best snowboards for buttering

The 7 Best Snowboards For Buttering [2024]

by Ben
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Those who master buttering tend to make it look easy.

Trust me… It’s not.

It took me years to feel confident with my snowboard butters, and I still have a long way to go. But the hours of practice have taught me one thing… you need the right board for the job!

Stiff and unforgiving boards are going to fight back.

Softer snowboards will buckle like yo momma’s overcooked spaghetti. 

So what are the best snowboards for buttering?

The Best Snowboards For Buttering Are:

  1. The Ride Twinpig
  2. The Never Summer Proto Slinger
  3. The Salomon Huck Knife
  4. The Gnu Head Space
  5. The Capita Ultrafear
  6. The Bataleon Party Wave
  7. The Yes Greats

Honorary mention: The Bataleon Wallie (a dedicated jib board which is incredible for learning butters but less versatile due to its soft flex). 

Let’s take a closer look at these buttery boards… 

Features of The Best Snowboards For Buttering

You can butter on pretty much any snowboard, but why make it harder for yourself?

The perfect snowboards for buttering offer the following features:

  • Soft to Medium flex
  • Twin Shape (usually)
  • A forgiving profile, usually hybrid rather than full camber
  • Enough pop to ollie back out of the butter (soft boards risk over-flexing)
  • A wider waist can make buttering easier by providing a larger platform

Best Snowboards For Buttering

1. The Ride Twinpig

Editor's Choice!
The Ride TwinPig

Flex: 5-6/10
Profile: Twin Standard Camber (CamRocker)
Base: Sintered 
Shape: Asymmetrical Twin 
Additional Features: Asymmetrical Quadractic Sidecut, Slimwalls (ride dampener)

  • One of the best snowboards for buttering
  • Volume shifted (shorter and wider)
  • Increased nose & tail surface area
  • Very solid edge hold 
  • Nice and poppy
  • Excellent construction
  • Looking for a directional twin? Check out the Warpig

✖️ On the slightly heavier side

More Details: 

Topping this year’s list is the ever-popular Ride Twinpig!

Though less distorted than the Warpig, the Twinpig is still shorter and fatter than your average board. You’ll therefore ride it 3-6cm shorter than your regular size

This makes it super manoeuvrable and the added width creates an epic foundation for buttering. The pop also provides just the right amount of rebound. Perfection!

Personal Thoughts: I had an awesome time testing this board. In fact, there’s a brand new one in the garage, bought with my own hard-earned dollar (don’t tell my wife). 

It’s no slouch and the flex requires a little bit of leg work. But once you get it dialled in, the rewards are bottomless. 

2. The Never Summer Proto Slinger

The Never Summer Proto Slinger

Flex: 4/10
Profile: Shock Wave Rocker Camber
Base: Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base
Shape: True Twin 
Additional Features: Asymmetrical edge bite

  • Super fun and super buttery
  • Amazingly versatile for a freestyle deck 
  • The edge bite really works 
  • Incredible for spins and jumps too
  • Solid, durable construction

✖️ A little more freestyle focused. Choose the twinpig if you're looking for a more all-mountain ride. 

More Details: 

This next one is easily one of the best snowboards for buttering. 

Replacing the ever popular Funslinger, the Never Summer Proto Slinger is a freestyle machine. It’s lively and fun, ready to press or spin at any given moment. 

With a slightly softer flex, it was super easy to get into a strong butter, but still strong enough to avoid sending me over the handlebars. 

For a freestyle focused board, it had surprisingly good edge hold. This allowed me to bomb at speed and risk spinning off some larger park jumps.

Not only is this board the end-all be-all of freestyle snowboards, it also excels where a freestyle snowboard isn’t supposed to. It’s a pow floating, trench digging, huge boosting, soft flexing oxymoron.

Personal Thoughts: Whilst I was sad to see the Funslinger go, the Proto Slinger is a worthy replacement. Consider this board if you’re looking for a playful, buttery, freestyle board that still holds it’s own outside the park.  

