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.
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.