Bring on the big gun. If you spend most of your time in soft snow (lucky you), this is your board. An unusually accentuated lift in the tip, as well as a healthy one in the tail, make it an absolute screamer on thigh-burning powder runs, while a lightly serrated sidecut with multiple contact points holds an edge when dust turns to crust. Plus carbon stringers running outward from the binding area help deliver power right to those edges on hardpack, and shock-absorbing urethane sidewalls damped some of the chatter. Even so, this board prefers the fresher stuff. 161, 164, 168; $700; ridesnowboards.com
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