utah best of test map

Utah snowboarders are relatively diverse. With rails in Salt Lake shining brightly for riders looking to cause an urban upset and some of the best backcountry just up the road, it’s no surprise that the high ranking boards from this regions Best of Test were varied. SNOWBOARDER staff headed to Snowbasin from February 3-5 to see which boards would prevail on basin’s freshly groomed powder surfaces. Utah’s testers seem to have a knack for good snowboard knowledge, as 2 of the 3 boards that ruled this region made it into our top spots during our nationwide search.
- Jenna Klein

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UTAH TOP SNOWBOARDS

K2 Slayblade Best of Northwest

Best of Utah: K2 Slayblade

K2 SLAYBLADE


“The Slayblade was a fun board also using the zero-camber idea. It had a slightly different shape and sidecut, but had a similar feel to the Rook except a little bit stiffer. It still was fun, though, and could rail.”

-Jeff, Milosport (Salt Lake City, UT)

“The new flatline tech is great, board felt like I had already logged 15 days on it and was broken in. The shape and sidewall cut were similar to the Burton Method, but the board was much snappier and carved extremely well.”
-James, Backcountry.com, (SLC,UT)

Best of Northwest: Ride Machete

Best of Utah: Ride Machete

RIDE MACHETE

“Fun fun fun! Loose jibster board – anyone can have fun on it”
-John, Board of Provo, (Provo, UT)

“I really liked this board a lot, unlike other boards with rocker, it actually was stable at higher speeds and during aggressive turns. The Machete’s nose and tail stay down during your turns, and you don’t get that washy/unstable feeling that you do on other decks with this technology. The carbon array tech that they use is really felt in this application.”
-James, Backcountry.com (Salt Lake City, UT)

Arbor Draft

Best of Utah: Arbor Draft

ARBOR DRAFT

“Held an edge well, lightweight.”
-Kory, Joyride Bikes and Sports,( Logan, UT)

TOP SNOWBOARDS BY REGION

Northwest: Mission Ridge, WA

Northwest: Mission Ridge, WA

West Coast: Mammoth Mt, CA

West Coast: Mammoth Mt, CA

Intermountain: Snowbasin, UT

Intermountain: Snowbasin, UT

Rockies: Keystone, CO

Rockies: Keystone, CO

Midwest: Boyne Mt, MI

Midwest: Boyne Mt, MI

New England: Stratton, VT

New England: Stratton, VT

september-2009-cover This content was originally published in SNOWBOARDER’s September 2009 issue.

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