Snow is starting to fall and the temperature is dropping. This means one thing – time to hit the slopes.
If you’re in need for new gear that means you’re probably looking for one of the best all mountain snowboards. In this post I’ll show you everything you need to think about when making your purchase and my top picks for both men and women.
I’m sure you’ll see a snowboard you absolutely love by the time you’re done reading.
How To Choose An All Mountain Snowboard
There’s a few things you must consider when making your selection and the following is the most important:
- Know your own needs and where you like to primarily snowboard
- Flex or stiffness
- Width and length
The first thing you need to think about is the type of snowboarder you are and where you like to spend your time. All mountain snowboard’s are good because it lets you explore all parts of the mountain but most people have a preference to which is their favorite.
Do you like big air and rails the most? Speed and trail riding? The backcountry and powder? Answering these questions will help you determine the smaller features of your new snowboard and give you the best experience on the slopes this year.
After, you’ve determined the type of rider you are you should shift your attention to board flex/stiffness. If you really do split your time evenly on all parts of the mountain (on trail, off trail, park) you’ll want a snowboard with a medium flex (5 or 6 out of 10).
Anyone that sticks to the park will want a flex in the 3 or 4 range. Anyone that lusts for speed, and is very aggressive in their riding, will want a stiffer board (8, 9 or 10).
Next, you need to determine the length and width of your board and this comes down to height, weight, skill level and where you’ll be snowboarding. Here’s a video that helps you determine length:
Pretty simple, right? A good rule of thumb is you’ll want a snowboard that reaches between your nose and chin – people who value speed can go a little longer while people who spend the majority of their time in the park will want a little shorter.
This chart will help you determine the right length:
Here’s a good video that explains how to determine snowboard width:
As you can see it comes down to your boot size. A perfectly sized snowboard will have your toes and heel just slightly hanging over the edge but not enough to drag in the snow, which will interfere with carves and turns.
Lastly, you’ll want to look at the shape of the snowboard and there’s three different choices: directional, true twins and directional twins.
The first choice, directional, is for people that stick to trail riding and are meant to be ridden forward. The second type, true twins, is best for the park and can be ridden backwards or forwards.
The last kind, directional twins, is what you’ll want if you desire an all mountain board – it works well on trail and in the park.
Now that you know what’s most important, let’s take a look at my top picks for men. My top picks for women are directly after.
Best All Mountain Snowboards For Men:
Lib Tech T. Rice Pro HP
Company: Lib Tech
This snowboard, the Lib Tech T. Rice Pro HP, pays homage to one of the greatest snowboarding films of all time, The Fourth Phase. This movie follows around legendary snowboarder Travis Rice while he explores some of the craziest mountains known to man. Here’s a trailer for the film:
But at the end of the day you need a product that’s going to perform on the mountain, right? You’ll be happy to know this board is as epic as the film that inspired it.
It’s one of my favorites for many reasons. First of all, it has a camber rocker profile that makes it suitable for all parts of the mountain. You can get speed on trail, hit up the park and even surf the fresh powder off trail. This truly is an all mountain snowboard. Some other awesome features include:
- Magne-Traction gives you maximum control of your carving and really grips the snow
- Bio Beans Topsheet blends a light weight design with strength while also having limited environmental impact
- Stiff flex means you’ll be able to cruise and won’t be left wanting for speed
You probably shouldn’t think about the T. Rice Pro if you’re just starting out or don’t like pushing your limits. This product is meant for very skilled snowboarders that are confident in their skills. If no trail scares you than this snowboard can work for you.
Honestly, the price isn’t too bad for such a high quality piece of equipment either. I personally think that’s a value for all that your’re getting.
GNU Rider’s Choice
While the GNU Rider’s Choice does well in trail riding, it really excels in the park. This snowboard will make any person that loves to ride freestyle happy.
It has a shape that’s conducive to rails, jumps and the half pipe. Because of the true twin shape it means you can ride front or back and this is perfect for anyone trying to land a difficult trick. You’ll also like that it comes with a:
- C2 BTX rocker camber profile is good for more aggressive riders
- A medium flex that truly makes this product all mountain
- Fiber and glass materials in all the right spots make sure this snowboard will last and won’t chip or crack
- Sintered base does a good job holding wax and is wear and tear resistant
- Magne traction that grips well and ensures tight carves
You don’t need to be an expert to rock the Rider’s Choice. Although it probably shouldn’t be your first board you can have fun with this product as a mellow intermediate all the way to advanced.
This snowboard is a little pricey too. Quality has a price, however, and you have to expect to pay more to get the best of the best.
