Shay’s Seal of Approval…Best of 09-10

16 Nov, 2009

The 2009-2010 season is well underway and I’m already surpassed 50 snowboard reviews for the 2009-2010 models that I feel confident putting out a “early season” best of list.  Each year I demo, try and review boards for both men and women riders and the end process is boards that rode for a variety of riders, skills and progression levels.

This isn’t meant to be a board test because I can’t ride every single board out there, it’s now just a Seal of Approval of what boards stand out from the reviews.  The list now includes winners for both men’s and women’s as well as  honorable mentions that I saw as close calls and runners up for the categories.  Thanks to my facebook fan page readers for ideas on what to call my “best of list” and thanks to Kim came up with the Seal of Approval stamp design.

These boards came from the 2009-2010 snowboard reviews section on my blog and more reviews will be coming this week as I start to push out the snowboard and binding reviews that I’ve been riding the last couple weeks.

All-around Board

Men’s: The Indoor Survival was that board, a do-everything ride anywhere board and can handle it.

Women’s: The Never Summer Lotus-R is the board I’ve been riding for the past couple seasons and it’s handled everything from freeriding to park to powder days.

Honorable Mention: Rome Pusher 1985 for men and K2 Eco Pop for women.


Men’s: Burton Malolo for the basic white topsheet with the tiny surfer dude influence on the snowboard.

Women’s: The Capita Midnight women’s snowboard graphics were done by Tj Schneider and show a drawn out girl with bloody knees and tears but a heart right in the center.  It’s one of my favorite women’s graphics.

Honorable Mentions: Bataleon Riot for men and  Stepchild Mustache rider for women (even though I didn’t ride it, I wish the sizes allowed me too).


Men’s: GNU Billy Goat C2 is the board for aggressive freeriding that just wants to charge the mountain.

Women’s: Roxy Envi BTX was a women’s freeride dream board, could handle powder and yet give a girl something to charge with so she can keep up with the boys.

Honorable Mentions: Bataleon Enemy for men and Nitro Carrara for women.


Men’s: Capita Ultrafear FK, I haven’t stopped riding it because I really enjoy how it rides.

Women’s: Smokin Vixen DTX, won me over with how much fun this board is and just a overall good board for women.

Honorable Mentions: Drake DF2 for men and Capita Saturnia for women


Men’s: Ride Crush for being an overall easy ride without being too much to adjust to from camber to reverse camber or rocker.

Women’s: Ride Compact, same as the ride crush.  All around easy ride for women to get onto and a board you can keep around regardless of where you ride.

Honorable Mentions: None at this time.

This isn’t a final list for 2009-2010, so stay tuned as the season is well underway and I continue to ride 09-10 models that will be in the end of season 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. mark
    November 16, 2009

    good stuff shay. have you got out on a YES board yet? really curious about the 156.5

    like the art work/seal! makes me think of whiskey!

  2. mark
    November 16, 2009

    woop! i went to the reviews and answered my own question! sorry

  3. November 16, 2009

    Mark, yep it’s over in the review section…exactly the board you are looking for!

    The seal will be changed a little bit soon.

  4. Francis
    November 16, 2009

    Good stuff
    Like the Graphic of the Ultrafear FK too! And was my pick on paper as well… Will like to try…., hope they will make more from this model in the next year…
    Like also your Seal, the Flour is like the Quebec Flag 😉 nice
    Montreal, QC

  5. November 17, 2009

    Like yer picks shay, and I don’t care what anyone says graphics totally make the board ride better!!!

  6. November 17, 2009

    Did we really get 4 boards in here? Insane.

  7. Mike
    November 17, 2009

    Hey Shay,

    I got my girlfriend into snowboarding last season, on the very last trip (day 13 for her) she started linking turns on beginner/easy trails. She’s absolutely convinced she’s forgotten everything already though, and I’m looking to get her her own board for a Christmas gift. She’s probably only going to go 20-30 days max. Do you have any recommendations for her? Thanks

  8. Steff
    November 18, 2009

    awesome. i love the graphics for the capita midnight, definitely one of my favorite graphics this year. i just love how it’s a girl, and not girly at all.

  9. Erlantz
    November 19, 2009

    Hi Sahy.
    My snowboard skills and preferences are very similar to yours, i am thinking about purchasing the capita indoor survival Fk. I am 6 0 tall and 160 lbs. I thank it the right size for me will be the 156, what do you think?

  10. November 20, 2009

    What’s her weight and boot size?

    Steff, totally! Girls board and yet not girly but artistic. Definitely a favorite, glad you like it!

    Erlantz, The 156 would suit you just fine and I’m a huge fan of the board. I just had my friend Philip ride it at demos and he loved it as well, so it’s definitely up there with across the board opinions on it being a all mountain suitable ride for a mix of conditions.

  11. Erlantz
    November 20, 2009

    Thanks Shay, you are very polite.
    I have just received as a present a 157 Bataleon Goliath, so now i dont need an all-around board. I am a lucky guy, i guess.
    I am thinking about a park only stick, i would like the ultrafear but its a litlle pricey so i am watching the Horroscope in 151 or the Sierrascope special edition 152 but i think the sierras will be harder. Have you demoed them? 151 too small for me? I am an absolute park beginner with no high aspirations.

  12. Mike
    November 20, 2009

    Hi Shay,

    She’s 5’5, 135~140lb and wears a size 7. Thanks!

  13. November 24, 2009

    lists are like opinions and assholes. everyone has one.

    likin’ the logo shay.

  14. jarred
    November 25, 2009

    hey shay, you should totally try to get soem reviews on some nitro boards. i am lookin at getting a nitro josh mills one off board. its like the nitro t1 just with some things added. idk how much you know about nitro. but yeah that would be sick if you could do that. thanks

  15. barbara
    December 16, 2009

    what did you like more about the Envi than the Gnu B-Pro — you said you wisht the Envi had C2 . . . no?

  16. December 17, 2009


    I’ve got the Nitro Rook review coming up soon but I didn’t ride that many Nitro boards this year unfortunately. I’ll try to get on more for you! Nitro is a solid company.

    Barbara, good question. Envi i’m sure will have C2 in the future so definitely looking forward to that day. I think overall the envi just fit me as a rider better than the B-pro, both are solid but when it came down to the specs the envi was just a notch ahead for me.

  17. db_db
    February 05, 2010

    Hey shay, just wondering did after trying the Sierrascope change any of the line up?