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The 29 Best Snowboard Brands Ever! [Listed From A-Z]

by Fraser
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There are simply too many snowboard brands these days. Even I find it hard to keep up… and I’m a gear addict!

To help you choose the right brands for your gear, I decided to put together a list of the best snowboard brands. 

Take a look through and see which ones match with your style, ethics and preferences.

I’m sure you’ll find some pretty epic gear for the coming season…

The Top 10 Snowboard Brands

  • Best Snowboard Brand Overall: Burton
  • Best Snowboard Brand for Outerwear: 686
  • Best Snowboard Brand for Beginners: Nitro
  • Best Snowboard Brand For Goggles and Helmets: Smith Optics
Top Pick
Burton

Burton

  • Product Range: Excellent
  • Warranty Program: Solid
  • Best Products: Hard goods, especially bindings
Top Build Quality
Capita

Capita

  • Product Range: Mainly snowboards
  • Warranty Program: Excellent
  • Best Products: The infamous Capita DOA
Best Snowboard Goggles
Smith Optics

Smith Optics

  • Product Range: Helmets, goggles, sunglasses
  • Warranty Program: Very good
  • Best Product: The Smith Vantage helmet
Most Innovative
Ride

Ride

  • Product Range: Hard goods
  • Warranty Program: Solid
  • Best Product: The ground-breaking Ride Warpig
Best Customer Service
Rome SDS

Rome SDS

  • Product Range: Hard goods
  • Warranty Program: Exceptional
  • Best Products: Snowboards and the Katana bindings
Best Board Shapes
Nitro

Nitro

  • Product Range: Mainly hard goods (boards, bindings, boots)
  • Warranty Program: Average
  • Best Products: Fun shapes like the Nitro Slash and Pow
Best Outerwear
686

686

Best Powder Boards
Jones

Jones

  • Product Range: Hard goods. Freeride focused
  • Warranty Program: Good
  • Best Products: The surfer range, including the Storm Chaser
Best Edge Hold Tech
Lib Tech

Lib Tech

  • Product Range: Mostly snowboards
  • Warranty Program: Great
  • Best Product: Lib Tech Orca
Best Backcountry Gear
Mammut

Mammut

  • Product Range: Backcountry Safety Gear
  • Warranty Program: Excellent
  • Best Products: Beacons and Shovels
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The Best Snowboard Brands In The World [Complete List]

As a self-confessed snowboard gear addict, I’ve been through my fair share of brands. My many years in the snowboarding game have taught me an awful lot about what makes a brand great and… not so much. 

Every company mentioned has therefore truly earned a place on the official list of best snowboard brands.

Let’s dive right in!

Best Outerwear
686
  • Kickass outwear made especially for snowboarders 
  • Innovative tech - that does work
  • Better price point than competitors 
  • Dope ethos and ethics

Founded an impressive 30-years ago, 686 make incredible snowboard clothing with innovative technology. They’re a true snowboard company, founded by a very passionate snowboarder. 

I am extremely picky about my outerwear and really push it to the limits when I test it. 686 is one of the few brands that mostly stands up to these rigorous tests. 

Definitely worth a look when you’re next in the market for some new outerwear. 

Amplid
  • Incredible shapes: great powder-slayers
  • Eco-friendly: Aiming to be co2 neutral!
  • They do things differently - check out their tech.

Amplid is the brainchild of ex-snowboard champion Peter Bauer and is dedicated to creating state-of-the-art freeride snowboards.

These boards are super nice in every aspect, from their tasteful graphics and outstanding workmanship to their superb customer service.

Peter Bauer and his team have strived to create a brand that blends ambitious ideas with cutting-edge snowboard technology. Riding an Amplid on groomers or in the backcountry is a joy. They have fantastic turning performance and a confidence-inducing feel.

Arbor
  • Almost 30-years in the game!
  • One of the best snowboard brands for freeride
  • B-e-a-utiful natural wood topsheets

Arbor has been around since 1995. They started out with incredibly lightweight snowboards, all when snowboards were still pretty heavy. They stayed as a pretty small company until the legendary Brian Iguchi brought in his Yoda-style influences to help them out.

Most Arbor snowboards are biased towards freeriding. So you can expect some exciting shapes designed for floating in powder and supreme carving ability.