Rossignol Angus Magtek
Rossignol is a brand you can trust and you’ll see their gear all over the mountain – they make snowboards, snowboard boots, skis, ski boots for both adults and kids, hats, gloves, ski and snowboard pants, goggles, and even heated gloves. It’s safe to say this company knows with it take to make a quality product for the slopes.
This is true for their Angus Magtek too. This is a product that works as well skiing down a groomed trail as it does in the park. If you’re a versatile snowboarder you’ll love the Angus Magtek. Some other nice features include:
- Amptek All Mountain Rocker helps you no matter where you are and what type of terrain you’re facing
- Stiff flex means you’ll be able to ride more aggressively and be stable at faster speeds
- Radcut side cut gives you more of a smooth ride and ensures you have crisp carves
- Durable laminates means this product will last for this season and seasons to come
- Magtek edges make sure you’ll get the performance you desire
This is another snowboard that requires some skill to rock but not an overwhelming amount. If you’re comfortable with blue squares and more you can purchase this piece of equipment.
The price is extremely fair and the Angus Magtek is one of the best deals on this list. If you’re looking to save a few bucks this year without giving up much in terms of quality, this is a snowboard you should definitely consider.
Lib Tech Skate Banana
Company: Lib Tech
This is the second Lib Tech product on this list and while it’s not inspired by a famous snowboarding movie, it’s inspired by 10 years of design and craftsmanship. This is the 10th anniversary version of the very popular Skate Banana snowboard.
Many people believe this is the best all mountain snowboard on the market and I would have a hard time arguing against that. The feel of this piece of equipment is what people really love about the Banana. You just feel free with it strapped to your feet. It also comes with:
- BTX Rocker grips the snow when you’re looking for speed and won’t get in the way when you’re testing out some rails or jumps
- Medium flex makes this a versatile snowboard and one you can take all over the mountain
- Original Power Construction Laminates reduce weight while not limiting durability
- Magne-Traction edges you’ve seen on previous snowboards on this list which improves gripping
If you’re an absolute beginner you’ll probably want a different product – this one might be a little too much for a novice to handle. I’d say a solid intermediate or more will like this snowboard the most.
How much will it cost to ride the Banana? Not too much but not too little. This is a good price for all that you’re getting and one any serious snowboarder won’t mind paying.
Salomon The Villain
Salomon is another company that I really trust – I try to hit the slopes with their gear whenever I get the chance. The Villain is a product most snowboarders should consider, especially if you like to hit up all parts of the mountain (they make an excellent version for kids too).
The Villain is the type of gear that works just as well in the park as it does when cruising down a black diamond. It’ll satisfy your need for speed and air. That’s because it comes with:
- Medium flex that means you’ll get good maneuverability in air and stability when you’re bombing trails
- True twin shape ensures you can ride switch and this comes in handy when coming off a rail or landing a trick
- Aspen core gives you some liveliness and it keeps things lightweight
- Triax laminates lengthens the life of this board and makes sure it won’t crack anytime soon
- Sintered base resists wear and tear and will help you achieve fast speeds
One thing I really like about the Villain’s is it features a 2 year warranty. Most products will last more than one season but usually only comes with a 1 year warranty. The fact Salomon believes so much in their gear to give it a 2 year warranty speaks volumes.
Just make sure you’re at least an intermediate before purchasing this board. If you’re snowboarding for the first time ever you’ll probably want something different.
Rossignol Krypto Magtek
Here we have another snowboard from the trusted Rossignol brand. Their Krypto Magtek is a versatile product but one that really shines in the park. It’s designed to give clean take offs and you won’t clip the lip of jumps.
That’s because of the AmpTek Elite Rocker which adds a little flexibility in the waist but makes the tips more stiff. This ensures soft landings and will minimize falls when you decide to go for air. It also has:
- A flex rating of 8 which means you’ll be nice and stable when you decide to get some speed
- Twinwood3 core adds a bit of durability to this snowboard and makes sure it’ll last
- ABS Sidewalls also adds resilience and toughness
- Magne Traction which is the most popular edging system – it improves your gripping
Like most of the products on this list you need to be pretty skilled to be comfortable wearing this piece of equipment. You don’t need to be a X Games gold medalists but you should be pretty confident in your ability.
The Krypto Magtek is pretty cheap too. This is the least you should pay for a snowboard if you want decent performance – pay anything less and you’re getting into that low quality range.
