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Best Snowboards 2013

The season's rip-roaringest boards look good and ride even better


Snowboards and snowboarding have come a long way since the late 1970s, when they were initially being designed and produced in garages and home workshops from North America to Europe, then tested and ridden on backyard hills, vacant lots and city parks. Toda

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/508719-what-is-a-directional-twin-snowboard/#ixzz2DT0mBp2N

Snowboards and snowboarding have come a long way since the late 1970s, when they were initially being designed and produced in garages and home workshops from North America to Europe, then tested and ridden on backyard hills, vacant lots and city parks. Toda

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/508719-what-is-a-directional-twin-snowboard/#ixzz2DT0mBp2N

Snowboards and snowboarding have come a long way since the late 1970s, when they were initially being designed and produced in garages and home workshops from North America to Europe, then tested and ridden on backyard hills, vacant lots and city parks. Today's snowboards are designed for various uses, styles and functions, making many of them instruments of control, response and performance. Shape and flexibility greatly affects the way a snowboard will perform, resulting in the variety of shapes and flex patterns available, all of which are intended to target a snowboarders specific tastes over ability.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/508719-what-is-a-directional-twin-snowboard/#ixzz2DT0vidpB

In just a few short years, rocker in snowboards has transitioned from revolutionary to industry standard. Manufacturers are now focused on fine-tuning board performance, often integrating rocker and camber together and adjusting flex patterns to suit. Boardmakers are constantly tweaking shapes and adding edge-ability via technologies like Magne-Traction. The splitboard market continues to grow as well—we highlight three of them here—with nearly 50 models available for Winter 2013. In addition to the growth in backcountry snowboarding, there’s a solid crop of boards designed to do it all, and at a high level. So, many of the decks featured here fall into that category—a single board for all terrain and snow conditions. Enjoy the ride.

Click on each snowboard below for more info.

RESORT RIPPERS


RIDE MACHETE GT


NEVER SUMMER COBRA


ROSSIGNOL TEMPLAR MAGTEK


LIB TECH TRS: TOTAL RIPPER SERIES


ROME AGENT ROCKER


BURTON EASY LIVIN


ARBOR DRAFT–NICK VISCONTI EDITION

 

BACKCOUNTRY SPLITBOARDS


VENTURE ODIN SPLIT


UNITY WHALE SPLIT


VOILÉ ARTISAN

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