3. The Salomon Huck Knife

Salomon Huck Knife

Flex: 5/10
Profile: Quad Camber
Base: Sintered
Shape: True Twin 
Additional Features: Popster Booster, Freestyle Edge Bevel

  • An incredibly fun board!
  • Insane pop (though takes a little leg work)
  • Loves to spin off side-hits and kickers 
  • Super light and manoeuvrable 
  • Detuned edges at the contact points, reduces the risk of edge catching

✖️ This years model is a little stiffer, so may not be ideal for the lighter riders

More Details: 

You’ve probably all heard of the Huck Knife.

This poppy, little fellow joined Salomon’s lineup a few seasons back, and was an instant fan favorite. 

It’s essentially a park board with a backbone. 

Expect lots of pop, excellent freestyle capabilities and some surprisingly good carves.

Personal Thoughts: I loved buttering on this board. I didn’t know it at the time, but Salomon detune (file down) the edges around the contact points. This accounts for why it was so forgiving. I had far fewer edge catches than normal!

4. The Gnu Head Space

Gnu Headspace

Flex: 4/10
Profile: C3 Camber (Hybrid)
Base: Eco Sublimated Sintered Base
Shape: True Twin (Asymmetrical) 
Additional Features:
ASYM Level 1, Magne-Traction®

  • Such a fun board to butter and press!
  • Wants to pop off everything
  • Handles bumps with ease
  • Turns the mountain into a park
  • I just generally had a blast on this board

✖️ Not ideal for bombing/carving at speed

More Details: 

I love the Gnu Rider’s Choice (featured here). 

But it’s ever so slightly too stiff for optimal buttering. 

Which is where the Gnu Head Space comes in…

Still offering the same premium features (like Asym tech and Magne-traction) the Head Space is a dream to butter. 

The C3 profile is suitably forgiving, without sacrificing edge-hold. This creates a super fun, skate-like ride.

The C3 cambered Head Space is Forest’s asym twin freestyle mind expansion tool. A proven street slayer, rips any freestyle situation you might encounter at your home resort or out there with the crew.

Personal Thoughts: Another super fun and forgiving ride. The choice between this and the Huck Knife really comes down to whether you want a softer or firmer flex. Both are awesome.

5. The Capita Ultrafear

CAPiTA Ultrafear Reverse Camber

Flex: 5.5/10
Profile: Park V2 (Reverse Camber)
Base: Superdrive™ FX Base
Shape: True Twin
Additional Features:
Carbon Kevlar Body Armor™

New this season! 

  • CAPiTA have made their infamous Ultrafear even more buttery
  • The added rocker provides a little more forgiveness
  • Allows super deep presses and butters
  • Very quick edge to edge 
  • Looks badass
  • Fun!

✖️ Softer than the flex rating would suggest - probably more of a 4/10 (though it still butters beautifully)

More Details:

CAPiTA make some pretty incredible boards. 

But the best snowboard for buttering is undoubtedly The Ultrafear. This medium flexing freestyle machine is packed with their most premium tech. 

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they dropped the reverse camber edition. By adding some rocker to either end, the newest model provides the perfect buttering platform. 

For an even freer style, CAPiTA took one of their most iconic shapes, the tip'n'tail of the Ultrafear, and bent it the other way. This makes for quicker transitions, deeper presses, and a bit more float than its traditionally-cambered predecessor.

Personal Thoughts: What a fun little shredder. The Ultrafear can spin, pop, butter and jib to your heart’s content. It’s certainly capable of shredding the entire mountain.

Note: Despite having the same flex-rating, it’s a fair bit softer than the infamous DOA. Bear this in mind if deciding between the two. 

6. The Bataleon Party Wave

Bataleon Party Wave

Flex: 4/10
Profile: Camber 
Base: Hyper Glide Sintered Base
Shape: Directional 
Additional Features:
 SideKick, 3BT™

  • The best snowboard for nose butters!
  • Super fun all over the mountain
  • Incredible in powder 
  • 3BT makes it super easy to roll in/out of butters
  • The huge, scooped-out nose provides a very large surface area

✖️ Not ideal for tail butters!
✖️ Flex is a little on the soft side for heavier riders

More Details:

This might be a bit of a wildcard…

But I defy you to find a better board for nose butters, especially in powder!

