Top 10 Best Snowboarding Brands

The Top Ten

1 Burton

I have been Boarding for over 20 years, my first board was a Craig Kelly. I have ridden other boards from friends but have yet to find anything comparable to Burtons. I have several different boards a Custom that's is almost 15 years old and is my favorite go to board on any given day. 2 Custom X, a Fusion that I only ride when the slopes are open because it is nothing but a rocket that cruises effortlessly and bought a Canyon for a rock board. Throughout the years Burton's customer service has been without a doubt the best to deal with. I needed new tow straps for my System Bindings ( the old 3 strap). Burton sent me more than enough extra toe straps as well as ankle straps at no cost with numerous other goodies. ( probably because the young lady had to get a manager to verify Burton made System bindings.) So without a doubt Burton is the best board company mainly bacause they have a a variety of different boards for different riding styles and terrain.

Love Burton boots and bindings. Everyone in the family that rides uses Burton boots. Most use Burton bindings as well. My experience with their boards has not been as good. Had a Burton Troop some time ago. It was very stiff and difficult to turn compared to other boards I've ridden. It wasn't absolutely terrible, but not my favorite. Higher speed turns were more stable and a bit easier to accomplish, but turning at a moderate or slower speed was very hard (so relaxed cruising was more difficult). Boots and bindings are awesome though. My Emerald boots are probably at least 8-9 years old. Still very supportive. Super comfortable. I can wear them all day, never even take them off in the lodge when we stop to eat!

Obviously Burton... They have so many types of boards for anyone possible, you just need to pick the right one and you've got a board that will last 10 years.

I used to hire boards overseas and once had a burton, it rode so well and my friends even bought the same board when we got home

2 Lib Tech

You gotta be kidding me. The boards that contributed to the greatest snowboard movie of all time only get #7, really? And BURTON gets number 1? I can see, no true snowboarder that KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT has actually been voting. Anyone who KNOWS snowboarding, knows lib tech is TOP OF THE LINE. Magne traction, C2BTX camber/rocker with HP technology. enough said, there is nothing more advanced on the market. I know, I own one, I've shredded The North Face with it. Burton is just the better known brand, they certainly aren't the best. I mean you have to buy burton bindings if you get a burton board because their set ups aren't universal like say... Lib tech? I have a capita snowboard with flow bindings, and a lib tech with ride bindings. If I had made the mistake as a beginner buying a Burton, man, I'd be screwed right now! Seriously people, stop voting on crap you don't know ANYTHING ABOUT. I knew this was gonna happen, I should've stayed away from this one. It just pissed me ...more

Best boards out there hands down, no question, not even a competition. Used to ride a burton board then switched to a lib tech when I got older and better. Would never go back to a burton!

A significant amount of boards by Burton are made in China!? None by Lib Tech.

How is it so low? I'm already riding for 4 years and so far it's the best thing

3 Ride

They make the best and most durable boards that I have ever touched snow with.
they have some of the most creative riders and there board designs are always on point.

I've tried all types of boards & in my opinion, Ride is the best freestyle board I've ever rode on snow! Unbelievably Great!

I have a ride and it was the best purchase ever

By far best board I've ever had

4 Forum

Rode Forum my whole life, bought a Burton Whammy Bar last season. Not unhappy with it but nothing comes close to Forum in the park or streets. They are made to abused and have the best technology in the game if you ask me. Also best bang for your buck. Can get a top of the line deck for around $250

Simply the best. I ride all of the mountain. Hit the pow. Shred the terrain park. And hit the cliffs. Absolutely the best. Super durable. And has insane pop.

Double dog destroyer... enough said

Best, most durable and most advanced boards. Many companies have copied their tech. Its unfortunate they no longer make them. Owned "JP Walker" for 10 years and grabbed a "Kitchen Sink" the last year they made boards and it's the best board I've riden.

5 Salomon

Salomon makes exceptional boards, boots and bindings. Likely most will overlook them because they are seen as a ski company. But, their gear is consistently top-notch.

Best board ever!

Wasn't considering a Salomon but after demo'ing one was amazed by the responsiveness and flexibility. Have riden everything from Liquid to Oxygen and Burtons and this was up there in comfort.

Good one.

6 K2

Got one right now and I'm a pretty aggressive rider definitely great for everything 100% recommend

My kid rode a Vandal starting out. He loved it. When he outgrew it, he looked for an adult board with the same construction and camber.