K2 Turbo Dream
The K2 Turbo Dream really is a dream for any person that loves every part of snowboarding. Whether it be dashing down a steep trail trying to see how fast you can go or hitting a jump and trying out your latest trick. This is a product for those that like to diversify their time.
A lot of this has to do with their All Terrain Baseline snowboard profile. This allows you to slice through crud and float along powder. You can even hit the backcountry up for a little off trail riding with this board too. Some other features that you’ll like include:
- Medium flex which mixes speed, performance and park capability
- Honeycomb wood core ensures this product can stand up to the rigors of multiple seasons
- ICG 20 laminates reduce the overall weight of this snowboard
- Hybritech sidewalls gives you easy energy transfer and some added durability
- 4000 Sintered base holds onto wax as long as possible and this will help with performance
You don’t need to be an expert to purchase this snowboard but a little skill is required. If you’re just learning to ride you’ll probably want a product that’s a little easier and slower to use.
This isn’t the cheapest board on this list but it’s not the most expensive either. I believe it’s worth that price, though, because of its versatility and quality.
GNU Carbon Credit
A lot of the products on this list are made for people that have been riding for a few seasons and want to take things to the next level. But what about the person looking to learn snowboarding? Where will they turn for their needs?
Enter the GNU Carbon Credit. This is a board that beginners can use with ease. It’ll also make learning safe and comfortable – you’d be very lucky to start off with a piece of equipment this quality. You’ll also like that it comes with:
- BTX Rocker that ensures a good day on trail and in the park – it’ll also work well in different snow conditions
- A medium flex that’s good for an all mountain experience
- True twin shape means you can ride front or backwards; this comes in handy when you’re in the park playing around with rails and jumps
- Glass and fiber laminates make this product lively and durable
- UHMW Sidewalls enhance grip and let’s you open it up a bit
- An easy to maintain base is good for beginners learning how to care for a snowboard
The price is right where you’d expect it to be with a board like this. It’s the perfect price for a novice board. It’s not too high but not too low. You can rest assured you’re getting you money’s worth here.
Burton is one of the most well known snowboard companies on earth and you will certainly see their gear and equipment on the slopes this year (they make really nice snowboard boots and snowboard bindings) It shouldn’t surprise you their Process snowboard is one of the most quality products on this list.
The Process is another board that excels in all situations and this is good for a lot of different riders. Who wants to be stuck on one part of the mountain when you can explore everywhere? This board will have you pushing your limits on trail and in the park.
Some other features include:
- A medium flex makes for a versatile experience and improves performance no matter where you are
- Twin shape and this helps you when you’re trying out some rails and need to land backwards
- Extremely strong core limits overall weight without diminishing performance
- Fiberglass laminates ensure a smooth ride and will keep you steady when going fast
- Frostbite edges come in handy when it’s cold and there’s ice
Even though this product is built to perform you don’t necessarily need to be an expert to buy it. You probably shouldn’t be an absolute beginner but everyone else will enjoy the Process.
This is a pretty pricey product, though. If you don’t have that to spend this year there’s plenty of cheaper boards on this list. If you do have that to spend, however, you’ll like what you get from this snowboard.
Company: Rome Snowboards
Last snowboard for men on this list is the Rome Crossrocket. This product is one of the more versatile because it can handle on trail, parks AND powder. Some snowboards have a hard time in the backcountry where the snow isn’t groomed and packed down. That’s not the case here. You can take this puppy off trail and surf over the soft stuff.
The durability on the Crossrocket is good too. It’s one of the few boards available that comes with a 2 year warranty and not just one. I’m sure you’ll get more years than that with this piece of equipment but it’s nice to know you’ll definitely get two.
It also has a:
- NoHang-Ups Pop 2.0 is extremely responsive and this is the reason it works in so many different snow conditions
- QuickRip Technology gives you ultimate control when you’re going both fast and slow
- SuperPop Core Matrix creates a lightweight snowboard
- SinterTrue Base helps you achieve high speeds when you want to go fast
The only two groups that shouldn’t buy this board is absolute beginners and expert level riders. This product is tailor made to intermediate and advanced level athletes. It’ll give the first group enough to improve their skills and the latter enough performance to tear things up.
The price is pretty good too. I personally think that’s a good value for what you’re getting.
Best All Mountain Snowboards For Women:
Rossignol Gala Amptek
If you’re looking for an inexpensive snowboard for this season, look no further than the Rossignol Gala Amptek. This definitely isn’t the highest performing board on the list and it’s made more for people just trying snowboarding out or for someone that wants a backup board.
