Shay’s take on the 2010 Platinum Picks
11 Sep, 2009
Each year the snowboard magazines decide their top snowboard choices by designing boards tests built around various methodologies. Snowboard Magazine has their Platinum Pick which focuses on the “all-around” board and the list is out for the 2010 Platinum Pick winners.
The Platinum Pick methology brings 70 boards to the table (2 all-around boards from each company, roughly 35 companies or so) and tests them at various mountains (Stevens Pass, Keystone, Silverton, Stowe) in multiple conditions throughout the season. Who the testers are is unclear, so we have no concrete idea of who the preferences/stats/rider info but these boards stand out from the masses in the test. Finally they only offer men’s boards in the dirty dozen, even though I ride men’s boards I find that ignoring women’s boards isn’t a step in the right direction.
Out of the dirty dozen, I’ve ridden 4 of these boards and 1 board I’m sure is the same construction than when I rode it previously. With the 4 boards I have ridden (Park Pickle, Indoor Survival, Evo-R, Skate Banana, Extr-eco) I certainly would ride them all for all around riding, some are on the stiffer side and some on the softer side so there’s a good mix of boards that don’t just fit the mold. Out of that list, I would only ride three of those boards all the time in every condition on the mountain, Indoor Survival FK, Extr-eco and Park Pickle because that’s my preference. Some others I’d ride in park but not want on a powder day.
Like I say for any board test (no matter who does it), trying these boards on your own is the only way to know what works for you. Finding a board that works for you is most important, not what a list tells you.
Snowboard Magazine’s Platinum Pick Dirty Dozen Winners
GNU Park Pickle $490
Never Summer Evo-R $480
K2 Slayblade $550
Capita Indoor Survival FK $400
DC BDR $430
Lib Tech Skate Banana $490
Omatic Extr-eco $390
Rome Mod $550
Smokin MIP DTX $420
Nitro Rook $470
Burton Joystick $530
Ride DH2 $500
It’ll be interesting to see how Snowboard Magazine improves the test in the future years, maybe the addition of a women’s test, a methodology that is explained to the reader and the ability to see these boards in action by the riders. I like that the test covers the all-around boards that if one person had to ride one board, it would be suitable for everything.
What are your thoughts on the list?