I have the k2 world wide weapons series favorite park and hill board I've ever ridden love the flex and how light the board is friken amazing!

I have some K2 Sonic binding, I love the. The plastic cranks or ratchets or whatever worry me a little, but they're not broken yet. I have a lot if fun with them over all.

7 DC

There the best, especially in the terrain park.

I've already changed maybe 8 boards in my life and current board DC ply 2013 147.25 is the best option and now I can say I don't wanna different. Incredible board in park riding and classic slopes riding incl. pillows.
I recommend this snowboard to all riders they want to improve their jumps, jibbing and buttering.

Awesome boards, so playful in the park, but also good for some all mountain riding to

Top notch brand and best for park

8 Rome

I've had a Rome for a few winters now, I've been getting back into snowboarding and managed to get one of their garage rockers brand new for $160 from the local skate shops spring clearance. The board is really durable and has no signs of damage after 2 winters of use. Ill definitely be buying another one once this one goes.

I've bought second hand Rome Tour and it's the best for this season for me among Never Summer and Gnu. And it's lightest one. And what was surprising it doesn't wash on hard snow even if it's just flat Rocker. Also would like to try an Arbor Coda Rocker!

I own a rome anthem sds and it's without a doubt the best board I've owned. The design of the board is built to perfection. They are great if your a speed demon but at the same time they are very easy to control. I would recommend any rome board to anyone that snowboards.

All the graphics are sick and I love that they broke off of button to do their own thing. Durability is better than anything out there.

9 Gnu

Ladies Smart Pickle is a great board. Love the asymmetrical design. So easy to turn. Magnetraction keeps a good grip on the snow too.

Been riding a second hand gnu board for a while now, hands down the sickest freestyle board I've ridden.

I got one for my birthday last year and it is absolutely my favorite board yet!

Gnu and lib tech have the most quality snowboards.

10 Never Summer

I bought my first never summer (evo 4.0) last year after previously riding a burton clash a nitro haze and a ride dh. The never summer is hands down the best board I've ever rode. Its stable at high speeds, carves on a dime, kills it in the park, rips in the woods and floats in the powder, holds edge well on icy or choppy surfaces. It has ideal flex, pop, and stiffness, and is damn near indestructible. Long story short I couldn't of asked for more in a deck.

Gotta be Never Summer. Indestructible, they have a model to suit everyone and every style of riding, super versatile, what's more? They're made in the USA. Nice aesthetics too! Come on guys, what else do you need?

At least 2 of the boards in my quiver are never summer cause they're so reliable and amazing. I can't believe burton got number 1 obviously people that are voting are the ones that only ride rentals

Don't know how never summer is number 9, they got trans world snowboarding mag snowboard brand of the year a couple of times

The Contenders

11 Capita

Super design, combination of camber/flat/reverse that suits all type of riders

11? This should be at least 6, tis the best

Great boards for any kind of riding. Cool graphics too.

Capita is the best company ever


SpaxXx owner and teamrider: Best experimental shaps, and range. Best alternative to burton

The best board I've ever riden. Bin riding for over 22 years and nothing matches the nitro pantera in the powder. I wish I could have rode this when I was younger. Perfect for my size (6'2" 230lbs, bodybuilder type). I love it.

I have the magnum from a few years ago and love it. I've been looking to get something less stiff but I still think ill go back to the magnum every chance I get.

Incredible, the only company that comes close for me is Capita. I have ridden many snowboards, Nitro + Capita are the best by far!

13 Arbor

I have an Arbor and a Burton board. I am 48 years old and love the Arbor to play at the terrain parks. I have both boards for three years. The Arbor is very flexible for my age granting me to learn new tricks and keeping me young (of course more mind than body). The Burton board is faster and carves better but the Arbor board remains my favorite to play off piste and hit the terrain parks for jumps, boxes, kinks, barrels, and soon rails. If you are a late starter, I would recommend this board if speed is not your end desire.

Just bought my first board, chose an arbor! Took it on the slopes yesterday and had a blast. Really smooth ride, surprisingly good for jobs, cause I know arbor isn't really known for the park. All around great board. It should kick burton out of the number one spot in my opinion.

Arbor is true to quality. Can be higher up on the price end but you truly get what you pay for. Been using my board for the past 3 seasons and it's held up so strong.

