jib, bonk, slide, shred, ride, slap and pop off anything."

What our reviewer says: We'll keep this one short: you know what you're getting when you pick up a Scott Stevens board. Super playful, soft flexing, creativy conducive awesomeness. Although not a total noodle, this one felt soft and great for jibbing, tail blocks and riding the whole mountain like a park. A lively and super fun ride. Features full edge dampening too.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 3, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Jibbing, one foots, park riders looking to lap rails!

DC-Hell-City-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 150, 152, 154, 156, 158 | Price: €449.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Icy, then slush

What the brand says: "Attack the entire mountain with traditional camber."

What our reviewer says: This is a safe bet for the intermediate rider, especially because this board rides easy and maybe does not like to be pushed too much. It has a solid snap and rides perfectly switch. You can definitely ride anywhere and in all conditions with this board, but if you're on the gnarly side of shred, you probably will prefer the Supernatant. For the vast majority of the riders, this will be a very nice and secure board to progress on, especially if you'd rather go for the traditional camber.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 5, Response: 6

Good For: Guys looking to progress over the whole mountain with a solid board.

Less Good For: Real gnarly stuff. The flex and pop is quite easy and mellow.

[part title="DC Media Blitz 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

DC-Media-Blitz-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 146, 150, 154, 158 | Price: €529.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Good

What the brand says: "Designed for crushing every park hit in it's path, Torstein's brainchild board features the best in DC board technologies. The snappy response and loadable flex of traditional camber plus an arsenal of advanced technologies make this the lightweight weapon of choice for one of snowboarding's most progressive riders."

What our reviewer says: This is a highly explosive board with huge pop and exceptional switch abilities, probably the safest and gnarliest switch behavior of the test. The classic flex gives you the option to ride it aggressive or a bit more relaxed, centered on the board. But you will need to be of a pretty good level and have solid legs to use this machine to its maximum.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 4, Stiffness: 9, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8

Good For: Park. Because as long as you can work it, everything will work.

Less Good For: Entry level riders or guys looking for a super playful board. This one's quite the beast.

[part title="Drake Team 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Drake-Team-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 154, 158, 161 | Price: €N/A | Suggested use: All mountain | Shape: Directional twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "The ultimate all-around freestyle assassin, stronger than the Squad, defined by a lethal combination of high-performance features and our battle proven carbon rod laminates and performer core. It has unlimited potential, it is ultra smooth and will improve your riding in all situations, from deep powder to huge pipe walls. Featuring classic camber and with a whole new shape (directional twin blunt shape) it provides ultimate control and reactivity for improved hold when you’re ripping!! RIP AND SHRED EVERYDAY!!"

What our reviewer says: The Drake Team is a beast of a snowboard! As the board Victor de le Rue takes off massive kickers it has the pop and stability to get the job done. This was insanely fast, powerful, and great for charging on. Definitely quite a stiff ride so recommended for intermediate/advanced riders looking for a board to send it on. We were super impressed with this board.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 3, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8

Good For: Intermediate/advanced riders looking for a responsive, powerful ride.

Less Good For: Beginners or jibbers

[part title="Flow Whiteout 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Flow-Whiteout-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €500 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Directional Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Fresh snow

What the brand says: "An action packed board for the whole family with tendencies to respond. This NEW addition to the Flow line offers a little bit of everything to everyone looking for a fun performance ride. A bit softer than our Black Out but with the same silhouette (less the ABT inserts) could be your next best friend. This board features friendly camber and a true twin shape, POP-CAM constructions and a sintered 4000 base. Great for side country, park, pipe or just cruising the whole mountain."

What our reviewer says: Really good and safe behaviour on the slopes and off it, this mid range all-mountain steed loved big terrain and deeper snow. It has a very speedy base and was super responsive when you started pushing it. Landings were also pretty secure. A perfect choice if you just freeride and your level is from intermediate to advanced.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 3, Response: 7

Good For: Freeriding and all mountain for intermediate to advanced riders. Good edging and grip with an easier flex.

Less Good For: Pipe and the opposite end of the spectrum, jibbing. It's just not made for it!

[part title="GNU Space Case 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

GNU-Space-Case-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 147, 150, 153, 156, 159 | Price: €579.95 | Suggested use: Jib/All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack

What the brand says: "Forest Bailey is enlightened. He has taken note that all people are asymmetrical from front to back and that a snowboarder’s turn mechanics are galactically different from toe side to heel side. Working with the Gnu weird science team, Forest has developed his own mind freeing snowboard he calls the SPACE CASE that incorporates Forest’s favorite bio mechanical balancing design concepts to harmonize and maximize human potential."

What our reviewer says: Forest Bailey's Space Case was everything you'd expect from GNU's staple jibber: soft enough for presses but not a complete noodle either, giving you enough back to take it over the whole mountain, without getting too squirrely either. This one had great grip on the hardpack conditions we rode it on thanks to the Magnetraction and, was a super easy board to get along with all told. Definitely better suited to those with more of a freestyle focus though.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Jibbers and park riders who want a versatile board for the whole mountain and are down with getting weird like Forest!

Less Good For: Powder freaks and guys looking for a board to totally haul ass on, as this does have a softer flex.

[part title="GNU Space Out 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

GNU-Space-Out-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 153, 157, 161 | Price: €599.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain/Freeride | Shape: Directional | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hard/icy

What the brand says: "Forest Bailey is from Vermont and kills the rails but he is not just a rail guy. He likes to fly into space, blow up pillows, rip lines and generally do things snowboarders have always considered awesome. The Space Out is Forests personal rocket ship; fun shape, fun graphic, fun name, good times. DC2 BTX aggressive camber/rocker Banana tech stomps big landings, rips the hard pack and floats the pow. Mt. Weird will never be the same."

What our reviewer says: Forest Bailey gets a second board in the GNU line! This one definitely has more of an all-mountain/powder focus, and although we didn't get to test this one in powder, it more than held its own on the hardpack/ice conditions. The magnetraction gave it great grip and it was great for charging around and hitting sidehits on. The unusual shape and fast sintered base made it great fun to shred and it was no problem riding it switch either.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8

Good For: Dudes wanting a crazy looking board for attacking the whole mountain with!

Less Good For: Beginners, as this one requires a little more skill and experience to get the best out of.

[part title="Head Force i Kers 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Force-i-Kers-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 144, 149, 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €449.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Directional Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Hardpack

What the brand says: "The FORCE i. KERS is an intelligent all-mountain board for progressive freestylers. It features regular camber in a high-end directional twin shape, on which the bindings are set back 1cm. Intellifibers give the board a brain; invented by the US Army to give rigidity to helicopter rotor blades, in a snowboard they translate energy into responsiveness in the FORCE i. KERS. A KERS chip also harvests kinetic energy and transforms it into pop and snappy turns. Combined with the precision of regular camber this tech makes the FORCE i. KERS a board a true all-mountain slayer."

What our reviewer says: Tom Klocker's board of choice boasts plenty of power, response and pop, but it felt quite stiff when we rode it, so was definitely a bit more of a challenge when just trying to dick around on. Recommended for powerful riders looking to really step up their game this season.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 8

Good For: Advanced freestylers wanting something they can push it on.

Less Good For: Anyone wanting a mellower ride.

[part title="Head Instinct 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Head-Instinct-i-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 146, 149, 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €449.95 | Suggested use: All mountain | Shape: Directional twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack

What the brand says: "The INSTINCT DCT i. KERS is an all-mountain directional twin, packed with all the riding goodness that our technicians and pro team could muster. These include a KERS Chip, a gadget adopted from Formula 1 that harvests and redistributes kinetic energy for snappy turns and mega pop; DCT, which affords improved responsiveness and faster spin initiation; and HEAD’s ISPO GOLD AWARD winning multi-faceted FRAMEWALL, which acts as a shock absorber, distributes a rider’s input evenly along the edge of the board and provides enhanced control and response. Chuck in the aesthetics of the power shovel tip and tail and you have a board that delivers power and performance at the highest levels. It is the best all-mountain board to hit the hill this season."

What our reviewer says: This is essentially the same board as last year's, with the addittion of some crazy hologram topsheet. This is no bad thing as last year's Instinct was epic, and this one is equally so. Easy enough to get on with, yet gets even better when you push it, heaps of pop and response and the kind of shape that will make it a quiver killer. Awesome.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8

Good For: Almost anyone wanting a board to do almost anything.

Less Good For: Hardcore jibbers, absolute beginners or people hating neon green or holograms.

