Last updated on January 17th, 2021 at 12:31 pm
There is no better feeling than getting a new snowboard and learning that it is the perfect deck for any terrain. If you are someone who wants to find the right deck for all terrains and features, you’ve come to the right place.
We have reviewed and detailed the best all mountain boards for the 2021 season. Each board on this list is going to be incredible. That said, you are going to want to find the board that fits closest to the type of riding style you enjoy most often.
So let’s get right to the top 10 all mountain snowboards for the 2021 season.
Best All Mountain Snowboards for Hitting Jumps
The CAPiTA Defenders Of Awesome Snowboard, the DOA, is the most awarded deck in this guide. This board has won the Good Wood award seven years in a row. It is Capita’s best selling board, and it is the board that I ride myself.
The DOA is perfect for riders who want an all mountain deck that leans more freestyle. This board has a hybrid profile shape that Capita calls “Resort V1 Profile Camber.” Basically, it has small rocker contact points and the deck itself feels more like a camber profile board. The real feature that makes this board truly awesome is that it has carbon fiber strips running through the deck to help give it a springboard like pop. If you lean back to pop before you ollie, you can get this board to launch you even on flat ground. Originally, I bought this deck because I wanted an all mountain board that leaned more towards a park style board. I thought I was getting a camber board that could flex. It flexes a little, however, you are going to have to have to lock in nose and tail presses perfectly to really see that benefit. This board is designed to launch you and take all the abuse you throw at it.
If you are looking to do butters and nose presses with little effort, this is not the board for you.
If you are looking for the best all mountain twin snowboard that will launch you in to the air and give you that perfect stomp feeling, then this is the deck you want.
- Pop – The carbon running through this board will launch you.
- “The go anywhere, do anything freestyle deck.”
- Flex – to keep this spring loaded for jumps, the center of the board is on the stiffer side. The nose and tail do flex.
- Popular / often sold out and likely to see other riders on the mountain with it.
Sizes Available: 148, 150, 152, 153 Wide, 154, 155Wide, 156, 158, 159Wide, 160, 161 Wide
Note: The Capita DOA is starting to sell out online. There are still some smaller sizes available here.
Best Do It All Snowboards
The Capita Super DOA is the premium version of the Defenders of Awesome deck that I mentioned above. This snowboard includes all of the highest-end technology that Capita offers while remaining the same hybrid camber dominant profile shape as the traditional DOA board. The board has the same carbon strips and flax that through the traditional DOA. It has the springboard pop and dampening system to help it work in all terrain without feeling the chatter under your feet. One of the most considerable differences in the Super DOA is that it has a 3D core profile. The 3D profile shape makes this board thicker between the feet and then thinner outside of your bindings. The board has a medium-stiff flex rating. It can butter on the nose and tail with some effort. That said, the center of the board is thicker and designed more for stability rather than flex. The thicker center makes the board is great for jumps and being responsive at high speeds. The shape and flex give this board a unique balance of playfulness and stability that you will not find in another board on this list. The base of this snowboard is its high quality sintered base with a stone-ground finish. This board will get the speed most riders dream of. However, you will want to wax it often to make sure it keeps its glide.
If you are looking for a versatile, do it all type snowboard board, this is the board for you. It will be great in the park or exploring the mountain.
If you are learning to snowboard, you might want to first start with a less expensive version on the list.
- Playful and Stable
- Good in all terrain
- Damp / stable board that absorbs shock and chatter
- Pop – this has the same carbon that runs through the traditional DOA.
- Flex – This is on the medium to stiff side overall
- On the more expensive side.
Sizes Available: 154, 155 Wide, 156, 158
Note: The Super DOA is also starting to sell out online. There are a few smaller sizes available here.
Best Powder Ready All Mountain Deck
The Lib Tech Travis Rice Orca is an insanely popular board for the 2021 season. This is the best all mountain snowboard that is strong in all conditions and really shines in the deep powder. The board has a set back stance helps it float while its edges make it a grippy and aggressive ride on the hard pack snow too. The board is a hybrid rocker profile between the feet and camber in nose and tail. The Orca has a more forgiving feel while still remaining on the more stiff and aggressive side. One neat feature about the Orca is that Travis Rice will be donating a portion of the sale of each Orca snowboard to the www.orcaconservancy.org in support of their efforts to prevent the extinction of the Salish Sea’s Southern Resident Killer Whales. This is a solid board that supports a great cause.
