best park snowboards 2024

The Top 10 Award-Winning Park & Freestyle Snowboards for 2024

Freestyle snowboarding is all about expressing yourself through your bag of tricks. It’s the one type of snowboarding where you can start to hear a little voice in your head. You know the voice. It’s the one encouraging you to add that next 180 to your spin or taunting you to jib every feature in the park. It’s the voice that urges you to try new tricks because it knows once you land them, there is no better feeling on this planet. It’s the voice that drives your progression and makes park riding incredibly fun.

I love that feeling and the rush that park riding brings me, so I am constantly trying out new freestyle boards to see if any of their upgraded tech features can help me progress just a little bit more each year. The list of boards below are my recommendations for 2024’s best park snowboards.


There are also some great deals going on for park boards right now. See our Snowboard Deals page to see the ones we recommend.


Our Favorite Park Snowboard

Capita Ultrafear 2024 Snowboard


Capita Ultrafear Camber park snowboards for 2024

The Capita Ultrafear ($399.96) is a true twin-shaped freestyle snowboard that can do all types of park riding exceptionally well. The Ultrafear snowboard was named after that little bit of fear you get right before hitting the jump line in the park. This snowboard deck is highly resilient. This snowboard will hold up to all of the demands of hitting rails in the street or riding in your favorite park.

Every year, Capita makes small, incremental improvements to its boards. The largest difference between the 2024 Ultrafear and the 2023 version is that now you can buy the board in either a camber or reverse camber profile versions.

This isn’t the first time the Ultrafear came in a flat rocker profile, though. A few years ago, the Ultrafear used to have a flat section between your feet. Two years ago, Capita upgraded the Ultrafear’s camber profile from flat between the feet to a positive camber section between your feet. Now, in the 2024 season, they give you options to buy either version of the board. It’s the first time Capita has offered both versions at the same time.

You can determine the camber profile based on the name of the snowboard.

The Capita Ultrafear Camber has a profile that looks like this.

Ultrafear Camber Version Profile Diagram

While the Capita Ultrafear Reverse Camber snowboard has a flatter profile that looks like this.

Ultrafear Reverse Camber Profile

Both profiles offer a catch-free, predictable ride, while the type of riding you do most often should determine the version you should get.

If you want a park board that has some more power and pop for jumps while still being able to hit rails, I recommend going with the Camber version. However, if you are going to be doing more jibbing than jumping, go with the flat version.

Outside of the camber profiles and the new graphics, the only other update to the Ultrafear is its new, slightly lighter core. The Ultrafear is known for its exceptional lightweight, and Capita just made the board a few grams lighter by upgrading the 2024 Ultrafear to the new P2 Superlight core. The construction of the new core looks like this.

Capita Ultrafear 20243 construction Upgrade

The new core is a combination of paulownia and polar strategically placed to maximize the board’s pop and durability while keeping it as lightweight as possible. This is the same lightweight core the Capita DOA has been built on for the past two seasons.

The Ultrafear is incredibly durable thanks to its Carbon Aramid Body Armor™. If you accidentally hit your nose or tail on a feature in the terrain park, this board was specifically designed to take the impact where most other snowboards would chip or crack. Capita also added cork near the edges of this deck. The added cork helps give the Ultrafear to absorb the chatter of rough terrain and make the impact of jumps feel softer.

The 2024 version of the Ultrafear has a higher-end sintruded base. That means its hybrid base is constructed using the materials and techniques of an extruded base. However, it was made using a higher temperature, and its wax was compacted with additional pressure to make it feel equally as fast, hard, and durable as a sintered base. The main benefit is that it won’t require as much waxing maintenance as a sintered base, and it will be easier to repair if you happen to get any deeper scratches while hitting rails or boxes in the park.

Overall, the Ultrafear is the perfect freestyle snowboard for beginner to advanced park riders who want a durable, playful, and fast deck.

Want to learn more about the 2024 Capita Ultrafear? Read our full review of the Capita Ultrafear.


Pros

  • Durable – Kevlar sidewalls
  • Profile of board is both playful and aggressive when you need it to be
  • Base is durable and easy to repair
  • New updated camber profile to give it more pop than previous versions / while still being available in its legacy flat version
  • 360 durable edges

Cons

  • Flex is on the stiffer side yet still very pressable with some effort
  • Base isn’t the fastest base you can buy

What I Love About This Board: I took this board to Woodward in Park City, Utah, and had a blast pressing it on every feature I could find. This is a board that locks into rails while still being able to hit jumps exceptionally well.