[part title="K2 Happy Hour 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

K2-Happy-Hour-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 159, 161 | Price: €499.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Lifted flat | Test conditions: Softpack

What the brand says: "It’s becoming harder to keep track of the number of awards the Happy Hour snowboard has won over the years. With another under its belt in 2013 you can bet a round at the bar that 2014 will be more of the same. Lifted™ baseline with Tweekend™ and an added Ollie Bar™ provides riders like Danny Larsen and Tim Eddy with the juice they need to mix up the tastiest freestyle concoctions."

What our reviewer says: The K2 Happy Hour is a personal favourite of ours, combining a mid-stiff flex with plenty of pop, rock solid dependability and incredibly cool shape. This carved up the softpack conditions we tested it on like the grim reaper on a field day and was amazingly responsive thanks to the lifted flat profile (essentially a variation of traditional camber) and the built in Ollie bar. A perfect board for riders looking to take their freestyle to kickers, powder and beyond.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8

Good For: Freestyle riders looking to ride it all.

Less Good For: Beginners, strict jibbers or riders who are adverse to having fun on their boards!

[part title="Lib Tech Travis Rice Speedodeeps 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Lib-Tech-Speedodeeps-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 158, 162, 166 | Price: €659.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack

What the brand says: "This thing is absolutely sick. Travis Rice teamed up with the experiMENTAL division on his newest all terrain twin powder freestyle dream machine shred stick. Long floaty tips and tails and a Banana Tech rocker make this thing float effortlessly. Rip through the fluffiest Jackson pow or the wettest maritime “pow". Even the name floats in both directions. Everyday should be a powder day, but sometimes even Travis Rice has to wait, so he made this board rip the hardpack and park, too."

What our reviewer says: Thos one is clearly built for pow but interestingly it totally owned the hardpack. The vice-like grip of Magne-Traction was immediately obvious and the shape and construction give great drive from edge-to-edge. Super light, a bunch of pop and all in all a sick, fun ride. We would love to ride this in pow, but it seemed great for all round riding too. Gimme.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 9, Pop: 7, Response: 8

Good For: Powderphiles.

Less Good For: Hardcore park riders, jibbers or beginners.

[part title="Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro C2 BTX 2014 2015 Snowboard Review "]

Lib-Tech-Travis-Rice-c2btx-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 150, 153, 155, 157, 161.5, 164.5 | Price: €559.95 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack

What the brand says: "This is his go to shred stick… Travis rides these stock right off the shelf. That’s it That’s All, Art of Flight, King of the Hill, Supernatural, this board has done and won it all. Travis designed this series freeriding at home in Jackson’s big steeps with plans to take on the world. Powerful C2 Banana contours are effortless to ride, his model slides in and out of any situation you put yourself into & excels in all conditions. For psychological shredding advantages Travis has two shapes: pow specific pointy 161.5, 164.5 & park/ jib focused blunt 150, 153, 157. Factory detuned to Travis’ specs."

What our reviewer says: This one requires a bit of effort to tame but when you charge, it gives back what you put in and then some. Heaps of response and pop, and rode switch almost as well as it did forwards. It corners like it's on rails too. We would love to pop pillows on this bad boy.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 7, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 8

Good For: Travis Rice and people with aspirations to do a lot of pow-based freestyle.

Less Good For: Beginner-intermediates or anyone who likes their rides slow and playful.

[part title="Lobster Nose Job 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Lobster-Nose-Job-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 143-149, 148-154 | Price: €429.99 | Suggested use: Jibbing | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Triple Base Technology | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "Cut your own nose and tail shapes!"

What our reviewer says: The Nosejob is another creation dreamed up inside the wild, creative and slightly messed up minds of Eiki and Halldor Helgason and it's rad that you can go to town on its nose and tail shapes. Hacksaw customised nose and tails aside, the Nosejob has a pretty straight construction overall. Its soft flex overall made it great on rails and piste buttering although we do think this one would be too soft to take over serious jumps.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 9, Stiffness: 2, Edge Hold: 5, Pop: 5, Response: 5

Good For: Jibbers, park riders and creative types!

Less Good For: Anyone looking for a stiffer, more responsive board for charging on.