If you are looking for an all mountain that is flexible and leans more on the freestyle side, I’d find another deck on this list.
If you are more interested in a responsive board that can handle all conditions and float beautifully in powder, then this board is for you.
- Edge hold / gripper – This will give you a perfect carve in hardpack and powder.
- Turns well – The rocker hybrid profile wil help you connect your turns.
- Tail shape can cause some wash out in hardpack.
- You can feel slight vibration
- Popular – this has a risk of selling out and not always feeling like a unique board choice.
Sizes Available: 138, 144, 147, 150, 153, 156, 159, 162
Best All Mountain Snowboard for Butters & Presses
The Custom has been a board that Burton has made since 1996. It is designed to be the one board that can do it all, so naturally, the 2021 model wound up on our list. Whether it is for park or just carving around, you will have fun riding this in any type of terrain. This features Burton’s V-rocker profile hybrid shape. Basically, it is a reverse camber profile between your feet. Just outside of your feet it has camber profile that goes to a rocker profile again on the tip and tail. It is a good second board for someone who was riding a rocker or flat board and is not sure they want to dive into a board that has a camber dominant profile.
The appeal with this board is that it has excellent pop. The hybrid shape of this board allows you to load up the pop of this board with minimal effort. It is the perfect blend of the spring loaded camber feel with the flex of a rocker shape.
- Playful flex – This is great for butters and presses.
- This is great for pop.
- Stability is on the mild side.
- You will have to get used to landing perfectly over bolts.
- Doesn’t grip as well as others on ice
Sizes Available: 150, 154, 154 Wide, 156, 158, 158 Wide, 162, 162 Wide, 166 Wide
Best All Mountain Freestyle Snowboard
The Never Summer Proto Ultra is the supercharged version of the Never Summer Proto Synthesis. This is the version of the Proto series designed by team rider Chris Corning. The real appeal of this board is its dampening system and carbon fiber inserts. This is a board that you can ride in all terrain and will really shine when you launch off large kickers. The hybrid Shock Wave profile is described as having reverse camber between the feet, a camber profile under your feet, and then reverse camber again in the tip and tail. This board has three carbon “X” shaped inserts throughout the board. Two of the carbon inserts are in on tip and tail to give it its spring loaded pop. One carbon insert is in the center between your feet to add stability.
If you want the an all mountain board that can handle all terrain and perform well in the park, you found the right board.
If you have no interest in going off jumps, this may not the board for you.
- Fast base – This has Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base the fastest Never Summer has ever used.
- Damping System – This absorbs shock and chatter in all conditions.
- Flex – On the stiffer side
- Will take some getting used to. This is designed more for intermediate to expert riders.
- On the more expensive side
Sizes Available: 154, 157
Fastest All Mountain Snowboard
The Ride MTNPig is a board for any rider who wants to go fast. The MTNPIG features a hybrid profile that is predominantly a camber board. It is reverse camber in the nose and then camber through the rest of your board. This is an aggressive board that handles all-terrain, except it will not be right for you jibbing in the park. It holds an edge through whatever uneven or soft terrain you through at it. However, it is more of a freeride than freestyle snowboard.
If you are the type of rider that bombs hills and doesn’t often ride switch, this is the board for you.
If you are looking for a board that you can have fun with jibbing in the park, you should find another deck on this list or check out the more freestyle friendly Ride Warpig.
- Good in hardpack groomers and powder
- Damp / stable board that absorbs shock and chatter
- Flex – This will not be good for doing butters or presses.
- Will take some getting used to ride.
- On the heavier side
Sizes Available: 155,159, 160 Wide, 162, 164 Wide
Best Beginner Resort Board
T2B means top to bottom. That is precisely what you are going to get with this snowboard. You will get a board that will conquer the entire mountain from hardpack to powder, from rails to side hits, and everything in between. This board’s profile is a rocker profile between the feet and camber, actually more on the flat side, just outside your feet. It is an easy board to ride because of its shape. Its contact points are on the looser side, so it will be forgiving and not catch an edge as you learn to carve down the mountain.