Sizes Available: 147, 149, 151, 153, 153 Wide, 155, 155 Wide, 157

See Which Size of the Capita Ultrafear You Need
Capita Ultrafear Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
14790-150
14995-150
151100-160
153110-170
153 Wide110-170
155120-180
155 Wide130-190+
157140-200+

Flex: Softer Side of Medium 4/10 (Capita Says it is closer to a 6. It isn’t that stiff.)

Bindings to Pair With It: Union Ultra





One Quick Note on Park Boards:

We will get right back to it soon.

I just wanted to make sure you knew there are a few different classifications of park snowboards out there.

I have a detailed article to help you find the right park board for you.

Here is the basic summary of what you should look for, though.

  • If you’re looking to jib ,or slide across rails a lot, go with a softer, more pressable (flexible) board. I made detailed list for the best boards for jibbing that should help you find the right one.
  •  If you’re mainly looking to hit jumps, use a stiffer, more responsive board to help you land. As you look through the boards below, look at the note that says “Flex,” for hitting jumps you’ll want a board that is labeled medium or stiff in this field.
  •  If you’d like to both jib and jump, go with a board that has a medium “Flex” noted. Boards with a medium flex will offer enough response to land the jumps you’re hitting while still being flexible enough to press on park features. 
  • If you want a board that can hit the park and also carve well outside of the park, I wrote a detailed list of the best all mountain freestyle snowboards. Every board on that list is tuned for freestyle riding while still being an exceptional carver.

An Excellent Park Snowboard for Progressing Riders

Bataleon Evil Twin Plus 2024 Snowboard

 

Bataleon Evil Twin Plus 2024

The Evil Twin has been the best-selling board on Bataleon’s freestyle lineup since 2003. The board just came out in a new premium version with an even lighter core, a faster base, and additional carbon stringers to give it an unreal level of pop. This premium version is called the Bataleon Evil Twin Plus ($579.96), and it’s an incredible board for any rider looking to progress in the park.

This is the park board I chose to ride all of last season, so if you would like to learn more about it, you can read my in-depth review of the Bataleon Evil Twin Plus.

For me, what makes this such a standout board is that it has the ability to feel catch-free on rails, poppy and stable for jumps, and it’s exceptionally fast.

Typically, park boards are good for either jibbing or jumping, and the Evil Twin Plus has everything a progressing park rider could ever need to do both built right into one board.

Here is a video highlighting all of the features of the Bataleon Evil Twin Plus.

 

 

The Evil Twin Plus’ camber profile gives the deck stability for carving and hitting jumps. However, what makes this board unique from other freestyle boards is its 3BT™ (triple base technology) with SideKick™ technology. This means that the board’s nose and tail have a spoon-like shape, with the board’s contact points lifted off of the snow. 

Here is an image of what the board looks like while it is resting flat on its base. This shows the angle of the uplifted contact points.

Bataleon Evil Twin Plus from the front to show its 3bt and sidekick shape

The main benefit of having Bataleon’s 3BT is that it improves the board’s turn initiation, making it easier to ride and feel catch-free for park riding. That’s important because this is a well-rounded park board that can jib without getting hung up on its edges.

This board has an unreal level of pop, which makes it phenomenal for hitting jumps, too. Bataleon gave this board a traditional camber profile with additional carbon stringers running through it. The added carbon gives the Bataleon Evil Twin Plus an extra springboard-like pop to help launch you off jumps of all sizes. Additionally, the 3BT makes landing new tricks on this board easier because if you’re slightly off-axis, you can simply skirt your shoulders around to revert and ride away.

Lastly, the Evil Twin Plus has one of the fastest bases I have ever ridden in a park board. This board’s ability to accelerate rapidly is such a valuable feature for anyone who tends to ride a busy terrain park where you need to stop and wait for other riders often. This board’s base allows you to quickly gain the speed required to hit features of all sizes.

If you’re looking for one board that can jib and jump while helping you progress your park riding, go with the Evil Twin Plus.