[part title="Nitro Glory Stomper 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Nitro-Glory-Stomper-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 154, 156, 158 | Price: €479.90 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Flat/rocker | Test conditions: Dust on crust

What the brand says: "If you are looking for a mid-wide snowboard that can power its way through any terrain, look no further. The Glory Stomper is equipped with our new Flat Out rocker and Whiplash Core Profile to give you the ultimate float, flex, and response in any situation. We added extra durability and strength under the bindings with the Ballistic Impact Panels and Railkiller Edge for crushing everything in sight. The Glory Stomper will allow you to literally stomp your way down the mountain all day - Welcome to stomp life!"

What our reviewer says: In a nutstell, this was fun. For a mid-wide this was surprisingly easy to go from edge-to-edge, and you could feel the extra stability on landings. Flat-Out Rocker with Power Pods lead to a happy medium between playfulness and response. - Tom

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Freestylers of any description.

Less Good For: Wannabe boardercrossers or riders with smaller feet.

[part title="Nitro Uberspoon 2014 2015 Snowboard Review "]

Nitro-uberspoon-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 149, 153, 156, 159, 162 | Price: €499.50 | Suggested use: All Mountain | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Camber | Test conditions: Dust on crust

What the brand says: "The reason behind this shred stick is simple, we wanted to make a board that looked awesome and was fun to ride – it´s uncategorizable. The Überspoon offers all-mountain float that begs for the powder, slush and groomers. It is proven impossible to have a boring day on the mountain with this playful board. FeaturingBallistic Impact Panels for extra strength and Nitro’s Roof Chop Camber, this twin-tip ride is smooth and confident under pressure – far and above the competition."

What our reviewer says: Soft at the tips so was both super buttery and easy to enter turns whichever way you rode, but was also good for blasting too. In the modicum of new snow you could feel the float so would be a great freestyle powder board, but also a solid, fun, dependable all-rounder too. - Tom

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Anyone looking for a fun board to take anywhere.

Less Good For: People looking to specialise, unless your speciality is powder freestyle.

[part title="Ride Helix 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

Ride-Helix-2014-2015-Snowboard-Review

Sizes: 151, 153, 155, 157, 159, 156 W, 159 W, 162 W | Price: €489.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base profile: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hardpack

What the brand says: "It's basic ergonomics that the toe and heel side of the body are different, why should your sidecuts be the same? The Helix offers perfect balance in the turn with different radii for each, and allows you to get more out of your turns with less effort.Whether you ride goofy or regular is irrelevant on this innovative asymmetric design because your heel side edge is the same regardless of what downhill direction you favor. The Hybrid Twin shape, responsive Pop Rods 2.0 core and smooth-riding Slimewalls sidewall all complement the new closely connected feel that the asymmetric Helix has to offer. At the end of the day, it just feels right."

What our reviewer says: The crazy look holds within it an über-powerful asymetric true twin. I definitely felt the extra heel feel and control the asym sidecut is intended to give, but I must say it's not the most playful board around. Yes, you can butter and press this, but it's definitely best suited for park rats who charge bigger features. - Tom

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 4, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Hard charging park riders wanting epic performance with a unique look.

Less Good For: Cruisers, hardcore jibbers, or pow freaks.

[part title="Ride Wild Life 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 151, 155, 158, 161, 164, 159 W, 163 W, 167 W | Price: €399.95 | Suggested use: All mountain | Shape: Directional | Base profile: Flat/Rocker | Test conditions: Hardpack

What the brand says: "Joining forces with Ride engineers, team rider Marco Feichtner had a hand in refining this dialed ride. Delivering versatility for everything the mountain has to offer, the Wild Life features Rides All Mountain Rocker shape with playful LowRize rocker in the nose and the grippy stability of the flat zone under foot and through the tail. Complete with Slimewalls sidewall, Carbon Array 3 laminates and Fusion 4000 base, this directional Ride will have you running wild from peak to park, with a responsive feel that wont let you down."

What our reviewer says: Immediately felt like a board built for the everyman. Easy as hell, fun, directional shape that gives you decent pop. Good edge-to-edge but perhaps not the best edge hold or response - but certainly good enough for €400. Pow and soft pistes are where this would kill it for every level of rider. - Tom

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 5, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Anyone looking for one board to do it all, who prioritises fun over pro level performance.

Less Good For: Hard chargers of any description.