The appeal of this board is its flex. The T2B is a soft, more playful all-mountain freestyle board. With the board being on the softer side, you will be able to do butters and nose or tail presses far easier than other boards on this list. That said, you will also feel the chatter of any uneven terrain under your boots. The T2B does not do a great job absorbing chatter. It has more of a skateboard-like board feel to it.
If you are a beginner to intermediate rider, this board can be perfect for you. Additionally, if you are an advanced rider looking to add an all-mountain / park board to your quiver, this also can be the right board for you.
If you only love to go fast and bomb hills, you might want to find a more stable board on this list.
- Magne-Traction® for effortless riding on rough snow
- Ridiculously flexible
- Beginner friendly / lightweight and forgiving
- Made in the USA
- Soft side / easy to flex and not great for stability
- The board is on the looser side.
Sizes Available: 155, 158, 158 Wide, 161, 161 Wide
Best Bang for Your Buck Snowboard
The 2021 Arbor Element Camber is a directional twin all-mountain snowboard. This deck is designed with both sustainability and performance in mind while still being flexible enough to be playful. The Element comes in both a traditional camber and rocker shapes. The particular shape that we reviewed is the camber. What makes this camber board a little easier to ride than most is that its contact points are risen three degrees to help make it more forgiving for newer riders.
Additionally, the Arbor Element’s edge-hold is excellent thanks to its unique sidecut profile. The deck utilizes three radial sidecuts designed to minimize heel and toe drag while you are carving. The result is a board that creates superb edge hold in either soft and icy conditions while still allowing you to ride with aggression and confidence. While the board’s focus is stability, it still has the flex and pop you are looking for in an all-mountain freestyle snowboard.
If you want a board that can do it all, this is the one.
If you are looking for a really flexible board for butters, this won’t be for you.
- Versatile – one board to do it all / all rounder
- Raised contact points for a more forgiving ride
- Its directional shape.
- Arbor’s commitment to sustainability
- Medium to stiff flex
Sizes Available: 153, 156, 159, 160 Mid Wide, 161 Wide, 162
Top All Mountain Snowboard for Women
The Never Summer Proto Synthesis Women’s edition is a responsive, true twin all-mountain snowboard with a ton of pop. This board also comes in a version that guys would love too here.
The Never Summer Proto Synthesis is an all-mountain board that will improve your jumps and carving. There is carbon built into this board to give it additional pop and responsiveness. You will be able to load the pop up in the board. As you ollie, the carbon reacts like a springboard to launch you even higher. Additionally, the carbon gives the board a better edge hold while keeping the board’s flex pattern the same over a long time.
The flex rating of the board is six out of ten. It won’t feel too stiff or too flexible. It is right in the middle. The dampness rating of the board is also a six out of ten. This isn’t an overly aggressive board. However, its hybrid shape gives it the same properties as an aggressive, positive camber board. It is responsive, and you will not feel any chatter while riding on ice or rough terrain. That said, you will have to work at doing butters or nose presses on the Proto Synthesis.
The Proto Synthesis features the Shock Wave Rocker Camber profile. That is a hybrid profile with a rocker between your feet with camber sections under your bindings. The rocker section between your feet is more of a mellow rocker designed to feel more like a positive camber section as you press your bindings down into the snow.
The Never Summer Proto Synthesis features Vario Power Grip Sidecut. That means that there are five additional contact points to improve this board’s edge hold and carving ability.
This is a fast, durable board that can withstand anything you put it through. The base of the board is Never Summer’s high end sintered base called the Durasurf XT 5501. It is incredibly fast, durable, and ready for any terrain you ride it on. Additionally, the Topsheet of the board is Never Summer’s Premium Coextruded Polymer Topsheet. It is chip and scratch-resistant. The sidewalls of the Never Summer Proto Synthesis were also designed to be indestructible. They are made of the same P-Tex material that is ordinarily used in the base of a snowboard.
If you are looking for a fast board that can conquer the whole mountain, check out the Never Summer Proto Synthesis.
- Carbon added for pop and responsiveness
- Durable laminates and sidewalls
- 3 year Warranty
- Fast base – This has Durasurf XT Sintered 5501 Base the fastest Never Summer has ever used.
- Its stiffer flex and dampness.
- The sizes end at 151cm. However, the other version goes up to 161.
