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)
147 90-150
149 95-150
151 100-160
153 110-170
153 Wide 110-170
155 120-180
155 Wide 130-190+
157 140-200+

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.

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)
149 125-158
151 130-174
154 141-185
156W 154-198
157 154-198
159 163-207
159W 167-211

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)
149 110 – 160
151 110 – 160
154 120 – 170
156 130 – 180
157 Wide 130 – 180
159 140 – 190
160 Wide 150-200
162 160-210

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)
149 90 – 160
152 100 – 180
155 110 – 200
158 140 – 250
155W 150 – 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)
148 100 – 145
152 110 – 155
155 120 – 165
155W 175 – 242
158 145 – 200
158W 200 – 275
162 200 – 275

Flex: Medium 5/10

Bindings to Pair With It: Salomon District






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