Arbor, Capita, Rome, Never Summer. Top 4 in no order/

14 Union

The very best. I can ride a pair for 3-4 seasons

Great bindings! Light and flexible

15 Jones

I tested the brand new Ultra Mountain Twin and after less then 20 seconds riding it put a smile on my face like no other board I've ever ridden. The rigidity of the board, the control, the pace, even the graphics: everything suited me perfectly. This is a "proper" snowboard.

SpaxXx owner and teamrider: focused on splitboard and freeride

Love my jones. Its cheap and has no fancy graphics but bang for the buck its great. Tried it alongside a K2 and a Burton and it was my favorite.

16 Flow

I have a board from flow and I like it a lot

Best board and exceptional bindings!

Best brand with new innovations

My niece rides one of these. The Jewel I think. She loves it.

17 Bataleon

I have literally tried all boards never summers are to stiff same with dc I know a lot of people will hate me for this but burton in my opinion are beginner boards don't even start to tell me Shaun white rides one as an excuse tech nines are Actualy a good board but they break easy skate bananas are just a bit expensive when you can get the same out of bataleon for a couple hundred dollars less. I rode a Rome board which snapped like all my other freinds romes ); ( I started to grow fond of these boards) then came along my bataleon disaster board although it chiped a little here and there it is my true love it is extremely flexible and great for jibs and rotations (720) (540) (360) but that's my opinion if anyone wants to criticize me I don't mind cause I like to hear other people's ideas about boards.

Had two boards from bataleon and compared to my never summer Evo it rides like a dream

Really nice boards but not so much grip wise with the 3 way technology

How is bataleon not higher. They are one of the only brands still rocking 3bt and doing awesome with it.

18 Nidecker

I rode a lot of board, but the Nidecker ultralight is the best by far.

They quit selling in the US in part because of a fickle, uninformed market in the US that valued graphics far over actual technology. Fantastic craftsmanship in there top of the line Donuts series... These boards ride as good as anything out there and never wear out...

First brand new board that I have...really good.

Simply the best swiss quality

19 Rossignol

Pretty much a Lib-Tech snowboard. I hear a good amount are made in the same factories. Mine was. Yeah they aren't known for their snowboards, but I'd put them right beside Salomon in regards to quality.

They may not have the popularity in the world of snowboarding but the quality is there! My, Angus 2012 is one of the fastest and funniest boards I have ever ride!

I have the board and it's really good for me

The best

20 Vans
21 Sims

Only ride Sims! Perfect for all types of riding.

Just got a Sims board. Love it!

22 Signal Snowboards

Killer company out of California hand made in usa

Awesome board


23 Yes

I have a Yes Great Beauties 2012 and it is by far the nicest board I have ever ridden. For its day as well, was properly next level. Plus it has Audrey Hepburn on it, and it's a twin, so I call her Boardry Hepburn, and tell people she goes both ways.

Best boards out there

My typo is the best board I've ever had

One of the best with quality and all round boards

24 Head

One thing's for sure: they make the best skis!

I love this board

Very Smooth

25 Lamar

Rode a Lamar Whisper for years. That thing would turn on a dime! So much easier to ride than the Burton Troop I had at the same time (which was stiff as a 2 x 4 and near impossible to turn quickly). Loved that Lamar board. Couldn't find another one when it started wearing out. Riding a Gnu Ladies Smart Pickle now.
My 20 year old also rides a Lamar, a Cranium that he got when he was about 15. (This was Lamar's last "top of their line" men's board). He started on a K2 Vandal as a kid and planned to go to a WWW when he outgrew it, but he found the Cranium and fell in love. Graphics are sick; rides like a dream; has sidewalls and carbon stringers like a high dollar board, but cost less than $250. What's not to love?

Had a Lamar Whisper for years. That thing would turn on a dime! Way easier to ride than the Burton Troop I had at the same time (which rode like a 2X4). I ended up wearing it out. Couldn't get another one, because they discontinued that one even before they closed up shop. Have a Gnu ladies Smart Pickle now. Great board.
My 20 year old also rides a Lamar, a Cranium that he's had since he was about 15. This was Lamar's last, top of the line men's board. He loves that board! He started out on a K2 Vandal and was going to go to a WWW when he outgrew it. He found this one and fell in love. Graphics are sick; rides like a dream; Carbon Stringers and sidewalls like a high dollar board, but it was less than $250.

The board is decent, but the bindings are terrible.

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