Until I rode my first powder board, I never realized how much better it was riding the right board for the right conditions. I always assumed that powder boards were for the hardcore, constantly hiking backcountry riders, or those who had bags of money for heli trips.
I was able to but a Salomon Sick Stick the first year they came out (2008), and it blew me away. While my friends had burning back legs, were tomahawking and flipping on the first real powder day, the Sick Stick was able to cruise everywhere, float with no problem and make the pow days even more fun.
In general, powder boards are larger, are directionally shaped, with a big nose for float and a medium flex. A set back stance helps keep the nose above the snow and helps your legs last the day.
Salomon Sick Stick
My favorite, because I have ridden it the most. Great float in powder, handles very well on groomers/cat tracks and is light with a good amount of flex. If you can get it on special, it is well worth it. Read more
A solid choice for those with Burton EST bindings, the Fish has an S-Rocker profile, fish tail and is set back 2 inches. Read more
Capita Charlie Slasher
The Charlie Slasher has a setback stance, tapered sidecut and a directional shape. An interesting note is that it has an ABS insert down the middle of the board, so it is sealed and ready to go it you are motivated enough to turn it into a splitboard. Read more
Yes Pick your line
CamRock hybrid profile, slightly setback stance and a fast sintered base means you can shred through pow easily, but still land switch without flipping due to the shape. Read more
The Hovercraft has a long rockered nose, but with camber underfoot and magnetraction give you control wherever you ride it. Read more
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