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The 9 Best Snowboards of 2021-2022

Here we go! Another winter is on its way, and the freshest new snowboards are getting us in the snow-sliding spirit. With so many boards, brands, graphics, and shapes to choose from, coming up with this list is always a challenge. So we go with our gut. We take a look at everything offered and see what resonates. What’s new and exciting? What crazy tech features might change the game? What graphics can’t be ignored? What boards are shouting “Pick ME!”

We’ve narrowed it down to 9 boards representing 8 trusted brands, ranging from top shelf, cream of the crop offerings to exciting new boards for riders on a budget. Whether you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on Travis Rice’s go-to board for riding pow, or Burton’s umpteenth iteration of the Process, we’ll break down why A-list pros choose some of these boards as their daily drivers.

If you’re not looking to break the bank, the Arbor Poparazzi Rocker LTD snowboard and Ride Zero are great options at affordable price points. Let’s dive into our picks for the best snowboards of 2022 and find the best new ride for you!


Salomon Assassin Pro

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

Are you looking to kill it in the park and powder this year? Are you planning to hone your already deadly freestyle snowboarding skills, and step to features you wouldn’t dare to before? If so, it’s time to hop on the 2022 Salomon Assassin Pro Snowboard. This board is Salomon’s cream-of-the-crop swiss army knife of shred. A twin shape built on a directional flex pattern, the Assassin Pro has a long list of tech features.

Let’s look into the belly of the beast. The Ghost Green Core incorporates sustainably harvested Paulownia wood hand-selected for its incredible strength to weight ratio. Add in the Ghost Carbon Beams in the tip and tail, and your ollies are going to pop like never before. Underfoot we’ve got a flat area between the bindings, camber under them, and rocker in the tips and tails, meaning you can lay into turns, lean into presses, and float that nose when pow is involved. Rounding out this whole package is a Sintered EG base with a Fine Stone Finish for maximum speed when you need it.

We think the Salomon Assassin Pro is best suited for freestyle-leaning riders looking to take their skills to the whole mountain. This board is definitely at home in the park, but its high-end features mean it can step to bigger lines with soft landings, or dampen some of the chatter encountered at high speeds. Sign up soldier, it’s time to do violence to snow in 2022.
 

ShapeRocker Original Price
Directional TwinRocker/Camber/Rocker$549.95

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Ride Zero - Unisex

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

Zilch, nada, nil, nothin’. That’s how many limits will be on you when you strap into the Ride Zero Snowboard. A brand new, gender-neutral, freestyle-focused board from the legendary Ride Snowboards. A throw-back style graphic is paired with a new school attitude and futuristic tech to make a truly versatile park and freeride snowboard. 

The Zero starts off with Twin Hybrid Rocker and an Assymetrical Quadratic Sidecut. This means it’s got more rocker than camber, and a twin shape, but the sidecuts are asymmetrical, meaning the board has a defined heelside and a toeside but no dedicated nose or tail. All of that combines to make for easy turning and predictable riding in either direction. The Zero has a medium-flexing performance core made of Aspen, Bamboo, and Paulownia. Plus, there are carbon stringers pretty much everywhere, and double impact plates under the bindings. Top it off with a stone-ground sintered base and you’ve got one of the sweeter park/resort boards we’ve seen in a while.  

Still not convinced? We know new things are scary sometimes, so why don’t you go ahead and do a deep dive on some recent riding from up-and-coming pros Jill Perkins and Reid Smith, who both use this board as their go-to freestyle rig. See? It works! Finally, the Zero has a huge, unisex size range, so you can definitely find the one Zero that works for you.
 

ShapeRocker Original Price
Asymmetrical TwinRocker/Camber/Rocker$499.95

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GNU Ravish C2 - Women's

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

If you’ve been smitten by the boards on this list so far, but are a bit intimidated by their price tags or aggressive features, the Gnu Ravish C2 Snowboard is going be right up your alley. An approachable, medium-soft flexing, all-mountain machine, the Ravish is ready to take your riding to the next level and beyond. And for well under $500 at that!

Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up. We’ve got an Eco-Sublimated Co-Ex Base, which is super durable and holds wax well. Less maintenance means less time off snow and less tip-toeing around early and late season. The Ravish has a mix of rocker and camber with a touch of taper thrown in. So if you want to start exploring off the trail this season without losing hardpack performance, this board has the perfect combination of features to do so. When that hardpack inevitably turns to ice, Magne-Traction serrated edges help you hold on and carve through your turns.

Rounding out the package, the Ravish has a G2 Eco Core made up of Aspen and Paulownia wood, with fiberglass reinforcement for strength and pop. Art by renowned snowboard photographer Tim Zimmerman adorns the top and bottom of this new GNU, making it as pretty as it is functional in all sorts of environments! It’s an easy choice to reach for the Ravish this season.
 

ShapeRocker Original Price
DirectionalCamber/Rocker/Camber$459.99

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Lib Tech T.Rice Orca

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

What's your idea of fun? Painting watercolors? Watching sportsball? Sitting on the couch giving the old thumbs a workout? They're all valid, of course, but if your idea of fun involves tossing yourself down mountains, snorkeling through bottomless snow, and breaching like a stoked out sea creature, boy do we have the tool for you. The Lib Tech T.Rice Orca Snowboard is king among all-terrain vehicles, and Travis Rice's go-to tool for slicing up the resort and sidecountry alike. It rails groomers, smashes pow, floats like a dream, and handles spicy tech zones with ease. It is quite simply one of the most capable all mountain boards in the biz. Sound like fun?
 

ShapeRocker Original Price
DirectionalCamber/Rocker/Camber$649.99

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Burton Process Flying V

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

The Burton Process Flying V Snowboard has been in the Burton lineup for years, and though a rocker profile like the Flying V once was considered radical, it's a proven part of the formula for boards the pivot on a dime yet hold an edge when you lay them over. This twin shape rides with equal prowess either direction, handles the steep and deep as well as the terrain park, and it's all bound together with Burton's premium Super Fly™ 700G construction.

ShapeRocker Original Price
True TwinRoc/Cam/Roc/Cam/Roc$529.95

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Salomon Huck Knife Pro

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

The familiar blunt-nosed shape of the regular Huck Knife pokes through, but the Salomon Huck Knife Pro Snowboard features more "Huck", more guts, and more power. A stiffer flex and the addition of Gunslinger Sidewalls make the Huck Pro both poppier and damper at speed, so you can throw your hardest with confidence. The regular details that make the Huck Knife a freestyle favorite are all still there - what are you waiting for?

ShapeRocker Original Price
True TwinRocker/Camber/Rocker$549.95

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Arbor Poparazzi Rocker LTD - Women's

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

The Arbor Poparazzi Rocker LTD Snowboard is all about fun. It's the most well-rounded women's-specific shape in the Arbor lineup, with a design that aims at riding it all. It has a smooth, soft flex and twin shape for freestyle performance, a solid construction for durability, and reliable edge hold for consistent riding on the groomers and steeps. Arbor's System Rocker profile makes this board super easy to turn and flowy to ride, especially in deeper snow, so this is a great choice for intermediate riders looking for a progression friendly board they won't grow out of. This LTD version features a beautiful ash power ply topsheet and is only available from evo.

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Directional TwinRocker$449.99

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Jones Dream Catcher - Women's

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

In a world of increasing specialization, it's nice to get a simple one-step solution every now and then. If you're looking for a good time on the mountain, get on the Jones Dream Catcher Snowboard and point it downhill. It's as easy as that. This directional freeride board is an all-mountain stoke factory, transforming any snow type into pure unadulterated fun. It crushes park, floats powder, handles business in the steeps, and does it all with a natural intuitive feel.

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DirectionalRocker/Camber/Rocker$479.95

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Salomon Oh Yeah - Women's

Best 2021-2022 Snowboards
 

Remember the first time you stomped that trick, and said, "Oh YEAH" on the spot? You'll be saying it more than ever with the Salomon Oh Yeah Snowboard strapped on your feet. This sick freestyle board was made for progression, with a forgiving flex and Freestyle Edge Bevels. You'll be feeling it from day one.

ShapeRocker Original Price
True TwinRocker/Camber/Rocker$349.95

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