One of the best parts of anticipating another snowboard season is the new gear you’ll get to test out in that first session. If you’re in the market for a new snowboard, you’re probably excited to be doing some research, but all of the innovative technologies companies have added in recent years can make choosing a new board a difficult decision.
Below are a just a few of the top snowboards that our friends from snowboard store The Board Basement recommend will be popular choices for the upcoming 2013/14 season.
Men’s Snowboards 2013
Gnu A.S.S. Pickle
The Gnu A.S.S. Pickle is one of the most innovative new boards on the market. If you ride with a duck stance and typically stick to park riding, this could be the board for you. The A.S.S. Pickle has an Asymmetrical Symmetrical Synchronized (A.S.S.) build that is designed specifically for a slight duck stance. The twin style, “sintered speed base” and superb flexibility complete a board that will help you take your riding to the next level.
Lib Tech TRS
This board is fast and steady in all conditions, making it ideal for riders who like some extra pop in the park and a solid grip on icey transitions. The TRS is a Lib Tech classic for high performance when carving into turns, getting air and stomping landings.
Women’s Snowboards 2013
The Forum Spinster has become known as one of the best women’s park boards in the industry. It’s a twin-tip board with lots of flex and very little weight construction. Carbon strands in the nose and tail give this loose-feeling board a bit of stability, so you can pop off the lip with confidence.
This is an all-mountain board for versatile free-riding women. It’s super lightweight, but still feels sturdy under your feet. Gnus uses Liquid Crystal Polymer instead of fibreglass in the B-Pro to absorb tough vibrations from ice and hard landings. This board is made for superior control, and it definitely succeeds.
Whether you’re looking for a men’s or women’s board for all-mountain or strictly park riding, the most important part of shopping for a new board is choosing one that will suit your specific riding needs.