 

 

Pros

  • Medium/ Soft flex makes it easier to press and butter
  • The fastest base in a park board
  • A massive level of pop
  • Playful and stable feel perfect for park riding
  • Catch free ride thanks to 3BT™
  • The true twin shape

 

Cons

  • You have to be a little more precise with straight jib tricks like 50-50s due to the 3BT™
  • It can take some getting used to riding with 3BT™ (It’s easy to ride; it just takes some time to master its nuances)

 

What I Love About This Board: This board’s fast base made it possible to hit some features other riders couldn’t. I grew to love that.

Sizes Available: 151, 154, 156 Wide, 157, 159, 159 Wide

See Which Size of the Bataleon Evil Twin Plus You Need
Bataleon Evil Twin Plus Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
149125-158
151130-174
154141-185
156W154-198
157154-198
159163-207
159W167-211

Flex: Medium 5/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Bataleon Blaster

 




The Best for East Coast & Icy Conditions

Jones Tweaker Snowboard 2024


Jones Tweaker Park Snowboard 2024

The Jones Tweaker ($529.95) was added last season as the first park focused board in the Jones Snowboards lineup. While this board is primarily intended for park riding, it also includes a handful of other tech features that make it versatile enough to be your daily driver in all types of conditions.

The Tweaker has a traditional camber profile with a blunted nose and tail. The blunted shape keeps the weight of the board down while hitting jumps without hindering how this snowboard performs while carving in any way.

One feature that stands out against other park boards is how well of an edge hold you can get on the Tweaker. This board features Traction Tech 2.0 edges. This feature is what makes the Jones Tweaker the perfect snowboard for riding in icy conditions. Traction Tech 2.0 means there is a waved serrated edge that you carve with on this snowboard. The serrated edge adds additional contact points and grip to this snowboard. The waved edges work with the camber profile of this board to offer a firmer grip to the snow as you turn edge to edge.

This image shows the additional contact points in the Tweaker. The additional contact points are highlighted in orange.

Jones Tweaker snowboard traction tech 2.0

The Jones Tweaker is a medium flexing snowboard in the center with a stiffer flexing nose and tail. The hybrid flex gives the board an additional level of pop while making it stable enough to stomp your landings off of larger kickers.

This board also has a 3d spoon-like curvature in its nose and tail. This image shows the spoon-like curvature to give you an idea of how this looks when rested on a flat surface.

jones snowboard 3d curved nose with a straight edge rested on it

This 3d feature combines with the camber board profile to help the board butter, float in powder, and give this board a catch-free feel while still being incredibly responsive.

Jones added a poplar wood core to keep the board lightweight and durable. The base of Tweaker is a fast sintered base. It will remain fast for you if you wax it regularly.

Also check out our in-depth Jones Tweaker review. Besides the board’s new graphic and three additional sizes (149, 160W, and 162), the 2024 version of this board shares all of the same features as the 2023 version. On snow, the 2024 Jones Tweaker rides exactly the same as it did last season, and that’s a good thing.

If you’re looking for a versatile all-mountain freestyle snowboard that can rip all-conditions ready outside of the park, check out the Jones Tweaker snowboard.


Pros

  • Twin shape with blunted tips – helps jumps and spins
  • 3d profile – Helps with landing off axis
  • Traction Tech 2.0 – Helps improve its edge hold even while carving on ice
  • Eco friendly materials
  • 3 year warranty

Cons

  • It might be too stiff and aggressive for some riders who want a softer, jib board

What I Love About This Board: I love how it’s a park board that tracks well on ice and has a flex pattern that’s ready for anything.

Sizes: 149, 151,154,156, 157 Wide, 159, 160 Wide, 162

See the Right Size Jones Tweaker for You
Jones Tweaker Weight Range Size Chart
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
149110 – 160
151110 – 160
154120 – 170
156130 – 180
157 Wide130 – 180
159140 – 190
160 Wide150-200
162160-210

Flex: Medium (6 out of 10)

Bindings to Pair With It: Jones Meteorite Snowboard Binding







Best for Jibs

GNU Headspace 2023 – 2024 Snowboard

 

GNU Headspace Park Snowboards 2024

The GNU Head Space ($579.99) is a freestyle asymmetrical twin snowboard. It is the pro model board for GNU team rider Forest Bailey. This board is also on the top of our excellent boards for jibbing list, too.

For the 2024 season, the Headspace was updated to a new pill shape with a rounded-off nose and tail. Here is an image to show how the new 2024 GNU Headspace shape was updated from last season’s version.

gnu headspace snowboard 2024 vs 2023 shape

It is worth noting that last season the Gnu Headspace had an asymmetrical shape with a cut-off nose and tail, and for the 2024 season, the GNU Headspace has a twin shape. On snow, the new Headspace has a familiar feel that is easy to ride and very simple to get used to. It’s an outstanding park board that is simple to nosepress while still being stable enough to hit medium-sized jumps with ease.

