Shay’s Take on the 2012 Platinum Picks
19 Sep, 2011
Each year the snowboard magazines decide their top snowboard choices by designing boards tests built around various methodologies. Snowboard Magazine has their Platinum Pick describes as the “best of the best. Here you find out our choices for best jib boards, best powder boards and just plain best things…”
Despite discussing methodology in previous Platinum Pick tests, Snowboard Magazine decided to go without explaining methodology in this round of winners. The methodology they give you is, “we put dozens of boards under heavy scrutiny.” To me, this isn’t much info on the testers, how many boards/brands were involved or the locations/conditions to even know if the results are actual results. The test ignores women’s boards completely and you have to read through a long paragraph on each board to decipher what it’s good for. The test speaks of the different best of boards (jib, powder, etc) but never clarifies which. I was really frustrated to see Snowboard Magazine not only lose traction with the test and rather than make improvements, they ended up backwards.
Of the ten winning boards, I’ve ridden six of them (some in previous years). When I compare the results to last year’s test 8 out of 12 brands are repeat winnings and only 2 new brands won boards. The popular choices are there with the NS Proto, Lib Tech Trice and Burton Nug (who have all graced other test results). I liked seeing the underdog winner with the DC Devun Pro, a board that is a favorite but a total underdog to the results. The YES Pick Your Line is another board that deserves a win for aggressive freeriding. The best way to interpret this list is see what works for you and try it for yourself…your own personal test matters more than anything else.
But the actual results made me wonder how many boards/brands were being ridden and if the Snowboard Magazine has a smaller percentage being ridden than other tests (Good Wood, Best of Test). The boards that did win are a variety of riding styles and such a mix of results that it’s hard to legitimately find it realistic. To go from the Nitro Swindle to the Unity Whale in one test, I guess it means the best but they are two totally different genres (soft urban jib to backcountry powder beast).
Snowboard Magazine’s Platinum Pick Winners (in order of appearance)
Never Summer Proto CT/CTX
Unity The Whale
DC Devun Pro
Smokin Superpark CTX
YES Pick Your Line
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro C2BTX
Last year I wrote about how interesting it’ll be to see what Snowboard Magazine does to improve the test in the future…but this year it seemed like they took a step back and completely missed the mark on the test. There’s no methodology, you have no idea who the testers are, the riding conditions and there’s no women’s boards as winners. The boards hit such a range of riding that I highly doubt these belong in one single test together. For the first time in a test, I wouldn’t be surprised if these boards were hand selected and not part of any test other than being featured as leading boards to look at.
What are your thoughts on the list?