Their snowboards have an old-school feel, featuring wood laminate top sheets and stunning graphics. Arbor has also translated this style to their gorgeous cruiser skateboards, so you can still carve while waiting for the snow to fall.

You can read our full Arbor Snowboards review here.

Try The Surfer!
Bataleon
  • Bataleon make super fun boards for all conditions
  • If you've never ridden the Surfer, you're missing out!
  • Innovative pro rider team (shoutout Tyler Chorlton)

Bataleon steered away from the traditional snowboard designs, leading them to develop TBT (Triple Base Technology). Many dismissed this tech as a gimmick, but it really works.

TBT sees three separate plains at the nose and tail that raise the contact points. The result takes a few runs to get used to, but the loose feel is ideal for freestyle snowboarding. It also feels pretty good in powder!

You can read our full Bataleon Snowboards review here.

Legendary
Burton
  • Founded by snowboarding legend Jake Burton. 
  • A global company with huge RnD budget!
  • Actually make incredible gear - especially bindings.

Burton has been around since 1977 and was founded by the late and great Jake Burton. Jake is easily one of the most famous snowboarders of all time.

Ever since snowboarders started shredding the slopes, Burton has been there, offering innovative equipment and clothing.

Many of these innovations have been developed with the help of legendary snowboarders like Terje Håkonsen and Craig Kelly. But the likes of Shawn White and Mark McMorris continue to fly the flag for the brand.

Burton’s range of products is vast. They offer everything a snowboarder needs for a season and many products for the off-season. Burton also owns several other brands, such as Anon, R.E.D., Gravis, Analog, and more.

Personal Thoughts: The Burton Malavita bindings are one of the best bindings ever created. They have the rare ability to suit most boards and most riders. They’re seriously awesome!

You can read our full Burton Snowboards review here.

Borealis
  • Designed and hand-made in the French Alps
  • Beautiful selection of snowboards
  • Worldwide shipping 

Borealis Snowboards was founded in 2013 in France by Ben Hall, a French-English snowboarder. Ben’s team has over 30 years of experience to call upon to create high-performance gear. The snowboards are all hand-made from sustainable materials such as bio-based resin, sustainable wood, and natural bamboo.

Borealis is a niche company, but they are definitely worth checking out if you want to improve your green credentials and ride something a little different.

Insane Boards!
Capita
  • Snowboards are built in the Austrian Mothership! 
  • Founded on true snowboarding anti-establishment vibes!
  • Incredible attention to detail when designing snowboards
  • They make the legendary DOA! 

I’ll be honest with you right off the bat… I love Capita snowboards. I’ve ridden a huge number of their snowboards and they get it right damn near every time. 

Created in the year 2000, Capita aimed to disrupt the status quo, shaking out the profit-hungry corporations invading the snowboarding world. They succeeded. They had soon signed numerous pro riders and later moved their team to Austria, where they built The Mothership!

The mothership is a huge facility where Capita carries out all of their research and development. More impressively, they use a self-generated energy supply which is 100% clean and boasts zero-carbon emissions. 

They source 98% of their materials locally and make some really incredible snowboards with them. If you’re looking for pop, Capita have you covered!

If you’re looking for one-board to rule them all – you can’t go wrong with the Capita Defenders Of Awesome (DOA).

You can read our full Capita Snowboards review here.

Best Boots
DC
  • Comfiest boots of all time (in my opinion)
  • Some lines now compatible with burton step-ons
  • Also make great outerwear with high spec
  • Incredible team riders like Torstein Horgmo 

DC started out as a skate shoe company in 1994. They moved into building snowboards in the mid-2000s with a heavy bias towards freestyle… thanks to the skating background and their board’s poppy feel.

D.C. then brought its shoe-making expertise to snowboard boots with great success. Their snowboard boots are so darned comfortable, I swear I forget they’re on my feet. 

DC were also one of the first brands to use the Boa lacing system.

Their pro riders include Torstein Horgmo, Devin Walsh, and Todd Richards.

Check out my full DC Snowboard brand review here.

Gentemstick

Gentemstick is a niche brand from Japan. They make some of the most sought-after powder snowboards with a spiritual surfy feeling. Gentemsticks snowboards are hand-made and designed to float in the deepest powder.

When you hold a Gentemstick you can really feel the quality of the build. 

