Natural Selections: 6 Top Powder Boards for 2016
There’s nothing better than riding powder. Except riding powder on a board made for it.
Fresh snow is the best. That is the single sentiment any snowboarder above a beginner level can agree upon. Unless you forget your gloves or this morning’s breakfast burrito hits suddenly, it’s just about impossible to have a bad time when a storm blankets the mountain. But having a board tailored to riding pow is where the fun really goes off the charts. In the past half decade, the options in the powder department have expanded greatly. Riding different shapes is the best way to sift through the stack and decide what works for you, but we can guarantee you this: these six boards will each provide a unique feeling below your feet when it gets deep.
CAPiTA x Spring Break Slush Slasher
Having a quiver is every rider’s dream. But boards aren’t cheap, and even assuring you have one to ride can be tough. With a price tag sitting well below $400, the Slush Slasher is as short on cost as it is in length and makes the idea of adding a second board to your lineup an attainable one. A soft flex allows the Slasher to perform at slower speeds and an alloy skid-plate on the tail means you can wheelie over rocks, trees, skiers or whatever else is in your path.
YES. The Clark
Imagine your perfect powder board, then grab a beer and a saw and start cuttin’. The Clark is a directional blank designed to be shaped into whatever you can dream up, featuring a setback insert pattern and PowRock profile that’s flat between the inserts with longer, more exaggerated rocker in the nose than the tail. The Clark is ready to surf when you are.
Voile Revelator BC
The Revelator BC is different from other splitboards. A fish scale-like traction pattern on the base lets you cruise up and down rolling terrain without applying climbing skins, and a puck system operating on a channel eliminates restriction of stance options, which is often a hindrance on split setups.
United Shapes Space Cadet
There are three types of space cadets — those training to be astronauts, those who have eaten too many tiny pieces of paper and this snowboard. We’re referring to the latter. With a shape inspired by Craig Kelly’s boards, the Space Cadet is a modern snowboard designed for retro-inspired riding. Gray Thompson describes United Shapes’ premier offering as “playfully aggressive.”
Jones Women’s Hovercraft
The Hovercraft is not designed for all ability levels and all terrain. This thing is for ladies who rip the steep and deep. A directional profile puts positive camber underfoot for power and stability, with gradual rocker in the nose for flotation. Also available in a men’s model, this profile, combined with the subtle swallowtail makes for one buoyant board. It’s called the Hovercraft because it floats. Get it?
A Nahual is a human being that has the power to transform either spiritually or physically into an animal form. It leaves us wondering what Manuel Diaz’ spirit animal is. Perhaps a powder hound? Manuel’s board features a subtle swallowtail and flat camber profile with a touch of rocker in the nose, which creates a beast that won’t sink.
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