This deck has the c3 profile shape to help give it a ton of pop, maintain control and precision, and remain flexible for jibs and rails. The c3 camber profile shape is described as a camber dominant snowboard. It has a mild rocker between your feet and camber under your feet to the nose or tail. The profile gives this board a playful feel while still maintaining the responsive feel of camber right under your bindings. The Head Space features Magne-Traction Serrated Edges, giving it a few extra contact points to help it grip down in ice and firmer snow. The Gnu Head Space snowboard has a designated heelside and toeside edge to help make it easy to ride, pliable, and still maintain a fierce edge hold. This board is excellent for park features, and it still packs a lot of technology into it that will help you outside of the park as well. The flex rating of this snowboard is around a medium 5/10. It will offer stability and be playful if you put some effort into your butters and presses. Overall, if you are looking for a freestyle snowboard where you can be confident going sideways into nose and tail slides and catch-free if landing slightly off-axis on jumps, this is the deck for you.

 

 

Pros

  • The c3 profile shape
  • Magne-Traction™: Unreal edge hold
  • This is easy to ride – The asymmetrical shape makes this board easier to carve and hold your balance on.
  • Fast sintered base

 

Cons

  • Limited 1-year manufacturer warranty (some of the other warranties are a little longer)
  • Might not be the best in deeper conditions. (Intended for park)
  • The base will require some waxing and maintenance to keep it fast

 

Sizes Available: 149, 152, 155, 155 Wide, 158

See the Right Size GNU Head Space for You
GNU Head Space Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
14990 – 160
152100 – 180
155110 – 200
158140 – 250
155W150 – 280

Flex: Softer Side of Medium 4/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Bent Metal Transfer

 




Best for Pop

Salomon Huck Knife 2024 Snowboard


Salomon Huck Knife Park Snowboards

The Salomon Huck Knife ($399.96) is an extremely lightweight, responsive, and fast true twin freestyle snowboard. This snowboard deck has a slightly wider profile to add balance and control. If you were to look at this board on its side, it would look like this.

Salomon Quad Core Camber

The board’s profile is camber between the feet, aggressive camber under your feet, and rocker on the tip and tail. Think of the board profile as a less catchy camber dominant profile. It will be reactive, poppy, and still forgiving if you land slightly off-axis. The energy of this snowboard comes from the tech built into its edges and core. The Huck Knife uses paulownia wood in various cuts and thicknesses to keep its weight light. Salomon added carbon strings into the core to give the Salomon Huck Knife a spring-loaded pop that you can load up. Carbon stringers are added to this snowboard’s sidewalls to give it durability and additional shock absorption. Salomon has detuned the edges in the tip and tail, added a 2-degree edge holding tune in certain areas, and given the deck a 3-degree bevel between your feet. The tech built into the edges offers an incredible edge hold when you need it while remaining catch-free on rails. The Salomon Huck Knife has a sintered base that will remain fast for you. Just remember to keep it waxed. If you are searching for freestyle snowboards that will give you a ton of pop in a balanced, controllable ride, this board is for you.


Pros

  • Pop of this board
  • Playful 3/10 flex in a camber park board
  • The edges – Perfect for edge hold when you need it and dialed back for rails.
  • The balanced feel. The deck is slightly wider than other boards on this list.

Cons

  • Flex on this board is on the stiffer side
  • Not beginner friendly (perfect for intermediate to advanced riders)

Sizes Available: 148, 152, 155, 155 Wide, 158, 158 Wide, 162

See Which Size of the Salomon Huck Knife You Need
Salomon Huck Knife Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight Range (lbs)
148100 – 145
152110 – 155
155120 – 165
155W175 – 242
158145 – 200
158W200 – 275
162200 – 275

Flex: Medium 5/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Salomon District


Pro Tip:The Salomon Huck Knife also comes in an upgraded super charged version called the Huck Knife Pro.