This is a passionate brand deep in the core of snowboarding. They aren’t just in it for the money, and they handpick snowboard shops to sell their boards; ones that reflect their ideology.

Magnetraction!
Gnu
  • Part of the huge Mervin snowboarding machine
  • Innovative tech like magnatraction (explained below)
  • Make exclusively environmentally friendly boards

GNU is part of the snowboarding giant Mervin Manufacturing. Mervin Manufacturing is responsible for several snowboard brands but also makes skis, skateboards, and surfboards.

Founded in 1977, Gnu has focussed on manufacturing environmentally friendly snowboards. But during this time, they have developed awesome tech such as Magna Traction. Magna Traction snowboards have wavey edges that give you incredible edge hold.

This can be a game-changer on those icy days!

Gnu makes some great snowboards with responsive handling and fast bases. They also have great graphics and some interesting shapes.

You can read our full Gnu Snowboards review here.

Jones
  • Started by snowboarding legend Jeremy Jones 
  • Focused on mountain-conscious mountain gear  
  • I'll personally vouch for the mind expander - what a board!

Jones was started by Jeremy Jones with a heavy focus on making environmentally friendly snowboards. But their boards are also high-performing and have a bias toward freeriding.

The company is also a pioneer in split-board technology. Check out the Jones Hovercraft split-board if you want to hike into the backcountry. This helps you to find the best powder lines (and have the most fun).

Jones is now owned by the Swiss company, Nidecker, which has been around for many years. So Jones therefore has the resources to keep creating great boards.

You can read our full Jones Snowboards review here.

K2
  • Originally a ski brand, K2 now produce incredible snowboard gear
  • A rare all-round: the bindings, boots and boards are all great
  • The K2 Lien bindings are supremely comfortable

K2 is a ski brand but was one of the first to break into the snowboard market in the 1980s. K2 Make some great snowboards, using their ski manufacturing expertise and technology.

Their solid background also allows them to offer a wide range of snowboard products. No matter what kind of rider you are, K2 will have boards, boots, and bindings to suit your needs, ability level, and preferences.

You can read our full K2 Snowboards review here.

Kemper
  • One of the original snowboarding brands - now making a comeback!
  • Retro graphics with new technologies
  • The Apex is such a fun snowboard!

Canadian snowboard company Kemper has been around since the late 1980s. They became one of the most prominent snowboard brands in the 1990s but fell by the wayside by the end of the decade.

Kemper was then revived in 2018!

They stick to the retro graphics and colors they were famous for back in the day… but use modern technology and shapes. There’s no doubt we’ll start to see more neon Kemper snowboards on the slopes in the near future.

Korua Shapes
  • A relatively new and exciting brand!
  • Influenced by the Japanese art of carving 
  • A strong focus on tech over graphics

Korua Shapes is one of the best snowboard brands and they only started out in 2014!

These boards are incredible and feature bizarre and interesting shapes for powder and carving. 

The company is based in Switzerland but is heavily influenced by the Japanese carving movement. Their ethos is to get people to re-discover the art of the turn, as this is what we do most of the time… whether riding deep powder or groomed pistes.

Korua Shapes snowboards don’t have fancy graphics. Just a white top sheet and red base (or 100% black on the Plus models).

This means their development and production budget goes into how the board rides rather than how it looks (but they are still beautiful). All their videos are shot in black and white, which adds a new level of coolness. Check out the ‘Yearning for Turning‘ video series to give you a taste of what these fantastic boards are used for and capable of.

Lib Tech
  • Another Mervin masterpiece!
  • Boards for all types of terrain 
  • Eco-friendly 
  • Some of the best graphics around

Lib Tech is another snowboard brand under the Mervin Industries umbrella.

In the 1990s, they were primarily a freestyle snowboarding brand featuring riders like Jamie Lynn. But their most famous rider these days is Travis Rice.

The brand has a massive range of snowboards, including backcountry, all-mountain, freestyle, and splitboards. Lib Tech is also big on sustainability, using more eco-friendly manufacturing techniques and materials.

Lib Tech also takes its green credentials to manufacturing skateboards, surfboards, and skis.

Read my full Lib Tech brand review here. 

