The Best Men's Snowboards

Our favorite board was the Arbor Clovis, which we think is a seriously fast board that is made for carving graceful turns on the corduroy. It has a narrow waist, which makes it quick side-to-side, but it does suffer a little when it comes to deep pow. For riders that like to spend half their time in the park, the Lib Tech Attck Banana was our runner-up, and we found it to be extremely versatile. Unique to the rest of the boards in our test, it has rocker between the feet, which gives it a loose feel while riding.

For our 2016-2017 winter snowboard test, we took a selection of boards from California to Utah to Wyoming and tested them on all types of terrain, from powder to groomers, park to chopped up variable snow and exciting side-country runs. Evaluating each board next to the others let us determine which are the best.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Gnu Zoid
92
Best in Class
2016
Handling 10
Pop + Energy 8
Float 7
Versatility 7
Edge Hold 10
Sustainability/Craft... 10

Loves groomers & tight trees

Excellent carver

Superlative GS turns

Awkward in a vertical board holder

Just one size (156cm)

MSRP
$649.95
BEST DEAL
$479.96
Arbor Clovis
92
Best in Class
2017
Handling 9
Pop + Energy 9
Versatility 7
Edge Hold 10
Sustainability + Cra... 7

Loves aggressive riding

Very quick side to side

A unique look

Narrow for deep powder days

Too much board for some

MSRP
$499.95
BEST DEAL
$499.95
Franco Batwing II
91
Handling 9
Pop + Energy 8
Versatility 7
Edge Hold 7
Sustainability + Cra... 10

You get to tweak every last design spec

Environmentally friendly production

Pricy

Not for the park

MSRP
$2,500.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Lib Tech Attack Banana
91
Handling 7
Pop + Energy 7
Versatility 9
Edge Hold 9
Sustainability + Cra... 9

A do-everything board

Cheaper than it used to be

Eco-friendly build; fabricated in the US

No full-wrap edges

Centered stance isn’t ideal in powder

MSRP
$589.95
BEST DEAL
$471.96
Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket
89
Handling 8
Pop + Energy 7
Float 10
Versatility 6
Edge Hold 8
Sustainability/Craft... 10

Great for pow

Fun for slashing turns on groomers

One of the prettiest boards available

So pretty you may want to put it on a wall

Just one size (157.5cm)

Not for switch riders

MSRP
$699.95
BEST DEAL
$699.95
evo
Ride Machete GT
89
Handling 8
Pop + Energy 8
Versatility 8
Edge Hold 8
Sustainability + Cra... 7

Confidence-inspiring when riding switch

Lots of pop

Balanced for charging and hot laps

One width fits all

Too much camber for some

Pricy

MSRP
$649.95
BEST DEAL
$449.96
evo
Rome Blur
89
Handling 8
Pop + Energy 9
Versatility 7
Edge Hold 8
Sustainability + Cra... 7

Close to a one-board-quiver

Super responsive

Light and poppy

Not for part-time jibbers

Not for a lot of switch turns

MSRP
$579.99
BEST DEAL
$579.95
K2 Bottle Rocket
88
Handling 8
Pop + Energy 8
Versatility 9
Edge Hold 7
Sustainability + Cra... 6

Designed to be ridden shorter makes it more fun

Innovative

Light and poppy

Great for the park

Not for traditionalists

Mediocre in powder

MSRP
$499.95
BEST DEAL
$479.95
Burton Custom 20th Anniversary
85
Handling 9
Pop + Energy 8
Float 7
Versatility 8
Edge Hold 7
Sustainability/Craft... 6

One board quiver

Great carver

Multiple camber options

Marginal float

Moderate carbon footprint

MSRP
$579.95
BEST DEAL
N/A
Ride Berzerker
84
Handling 8
Pop + Energy 8
Float 8
Versatility 7
Edge Hold 7
Sustainability/Craft... 6

Great for switch riding

Plows/stable through chunky snow

Very responsive

Stiff

Might be too much board for some

MSRP
$510.00
BEST DEAL
$499.95
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Arbor Clovis

The Arbor Clovis is built for serious riders who like going fast and taking chances. With a narrow waist, it’s quick from side to side. But that narrowness hurts float on powder days. 

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How to find the best snowboard for you

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Snowboard selection is a very personal choice. Once someone has ridden for a while they usually develop strong preferences for brands and specific design features. At its most basic, board selection should relate to the terrain you like to ride. Most riders will want an all-mountain board, which can plunge through powder, hit the pipe and ride all over a ski area’s slopes. All-mountain boards are stable, versatile, and can come as either directional boards, meaning they can only be ridden one way, or with symmetrical twin tips, allowing it to be ridden in either direction. Freestyle riders will want a shorter, softer board with twin tips, which will be less stable when going fast, but more nimble and maneuverable.

The design feature that affects how your ride feels is the camber or rocker. This describes the shape that the side of your board makes when lying flat on the snow. A board with traditional camber will look like a wave, with raised tips that dip to touch the snow and then a raised center. This shape is thought to be stable and provide a responsive pop when coming out of turns. A reversed camber board will look like a banana, with raised tips that curve to touch the snow in the center. This shape excels in powder and also in the park. A flat board will lay flat against the snow and a mixed camber board will have multiple waves in the silhouette. Choose a shape that will be suited to the style of riding that you do most often.