Best Volume Shifted / Wide Freestyle Snowboard

Ride Twin Pig 2024 Snowboard


Ride Twin Pig Park Snowboards


The Ride Twin Pig ($423.96) is a true twin shape freestyle snowboard that can be a lot of fun carving outside of the board park as well. The board profile is a hybrid camrock. It has a camber section under your feet with reverse camber outside your bindings in the nose and tail. The Twin Pig has an asymmetrical sidecut. There is a little bit of a deeper sidecut on the heels to help you balance out your turns.

There is a wood core in the Twin Pig made of Aspen and Bamboo. The balance of using both strong and lighter, more resilient wood gives the Twin Pig its sturdiness and damp riding feel. You won’t feel the chatter under your boots if riding on uneven terrain. The sidewalls are made with the same material as skateboard wheels to protect your deck against dents while jibbing in the park. The sidewalls were one of the major updates in the 2024 version. They are now thinner while still increasing the durability and shock absorption of the deck.

The unique feature of the Twin Pig is its waist width. The Twin Pig is a volume shifted snowboard. It is meant for you to ride a shorter board than you normally would because it comes wider than most other park boards. The wider width makes for more stable jump landings and virtually no toe drag as you are carving around. Being that you can go a few sizes down on this snowboard, you will be able to spin easier and have an overall more maneuverable feel. You can use our snowboard length calculator to gauge which sized board to buy.

The flex of the Twin Pig is on the softer side of medium. Thanks to its rocker sections in the tip and tail, the Twin Pig can butter and press easily. However, the board itself is on the medium to stiff side. It is a useful feature blending a flexible nose in a more stable board. The camber section of the board prevents the deck from being over flexible while jibbing. You will be able to hang on to nose and tail slides easier than some other park boards.

The Twin Pig has a durable sintered base. It will require wax to maintain and is fast enough. Ultimately, the board’s wider dimensions make it a slower option than some of the others on the list. However, the benefit here is that it has a wider, more stable feel that also helps it float better in deeper snow than most other park boards. All in all, if you are looking for a volume-shifted park board that is the perfect blend of playful, damp, and sturdy properties, then the Twin Pig is for you.


Pros

  • The wider / stable feel in a playful freestyle board
  • Pop is great for jumps
  • Flex makes it easier to butter or press
  • The true twin shape makes it easier to ride switch
  • Flex makes it easier to begin presses and not overly flexible (soft flex in the tips and medium in the center)
  • Excellent option if you have large feet

Cons

  • Not the best option for steeper or technical terrain
  • Not the fastest board on the list (due to its wider shorter intended size)
  • Not a beginner friendly deck due to its shape

Sizes Available: 136, 142, 148, 151, 154, 156 Wide, 157

See the Right Size Ride Twin Pig for You
Ride Twin Pig Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
13660-130
14260-160
148100-205
151130-210
154140-220​+
156 Wide170-220​+
157160-220​+

Flex: Soft 3/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Ride C-6





Best Beginner Friendly Park Snowboard

Capita Pathfinder Reverse Snowboard 2024


CAPiTA Pathfinder Reverse Snowboard 2023 - 2024


The Capita Pathfinder Reverse snowboard ($343.96) is the latest version of a snowboard that Capita used to call the Horroscope. The Pathfinder Reverse is a forgiving freestyle twin snowboard that can also be used as a “do it all” type all-mountain snowboard.

For the 2024 season, the Capita Pathfinder received no new technical upgrades other than new graphics and a new size. This snowboard now comes in a 159 wide size.

The Capita Pathfinder Reverse features Capita’s Park V2 board profile. It looks like this.

Capita V2 Park Board Profile for Pathfinder Snowboard

The board’s profile can be described as being flat between the feet and reverse camber just outside of the bindings to the contact points. The shape makes the deck feel stable and surfy without being overly aggressive. The reverse camber near the contact points will make the board less catchy and help you land tricks if you are slightly off-axis. The deck features a combination of laminates consisting of Special Blend Fiberglass and Magic Bean Resin. The combination is a park snowboard with a lot of torsional flex (flex from edge to edge). In the deck, there is a wood core called the FSC Dual Core. The dual-core gives the deck added power, extra pop, and durability. The flex rating of this is a 4/10. However, it is on the softer side, so you should consider it closer to a 3/10. This is a deck that will help you with butters and presses. Overall, this is a lightweight, playful, skate-like, and a maneuverable park snowboard at an excellent price.

P.S. There is a camber version of this deck called Pathfinder Camber. You can check that version out here.

Also check out our best beginner snowboards of 2023 – 2024 award list too.