Lobster
  • Founded by Icelandic snowboarders Eiki & Heldor Helgasson
  • Boasting similar tech to Bataleon's TBT 
  • An eccentric brand that is simply... fun 

Lobster was started by Eiki and Heldor Helgasson, two pro riders from Iceland. They got help from Bataleon (who previously sponsored Eiki), so you can expect similar tech to Bataleon’s TBT.

Lobster is a characterful snowboard brand that stays away from the norm.

This is exemplified by their sponsored riders, such as ‘the Fridge.’ This guy always rides wearing a backpack, even in international slopestyle competitions!

Mammut
  • Founded way back 1862, they're now world-recognised!
  • Make some of the best transceivers and avalanche airbags
  • The best quality avalanche shovels and probes

If you’re looking for a premium avalanche transceiver or airbag backpack… look no further than Mammut. 

Every single item I’ve tried from them as been of incredible quality and has held up for years. 

I use them for pretty much all of my backcountry safety gear.

Never Summer
  • Incredibly well made boards! 
  • Only sold by a select few authorized stores.
  • Beautiful range of powder boards
  • The proto range are super fun to ride!

Never Summer has been around since 1983, but never gained the traction of the more prominent brands.

But their reputation for building quality and robust snowboards shone through, earning them a following of loyal riders.

Unlike some brands, Never Summer build their own boards in-house rather than farming production out to large manufacturing facilities.

They also only supply snowboard shops that share the same spirit, rather than just sending them out to every shop they can.

You can read my full Never Summer review here.

Nidecker
  • Excellence comes in budget prices!
  • A brand that pushes snowboarding forward 
  • The mosquito is downright incredible 
  • Their bindings also rival the bigger brands 

Nidecker has a surprising history, as it was founded way back in 1887! 

Of course, snowboarding wasn’t around then, but the Swiss family-run company branched out into snowboards in 1986.

They have since become one of the best snowboarding brands around.

Nidecker snowboards are still more popular in Europe; most riders are probably more familiar with their other brands, such as Jones, Yes, Slash and Volcom.

But Nidecker snowboards are excellent and offer something for freeriders, freestylers, and those who like to ride a bit of everything.

Check out the ‘Slice n’ Dice‘ video series to see pro riders Dave Crozier and Lewis Sonvico get creative on Nidecker snowboards.

You can read our full Nidecker review here.

Best Shapes!
Nitro
  • As Nitro would say, they're "Built For Good Times!"
  • Most diverse line-up in the game! 
  • You'll want to try every single shape and size
  • The pow is a downright masterpiece!

Nitro is another old-school snowboard brand. Founded 1990 in Seattle, the brand has always stayed at the core of snowboarding, putting riders first.

They’ve managed to maintain this despite becoming one of the largest brands in the industry!

There is a full spectrum of Nitro products, from boards, boots, apparel and bindings – all of which are great! Their quiver range consists of some super interesting and quirky shapes, making fun a priority.

Nitro has some of the world’s best riders on their books, such as Eero Ettala, Bryan Austin, and Marcus Kleveland. 

You can read our full Nitro Snowboards review here.

Try The Warpig!
Ride
  • You have simply got to try The Warpig at least once!
  • Amazing selection of boards/boots/bindings/gear. 
  • Super fun team and community

Found in 1992, Washington State-based Ride Snowboards started off with boards heavily influenced by skateboarding (they even had a snowboard with grip tape on the top sheet). Therefore they focussed on freestyle. 

Like Nitro, Ride is at the core of the sport, striving to be an excellent snowboard company rather than trying to be the biggest. Their board range now covers all the bases with split-boards, freestyle, park, powder, all-mountain, and carving boards.

They exude quality and have certainly earned a spot on the list of best snowboard brands. 

You can read our full Ride Snowboards review here.

Best Bindings!
Rome
  • The best bindings in the game! 
  • Another incredible all-rounder 
  • Incredible customer service 

Rome was started by Josh Reid and Paul Maravetz in 2001. These guys used to work for Burton… but didn’t like the big company mentality and that the company seemed to have lost the ethos of snowboarding.

This independent brand has done a great job of making its own way in the snowboard market. They even managed to sponsor some of the world’s best freestyle riders, such as Ståle Sandbech and Alek Oestreng.

I can personally vouch for their bindings which I swear by on most of my boards. 

You can read our full Rome Snowboards review here.

