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The 8 Best Beginner Snowboards of 2020-2021

Pretty much everyone here at evo remembers their first snowboard, and many of us actually still have them. They were too stiff, too big or too small, and our stances were all wrong. Now they’re covered in dust in parent’s basements, in attics, or in some cases, they’re wall-hangers. Luckily for you, there are now vast resources to make sure that you get the most out of your first, second, or thirtieth board. And this list is one of ‘em!

On this year’s best beginner snowboards list, we have a gathering of affordable, mostly sub $400, rides for men and women from the top-performing brands. There’s nothing too crazy here in terms of shape or carbon electric beams or whatever, BUT, what you may sacrifice in novelty you gain in reliability. On the whole, these boards are softer flexing, mostly rocker or flat-profiled, and true twin or close to it in their shape.

Whether you are a true, never seen snow, never stepped on a board beginner, or are just starting to link turns and venture into the park, we guarantee you’ll find something here to help you out. Predictable, forgiving, but able to push you on your journey from beginner to intermediate, one of these beginner snowboards might be your best bud for a few seasons to come!

Salomon Sight X

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

If you’ve got your sights set on progression, then X-marks the spot with the Salomon Sight X Snowboard! With a very wallet-friendly $349.95 price tag, you won’t break the bank on a board that can actually cover a lot of ground on-hill, and be your best bud for at least a couple of seasons to come.

The Salomon Sight X is offered from 153cm to 162cm, with some wide versions as well. It’s got camber between the feet and rocker beyond that for easy turn initiation and catch-free fun in the park and on the rest of the hill. This rig comes in at a 2 out of 5 on the stiffness scale, so it’s definitely on the softer side, but not so much that you can’t push it a bit when you’re ready. The Sight X features a directional twin shape, and it has an Aspen core so it does have some snap to it when you wanna take flight. Since the Sight X is one of the best beginner snowboards that we've found, we kept it all to ourselves, that's right, this one is an evo-exclusive as well, so you won’t find this offering anywhere else! Grab one soon before they’re literally out of sight.

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Directional TwinRocker/Camber/Rocker$349.95

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Burton Ripcord

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

Man, there are so many directions we could take the puns on this one. Did you hear the one about the snowboarder, the skier, and the preacher that jumped out of an airplane? Well, they all landed safely, got along, and had a wonderful day on hill together. Hey - gotta keep it family-friendly these days! In all seriousness though, if you are looking to make the leap into snowboarding, the 2021 Burton Ripcord Snowboard could be the ultimate launch pad!

Everything on this board is tailored to ease of use. If you’ve been snowboarding before, you know those first 5-10 times on hill can be - well - pretty darn rough. Any board that’s going to get you over that hump quicker is a winner in our book. The Ripcord is a soft-flexing, flat/rockered directional snowboard. It’s directional in that the stance is set back, there is a slight taper from tip to tail, and the flex is tailored to riding regular most of the time.

If those features aren’t enough to convince you, consider Burton’s Easy Bevel tech. The Ripcord has a convex base that lifts the edges off the snow, making it “virtually impossible to catch an edge on.” Ummm, we’ll see about that, but any advantage IS a good one in our opinion. If you are looking for maximum ease of entry into the world of snowboarding, then the Ripcord is your chance.

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CAPiTA Space Metal Fantasy - Women's

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

We’re just gonna say it, the CAPiTA Space Metal Fantasy Snowboard has the best graphics on this list. They are definitely out there - but a badass interdimensional cat with laser vision, some sort of space rose, plus a whole mythology to back it up - CAPiTA has won our hearts with this one. Plus, CAPiTA’s proprietary DeepSpace Silkscreen technology means all of their graphics really pop! But of course a board can’t just look good, it has to perform as well. In this case, you’re in luck.

The Space Metal Fantasy is marketed as a women’s park board, but it’s really much more than that. It’s made this list because of its forgiving flat/rocker profile, medium flex, and sub $400 price point. If you’ve rented a bunch, have been using hand me down boards, or if you’ve never been riding at all, this could be a fantastic first board. That being said, even intermediate and expert riders have been known to rave about it in all types of terrain.

We always have to mention CAPiTA’s commitment to the environment. Their Mothership production facility in Austria is one of, if not the most environmentally friendly snowboard manufacturing facility on the planet. Look good, ride good, and feel good about your purchase on the 2021 CApita Space Metal Fantasy Snowboard!

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True TwinRocker/Flat/Rocker$399.95

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Lib-Tech Cold Brew C2

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

You know how you grab a cold brew from your favorite coffee shop in the morning, and then like an hour later you are firing off emails with insane efficiency, chatting it up with your cubicle buddy, and making killer jokes when your boss is around? Yeah, us either, but if you’re looking for something to chat about around the water cooler on Mondays, grab a Lib-Tech Cold Brew C2 Snowboard for this coming season. You’ll have your co-workers rapt with stories of your first black diamond run, or stomping your first cliff drop. Sound good? Read on friends.

