Whether you snowboard for fun or professionally, finding the right board can be challenging since there are dozens if not hundreds on the market today. The following will list our top ten favorite best snowboards of 2018. To make it on the list, we addressed features such as balance, smoothness, edge hold, and more.
Top 5 Best Snowboards – Editor’s Pick
Below is a brief comparison table of the top 5 best snowboards on our list.
|Product Name||Shape||Terrain||Flex Rating||Editor’s Rating|
|System MTN Men’s Snowboard||Directional Twin||Multi||Soft||4|
|Slash Brainstorm Snowboard||Directional Twin||All-Mountain||Medium||4.3|
|Burton Ripcord Snowboard||Directional||All-Mountain||Soft||4.5|
|Jones Aviator Snowboard||Directional Twin||All-Mountain||Stiff||4.7|
|Rossignol XV Magtek Snowboard||Directional||All-Mountain||Stiff||5|
10. Camp Seven Drifter Men’s Snowboard
Ideal for: Beginner adult multi-terrain snowboarders
With a supportive CRCX Camber profile, you can take the Camp Seven Drifter just about anywhere. It floats well and has no edge catches to give you a smoother riding experience. Also, the smaller cambered sections help to make the board pop so you can perform those jumps easier. When you purchase the Camp Seven Drifter, it comes in a package that features System’s APX boots and bindings.
- No edge catches
- Comes in a package with additional gear
- Not for everyday use
- Won’t do well with advanced users
9. Nikita Sideway Sista Snowboard
Ideal for: Intermediate adult freestyle snowboarders
When you want to cruise the terrain park, consider doing so with the Nikita Sideway Sista Snowboard. It has a mild flex design, which is ideal for those looking for a mixture of forgiving and playful. The board has extra dampening under the binding so that it absorbs some of the shocks from landing. But overall you are still able to get a precise feeling with this snowboard.
- Shock absorbing
- Lightweight design
- Not racing ideal
- No good for narrow stances
8. Yes. Typo Snowboard
Ideal for: Intermediate/advanced all-mountain adult snowboarders
The Yes. Typo Snowboard has a full poplar core that gives the board great balance with an overall lightweight feel to it. It does have a medium flex to it, and it can carve rather well. The board can handle riding on uneven terrain, and it has some good spring with jumps. Perhaps one of the best qualities about this board is that it jibs exceptionally well.
- Can handle uneven terrain
- Good carve transitioning
- Lacks great powder abilities
- Could have better stability at higher speeds
7. System Flite Snowboard
Ideal for: Beginner adult all-mountain snowboarders
The System Flite Snowboard is one the best snowboards for women as it can help with your progression as you gain more skills on the board. It has a lightweight, stable core to provide you with maximum stability. The core is also surrounded by rubber dampening that strengthens the overall board and cuts down on any chatter. Another great thing about buying this board is that it is often sold in a package that includes Siren women’s boots and bindings.
- Predictable riding
- Good rubber dampening
- Won’t be great for expert users
- Visual design is a bit blurry
6. Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin
Ideal for: Intermediate to advanced adult multi-terrain snowboarders
Those of you who want a true versatile snowboard to take on the mountains or to use during freestyle or freeride should take a look at the Jones Mountain Twin board. It has some decent edge hold for the average rider in hard conditions, but it may lack some hold on ice. In all, the board has a predictable and stable feel to it.
- Versatile for various riding styles and terrains
- Responsive and forgiving feel
- Not the best at carving
- Poor jibbing capabilities
5. System MTN Men’s Snowboard
Ideal for: Novice to intermediate adult multi-terrain snowboarders
If you want some explosive pops with your jumps and ollies, the System MTN Snowboard can give you that thanks to the small cambered sections on the nose and tail. Moreover, the 3D core also responds well, and it is lightweight. There is some good float in powder for a smooth ride whether you’re cruising through the park or racing down the mountain. It comes in a package as well with APX boots and bindings. You can also check out our best snowboards for kids list.
- Versatile in terms of terrain and skill level
- Works great for tricks
- Doesn’t come detuned
- Still catches some edges
4. Slash Brainstorm Snowboard
Ideal for: Entry-level to expert adult all-mountain snowboarders
This is a versatile and forgiving board whether you’ve only been riding for a short time or you’re an advanced user looking for a more playful snowboard. No matter the condition of the snow, the Brainstorm is stable and consistent. It has a confident edge hold even on ice, and it moves well over bumps and other uneven terrains.
- Ideal for progression
- Good on uneven terrain
- Can feel a bit of chatter
- Tough to switch at times
3. Burton Ripcord Snowboard
Ideal for: Beginner/intermediate adult all-mountain snowboarders
One of the best snowboards in 2018 is the Burton Ripcord. It is the reliable choice for stability, balance improvement, and helps you maintain control well on the mountain. This board does well for entry-level or intermediate users who are progressing as it can be very forgiving. Specifically, it provides optimal support for turns and helps you learn how to carve.
- Designed to allow for performance progression
- Keeps its stability
- Can miss edge control
- Chatter when riding fast
2. Jones Aviator Snowboard
Ideal for: Intermediate/advanced adult all-mountain snowboarders
The Jones Aviator Snowboard is overly stiff. While that can eliminate its usefulness in playful freestyle, it performs well at high speeds down the mountain terrain. It is best for those riders looking to utilize the whole mountain. You can go hard and fast on this board to have good pop for jumps and ollies. There is enough stability with a good amount of dampening to keep things comfortable.
- Good high-speed performance
- Provides good mixture of stability and dampening
- Lacks ability for good buttering or jibs
- Comes across as too stiff for some riders
1. Rossignol XV Magtek Snowboard
Ideal for: Intermediate/advanced adult all-mountain snowboarders
For the aggressive riders, the Rossignol XV Magtek is one of the best snowboards out there. It is made with an inverted flex pattern so that you can charge as hard as you can without being thrown off-balance. The core design allows you to float a bit over deep snow so you can get through that rougher terrain with better comfort.
- High-speed with great stability
- Offers smooth ride on uneven terrain
- Stiff flex can be too much for some
- Poor choice for beginners
When it comes to finding the best snowboards, much of it relies on personal skill level and riding style. However, there are some that still stand above the rest in terms of stability, comfort, and more. Have you tried any of the boards on our list or have some in mind we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments.