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

Men’s Winners:

1.  Ride Machete

2.  Rossignol Angus

3.  K2 Slayblade

Women’s Winner:

1.  K2 Eco Pop

2.  Burton Feelgood V-rocker

Top Boards by Region


K2 Jibpan

Rome Pusher

Lib Tech Skate Banana


K2 Parkstar

Rossignol Angus

K2 Slayblade


Venture Storm

Rossignol Decoy

Capita Indoor Survival


K2 Slayblade

Ride Machete

Arbor Draft


Capita Green Machine

Rossignol Retox

Never Summer SL-R


K2 Believer

Rossignol Jeremy Jones

Ride Machete

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?

About the author


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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  1. September 20, 2009

    I was surprised that they published my reviews on the Machete and Slayblade

  2. September 20, 2009

    haha I’m not surprised James, I trust your reviews and input on the boards as well.

  3. tim
    September 21, 2009

    Rossignol Jeremy Jones? Is this the same jeremy jones as Burton? 2 sponsors? That possible?

  4. September 21, 2009

    Tim, there are two Jeremy Jones…Rossignol big mountain Jeremy Jones and Burton’s jibber Jeremy Jones. Two different guys.

  5. JP
    September 21, 2009

    Looking forward to your take on the Slayblade and Machete. I am hoping to demo some boards this year but my short list is those two and Never Summer SL-R.

  6. keither
    September 22, 2009

    Talk about a popularity contest, the shop kids just pick what board company they like best. The Snowboarder magazine Best of Test is very biased and inaccurate. The TWSNOW Good Wood test is actually done by people in the industry who have been riding almost all their lives. Not some shop kid trying to land a flow sponsorship. I never really trust shop kids they’re always trying to sell their favorite product or themselves for that matter. Rossi Decoy? come on! K2 JibPan as #1? That thing is a noodle. Obviously some jibkid tested it ONLY on rails because that board is junk on anything else. TWSNOW Good Wood all the way. Did they even test any of the C2 Power Bananas?

  7. alexander
    September 22, 2009

    i balieve transworld gave the machete a good wood award over 400$ in park,so the shop kids also know there stuff!!! im glad too hear the machete was well liked cuz i got 1 a 155 machete,so i cant wait too ride it.

  8. Grill
    September 23, 2009

    @keither – Different strokes. I highly rate the Decoy and am a big fan of the Jibpan (noodle? hardly, the Draft is a noodle), but I found the C2 I tested felt slow and muted compared to the SL-R. Slayblade and the Rossi Jones are fantastic too. I’m a bit surprised that the Machete is so high on the list as I feel the DH2 rides better.

    I can’t take TWS seriously as long as they continue to insist that the Vapor is the top pipe board.

  9. September 23, 2009

    Interesting points Keither…I agree on some. TWS Good Wood covers all the boards, but the Best of Test is dependent on riders and what they have ridden which won’t be every board. It would be interesting to see the list of boards that the riders have been on and then the boards they selected. There’s no way to know the whole list of boards tested, which I wish both mags would put out…like here’s the boards ridden and here’s the winners. No test is perfect though, it is fun to see the different takes on them.

    Alexander, totally I keep hearing good things about machete so can’t wait to ride it either.

    Grill, I’ll add DH2 to the list for reviews this year, sounds like it’s another good option from Ride for this season. I’m not surprised on the vapor but that’s my opinion, I think it is ideal for pipe.

  10. alexander
    September 23, 2009

    hey shay hope all is well,ya im glad i got one now,i also got that stepchild jp w rett,it looks sweet,now if i only knew how too jib lol .
    and for powder i got the 09 libtech mullet,any reviews on the danny kass turbos bindings would be great ,im assuming there gonna be good for park/jibs/pipe.
    the ride dh2 also looks great and so does the society.but if there was any board id want too buy on sale later in the season would be a never summer evo r..

  11. September 23, 2009

    Awesome Alexander, hop you like your new Stepchild…learning to jib, that’s what I’m doing this winter but I feel a lot better in the park after camp so we’ll see how I progress this season. Good luck with your progression! Mullet for powder sounds good! I’ll definitely try the DK bindings, those are on the list.

  12. alexander
    September 24, 2009

    hahah right on,the stepchild looks amazing and with the rett its ready too ride,im def gonna be working on my park mostley this year,thanks and good luck too ya too.
    i kinda went all out this year since i have been using used snow stuff since this year.
    i am waiting on my union dks today were is ups lol hahahah

  13. Sam
    September 25, 2009

    Well, it is a good list of boards, but what about a list of top ten bindings? and boots? the board is important, but even if ur riding a sweet board, bad bindings will ruin the quality.