- Not beginner friendly. This is more for intermediate to advanced riders.
Sizes Available: 139, 142, 145, 148, 151
Best Blend of Stability and Freestyle
The Jones Mountain Twin is the best selling board of the Jones Snowboard brand. The board is an aggressive directional twin. It is an all mountain snowboard that blends the stability of a freeride board with the playfulness of a freestyle board. This deck has a hybrid camber rocker profile shape. It is designed as camber between your feet and rocker outside of your bindings in the nose and tail. The profile of the board gives it a freestyle feel while the camber provides the board with a lot of energy and pop. At high speeds, this is a stable board that can hold an edge. One call-out feature of the board is the 3D contour base in the nose and tail. The 3D base will help snow flow out of the sides and make for an excellent glide through deep snow. As you carve on the Jones Mountain Twin, it will feel like you are rolling from edge to edge. What makes the Mountain twin one of the top all-mountain snowboards is its new blunt nose shape. By adding a blunted nose, you will feel the benefits of having a longer nose without the weighed down feel of snow collecting on the top.
If the carving properties of this board sound interesting, you should also read through our freeride snowboard guide.
- Damp ride thanks to the dual-density full premium wood core featuring a 2:1 paulownia to poplar stringer ratio
- Directional Shape / Stability while riding switch
- Three-year warranty (two-year warranty with a one free year extension)
- Its shape. All mountain twin that can carve like a directional freeride snowboard.
- Pre-Broken in – All Jones boards come with “Forever Flex.” A machine was used to mimic extreme riding.
- Flex rating is on the stiffer side
- Not the best board for rails
- Not the most beginner-friendly (Great for more advanced riders)
Sizes Available: 151, 156 Wide, 157, 159 Wide, 160, 162 Wide, 163, 165 Wide, 168 Wide
Easiest to Ride All Mountain Snowboard
The Lib Tech Skate Banana is ridiculously easy to ride true twin shaped all-mountain freestyle snowboard. The board profile is its main selling feature. This is a hybrid rocker shaped (V-shaped) snowboard between your feet with slight camber zones under your feet to the nose and tail. The board profile makes the deck catch-free, playful, floaty in powder, and aggressive enough to carve every terrain type. The Skate Banana uses Magne-Traction edges to give the deck seven different contact points. The Magne-Traction provides the snowboard with an insane edge hold even while riding on ice or rougher terrain. The flex rating of this snowboard is on the softer side at a 4/10. You will be able to do butters and tail presses easily while still remaining stable enough for steeper terrain or hitting jumps. The Skate Banana’s core is made of 75% Aspen and 25% Paulownia wood. This combination of the wood used in the snowboard gives it its lighter weight while making it incredibly strong. The base of the board is a mix of a sintered and extruded base. It is fast base that will not require as much wax or maintenance as other bases on the list. If you are looking for an easy to ride, park friendly snowboard that can rip the entire mountain, then this board is for you.
- The hybrid rocker profile makes this easy to ride.
- Magne Traction’s edge hold
- Its twin shape.
- Riders who want to hit rails often may want to detune their Magne Traction edges.
- May washout on landing spins
Sizes Available: 152, 153, 154, 156, 156 Wide, 159, 159 Wide, 162, 162 Wide
So there you have it.
Here are the 2020 – 2021 best all mountain snowboards:
- Best for All Mountain Snowboards for Hitting Jumps: Capita Defenders Of Awesome (the Doa)
- Best Do It All Snowboards: Capita Super Doa
- Best Powder Ready All Mountain Deck: Lib Tech Travis Rice Orca Snowboard 2021
- Best All Mountain Snowboards for Butters & Presses: Burton Custom Flying V
- Best All Mountain Freestyle Snowboard: Never Summer Proto Ultra
- Fastest All Mountain Snowboard: Ride MTNPIG Snowboard
- Best Beginner All Mountain Snowboards for Resorts: GNU Men’s T2B 2021
- Best Bang for Your Buck Snowboard: Arbor Element Camber 2021
- Top All Mountain Snowboard for Women: Never Summer Proto Synthesis Snowboard – Women’s Version
- Best Blend of Stability and Freestyle: Jones Mountain Twin
- Easiest to Ride All Mountain Snowboard: Lib Tech Skate Banana