Rossignol
  • A ski brand that has mastered snowboard production
  • Their XV line is pure magic - especially the Sashimi! 
  • Secret tip - Rossignol gives 15% off when you subscribe!

Rossignol is an old French ski bran, introducing a few snowboards to its product lineup over the years.

However, this isn’t a bad thing, as the company has used its ski-making knowledge to make some pretty dang good snowboards.

The quality of Rossignol snowboards shines through when you see the likes of Xavier De Le Rue dominating the Freeride World Tour on one of their boards.

Xavier is also heavily involved in developing the company’s big mountain snowboards. If you like to ride fast, maybe you shouldn’t discount a Rossignol before you’ve tried one!

The Rossignol Sashimi for example is the best board I’ve ever tested in powder. I can’t recommend it enough!

You can read our full Rossignol Snowboards review here.

For The Ladies!
Roxy
  • Delivering the goods for the female shredders!
  • Great boards and ever greater outerwear. 
  • Something for all ages, abilities and styles.

Back to another Mervin brand, Roxy has become popular with female shredders pretty quickly!

The brand diversified from bikinis and surf clothing to produce some great snowboards for women.

Even though they focus on women’s snowboards, their range has something for all abilities and styles. They even make skis if you fancy going over to the dark side.

You can read our full Roxy Snowboards review here.

Salomon
  • Once just a ski company, now conquering both. 
  • The Salomon Assassin is an all-round beast!
  • Make hella good boots and bindings too. 

When Salomon started making snowboards in 1999, many people saw them as a soulless ski company jumping on the snowboard bandwagon.

There may be an element of truth in this (even though their first board was really nice with a super fast base.)

However, over time, Salomon has managed to convince snowboarders that they belong in the one plank world.

They make excellent snowboards and constantly develop their products to give snowboarders high-performance equipment. Check out the Salomon Assassin and Huck Knife for some great examples!

You can read our full Salomon Snowboards review here.

Slash
  • Founded by the legendary Gigi Rüf!
  • The Slash ATV and Happy Place are amazing
  • Also do great kids snowboards. 

This Slash has nothing to do with Guns n’ Roses but is one of Nidecker’s other brands. This small brand was started by Gigi Ruff, and the boards are based on his riding style.

So if you like to shred everything the mountain has to throw at you, from side hits to backcountry, look into Slash’s options. Slash also has some great options for kids!

Best Goggles
Smith Optics
  • Extremely high-quality helmets and goggles
  • Their gear is packed full of technology
  • The Vantage helmet and I/O Mag goggles are prime examples

Smith are the best snowboard brand for goggles and helmets. They make exceptionally high quality gear. They are industry-leaders when it comes to innovation and technology. 

Their products are on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for. For more information on the Smith line-up, check out the top snowboard helmets. 

You can read my full Smith Optics review here.

Best Bindings
Union
  • Dedicated exclusively to the research, development and production of snowboard bindings
  • The ONLY snowboard binding supplier who owns and operates their own production facility
  • Supported by a team of over 100 professional riders

Ah, Union Binding Company, a true icon in the world of snowboarding bindings!

Founded in 2005 by a group of passionate snowboarders, Union has been revolutionizing the way riders connect with their boards ever since.

With a commitment to quality, performance, and innovation, Union has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading binding manufacturers in the industry.

Union bindings are known for their reliability and performance. Their high-quality materials and innovative technologies, such as multi-density thermoformed EVA bushings and durable aluminum heel cups, ensure optimal power transfer, response, and comfort. 

Additionally, Union’s unique Mini Disk system provides a natural board flex and maximizes board feel, allowing you to truly connect with your ride.

Yes.
  • A masterful range of snowboards!
  • Some of the most innovative powder shapes
  • Checkout the Yes 20/20

Yes Snowboards was started by David Carrier Porcheron, Romain De Marchi, P Solberg, and Tadashi Fuse. In 2009 these top riders broke their ties with Burton to set up their own brand under Nidecker’s wing.

The backcountry freestyle skills these riders have are translated into their snowboard lineup. You can expect these boards to be fun to ride and super versatile, allowing you to shred wherever you find yourself.

Take a more detailed look in my Yes Snowboards Brand Review.

What Sets The Best Snowboard Brands Apart?

I apologise – that was quite a long list of snowboard brands. Believe it or not, I could have kept going! 

So you’re probably wondering, what separates the best snowboard brands from the rest?

