Best Mens Precision Boards of 2017

For the guy who is looking for a board that will kick ass and take names, let you charge the mountain with no apologies and carve your face completely off? These boards are the best choices for the speed lover out there.

 

K2 Carve Air

K2 Carve Air

The Carve Air is a short-but-stout precision board that’s wider than most, giving you superior float in deep powder while keeping all the responsiveness and manoeuvrability you’d expect in a pint-sized deck. The All-Terrain Baseline™ has a low-rise tail and a medium-rise tip, which is suitable for the whole mountain – but especially perfect for fresh snow and backcountry trails.

The core is Bambooyah: a skateboard-stype deck made with horizontal bamboo lamination. The material is so strong that K2 offers an extended, limited 5-year warranty on all Carve Airs. If you’re looking for a strong, manoeuvrable board that’s responsive without any unnecessary length, this just might be the deck you need.

Lib Tech Half Cap

Lib Tech Half Cap

If you rode camber in the 90’s, you’re going to like this board! Designed and illustrated by Jamie Lynn, this is a powerful deck made for gutsy riders – and the Tomahawk Technology spin on camber decks gives you pop and stability while eliminating catches.

The core is hybrid aspen and columbian gold core; it’s responsive, full of long fibres and extremely light. The laminate is basalt and fibreglass, mixed together for incredible pop and high-caliber durability. Finally, the sidewalls are UHMW Sintered, meaning they’re strong, agile and waterproof: a great recipe for a snowboard you’ll be riding years into the future.

Burton Custom X

Burton Custom X

The Burton Custom X is a speedy precision board built with a resilient, responsive and poppy FSC™ Certified Dragonfly™ 600G Core. Its four separate wood grain zones (Multizone™ EGD™) give you superior edge control, while the camber shape provides a strong edge-hold that keeps you glued to the track – even when you’re carving aggressively.

You might expect a board this robust to be heavy, too – but Burton’s Squeezebox technology mixes thick core sections with thinner, more flexible outer layers to give you a deck that handles well and responds predictably without weighing you down.

The final ingredients in Custom X are a Sintered WFO base and Frostbite Edges that stick out from under your bindings for a playful but rock-solid feel perfect for carving and sharp turns.

Jones Project X

Jones Project X

The Jones Project X is the Mercedes of snowboards: shamelessly high-tech, beautiful to look at and engineered for speed and handling. Everything starts with the 2x TeXtreme Carbon deck that’s 20-30% lighter than regular carbon fiber. Next up is the rare Spoon 2.0 3D Base Contour, which has 4mm of spoon bevel in the nose and 4mm in the tail for improved floating and gliding in powder.

Those are the technologies that keep you light and fast… “But”, you might be wondering, “how is this board also so responsive and quick to turn?” Easy – that’s thanks to the Mellow Magnetraction tech, which provides multiple contact points for maximum edge grip, and a blunt-nose design that minimizes swing weight, helping you turn and spin with ease. Like a Mercedes, the Project X isn’t for everyone – but if you like the finer things in life, you just might fall in love with this one.

K2 Subculture

K2 Subculture

The Subculture is a directional twin board that comes with K2’s proprietary Lifted Baseline™: a deck shape that gives you a flat surface between the feet, and a little camber in the tail and tip. This gives you the pop and responsiveness you’d expect in a camber while keeping things fun and easy in the middle.

This board is perfect for eco-minded individuals, with a W2 Core made from renewable wood and Hybritech™ sidewalls that waste no materials unnecessarily. It’s also a great deck if you’re in the market for a value-for-money precision board. K2’s Base Bevel: 1º technology gives you incredible responsiveness, and the carbon-and-fiberglass laminate makes you as fast as you are manoeuvrable.

Bataleon The One E.S

Bataleon The One E.S

It’s hard to find an all-terrain snowboard that offers enough speed and precision to place at professional slalom events… But that’s exactly exactly what The One is: a short, wide snowboard that the pros love and respect for its ability to steamroll its way down powder at high speeds.

The directional outline and narrow, freeride-friendly 3BT Center give The One traction and control. The Nano High Speed S laminate makes this a faster ride than any short board has the right to be. The Verylight core, coupled with the below-average length, provides ample spinning and turning speed. Perhaps best of all, the wide-and-short build gives you a floaty, catch-free ride that loses nothing in agility on all surfaces.

Jones Carbon Flagship

Jones Carbon Flagship

As the name suggests, the Carbon Flagship is the Jones brand’s signature, and perhaps best, board. It was built with advanced big-mountain riders in mind, and provides a formidable combination of high speed, stability and pop. The deck is TeXtreme Carbon, 20-30% lighter than regular carbon, over a hardwood bamboo Power Core that provides extra pop.

The shape is directional rocker/camber, providing a poppy and catch-free that can land either way. The Spoon 3.0 base and blunt nose give you a balanced ride that floats better than most – and the Oversized Recycled Edges will have you feeling confident and steady no matter how fast you’re going.

K2 Joy Driver

K2 Joy Driver

The Joy Driver is the brainchild of K2 and Lucas Debari: a Pacific North-West native and rider. The tail and nose are all rocker and the underbelly of the beast is camber, meaning you get the consistency and traction you want on hardpack while retaining the ease of rotation you want for backcountry runs and fresh pow.

The core is Bambooyah: a skateboard-inspired bamboo laminate material that’s so durable it comes with an extended, limited 5-year warranty. K2’s HONEYKOMB™ Technology reinforces the deck, using urethane-skinned “honeycombs” to give the board maximum strength and resilience while keeping your ride light, floaty and responsive.

Capita Black Snowboard of Death

Capita Black Snowboard of Death

Do you love powder? Do you love mountains? Do you love riding the best snowboards in the world? If you answered “yes” at any point, you’re in the right place.

The BSoD is built with a Hover Core™ and a Urethane Topsheet Anchor, both of which make for an ultra-light board with superior shock absorption. The base is Olympic-level NANO-Carbon ™, providing incredible speed and manoeuvrability. The elongated camber creates insane popping action on hardpack while improving float in deep powder.

The end result is perhaps one of the best commercial boards money can buy. It’s not for everyone – but if you’re a BSoD sort of rider, get it today so you can still enjoy it this season!

Ride Timeless

Ride Timeless

Ride Timeless is a top-of-the-line race board – but unlike other fast boards which don’t perform well at slow speeds, the Timeless can do everything: kill the park, ride backcountry, slalom… You name it – this ride can do it.

This versatility is possible thanks to an aluminium topsheet that gives the Timeless stability, flex and responsiveness. Under the topsheet is a SHAPE Thin deck, tapered at the tip and tail to give you lower swing weight and improved durability. If you want a stylish, multi-functional board that also has advanced race tech in its DNA, you can’t go wrong with the Timeless.

Rome Blur

Rome Blur

This deck first came out in 2010, becoming an instant fan favorite. Now it’s back by popular demand – and its Good Wood and Transworld Snowboarding awards remind us just how great the Blur is to the powder-loving rider.

The Hybrid Stay Positive Camber profile turns into a rocker underfoot when the board is flexed, extending your edge for extra stability. The Basalt Impact Plates and Carbon TurboRods add to the pop and mobility of the camber mid-section; Good Vibes Sidewalls give you a smooth ride when you’re riding hard-pack.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline – fuelled romp in deep pow or down-mountain, you won’t regret the Blur!