Pros

  • The v2 park profile shape
  • The soft flex for deep presses.
  • Eco friendly build
  • Skateboard-like feel

Cons

  • The combination sintered and extruded base will need some wax and maintenance.
  • Pop can feel soggy if timed wrong.

Sizes Available: 145, 147, 149, 151, 151 Wide, 153, 153 Wide, 155, 155 Wide, 157, 157 Wide, 159 Wide, 162 Wide

See Which Size of the Capita Pathfinder Reverse You Need
Capita Pathfinder Reverse Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight Range (lbs)
14580-120
14790-150
14990-150
151100-150
151 Wide110-150
153110-170
153 Wide110-170
155120-180
155 Wide130-190
157140-200​+
157 Wide140-200
159 Wide150-210
162 Wide160-220​+

Flex: Soft 4/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Union Flight Pro






Best Bang for Your Buck

Rome Artifact 2024 Snowboard


Rome Artifact Park Snowboards



The Rome Artifact ($404.96) is a true twin freestyle snowboard with a softer, four out of ten pressable softer flex. The deck is perfect for hitting jumps, jibbing, and doing presses while still being insanely durable. Rome says the Artifact was created for “total park annihilation,” and they made good on that promise.

The Artifact’s shape is a true twin with a positive camber board profile. What makes the 2024 Rome Artifact unique is its new “double kick” nose and tail. There are two angles in both the nose and tail that look like this.

The benefit is the new shape makes the board more pressable than most other camber decks. Having the positive camber profile gives this board additional pop and stability to hit massive jumps.

The core of the snowboard was made with 100% poplar wood. There are bamboo hot rods running from the board’s center through the nose and tail, which give the board additional pop. To increase the board’s torsional flex, Rome used a Biax fiberglass set on two different axes.

The Artifact has additional impact plates to reduce chatter, add shock absorption, and make this deck durable. When boards break, it is usually right in front or behind one of your bindings. That is where these impact plates are placed. Rome focused on making the deck durable in the areas that take the most impact while you are stomping your landings.

The base of the deck was upgraded to an ISOSPORT 4400 base for the 2023-2024 season. This is primarily an extruded base, so it is durable, holds wax well, and will not require a lot of maintenance.

If you are looking for a camber park snowboard that can press and jib incredibly well, this is the deck to get.


Pros

  • Pressable Positive Camber Profile
  • Double Kick Nose and Tail
  • Durable – has added impact plates

Cons

  • Not the fastest base

Sizes Available: 147, 150, 152 Wide, 153, 155 Wide, 156

See the Right Size Rome Artifact for You
Rome Artifact Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
14795 – 150
150110 – 165
152 Wide120 – 170​+
153120 – 185
155 Wide135 – 190​+
156135-200

Flex: Softer Side of Medium 4/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Rome Vice






Looking for the best women’s boards? Check out the best women’s snowboards of 2024 list. It is filled with solid freestyle options to ride in the park. Check our types of snowboards guide to find the right type of board for you.


Best Freestyle Boards for Butters

Gilson Undead 2024


Gilson Undead 2024



The Gilson Undead Snowboard ($559.00) is the perfect freestyle board for jibbing and buttering. The Undead has a unique base where its edges are risen by a few millimeters off of the snowboard’s base. Gilson calls this feature their soft edge. Here is an example of what it looks like when you flip this board over.

Gilson snowboards soft edge base technology

Imagine what butters you could do if the risks of catching your edges were eliminated altogether? These edges make for an extremely catch-free feeling while riding in the park. On the Gilson Undead, you can even swivel around on boxes and rails with no issues. The steel edges engage to help you make a turn when you need them. You just need to lean a little more. The whole process of learning to ride this became second nature after only a few runs. The board doesn’t have that loose feeling. It just feels catch-free and playful while remaining stable.

Here is quick video that describes Gilson’s edge technology in more detail.

The Undead is built on a hybrid rocker profile. There is a slight rocker between your feet and two camber zones underfoot. The benefit here is that you blend the playful, easy-to-ride feel of a rocker with the response and pop of a camber deck. If you were to look at this snowboard on its side, its profile would look like this.

Gilson Undead Board Profile

The last call-out feature is that the Undead is insanely light and pressable. The board has a softer flex rating of a four out of ten. Additionally, Gilson built this deck so that you can ride it six centimeters smaller than your normal park board. The nose and tail on this snowboard have been blunted, while Gilson kept the same effective edge of larger board size. The benefit to the shorter nose and tail and larger effective edge is that you get the stable feeling of a longer snowboard with the lower swing weight and added maneuverability of a smaller, lighter deck.