It’s not low quality or anything like that. It’s just made for novices and not big air or the steepest trails on the mountain. It’s a helpful learning tool and will give a beginner the confidence they need to stick with the sport.
Some features include:
- AmpTek Auto Turn Rocker is good for all snow conditions and will keep you in control at all times
- Medium flex means you won’t get too sharp of turns and this prevents you from falling all over the place
- Glass fiber laminates ensure this product will last season after season
- ABS Sidewalls add durability too
I mentioned this is an inexpensive piece of equipment. It’s too cheap for any skilled rider but, like I said, the Gala isn’t for skilled riders. This is a good price to pay for anyone new to snowboarding. If you go out and you find you don’t like it, it’s price isn’t that big of an investment to lose out on.
If you love it you’ll have a good snowboard you’ll be able to use for a few seasons as you get better and better.
Roxy Ally BT
The last product you saw was made specifically for greenhorns and anyone new to snowboarding. That’s not the case with the Roxy Ally BT. You should have a little skill to ride with this board. You don’t need to be an expert but you should at least be comfortable with blue squares and up.
This is a true all mountain snowboard and you’ll be able to ride any part of the mountain with this strapped to your boots. It’s perfect for people that don’t like to be tied down to just one type of trail or just the park. The Ally is meant for explorers.
You’ll like that it comes with:
- A soft flex means you’ll be just as comfortable on groomed trails as you would in the glades
- Directional twin shape means you can ride through powder with ease
- Kind Hearted Core give this board some pop and liveliness
- Die Cut Base helps in the speed department and doesn’t take a lot of effort to take care of
- Magne Traction takes on all types of snow and allows for good edging on ice
The price is right too. For what you get this product could easily cost double that and still be a good deal. If you decide on this Roxy Snowboard you’ll be happy you did, that’s for sure.
Here we have another piece of equipment that’s tailormade for beginners and people that like to take it easy. Everything about this board gives you more control and prevents you from getting too far outside your comfort zone. You won’t get carves that are too sharp and you won’t be going crazy fast either.
This is exactly what people new to boarding need. A lot of this has to do with the fact it has a very soft flex and this is good for wide carves and turns – a stiff flex means quicker and faster carves.
Some other features include:
- MtnPop Rocker 2.0 which allows you to ride on different snow conditions like groomed, fresh powder and crud
- QuickRip Technology is designed to keep you in control when you’re going both fast and slow
- Pop Core Matrix keeps things lightweight and lively
- Bamboo laminates give you a playful feeling out on slopes
Believe it or not this product actually comes with a limited lifetime warranty which is really unheard of for snowboards. This means for as long as you want or need this board you’ll have it. When you get tired of it you can pass it off to a younger sibling or friend – you can even make some money back by selling it in a few years.
The price isn’t bad either. Not bad for a lifetime of use!
K2 Spot Lite
Like to hit up the park and test your limits on some rails or get some air? The K2 Spot Lite has you covered here. Do you also have a need for speed and like to bomb groomed trails? You’re covered. Like to venture off the beaten path and surf knee deep powder. The Spot Lite works well here too.
This product is a dream for a versatile snowboarder and is perfect for people that like to vary things up through out the day. Everything about this board is made for performance and that’s because it comes with a:
- W2 core that’s very strong and does a good job reducing weight
- Olie Bar is made from carbon, kevlar and urethane layers which give you good pressing power and the ability to pop
- Carbon fiber laminates keep things lightweight and gives you more power
- Hybritech Sidewalls allows for tight carves and does this without sacrificing performance
- 4000 sintered base ensures you’ll fulfill your desire to go fast
- Stiff flex gives you easy transfer of energy and helps when you’re really pushing things
Because this is a performance board you need a little bit of talent to handle it. You don’t need to be a big air specialists or a racer to purchase but I’d say at least a solid intermediate.
This is another product that’s fairly priced too. If you’re looking to be your best this season, I wouldn’t hesitate to pay that.
Rossginol Tesla Amptek
If you’re a high performer and are looking for a board to really help you push things on the slopes this year you should probably look elsewhere. The Rossignol Tesla is best suited for beginners and people that like to take things slow.
This is the type of snowboard that allows you take slow and wide turns and won’t make things too quick. This will drive an advanced rider insane and it will be a godsend to a novice – it’ll prevent you from catching an edge and doing a face plant into the snow.
Some features you’ll like include:
- AmpTek Auto Turn Rocker tackles all snow conditions including hard packed snow and fresh powder
- True Twin shape means you can ride switch and helps when you’re learning in the park
- Wood core adds a little durability to this product
- ABS sidewalls make the edges wear and tear resistant
- Medium flex gives you versatility and ensures you can hit up different parts of the mountain
This product won’t break the bank either. This is an excellent price for a beginner board; it’s not too high but it’s not too low where it’s going to be low quality either.
