2008-2009 Snowboard Review

20 Oct, 2008


This review will be updated throughout the season as I demo and test more 08/09 snowboards. Each review is judged by the same standard and for the majority of reviews I used my own boots (some exceptions).

During demos I try to stick to riding the same size board of 157-159cm with the exception of some female boards which come in smaller sizes. I have the weight to back up riding a men’s board, however I do try to ride women’s boards in the longer lengths.

About me as a snowboarder:

  • I’m coming up on my 15th season snowboarding.
  • I am a freerider (I ride trees, powder, steeps, groomers, natural terrain) and I ride halfpipe.
  • I am 5’6″ and typically ride a 158cm for my all mountain board, my powder board is a 161 or 164cm and my park board is a 155cm. I weigh about 200lbs give or take.
  • I am a regular rider with a 22 inch width, +15, -15 stance angles.
  • I wear size 8 womens snowboard boots.

My opinion is only my opinion…of how these snowboards rode. Take it as you want.
To see more reviews, head to the review section.

2008-2009 Snowboard Review

This list goes by brand alphabetically. Please on the title to open up the full review.

08-09 Burton Fix
-Men’s
-Camber: None
-Retails: $469.95

08-09 Burton Uninc
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $549.95

08-09 Burton Vapor
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $999.95

08-09 Burton Love
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $429.95

08-09 Burton Hero
-Men’s
-Camber: V Rocker
-Retails: $449.95

08-09 Burton Women’s Supermodel
-Women’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $549.95

08-09 Burton Eco Nico
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $629.95

08-09 Burton Feelgood ES
-Women’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $699.95

08-09 Capita Black Death Inc
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $459.00

08-09 Capita Horrorscope FK
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse/FlatKick
-Retails: $349.95

08-09 DC XFB
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $399.95

08-09 Drake Player
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: ?

08-09 Endeavor Roots
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $498.95

08-09 Flow Infinite
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $459.99

08-09 Flow Myriad
-Women’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $419.99

08-09 GNU B-Pro BTX
-Women’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $479.00

08-09 GNU Riders Choice BTX
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $519.00

08-09 K2 Duchess
-Women’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $479.99

08-09 K2 Turbo Dream
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $479.99

08-09 K2 Zero
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $699.99

08-09 Lib Tech Dark Series
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $639.00

08-09 Lib Tech Box Scratcher
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $439.95

08-09 Lib Tech MCKink
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $499.95

08-09 Lib Tech Phoenix Blonde
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $519.99

08-09 Lib Tech Phoenix Lando
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $519.99

08-09 Lib Tech TRS BTX
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $538.95

08-09 O-matic Celebrity
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $389.99

08-09 Monument 777
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $459.99

08-09 Never Summer Premier F1
-Men’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $499.00

08-09 Never Summer Evo-R
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $449.95

08-09 Never Summer Infinity-R
-Women’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $449.95

08-09 Never Summer Lotus
-Women’s
-Camber: Regular
-Retails: $449.99

08-09 Never Summer SL R
-Men’s
-Camber: Reverse
-Retails: $499.99

About the author

Shay

From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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9 Comments

  1. FreshPow.ca
    October 20, 2008

    What a great (extensive) list!! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! It’ll definitely help me with my purchase this year!

  2. Nose Dradamous
    October 20, 2008

    I got a Horrorscope for you. Email the size you’d like.

  3. Shayboarder
    October 21, 2008

    Rad thanks Johan! just sent you an email.

    Thanks Fresh! I’ll continue to demo and ride this year’s boards. Demos in Colorado start in November, stoked!

  4. dodgye
    October 26, 2008

    Have you had a chance to ride the Gnu B-Pro BTX? Would love to get your opinion on it.

  5. Shayboarder
    October 26, 2008

    Hey Dodgye,

    I spent yesterday riding it…definitely a review up this week or next week for it.

  6. LateBloomer
    November 13, 2008

    I am looking to replace a very stiff conventional board with a rocker board (NS SL-R). Then I discovered Bataleon’s TBT line. I see you have ridden both! How would you compare them? Have you got a preference? Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks muchly.
    P.S. You got snow? I am so jealous.

  7. Shayboarder
    November 14, 2008

    Hey Latebloomer,

    Yep I have ridden both TBT and Reverse Camber technologies. They are completely different from each other in the tech department.

    TBT is not reverse camber. It has regular camber split into 3 parts: left, middle, right.

    TBT handles really well in holding an edge in the snow and carving, once you are on edge, you hold it.

    I like TBT and used to own it, it’s fun to ride…same with reverse camber.

    The snow is great, love the early and late season in Colorado.