The Party Wave was designed to be fun.

It’s directional and tapered, with a big boat-like nose. Combined with TBT and a reasonably soft flex, you’ll be pressing this thing all day long. 

Now… I’ll admit that tail butters are unlikely to be as successful. But if you’re in the market for fun, this might be the board for you. 

Personal Thoughts: You will have a great time on this board. Whilst it carves super hard, the playful flex allows you pop spins and butters all over the mountain.

However, it’s probably a board you add to your collection, rather than use as your only board (unless you rarely ride switch or park). 

7. The Yes Greats Uninc

The Yes Greats Uninc Snowboard

Flex: 6-7/10
Profile: Hybrid (Camrock)
Base: Sintered Base
Shape: True Twin
Additional Features: Asymmetrical Midbite, Asymflex

  • One of my all-time favorite boards!
  • Plenty of buttery goodness 
  • Unique nose and tail shape, works surprisingly well
  • A true all-mountain slayer
  • Asymmetrical heel-edge for tighter turns

✖️ Can be hard to get hold of 
✖️ A little on the stiffer side

More Details:

The Greats is one of the best snowboards for buttering, particularly if you’re a stronger rider. 

It’s a little on the stiffer side and is a reasonably advanced board. But if you’re up for the challenge, you will be rewarded! 

The Greats has won endless awards (including the best asymmetrical board).

This is thanks to it’s versatility, premium construction and incredible all-mountain ability.

This newest design of Greats UnInc has an ever-growing legion of followers. An asymmetrical twin with asymflex, asymmetrical MidBite was added to the opposing sidecut specs. The end result is a high-performance twin that delivers better edge hold and greater stability on landings. It will leave a permanent grin on your face.

Personal Thoughts: Regular readers know how much I love this board. I probably talk about it too much… but it’s such a beauty! 

It handled the whole mountain with ease and the unusually shaped nose and tail were surprisingly good for buttering. It is on the slightly stiffer side though – which makes it an excellent choice for a strong all-mountain rider.

Final Thoughts

Those were the best snowboards for buttering. 

Pick one up and you’ll be in buttery heaven!

Word of warning… I’d strongly advise picking up a pair of crash pants. Learning to butter can be a painstaking task, particularly for your backside! 

Happy buttering!

FAQ's

Your most frequently asked questions - answered!

Buttering is a technique where the rider flexes the board onto it’s nose or tail, using it to perform stylish tricks. This often includes rotations. 

For more details, check out our article on the best snowboards for buttering

Yes, you can butter on a camber snowboard, but it may require more effort and skill compared to other board profiles.

Buttering on a camber snowboard is more difficult as the edges are more likely to catch in the snow.

Conversely, a rocker board has uplifts towards the nose and tail, providing a more forgiving buttering platform.

For this reason, all of the best boards for buttering use a rocker or hybrid profile.  

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4 comments

Miriam August 6, 2023 - 8:08 am

Hi Ben,

Thank you for writing this article. I am wondering if you know by chance which womens snowboard is good for Buttering?

Kind regards from Holland

Miriam

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Fraser August 6, 2023 - 8:41 am

Hey. No problem. You’re right! Maybe we should add a section for women’s boards.

It depends what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for one board then the GNU ladies choice is an amazing all-rounder that is still nice and buttery. For a more freestyle focused, buttery board (a little softer) the Capita Space Metal Fantasy has been very popular with the ladies in our group this year.

Alternatively you can of course size down one of the men’s options above.

Hope that helps?

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Ollie October 28, 2023 - 9:52 pm

Great article. I’ve been working on buttering and am determined to nail it this season. Do you think I need one of the above snowboards?

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Fraser October 29, 2023 - 10:19 pm

Hi Ollie. thanks! You don’t need one necessarily. But if you have the money to spare and want to give yourself the best chances of sticking it, the boards above are above average for butterability (is that a word?). Hope that helps, Fraser

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