[part title="Rome Butterknife 2014 2015 Snowboard Review "]

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Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155 | Price: €429.90 | Suggested use: Jib | Shape: Twin | Base profile: Rocker | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "For park riders who like the feel of 3D rocker for extra smooth presses and butters and riders who like the ollie zone of the Diamond for more response off jumps and more overall control between hits."

What our reviewer says: As you might be able to gather from the name, the Rome Butterknife is fine tuned for buttery goodness and jibbing. The board had a really soft flex which made locking into presses a breeze. That said, it wasn't a complete noodle thanks to the Hotrods in the nose and tail which gave the board extra ollie power and snap. This is definitely better suited to jib kids and park rats though rather than riders looking to focus on jumps or all mountain.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 3, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Rail riding, deep presses and messing around on side hits.

Less Good For: Bigger park kickers on anyone looking for a super responsive, powerful ride.

[part title="Rome Gang Plank 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 142, 149, 152, 156 | Price: €469.90 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Flat/Rocker | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "Riders who like to inject their all-mountain shred with a bit of creative fun. Riders who need a board that will let them decide to turn around a tree or 180 off it. Riders who need a board that can press a box or press a carve."

What our reviewer says: The Gang Plank has quickly become the board of choice for a large chunk of the Rome Snowboards team and it wasn't difficult to see why. This one had a mid/soft flex and was the perfect board for lapping the park with. If you're looking for a board to take all over the mountain, this one fits the bill for sure, although it's definitely been fine tuned for more of a park/freestyle focus. It was soft enough to press, but stable enough to take off kickers and rip around the piste on too. Highly recommended!

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Park rippers looking for a board that can do it all.

Less Good For: The extremes of the snowboarding spectrum: complete beginners or high end riders looking for an all-out board for charging.

[part title="Salomon Sabotage 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 148, 152, 154, 156, 159, 158 W | Price: €399.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Base Profile: Positive camber | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "Designed with UK park boss Jamie Nicholls in mind, The Sabotage sneaks up on unsuspecting freestyle tranny and disables gravity with EQ5’s superior edge control so you have the stability and confidence to go bigger and badder. Toss in Flat Out Camber, Popster Core Profile, and a playful flex for pressing rails. Welcome to the uprising."

What our reviewer says: The Salomon Sabotage is a beast of a board. We got to try this one out at the UK Board Test in Kaunertal, which was fitting, seeing as it was designed with British slopestyle number 1 Jamie Nicholls in mind. If you can picture Jamie's riding you'll know exactly what this one is suited for. With a powerful flex this one has a shit-ton of pop and is lightening fast edge to edge. It definitely can be pressed but it requires a little more effort if your used to softer flexing jib-specific boards. This one is ideal for the rider looking to rip around the whole mountain and this one will eat up everything from rails in the park to the pro-line kickers.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 6, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 8, Pop: 8, Response: 8

Good For: Well rounded freestyle riders looking for a powerful yet playful board to do it all on.

Less Good For: Beginners and dedicated freeriders.

[part title="Slash Aurora 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Slash Aurora 2014 2015 Snowboard Review

Sizes: 155, 158, 162 | Price: €649 | Suggested use: Freeriding | Shape: Directional twin | Base Profile: Twin camber | Test conditions: Softpack

What the brand says: "The Aurora can be seen as apical, stemming from our SWISS HUB. This boards lineage can demonstrate its ascent from the ATV. Throughout the quest for refinement the forms and distinction became autonomous. Outstanding merits of this new board are the subtle DUAL CAMBER profile with its pivoting role in the center, the new REDLINE SIDECUT along with our new KNOCK OUT ingredient and the ULTIMATE TRACTION are all coherent refinements to put you on the inside track."

What our reviewer says: The Aurora is the absolute pinnacle of the new Slash line, bringing in a plethora of high end technology and materials to push the boundaries of what is possible in snowboard construction. The dual camber areas gave the board amazing grip and response, while the pivoting zone made turns feel effortless. The redline sidecut is tuned to give you performance exactly when and where you need it and while riding, this translated into amazing grip and stability. All told, this is a beast of snowboard, with a stiff flex and an insane amount of power transmission. It's not one for the faint hearted and is designed for advanced riders looking to charge the mountain.

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 2, Stiffness: 9, Edge Hold: 10, Pop: 9, Response: 9

Good For: All out, balls to the wall ripping.

