Shay’s take on the 2011 Platinum Pick
15 Sep, 2010
I’ve gone through the Good Wood and the Best Of which means it’s onto the final test brought to you by Snowboard Magazine with their annual Platinum Pick. The Platinum Pick test took three of Snowboard Magazine’s editors as the testers (1 female Tawyna Schultz and 2 males, Nate Deschenes and Chris Owen) who ride different terrain to judge the boards to find winners. The result is the best of the best according to Snowboard Mag.
The Platinum Pick methology is unclear in the article so you don’t know how many boards were brought to the table or what the conditions are. I did find it funny that when I read the article they mention 15 boards but only 14 winners were listed so not sure what happened there or if i’m missing something. You have a better understanding of who the testers than previous years but no preferences/stats/info about them. The addition of women’s boards in the test is two thumbs up in my book, excited to see Tawyna test and take the lead on bringing out women’s boards into the limelight.
I’ve ridden 6 of the 14 boards so far and would definitely agree on all 6 being popular choices for riders. The list includes favorites like the Smokin PYT, Burton Whammy Bar, K2 Fastplant and Rome Pusher. They are solid choices but also safe choices if that makes sense. All those boards had something to offer snowboarders which makes the list very realistic for most of the general snowboarding population. I liked that there was a backcountry/big mountain option in the Dominion split and jones flagship choices but they aren’t as realistic for everyday riders. Overall I thought the majority of the list stuck with very popular boards that will be continue to be popular this season from rider reviews and overall thoughts. So far this list is the most like my own personal list with some exceptions.
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 Winners
Lib Tech TRS C2 BTX $560
Unity Dominion Splitboard $895
GNU Park Pickle (Women’s) $489
Smokin PYT (Women’s) $429
Never Summer Heritage $540
Burton Whammy Bar $400
Burton Lipstick $470
Rome Pusher $500
Rome Lo-Fi (Women’s) $430
YES Great Dudes of History $450
K2 Fastplant $500
Jones Flagship $500
Ride Highlife $550
Ride OMG (Women’s) $430
What are your thoughts on the list?