Shay’s take on the 2010 Best of Test
20 Sep, 2009
Every season the snowboard magazines that hit newstands and mailboxes define in their own way the top boards of the season. Snowboarder Magazine uses the on-snow industry demos at Mammoth Mountain, Stratton, Mission Ridge, Boyne Mountain, Snowbasin and Keystone to find out which boards rank the highest ranking boards among the shop staffers. The end result is the top three men’s boards and the top women’s boards.
Of the 5 winners, I’ve ridden 2 of the snowboards the women’s K2 Eco Pop and men’s Rossignol Angus. However from what I’ve been hearing on the machete and slayblade, I’m not surprised to see them in the list and am looking forward to riding them. The Rossignol Angus is having a good year and while it didn’t completely win me over when I rode it, it’s not a board to be overlooked and certainly has the taste for ripping down the mountain. The K2 Eco Pop is one of my favorites from this year, giving women a solid board to handle the mountain, lightweight and yet stable and the zero camber doesn’t sacrifice good riding.
No matter what test is out there, what shop kid tells you what board they liked or what blogger gives you reviews…trying these boards out for yourself is the surefire way to know what works for you and what doesn’t.
Snowboarder Magazine’s Best of Test 2010
1. Ride Machete
2. Rossignol Angus
3. K2 Slayblade
1. K2 Eco Pop
2. Burton Feelgood V-rocker
Top Boards by Region
Lib Tech Skate Banana
Capita Indoor Survival
Capita Green Machine
Never Summer SL-R
Rossignol Jeremy Jones
With over 100 riders input on the Best of Test, Snowboarder Magazine lets the winners decision go to the shop kids around the country. Riders that could be all ability levels, styles and in different locations pick their top models that end up becoming the Best of Test winners. It’s interesting to see the test in unknown riders hands but these are also people that might work at your local shop, that you respect and have come to know.
What are your thoughts on this list?