If you’re looking for a playful board that was built for butters and jibbing, then check out the Gilson Undead.

Also check out our full in-depth Gilson Undead Snowboard review to learn more about this board.


Pros

  • Butter pad base – the edges of this board are risen so you will not catch an edge while jibbing or buttering
  • Can size down by 3-6cm / Lowering swing weight / Easier to spin
  • Made in the USA
  • 5 year warranty

Cons

  • The butter pad and edges will take some time to get used to while carving in steeper terrain. (It is insanely catch free for jibs though.)

Sizes Available: 144 (150 equivalent), 149 (155 equivalent), 154 (160 equivalent)

Flex: Softer Side of Medium 4/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Union Ultra


Pro Tip: Over on the Gilson Snowboards website, you can use the coupon code BOARDOFTHEWORLD for a 10% discount on your order.



Best for Presses

Yes Dicey 2024


Yes Dicey park snowboards 2024

The Yes Dicey ($399.96) is the perfect board for nose and tail presses because of its midbite profile technology. Yes made a unique indention in the sidecut of this snowboard. Here is a close-up of what it looks like.

close up of yes dicey midbite profile technology

This indention in the sidecut adds a ton of stability to the board. So you get the maneuverability benefits of a more narrow board combined with the stability benefits of having a wider nose and tail. This feature makes balancing tall nose presses feel like a breeze.

Additionally, the wider nose and tail give this board a wider platform to land spins with, while the more narrow waist helps the Dicey get a faster edge-to-edge response while carving in between park features.

Check out our full in-depth Yes Dicey snowboard review.


Pros

  • A very pressable yet stable park board with a true twin shape
  • Yes’ MidBite helps give this board a stable feel. It has a narrow waist width a wider nose and tail.
  • Snappy pop – Camber between the feet / Rocker in nose and tail
  • This is a forgiving ride that is great for riders of all experience levels
  • It is a good deal. This board is cheaper than a lot of comparable boards.

Cons

  • No smaller sizes than a 152cm.
  • Might be too playful for some riders.

Sizes: 152, 154, 156, 158

See Which Size of the Yes Dicey You Need
Yes Dicey Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
152110 – 150
154120 – 160
156140 – 190
158150 – 200

Flex: Soft-Medium (4 out of 10)






Best Do It All Freestyle Snowboard

Nitro T1 2024 Snowboard


Nitro T1 2024 park snowboards

For 20 years, the Nitro T1 ($423.96) has been getting refined to make it one of the best freestyle boards on the planet. The T1 is a true twin shape freestyle snowboard known for its stability, durability, and overall performance in the park.

For this season, the Nitro T1 has been upgraded to include Ureshred Sidewalls. This means Nitro added in the same polyurethane material that skateboard wheels are made out of directly into its sidewalls. The combination of polyurethane sidewalls with the T1’s impact-resistant Rail Killer edges make the board one of the most durable park snowboards out there.

The T1 is a camber dominant snowboard with a smoother transition into the tip and tail. Its board profile looks like this.

Nitro Cam Out Camber Snowboard Profile

The smooth transitions make this board easier to lock into presses while the medium flex and camber shape gives the board its responsiveness. This deck can turn on a dime and take the landing impact of huge kickers.

The Nitro T1 has a specialized sintered base that is designed to be fast while being more resistant to scratches than other park snowboards. The core of the snowboard is made of Poplar and Beechwood. What makes the wood core of the T1 unique is that it has a reduced thickness between your bindings while being thicker outside your bindings. The varied thicknesses in the core give the T1 added energy for pop and a consistent flex for nose and tail presses.

If you are looking for a park board that can take abuse, this is the snowboard for you.


Pros

  • Durability built into sidewalls, edges, and base
  • Lots of pop
  • Stable ride
  • Twin shape makes it easier to ride switch
  • Designed to have a slightly stiffer medium flex that will be perfect for jumping and hitting rails

Cons

  • Might be too aggressive for beginners

Sizes Available: 149, 152, 152 Wide, 155, 155 Wide, 158 Wide

See the Right Size Nitro T1 for You
Nitro T1 Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
149110 – 155
152120 – 165
152 Wide120 – 165
155130 – 175
155 Wide130 – 175
158145​+
158 Wide145​+

Flex: Medium 5/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Union Force





Most Versatile

Burton Free Thinker Snowboard


Burton Free Thinker Park Snowboards



The Burton Free Thinker ($440.96) is one of the most versatile true twin freestyle decks you can buy. This deck is built on a traditional camber profile. If you were to look at this board on its side, it would look like this.