Allow me to explain…

the best snowboard brands list

1. Innovative Technology: Pushing Boundaries

The best snowboard brands are at the forefront of innovation, constantly pushing the boundaries of technology.

From advanced camber profiles to unique base materials, these brands invest heavily in research and development.

Whether it’s improved edge control, enhanced stability, or better pop and responsiveness, innovative technology sets the best brands apart.

2. Attention to Detail: Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship is a hallmark of the best snowboard brands. From the moment you lay eyes on these boards, you can see the meticulous attention to detail.

Every curve, every graphic, and every component is carefully designed and executed.

The best brands understand that it’s not just about performance; it’s also about creating a work of art.

3. Versatility: Riding Styles and Terrain

Snowboarding is a diverse sport, with different styles and various terrains.

The best snowboard brands recognize this and create versatile boards that cater to a wide range of riding preferences.

Whether you’re a powder hound, a freerider, or love hitting the park, these brands offer snowboards that can handle it.

4. Durability: Built to Last!

Snowboarding can be tough on your equipment, especially when you’re pushing the limits.

That’s why the top snowboard brands prioritize durability. They will utilize high-quality materials, reinforced edges, and robust construction techniques. 

5. Rider-Driven Design: Collaboration with the Pros

To truly understand what snowboarders need, the top brands collaborate with professional riders.

These brands actively seek input from experienced athletes who push the boundaries of the sport.

For example, the Gnu Rider’s Choice was fine tuned by the entire Gnu riding team. And it shows. This board shreds!

5. Customer Service: Bulletproof Warranties!

You’ll find that every brand on this list has a super solid warranty programme. I wouldn’t go anywhere near a board without a decent warranty – I’ve been stung in the past!

A fine example of an excellent warranty program is Rome Snowboards. When my Rome Mod Rocker started cracking in the middle of the French Alps, Rome sent out a new one within days!

Final Thoughts

There are plenty more companies that deserve a place on the list. Unfortunately it would have taken me until spring to get through them all!

I have therefore narrowed it down to only the very best snowboard brands on offer. These are the most prominent and exciting snowboard brands in the world. 

Each offers innovative products that keep snowboarding alive, maintaining it’s title as the best sport in the world.

Got a brand you think we should check out?

Let me know in the comments below!

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37 comments

cortez 06/02/2023 - 6:16 am

Couldn’t agree more – love these brands! What do you make of Nitro snowboards?

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Fraser 30/06/2023 - 10:43 pm

Until recently I wasn’t a huge fan. But their most recent line up of surfy, volume-shifted boards are incredible. I rode the Slash last weekend and now I want one!

Which boards are you looking at?

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Karl MacGavin 21/06/2023 - 3:39 pm

I know diddly about snowboard brands but I have some nephews who are into snowboarding. The best snowboard brands should come in handy when it’s gift-giving time and when they’re talking about snowboarding. I plan on checking out some of the other articles here. I might actually understand what they’re talking about. LOL.

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Fraser 22/06/2023 - 12:51 pm

Ah, the age old battle of what to buy the nephews/grandkids. Glad to have helped.

You could also check out my article on the best snowboarding gifts

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Will R. 23/06/2023 - 1:23 am

How much do you need to spend for a good board and bindings?

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Fraser 24/06/2023 - 9:27 am

Hey. Not as much as people think! This is the average snowboard cost ($450). You should also check out our article on whether expensive snowboards are worth it.

You don’t need to spend heaps when you’re starting out. Second hand gear can be great!

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Connor Keith 23/06/2023 - 2:27 pm

There are so many snowboards out there that I wonder how people find a board they like? Would you recommend only choosing one of the best snowboard brands? I really appreciate the reviews, especially when theys are written by an experienced snowboarder. But I am never quite sure if they’ll work for me!?

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Fraser 24/06/2023 - 9:20 am

Hey. There are plenty of other great snowboard brands out there. In fact, i’ll probably expand the list before the 2023-2024 season. What brand were you looking at?

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Connor Keith 24/06/2023 - 10:59 pm

Thanks for the reply! I love the design of the Fortnite x Kemper Fantom Snowboard. Not sure if that’s reason enough to buy the board. I’m leaning towards Nitro. They look good and have some nice sales going on.