Bataleon Push Up
The Bataleon Push Up excels in two places – groomed trails when you’re trying to see how fast you can go and the backcountry when you’re riding through some fresh powder.
If you love the park or want to start learning how to handle jumps and rails, I would go with a different board. The Push UP does alright in freestyle but it doesn’t excel there the way other snowboards on this list do.
If on trail and off trail is where you’ll be spending the majority of your time, you’ll enjoy that it has:
- Freestyle 3BT makes this product responsive and helps when you’re facing deep powder
- Reactor core gives you a leg up in the performance department and adds a bit of durability
- Basalt laminates keep this board from cracking and improves the overall strength
- Solid Sidewalls takes off some weight
Most beginners wouldn’t start off in the untamed backcountry so it makes sense this board isn’t suited for this group of snowboarders. The Push Up is good for powder riders and these women tend to be at least strong intermediates, if not advanced.
Again, the price isn’t a detriment. If you’re into off trail riding I would definitely consider this product.
The Salomon Lotus shouldn’t be worn by anyone that’s accomplished or a very competent rider. If the idea of riding on green circles and blue squares exclusively sounds boring to you, then I would look for another board.
The Lotus is a beginners delight and is a product that provides a good amount of stability – this is needed for people learning to carve and how to snowboard. It helps here because of the Flow Out Camber profile which keeps you upright and not on your face.
Some features a novice will like include:
- A soft flex makes this product easy to control and ensures your turns won’t be too sharp and overwhelming
- Aspen core provides a good amount of durability and prevents breaking/cracking
- Lightweight laminates keeps this board playful and adds a bit of responsiveness
- Extruded base doesn’t require a lot of up keep which is good for someone just starting out
- 2 year warranty shows this snowboard is quality and will last
Like most of the equipment on this list it comes at a fair price. You don’t want to start of boarding on a really low quality and cheap snowboard – this will make it really hard to get better.
The Lotus is a great snowboard to get your basic skills down with.
The Ride Saturday is for the woman that likes to divide her time in the park and the slopes. This is what most boarders are looking for and it does a good job in both spots. It has the flex and twin shape that’s handy when coming off rails and jumps as well as Twin Hybrid Rocker that edges well on groomed trails.
It honestly does a good job in the trees and fresh powder too, it just excels in the other two spots. Some other aspects that make this product quality is the:
- Performance Core that blends aspen, bamboo and Paulownia woods to make a lightweight and strong piece of equipment
- Fusion 1500 Bases that holds onto wax longer and this improves your performance out there
- Linear carbon gives you playfulness and improves your ollie game
- True twin shape means you can ride backwards or forwards
You do have to be pretty advanced to have fun with the Saturday. You shouldn’t even really buy this product if you’re a regular intermediate and in my opinion you should be at least a strong intermediate and up.
Because this snowboard is such quality it’s going to cost a little extra but nothing too crazy. Top of the line performance will always be more expensive and the Saturday is top of the line.
Roxy XOXO BT+
Last on the list is the Roxy XOXO BT+ and this board is high quality. One thing I like about the XOXO is the fact almost any skill level can enjoy it. You can be anywhere from a beginner to pretty advanced and have fun with this product.
The only group I would say shouldn’t purchase are expert level snowboarders. These people will need more performance than this piece of equipment offers.
Some awesome features include:
- BT+ rocker means you’ll feel comfortable on trail, off trail and even in the powder
- Kind Hearted Core is very soft and this makes this product very forgiving
- Silky Smooth Bio Fiber is lightweight and eats up vibrations for less chatter
- Soft flex which is good for beginners and will keep these snowboarders in control
You can find cheaper snowboards than the XOXO but you might not get the same quality. The price is pretty good for what you’re getting.
If you’re looking to venture onto all parts of the mountain this year, I would strongly consider this product. You’ll like what it offers especially after you try it out for yourself.
Don’t Hit The Slopes With Low Quality Gear
If you’ve spent enough time snowboarding you’ll have your good days and bad days. For me personally, my bad days usually came when my equipment wasn’t working right.
In order to have your best day out there you’re going to need a good snowboard and no matter your skill level or budget there’s a product on this list that’ll work perfectly for you.
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. You can search around the snowboard section up top for more tips and gear reviews.
Are you ready to hit the mountain with your new snowboard?