best asymmetrical snowboards

The 5 Best Asymmetrical Snowboards Ever Made!

by Ben
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Most asymmetrical snowboards have a different side-cut on either edge. This compensates for our naturally unbalanced biomechanics, making your heel-side turns much more reliable. 

I know what you’re thinking, marketing gimmick 101!

Well, I was sceptical at first too… but having tested more than a dozen I’m thoroughly convinced. This shit stuff works!

But which asymmetrical snowboards are worthy of your hard earned cash?

The Best Asymmetrical Snowboards Are:

  1. The Yes Greats Uninc
  2. The Gnu Rider’s Choice 
  3. The Gnu Ladies Choice
  4. The Ride TwinPig
  5. The Nitro Optisym (Budget Pick)

Stay tuned and we’ll take a closer look at these incredible boards.

What Is An Asymmetrical Snowboard?

Ever noticed that your toe side turns are tighter and more consistent than your heel side turns? 

This is pretty normal. 

Our natural bio-mechanics make it much easier to balance and lean into our toe side. This is down to your foot, calf and ankle muscles, plus the ability to reach out with your arms. 

In order to combat this, some of the top snowboard brands have designed asymmetrical boards. This isn’t exactly brand new tech, but it’s certainly making a comeback!

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These usually work in two ways:

  1. Asymmetrical Sidecuts: Using a short, deep, heel sidecut allows tighter and more reliable turns. This improves consistency when switching between your heel side and toe side edge. 
  2. Asymmetrical Cores: A thinner, softer core along the heel side edge makes it much easier to initiate turns. 

In summary, asymmetrical boards help to reduce your natural imbalances. This makes for a smoother, snappier and super fun ride!

Best Asymmetrical Snowboards

1. The Yes Greats Uninc

The Yes Greats Uninc

Flex: 7/10
Profile: Hybrid (CAMROCK 2-4-2)
Base: Sintered True Base
Shape: True Twin 
Additional Features: Asymmetrical Midbite, AsymFlex, 

  • The best asymmetrical snowboard
  • A truly legendary board
  • Employs a host of asymmetrical features
  • Poppy and responsive 
  • Super fun and versatile 
  • Suits most riders
  • Slightly wider waist width allows really deep carves

✖️ Extremely hard to get hold of 

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The Yes Greats is comfortably one of the best asymmetrical snowboards ever. 

While other companies were struggling with asymmetrical tech, Yes had already nailed it. 

The Greats Uninc has asymmetrical mid bite (narrow sections allow the edge to reduce turn radius), asymmetrical sidecuts and an asymmetrical flex pattern. 

Can’t get much more asymmetrical than that!

The Greats has been around for years and has been tweaked (mostly for the better) every season since. Definitely worth checking out!

Personal Thoughts: I love this board. It handles everything with ease. The asymmetrical features are super subtle, but work extremely well. So much so that when I jumped on another deck after 10-days on this… my heel side turns were garbage! 

The Greats Uninc will be a true one-board quiver for most riders.

2. The Gnu Rider's Choice

The Gnu Rider's Choice

Flex: 5.5/10
Profile: C2X Contour (Rocker-Camber-Rocker)
Base: Sintered
Shape: True Twin 
Additional Features: Magne-Traction, ASYM Level 2, 

  • Incredible all-mountain slayer
  • Huge range of sizes 
  • Great edge hold 
  • Super fun to ride 
  • Really great use of asymmetrical sidecuts - subtle but effective

✖️ A little heavier than other options

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Regular readers will already know how much I love this board. It was a very close second to the Yes Greats. 

It’s rides more like a traditional snowboard, owing to it’s slightly narrower waist and more conventional shape. 

The Rider’s Choice was designed in collaboration with a host of pro riders. As you’d expect, they packed heaps of good stuff into it. 

Being a Gnu board, it of course features magnetraction (serrated edges to increase edge hold). It also uses their best profile, the C2x. 

From design to performance, our riders had a heavy hand in this one. Asymmetry, slightly wider widths that rail and float combined with C2 Hybrid contours that pop, slide, carve and float. All laminated into an eco-minded construction with poppy carbon that is built to blast and last. It’s quite possibly the best snowboard we have ever made!

Personal Thoughts: I won’t say too much here. I’m constantly talking about this board and don’t want to bore you!

The quick version is that this board is a truly excellent all rounder. It’s probably not quite as good in powder as the Greats, but neither are really designed for that. Otherwise, it’s hard to choose between them. 