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Fraser 30/06/2023 - 10:46 pm

I haven’t had the chance to ride the kemper, though it does look fun. I have ridden a whole bunch of Nitro decks this season though… incredible boards! The volume shifted boards like the Pow and the Slash are amazing. I took the slash for a spring park session last weekend and had a blast. What did you end up going for?

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Jimmy D. 23/06/2023 - 10:03 pm

A non-snowboarder might ask “why are there so many brands on this list of the best snowboard brands.” 27 is kinda a lot! However, if you’ve ever shopped for snowboards, you know there’s no end to them these days. Thanks for giving me a starting point! BTW – What about Never Summer?

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Kyle Atkins 24/06/2023 - 9:30 pm

It’s fascinating to get a pro’s pro take on things and it reminds me of the saying “when you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life.” (Though I second that Never Summer is one of the best snowboard brands – why don’t they make the list?)

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Fraser 30/06/2023 - 10:46 pm

Hey Kyle. Never Summer are officially on the list!

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Greg 01/07/2023 - 2:31 pm

Would you choose Burton or Jones for a beginner first board?

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Fraser 03/07/2023 - 7:06 pm

Hi. Overall, Burton is the better brand for beginners – much more choices. Jones make excellent boards but they are a little more freeride focused. They are also more expensive, which isn’t necessary when you’re starting out. Hope that helps!

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Mo 02/07/2023 - 10:24 am

I notice you didn’t list Patagonia or Arcteryx, is there a reason for that?

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Fraser 03/07/2023 - 7:04 pm

Hey, they’re both great brands for outerwear and apparel, but they’re not strictly “snowboard brands”, so didn’t make the list. Still make great gear though!

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Jack 10/07/2023 - 2:36 pm

Curious why you don’t count Endeavor as one of the top snowboard brands? I’m looking at the archetype for Whistler next year

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Fraser 12/07/2023 - 8:59 pm

Hey. They make great boards for sure, I love the archetype – managed to ride it in Japan!
They’re still relatively small compared to the more established brands, but I’ll take a look at adding them to the list

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CharlesB 10/07/2023 - 10:36 pm

CAPiTA is the best brand for snowboards. I’m willing to die on my hill on that one!

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Fraser 12/07/2023 - 8:56 pm

They certainly make some pretty great boards. But so do some of the other brands. Hard to choose these days!

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Luke 26/07/2023 - 9:32 am

What’s wrong with Nitro snowboards?

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Fraser 30/07/2023 - 7:14 pm

Nothing! Nitro are on the list 🙂

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Darrell 06/09/2023 - 3:37 am

Is Burton still one of the better brands or no?

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Roy 08/09/2023 - 3:07 am

Trew Gear is definitely one of the best snowboard brands! Why aren’t they on the list!

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Fraser 10/09/2023 - 10:11 am

Hey, we’ve certainly tested some great gear from Trew. But they’re still relatively new compared to other snowboarding brands.
We also couldn’t include every brand on the list… or it would take you forever to read!

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fede 13/09/2023 - 6:14 pm

excelente nota,head no esta enla lista

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Fraser 14/09/2023 - 9:38 am

Hi – we’ve written an article about the head brand. Not quite up the with the best brands (at least in our thoughts). What do you think? Thanks!

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Sam 20/09/2023 - 2:32 am

Great work, thanks!

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Charlie 04/10/2023 - 9:51 am

I’ve tried a bunch of snowboards now and Ride is definitely the best brand. The Warpig is legendary!

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Fraser 10/10/2023 - 10:41 am

Hey. We’re a big fan of the Warpig too. Glad you liked it!

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BeN 08/11/2023 - 11:27 pm

Why no love for Clew?

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Fraser 10/11/2023 - 2:43 pm

Hey… still a relatively new brand compared to the others. I hear good things about their bindings though – aiming to check them out next week 🙂

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Andy 22/11/2023 - 8:33 pm

Have you tried Telos Snowboards? They seem to be a decent brand but there aren’t many reviews

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Fraser 24/11/2023 - 6:57 pm

Yep! Very high quality. We’re hoping to post some in-depth reviews in the next few weeks!

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Rich 24/11/2023 - 11:34 am

How about Trew Gear?

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Fraser 24/11/2023 - 6:49 pm

Great outerwear brand. We’re hoping to test out their latest bib lineup this year!

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