Your Rundown of the Hottest Boards for Men, Women and Kids
What does the 2019 season have in store for you? Hopefully it’s full of powder stashes, tight tree runs and deep carves. If this sounds like the season you want to have, then listen up: the snowboards featured in this blog are tailor-made for this kind of fun.
The last few years we’ve seen boards getting shorter, wider and more creative in terms of their shapes, and you’ll see this trend continue on in a number of this season’s best boards. From powder players to freestyle fiends, 2019 has a lot to offer riders of all styles. Here are the best snowboards of 2019:
Ride Warpig: Why mess with perfection? That’s why the ever-popular Ride Warpig is back unchanged from last season. This multiple Good Wood Award winner is a total shredder that is lithe, agile and an absolute joy to ride. With a shorter length and wider waist, the Warpig offers lightning-quick maneuverability that is a blast anywhere from the groomers to the trees. If you haven’t had the opportunity to ride a Warpig, consider this the year to join the party.
Never Summer Peacemaker: Versatility is the name of the game with the Never Summer Peacemaker. Freestyle focused with the ability for pow surfing and hard carves, the Peacemaker has the flex and shape of a freestyle stud with the aptitude of a quiver-killer. Extended contact points make it easy to lay trenches, while extra inserts allow you to sit back in powder for a floaty feel. The Peacemaker has rocker in between the inserts and camber under the bindings for a mixture of stability, pop and float, and the tip and tail are stiffer than the waist for stability on takeoffs and landings.
Marhar Lumberjack: Tear up the trees on the Marhar Lumberjack, a wider-waist board that is the all-mountain freestyle slayer that you crave. Marhar’s best-selling board, the Lumberjack excels in powder, in the trees, on the groomers and even in the park. This Michigan-produced board is the essence of Midwest riding, as it can dart through the trees with agility and poise, and it does equally as well on icy groomers. The Lumberjack is always a favorite of our demoers during our testing, and it definitely will be one of yours too.
Ride Twinpig: Don’t fret park rats; the Ride Twinpig is here to take that same Warpig ability to the park with some freestyle flair. Short, wide and nimble, there is no doubt that the Twinpig will be a favorite of freestyle riders seeking something uber-fun to play on. With a camber profile in the meat of the board and rocker in the tips and tails, you get easy-riding ability that comes with powerful ollies upon takeoff from jumps. The soft flex of the Twinpig is highly conducive to big-time butters and grabs.
K2 Wildheart: If you want volume-shifted fun without breaking the bank, the K2 Wildheart is the way to go. The K2 Wildheart is one of the most fun and versatile volume-shifted boards out there, and those that are cash-strapped will be happy to hear it is now $20 less than last season’s. It’s shorter-but-wider design is floaty in powder, super maneuverable and fun in the trees and yet can still rip the hardpack.
Ride Hellcat: The Ride Hellcat is a solid do-it-all directional board with a medium flex that gives girls in the intermediate skill range confidence and takes everything advanced girls can throw at it. The board’s Tapered Directional Hybrid Camber has a rocker profile in between the bindings with a camber profile from the rocker area all the way to the tip and tail of the board. Reinforced with carbon alloy laminates and cleave edge steel, the Hellcat puts the pedal to the metal, allowing women to tear up the slopes with skill and speed.
Burton Rewind: The Burton Rewind Woman’s Snowboard is a total free-flowing, fun freestyle board that will knock the socks off anyone who takes it for a spin through the park. It’s Filet-O-Flex gives it a jibby, forgiving feel, but it now has the Pure Pop Camber for much more pop than its predecessor, the Socialite. With a true twin shape for true freedom of style, the Burton Rewind lets you freestyle your way all over the mountain. The Off-Axis Frostbite Edges give a firm hold on the hardpack and in icy conditions so you’re not contained only to the park.
Burton Family Tree Role Model (Boy’s): Finally, a Burton Family Tree board for the kiddos. The Family Tree Role Model borrows much of the best technology and features of the adult Family Tree boards but tailored for little shredders. An all-mountain board that can excel in powder and that can rail carves, the Role Model is for the advanced-level kids who demand more from their boards. The board’s directional camber puts the camber under the backfoot so they can drive the board downhill with power, while the rockered nose maintains float for when they’re in the deep stuff.