Best All Mountain Boards for 2014

  • Here's a great list of boards that are going to get you all over the mountain with no problem. This list will be updated as the season goes on. Keep checking back in.

    Signal Freedom Machine

    Inspired by the Every Third Thursdays web series, the Yusaku Freedom Machine has a new-to-the-line core profile, where the board is beefed up underneath the bindings. This gives you added strength and response when you need it, but remains forgiving and playful when you want it to be. It’s regular camber all the way through, which gives you reliability in hairy situations, solid edge hold and turn initiation, and good pop off whatever your nose takes you to.

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    Nitro Rook

    The tried and true Nitro Rook Snowboard keeps coming back year after year due to its reliable construction and easy-going nature that makes it fun to ride for any level of snowboarder. Take just one run on the Rook, and you'll be hooked. The Zero Camber profile is flat for a stable and forgiving feel that still retains much of the pop and edge hold as a cambered board. Biax fiberglass provides a buttery flex for getting loose on jibs, while Diamond Band carbon stringers maintain response so it's still lively when you're laying down high-speed carves. The lightweight Powercore II poplar core features inlaid beech strips for extra strength, and it's profiled so it's thinner between the bindings for maximum pressibility and thicker underfoot for durability. Beefy RailKiller edges are 20% thicker than standard edges so they can take a beating when you're throwing down in the streets.

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    Dinosaurs Will Die KWON

    Keenan designed this board to ride fast and kick ass! Pressed with a low-rising camber for a more playful ride without sacrificing pop or control, the Kwon has a comfortable feel for all-around shredding.

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    Capita Defenders of Awesome

    The Defenders of Awesome was new last year and has already won the coveted TopTen GoodWood award. The 2014 edition is back with an upgraded constrcuction, with a faster base, carbon load bars and one of the best graphics you will ever see. This next generation design puts the advantages of positive camber back in your board while still keeping a catch free and easy flexing feel. Don't be surpised if you look down, get excited and start riding twice as hard.capita-defenders-of-awesome-152-2014-600x600

    Salomon The Man's Board

    Are you man enough to handle the 2014 Salomon Man's Board Snowboard? Built with Cross Profile Rocker, Popster and ABC Green Roll construction, the Man's Board is built to handle the manliest terrain on the mountain. Its Directional Twin shape allows you to ride all freestyle terrain in both directions, while its Quadratic sidecut provides easy turn initiation, effortless direction changes and fluid edge to edge transitions. If you think you got what it takes to handle the Man's Board, you'll be ripping man-sized lines all the way to après cosmos on this bad boy.

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    Never Summer Proto HD

    The Never Summer Proto HD is the best selling board in the NS line up since its development. Its snappy shape which is similar to the evo combined with added carbon stringers and Never Summer's newest carbonium topsheet creates the most versatile board in their range. Also new for 2014 is the new Extended Transition Rocker Camber shape specifically designed for the Proto. The longer transition area creates a floatier feel on and off powder. This board has unmatched pop, power and snap perfect for any park rats who want higher ollies and bigger airs.

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    Burton Custom Flying V Restricted

    New to the 2014 lineup is the Custom Flying V (Restricted). Sexier and more aggressive compared to the regular directional alter-ego, the Restricted version is twinned out and features graphics that may make you want to throw your board on a wall and just look at it. Babes in bikinis, twin shape, premium technologies, and softer flex, the new Custom Flying V (Restricted) might just be perfect.

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    StepChild Kamknife

    The Kamknife is the perfect board for the park. core of Poplar tip to tail with Beech rails to help with edge control and reduce the chatter at high speeds - Snapback camber - Kicker 2 - Twin - Future Glue - SnagFree E-series - Armadillo Plates.

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    Rossignol Krypto Magtek

    Krypto MagTek  is an effortless all-mountain board that enhances every style and state of mind. AmpTek All-Mountain combines traditional camber between the inserts with moderate tip and tail rocker for increased power, stability and float. Magne-Traction 7M delivers continuous tip-to-tail edge hold, enhancing control in the gnarliest conditions. Grown from the same seed as the new Xav pro model but with a more forgiving directional flex, this Outside “Gear of the Year” winner “can be taken out any day, in any conditions.

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    Compare prices for your new 2014 Rossi Krypto Magtek board at these shops:

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    K2 Turbo Dream

    Want to live the same dream as Danny Larsen? The secret is the Turbo Dream snowboard. With an all new shape for 2013 that takes design cues form the Ultra Dream but still maintains the heritage and versatile feel that has built this deck’s supernatural following.

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    Compare prices for the 2014 K2 Turbo Dream at these shops:

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    GNU Billy Goat

    An aggressive all-mountain machine designed by freeride wizard Temple Cummins. This deck is sandwiched together with a camber dominant profile and a twin shape with a setback stance. Although the board has slight rocker between the feet for forgiveness, the control, pop and precision of the camber shines through. Plus there’s added edge grip and secretive dampening material to billy goat through any terrain.

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    Rome Agent Rocker

    Reach top-secret agent status with the Rome Agent Rocker Snowboard. The playful MtnPop Rocker technology gives you that playful rocker feel between the feet as well as positive camber in the nose and tail for powerful response. QuickRip Sidecut, an advanced sidecut geometry, gives a short playful feel at slower speeds, and a longer more stable feeling at higher speeds for added float in powder and more ease in big landings.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi folks. Nice review but was surprised not to see Arbor in the list. Amazing boards with great freeride/all mountain philosophy.
    For example, A-Frame is a great board, very versatile. What do you think about it?
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    • Arbor is known to make awesome boards for sure. We definitely give them some credit in other articles we have written. An interesting approach to “Magnatraction” and always a beautiful riding and looking board. Thanks for the suggestion. We will definitely keep them in mind for next season.