Less Good For: Basically anyone looking for a forgiving ride.

[part title="Smokin Buck Ferton 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 147, 151, 155, 158, 161, 155w, 158w, 161w | Price: €539.99 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Slush

What the brand says: "The infamous Buck Ferton. What can be said about a man who’s rise to shred fame and fortune came at such a quick pace and great expense to his sanity. Buck, being the peoples rider and upholding the morals of the underground has led him to be hated and loved alike by many. Eventually Buck broke down. Communication ceased for a while until we started getting chicken feet in the mail. Finally the unthinkable happened, we got a call reporting Buck was dead. We setout to visit his grave and upon our arrival, were horrified to find Bucks body had been unearthed. Then in true Buck Ferton style a graphic arrived for his 2015 model apparently describing his rise from the dead.. New for 2015…. The Zombie Buck Ferton. All proceeds from his undead pro model are being transferred to him via Oija Board. Let’s be honest, with Blunt tips, CTX, PoP-Gnarly Mellow Mag and VDFLU this board could take Buck’s career to a whole new level of shred stardom in the afterlife. Pick one up while you can and get some of that voodoo power for yourself before it’s too late. Buck, wherever you are, get ahold of us somehow.. We have a royalty check for you."

What our reviewer says: The Smokin Buck Ferton may have a controversial name, but the way it rides is as clear-cut as they come: super fun, jibby ride with plenty of snap in the nose and tail thanks to the hemp cross strings. The board was a little flappy at speed but is definitely stiff enough to handle most terrain on the mountain. Perfect board for rail kids who want a high-end jib board that they can take everywhere. - Sam

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 4, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Jibbers or park rats looking for a high-end jib board

Less Good For: Riders wanting to charge big mountain terrain or backcountry.

[part title="Technine Lucas Magoon 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 149, 152, 156 | Price: €510 | Suggested use: Park, freestyle | Shape: Twin| Camber type: Camber | Test conditions: Softpack

What the brand says: "Gooner relies on this stick to clear gaps and take wierd lines that most shredders would never step to, so you know it'll work just fine for taking apart you local mountan's park or that rail you've been eyeing up in the city. Classic camber provides pop for going big off jumps and holding an edge while railing down groomers. An ultralight poplar core with added birch stringers combined with biax glass gives you a super-soft flex so you can get your tricks pressed harder then ever. The unique carbon stringer layup consists of Vs in the nose and tail combined with stringers running from tip to tail to create one of a kind pop that will not only boost your ollies but keep the board resilient from 1 to 200. Custom rubber edge dampeners combined with three-layer interior when smashing down on rails or boxes in the park. The sintered base is fast to keep you moving through the flats and durable to resist damage from street sessions."

What our reviewer says: With this being softer than the brewer, it drives this board more into the park/ jib area. Forgiving but with a slightly difficult ollie to find. But a very good one once you get used to it. The 152 was a bit short for me, but at least the flex is really adapted to the length of the board, which seems to not be always the case this season. So that's already a good point: you get what you buy! - Youri

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 7, Stiffness: 2, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Jibbing, messing around in the park

Less Good For: Big backcountry or pipe riders

[part title="Völkl Alright 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 155, 162w,167w | Price: €499.95 | Suggested use: Backcountry/all mountain | Shape: Directional | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Hard/icy

What the brand says: "The unique Freeride Hybrid Shape ensures excellent backcountry performance through a shortened effective edge. The Alright rides as playfully and rotates as easily as a short park stick but with its special nose shape it also ploughs through powder like the biggest big mountain boards. It’s also easy to control and never catches an edge in challenging conditions, like crust or changing snow pack as you find off-piste."

What our reviewer says: The Alright has a specially designed shape for powder and is designed to be ridden longer than normal - the 167 has the same effective edge as a 140 length board! This one had great response and pop on hardpack while maintaing a playful feel. It would pretty much be the perfect board for powder buttering! It was super light, had good grip and was quick edge to edge. Ideal for dudes looking for an all mountain board that also rips in pow. - Sam

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 5, Stiffness: 6, Edge Hold: 7, Pop: 7, Response: 7

Good For: Powder/all mountain advanced riders

Less Good For: Jibbing (because it's designed to be ridden super long)

[part title="Völkl Squad Prime 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 152, 155, 158, 156w | Price: €549.95 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Camber | Test conditions: Hard/icy

What the brand says: "The Squad Prime is our freestyle team’s secret weapon! With its symmetric shape and flex switch riding is just as smooth and balanced as riding regular, while the extended effective edge guarantees perfect grip and control in all situations. It is especially handy for fast inruns and the hard walls of a pipe. Even with massive airtime and icy landings this stick stays super stable, as the integrated Horror-Shock Absorber could bare the weight of a small car.

