Members of the AASI Snowboard Team – who have already been test-riding some of next season’s new gear – are stoked to offer what they see as the top trends in snowboard design, and how they might work to your benefit.
Brennan Metzler: Snowboard brands continue to embrace directional shapes this year, with major players offering multiple boards in the directional twin or full directional variety. The ‘return of the turn’ as a cool thing has pushed carving shapes and profiles back in the spotlight, which means there are more traditional camber construction models with directional shapes that promote a fun turning performance.
Tony Macri: Even if companies aren’t making directional boards, they are putting different ends on their twin shape boards, so you can easily see which end is the nose and which is the tail. This is another element in the growth of carving becoming cool again.
Amy Gan: With what the guys said, there are also fun shapes popping up in women’s lines. I have noticed there are more choices to match your style, which is super exciting. A few years ago, it seemed there was only one board for each camber profile. Not anymore!
Eric Rolls: Companies continue to come up with creative shapes for the nose and tail. Some change the way the board performs, but others seem to be for aesthetics. Freestyle-type maneuvers are often mixed in with laid out carves, demanding more performance-based designs that riders can use for rebound and edge control at higher speeds. Uphill travel using split boards is also still on the rise and seems to be a great way to get some cardio and break away from the holiday crowds at resorts.
Nick Alfieri: The continued move back towards traditional camber in many boards means there is a greater range of options for the rider who is seeking more aggressive performance on the hill.