3. The Gnu Asym Ladies Choice

The Gnu Asym Ladies Choice

Flex: 6/10
Profile: C2x Contour (Rocker-Camber-Rocker)
Base: Eco Sintered Base
Shape: Asymmetrical True Twin 
Additional Features: Magne-Traction, ASYM Level 2, 

  • One of the best women's boards available
  • Same great tech as the Rider's Choice. 
  • Excellent edge hold
  • Perfect pop 
  • ASYM Level 2 is really effective

✖️ On the pricey side

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I haven’t forgotten about you ladies!

The Gnu Asym Ladies Choice is the best asymmetrical women’s snowboard. 

As you may have guessed from the name, this has a very similar vibe to the Rider’s Choice. Refined in collaboration with legendary female snowboarder, Jamie Anderson, the Ladies Choice is a safe bet for most riders. 

You can expect awesome all-mountain performance and a subtle but effective asymmetrical sidecut. 

Personal Thoughts: Sadly, they don’t make this board in my size (I’m big boned). I therefore turned to my trusty partner in crime. Here’s what she said…

“The Ladies Choice is fun. From the second I strapped in, I had an amazing time. It’s one of those rare boards that you can push super hard in all areas, without feeling nervous. I strongly recommend this board for the all-mountain freestyle rider, especially if you’re looking for asym tech.”

4. The Ride TwinPig

The Ride TwinPig

Flex: 5.5/10
Profile: Twin Standard Camber (CamRocker)
Base: Sintered 4000
Shape: Asym Twin 
Additional Features: Asymmetrical Quadractic Sidecut, Slimwalls (dampens ride)

  • One of the best asymmetrical snowboards!
  • An all-mountain freestyle machine
  • Excellent build quality 
  • Volume shifted - allows you to ride 3-5cm shorter
  • Edge hold is super solid
  • Great option if you like the Warpig but want asym. 

✖️ On the heavier side
✖️ Not ideal for powder riding

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You’ve probably definitely heard of the Ride Warpig.

But have you heard of it’s more traditional younger brother… the Twinpig?

The Twinpig is Ride’s twin offering. It uses a similar volume shift (short and fat) whist also including an awesome Asymmetrical sidecut. This produces a shorter, wider board that can still rip super tight turns in both directions. 

Our engineering team took what we liked about the versatility and aggression of the WARPIG and packaged it in a twin shape for someone looking for more freestyle performance while still approaching the mountain with a “thrash everything” mentality that the PIG series is known for.

Personal Thoughts: Definitely one of the best asymmetrical snowboards, especially if you want to try a slightly unorthodox shape. I rode the 151 and was able to carve super hard, despite my normal size being a 157. 

This board is a little more freestyle orientated than Ride’s traditional Warpig, but it still handled all-mountain riding like a boss.

If you want to read more about the Warpig, read our article on the best snowboards for trees

5. The Nitro Optisym

The Nitro Optisym

Flex: 6/10
Profile: Cam-Out Camber 
Base: Premium Extruded FH Base
Shape: Asym Twin 
Additional Features: Rail Killer Edge, Whiplash Core

  • Great asymmetrical snowboard for freestyle
  • Nice and poppy
  • Super strong base for rails 
  • Nice graphics

✖️ Not ideal for heavier riders
✖️ Max. length of 156

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Last but not least, the Nitro Optisym. 

This is probably the most “conventional” board on the list. It’s essentially an all-mountain freestyle twin with an asymmetrical twist. 

It’s a fast, agile, snappy board that rides like a traditional freestyle deck. Despite a 6/10 flex rating, it felt more like a 4/10 underfoot. This might be partly down to my (post-Christmas) weight…

Nitro designed this board to be accessible for both male and female riders. Sadly this doesn’t extend to the heavier rider.

Personal Thoughts: What a great little deck. I had lots of fun buttering around and sending spins off side-hits. 

That said, I did overpower the board a few times and ended up on my butt.

I’d recommend this board for lighter riders looking for a traditional shape. It’s also another option for female riders (though personally I’d still go with the Ladies Choice). 

Final Thoughts

Those are comfortably the best asymmetrical snowboards on the market. And I’ve ridden nearly every Asym board available!

But if you’ve tried another board that you feel deserves a spot on the list, let me know in the comments below.

Happy asymmetrical riding!

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3 comments

Calvin 07/12/2023 - 7:48 am

Super helpful article. Do you ride asymmetrical boards as your daily driver?

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Fraser 07/12/2023 - 9:43 am

Hi Calvin!
All of us have an asymmetrical board in our quiver (I have 2 or 3!).
With boards like the Yes Greats and Gnu Rider’s Choice, you can definitely use them as a daily driver.
If you wanted one all-mountain snowboard, these are both great options.
You should also check out our article on the best all-mountain boards.
Hope that helps!

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Alex 19/12/2023 - 9:42 pm

Bravo, excellent post. Thanks guys!

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