Burton Free Thinker Board Profile 2024

The traditional profile is what gives this board a predictable feel, added response, and a ton of pop. This is one of the stiffer boards on this list. If you’re looking for a park board that would be perfect for jumps as cruising through the rest of the resort, this is that deck.

Also check out our full in-depth Burton Free Thinker review.


Pros

  • The balanced feel and flex of this deck
  • light weight
  • The board comes pre broken in.

Cons

  • This might be too stiff for some beginner and intermediate riders
  • The board uses Burton Snowboards Channel® Mounting System. This let’s you fine tune your stance. However, you need to make sure your binding plates can fit into it or get buy a disc plate that is adaptable to it.

What I Love About This Board: I love this board’s fast base, stable feel, and explosive pop. There is a reason Danny Davis’ go-to freestyle board.

Sizes Available: 150, 154, 157, 160, 160 Wide

See the Right Size Burton Free Thinker for You
Burton Free Thinker Weight Range
Size (cm)Rider Weight (lbs)
150120-180 lbs.
154120-180 lbs.
157150-200 lbs.
157 Wide150-200 lbs.
160180-260 lbs.+
160 Wide180-260 lbs.+

Flex: Medium to Stiff 6.5/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Burton Cartel EST



Pro Tip: Burton.com is running their annual Summer Sale and you can get last season’s Free Thinker for an insanely good deal over here.



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What Should You Look for When Buying a Park Snowboard?

Here is what to consider when buying your first park snowboard. 

Consider the Board’s Flex Pattern

The main detail to consider is the park board’s flex pattern. Your choice should coincide with the type of park riding you do most often: 

  • If you’re primarily hitting rails or jibbing, opt for a softer, more flexible park board. This will allow you to get tall nose presses and lock into rails more easily.  
  • If you will be hitting jumps or hitting larger features, go with a stiffer (less flexible) board. The added stiffness will offer the stability needed for your landings.
  • If you will be hitting both jumps and rails, go with a medium-flexing park board. A medium flexing board allows you to press your board when needed while still offering a decent level of stability for jumps and larger features, too.

Select the Right Camber Profile for the Type of Riding You Want to Do

Your choice of camber profile can significantly impact your riding style:

  • If you’ll spend most of your time jibbing (hitting rails), go with a flat or reverse camber profile between your feet. These profiles can help you lock into rails while offering you a level of skate-like board feel. 
  • If you will be hitting jumps or carving outside of the park, consider going with a profile with a positive camber profile between your feet. This will give you an additional level of power and pop for launching off jumps and carving out of the park. 

Look for a Lightweight Board With a Durable Construction

Look for a freestyle board that is both lightweight and durable. A light board will make it easier to maneuver and control on features. 

Park boards take much more abuse than a board you would use to carve around with. It’s very likely that you will occasionally hit your board off the side of a rail or box. You need to make sure you’re getting a board that can take the occasional hit. You can gauge a park board’s durability by considering the materials built into the board’s sidewalls. Look for materials such as urethane, carbon fiber, or cork. 

Consider How Often You Want to Wax It

When you’re park riding, you will often need to unstrap and hike a park feature to get more practice on it. Having a fast base can help save you some energy because you won’t have to hike as far to get enough speed to hit the feature you’re practicing on. 

The goal is to find the fastest base for you based on how often you plan to wax it. 

Here are your options when it comes to park bases:

  • If you’re willing to wax your board regularly for consistent speed, consider getting a board with a sintered base. Sintered bases are durable and maintain their speed exceptionally well when you keep them waxed every three days or so. 
  • If you prefer a low-maintenance approach, opt for an extruded base. While it won’t be as fast as a waxed sintered base, an unwaxed extruded base is still quicker than an unwaxed sintered one.
  • If you want the best of both worlds, look for a hybrid of both base material types. These are often called sintruded bases. These bases are durable and fast while not requiring you to wax them as often.  

Learn more about what to look for a park snowboard by reading the park section of our snowboard types guide.

snowboarder doing nose press in the park


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