With its strong camber the dynamic Pro Camber Shape is especially responsive and direct to ride. Additionally, the Völkl Ultra-Light Woodcore is light, while premium carbon adds extra pop. With the super durable armor wood inlays of the Horror-Shock Absorber as well as TPU dampening in the sidewalls, even the hardest tricks and biggest jumps are cushioned, making the Squad Prime extremely tough. This is a true masterstroke from our R&D department, paired with some of the best high-tech materials out there."

What our reviewer says: If Optimus rode a board, the Prime would be his choice. It's a super stable, responsive ride that is perfect for charging all over the mountain. The stiff flex puts it in the advanced category and it would be the perfect choice for dudes looking to send it in the park and pipe. Its Longer effective edge means it grips super well on the hard conditions we had when this board was tested. - sam

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 2, Stiffness: 8, Edge Hold: 9, Pop: 9, Response: 9

Good For: Charging, big kickers, all mountain freestyle, advanced riders.

Less Good For: Pure jibbers or beginner riders, because it does have quite a stiff flex.

[part title="YES Basic Snowboard 2014 2015 Snowboard Review"]

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Sizes: 146, 149, 152, 155, 158, 161, 159w | Price: €399 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Soft with icy spots

What the brand says: Evolving over the past 5 years, The Basic has become anything but basic. It changes with the sport and seeks to provide freedom of expression in as many situations as the hill can throw at it. Always a true twin with full tip to tail woodcore construction, it reflects the roots of our founders. And rather than save our latest technology for the high-end and then trickle it down, we place it right where the masses can experience it first.

What our reviewer says: The 2014/2015 Basic is softer than last year, making it more adapted to a first price board for the best seller of the brand. Its a very safe option for those who are entering the fabulous world of freestyle park or jib. Flat ground tricks will definitely be easier too. This really is addressed to beginners to intermediate shredders, or maybe for very light riders who find most boards hard to bend. But soft doesn't mean cheap, the YES construction is there, and it's pleasant to ride everywhere with it. Available in numerous lenghts. - Youri

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 9, Stiffness: 4, Edge Hold: 5, Pop: 6, Response: 6

Good For: Progression and those who look for this. For easy laps in the slopes, pow and park and best suited to beginner and intermediate levels.

Less Good For: Big stuff. This is a progressive board for beginners to intermediate riders.

[part title="YES Jackpot Snowboard 2014 2015 Snowboard Review "]

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Sizes: 149, 152, 154, 156, 158, 156w | Price: €449 | Suggested use: Freestyle | Shape: Twin | Camber type: Hybrid | Test conditions: Soft with icy spots

What the brand says: "This GoodWood winning magic board is a go-to freestyle deck from Big Bear to Breck, from Seymour to Saas Fe. A classic True- Twin outline outfitted with triax glass for responsiveness and hold at speed, and a full sintered base for clearing everything in the park. We’ve kept the much-loved Camrock base profile but updated the core to a durable Poplar assembly that includes Beechwood impact blocks under the feet."

What our reviewer says: Intermediates would be well suited for this board, and it seems YES has divided their board range not really on program (where you ride) but more on the rider (who rides it). This is a very good mid-range board with a safe, predictable behaviour and was plenty of fun on the park and flat, as well as in the backcountry and pow. The board is very tolerant, and could be you main gun if you are an intermediate rider who wants to push it to the next level in a casual way, and progress both in the backcountry and park. - Youri

Tester ratings: Friendliness: 8, Stiffness: 5, Edge Hold: 6, Pop: 7, Response: 6

Good For: Intermediate to advanced riders that wanna do some backcountry, but also venture into the park from time to time.

Less Good For: More advanced backcountry riding or pipe. Maybe a little too soft for big landings and ice. Less good for riders who like stiff/very responsive decks.