The Cold Brew is a bit of an anomaly on this list. First of all, it’s creeping toward that $500 dollar mark, and secondly, it’s actually a medium-stiff flexing snowboard. Both of these things make sense when you look a bit further into it though. The Cold Brew is really an all-mountain board meant to be an entryway to more serious terrain. It has a forgiving C2 profile, which means rocker between the feet and camber under them. Think grip on groomers and float in pow. It’s also equipped with Magnetraction AND high end Paulownia wood is incorporated into the core.

All of this means that the Cold Brew is one of the best beginner snowboards for someone looking to dip their toes into steeper terrain or more untouched powder. Or bigger and more powerful riders could use this as their one board quiver. Lib has truly succeeded in incorporating some high-end aspects to this very approachable rig.

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GNU Carbon Credit Asym BTX

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

Looking to get all the bells and whistles of a GNU board in a more forgiving - and slightly cheaper - package?! Look no further than the GNU Carbon Credit Asym BTX Snowboard. This board is a soft-medium flexing, highly-rockered, true twin park and groomer destroyer. And it looks pretty good too, in our opinion at least!

There’s a lot going on here so stick with us. First of all this board is asymmetrical, not in the tip to tail direction, but in regards to your heelside and toeside edges. It’s generally more difficult to initiate heelside turns, so the Carbon Credit is actually slightly softer on the heelside side of the board, and it has a steeper sidecut as well. We’ve ridden them, they work. The board has classic Banana rocker, meaning you will not be catching edges very often, it will float in pow, and pressing on boxing and rails will be a breeze. Of course there’s magnetraction too, so when it gets firm you will still have edge hold.

Phew! That’s a lot of features in a beginner board, but their all meant to help you on your journey to shredtopia. Speaking of, we’ve got to mention that Lib/Mervin/GNU make some of the most environmentally friendly snowboards out there, so they’re doing their part to make sure we can do this far into the future.

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Asymmetrical, True TwinCamber/Rocker/Camber$419.99

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Salomon Lotus X - Women's

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

Another evo exclusive, the Salomon Lotus X Snowboard will have you feeling one with everything, well at least everything on hill! The Lotus is a soft-flexing, beginner-friendly, twin-shaped ride. The price is oh so right on this one as well. Coming in at under $300 you’ll have plenty of skrilla for boots and binders, or for those pricey lodge meals at the end of the day.

The Lotus X is flat between your feet, cambered under them, and flat again before the tip and tail. This provides a touch of camber for when you start to lay into your carves, but is ultimately really forgiving for beginning riders learning to turn, ride park, and push their boundaries. The Lotus X also comes standard with Bite Free Edge Bevel, which is essentially severely detuned tip and tail edges. No worries about random edge catches while you’re concentrating on transitioning from heel to toe!

This soft-flexing board comes in a size range suited to smaller riders - 138cm to 151cm. It will be best for beginner or intermediate riders looking to push their limits without emptying their wallets. Soon enough you’ll be well past that falling leaf that adorns the topsheet of the Salomon Lotus X!

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K2 Raygun Pop

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

ZZZzaaaapp! You've been transformed into a freestyle wunderkind! Well, maybe it won’t be that easy. But the K2 Raygun Pop Snowboard is definitely here to help you on your way. This is definitely a board that any beginner can take out and have fun on, but it can also cater to a burgeoning intermediate rider, or really anyone looking for an affordable and predictable park and all-mountain ride.

The Raygun Pop is medium-flexing, has more camber underfoot than the standard Raygun, and is a directional twin shape. The board comes in a 150cm size all the way to a 164w, so you’re pretty much covered no matter what size you need. There is a touch of rocker before the tip and tail as well, so if you do find yourself in powder, you’ll be able to float on back to the groomers.

The Raygun Pop is a perfect choice for a beginner-intermediate rider looking to push their limits. It could also work well for a heavier beginner as the softer flex of some of the other boards on this list can start to hinder you if you are way overpowering them. And always a bonus, but it’s nice to see, the K2 Raygun Pop has got clean, simple graphics, making sure you will look the part of the futuristic snow slider, ha!

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Directional TwinRocker/Camber/Rocker$399.95

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Burton Stylus Snowboard - Women's

Best 2020-2021 beginner snowboards

The Burton Stylus Snowboard is pretty close to being the women’s version of the Burton Ripcord profiled above. Aside from the trippy and glitchy graphics, there are a ton of similarities between the two. The overall outline is similar, it’s features Burton’s Flat Top rocker profile, and it’s relatively forgiving in it’s flex. They’re pretty close on price too. But there are a few key differences.

First of all, the Stylus is a true twin. It’s shape and flex pattern is perfectly symmetrical. With a centered stance you can feel stable and predictable going in either direction - perfect for that falling leaf move for true beginners - but also helpful when you are learning your first 180s or boardslides. The Stylus also has a Fly Core, which is an FSC certified wood core, that’s been strategically milled out in areas. In short, it means it’s light, while maintaining strength.

Finally the Stylus, like the Ripcord in this case, is equipped with Easy Bevel edges. This means the base of the board is convex, lifting your edges ever so slightly off the snow. This greatly reduces the frequency and likelihood of catching your edges. Put ALL of that together and you’ve got one of the best beginner women's snowboards out there, which is ready to have you styling downhill in next to no time!

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