Top 10 Best Snowboarding Brands

The Top Ten
1 Burton

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. I 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 and super comfortable. I can wear them all day and never even take them off in the lodge when we stop to eat!

2 Lib Tech

I've been riding for nearly 30 years and have ridden everything from K2, Sims, Burton, Force, Lib to my favorite pipe board, which was a Joyride. Hands down, Lib Tech is my board!

Every board and brand can be different from person to person, but Lib by far has the greatest feel and quality I've ever used. I mainly use them as an all-rounder. They're a one-stop shop from park to pipe to a cruisey run around the mountain or off the track and in the trees. Whatever your flavor is, Lib Tech has you covered.

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 that no true snowboarder who 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 because I own one, and I've shredded The North Face with it. Burton is just the better-known brand. They certainly aren't the best. You have to buy Burton bindings if you get a Burton board because their setups aren't universal like 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 of 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 off.

3 Ride

I have had multiple boards of multiple brands. I had the Ride DH, Ride DH2, and now the Ride Machete.

The Ride DH was as if I had been holding back all the previous years. It handled speed so well and at the same time was very playful. Speaking of a 'surfy feel,' only when riding over big bumps, you felt it. Super board.

Now I have the Machete and that's just another sick eye-opener. It blasts you off the mountain. Skiers cannot keep up with your pace on the piste. It turns so well that the surface doesn't matter at all. Just make your moves, and the board does the rest. Could be coincidence, but Ride has me now.

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 be abused and have the best technology in the game if you ask me. Also, best bang for your buck. You can get a top-of-the-line deck for around $250.

Best, most durable, and most advanced boards. Many companies have copied their tech. It's unfortunate they no longer make them.

I owned "JP Walker" for 10 years and grabbed a "Kitchen Sink" the last year they made boards. It's the best board I've ridden.

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.

Wasn't considering a Salomon, but after demoing one, I was amazed by the responsiveness and flexibility. I have ridden everything from Liquid to Oxygen and Burton, and this was up there in comfort.

6 K2

I have some K2 Sonic bindings, and I love them. The plastic cranks or ratchets or whatever worry me a little, but they haven't broken yet. I have a lot of fun with them overall.

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 Weapon series. Favorite park and hill board I've ever ridden. Love the flex and how light the board is. Freaking amazing!

7 DC

I've already changed maybe 8 boards in my life, and my current board, the DC Ply 2013 147.25, is the best option. Now I can say I don't want anything different.

It's an incredible board for park riding and classic slope riding, including pillows. I recommend this snowboard to all riders who want to improve their jumps, jibbing, and buttering.

I never had a DC board, but I rode one. They have great pop and are the best in the terrain park. I can do a back smith bring on one, and it was nice.

They're the best, especially in the terrain 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 shop's spring clearance.

The board is really durable and has no signs of damage after two winters of use. I'll definitely be buying another one once this one goes.

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 you're a speed demon, but at the same time, they are very easy to control.

I would recommend any Rome board to anyone that snowboards.

9 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 ridden. It's stable at high speeds, carves on a dime, kills it in the park, rips in the woods, floats in the powder, and 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 have 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?

10 Gnu

Ladies Smart Pickle is a great board. Love the asymmetrical design. So easy to turn. Magne-Traction 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!

The Contenders
11 Capita

How is Capita at #11 and K2 at 6?! Nothing against K2. They just primarily make skis, and the K2 snowboards I've ridden were trash. I've had two Capitas now, and they are lit.

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

It's Capita...that's all that needs to be said.

12 NITRO

The best board I've ever ridden. I've been riding for over 22 years, and nothing matches the Nitro Pantera in the powder. I wish I could have ridden this when I was younger. Perfect for my size (6'2", 230 lbs, 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 I'll 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, but Nitro and 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 had both boards for three years. The Arbor is very flexible for my age, granting me the ability to learn new tricks and keep me young (more in mind than body, of course). 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 main desire.

14 Jones

I tested the brand new Ultra Mountain Twin, and after less than 20 seconds of 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.

Love my Jones. It's cheap and has no fancy graphics, but bang for the buck, it's great. Tried it alongside a K2 and a Burton, and it was my favorite.

15 Bataleon

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

Had two boards from Bataleon, and compared to my Never Summer Evo, it rides like a dream.

16 Flow

I'm riding the ERA (2015-2016) and I'm really enjoying this board. I rode Nitro, Burton Custom, and Burton BMC before this one, and the ERA is much more fun.

The only minor downside is it scratches a little easier than my previous boards, but maybe that's because I use it more intensely.

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

Best board and exceptional bindings!

17 Nidecker

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 their top-of-the-line Donuts series. These boards ride as well as anything out there and never wear out.

I rode a lot of boards, but the Nidecker Ultralight is the best by far.

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

18 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 funnest boards I have ever ridden!

19 Vans
20 Sims

Only ride Sims! Perfect for all types of riding.

21 Signal Snowboards
22 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, it 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.

23 Head
24 Union

Great bindings! Light and flexible.

25 Lamar

Rode a Lamar Whisper for years. That thing would turn on a dime! It was so much easier to ride than the Burton Troop I had at the same time (which was stiff as a 2x4 and near impossible to turn quickly). Loved that Lamar board. Couldn't find another one when it started wearing out.

I'm 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?

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