The terrain park, a place where you can witness the fashion show that is snowboarding as well as mind blowing tricks. It’s not a place for everyone but this is where the companies continue to put their marketing efforts. I’m not the best rider nor am I the worst, but I do know what makes a board work when you want to hit a jump or jib a rail.
2017 has brought a big return to cambered park decks. Which after a lot of time away from it, it’s good to see it return and take away the ease of pressing a deck to in turn teach proper technique. Here’s my list of the top 5 park boards.
1) The Springbreak Twin – There’s a lot of tech crammed into this board between its asymmetrical sidecut, core, and materials. There’s a lot of boards out there, but this one just stood out as the perfect blend of flex to snap which makes it so well balanced you can spend the day riding transitions, hitting jumps, or jibbing.
2) The DC Ply – This board is one of the best bangs for the buck. It has a shape that lets you really press into a rail as well as set an edge before you either lay a carve or pop off a transition. It was a tough call to not give this board the top honor, it’s just that good.
3) The Dinosaurs Will Die Larson – Dinosaurs Will Die, won’t die. This is the only promodel on the list and for good measure. It’s that blend of flex in the tips for a great sweet spot and the snap you need to pop onto features. If you want to support a little brand that supports snowboarding, then check this out.
4) The Interior Plain Project Honalee – Traditional camber, a pointed elongated nose, and a flex pattern that lets you do everything. I can’t praise this board enough and that is why I bought one.
5) The Rossignol Retox – This year they added full camber to the Retox which changes how it rides. You get more snap out of it and it locks into slides that much better. As an added bonus you get one of the more comical graphics of the year as well.
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