BEST FOR: Aggressive riders who love stiff boards.
THE TEST: Built like a freestyle board—its twin-tip design is ideal for spinning, jumping, and jibbing—but with beefed up durability and firmer flex, the Machete GT won over our six-foot, 200-pound testers. It was enough board for them to press against and still feel supported on uneven steeps. The GT was noticeably snappy and more responsive than past iterations, thanks to a new sidewall construction that has more carbon on the outside edges of the board. Just don’t take it in powder. The centered stance makes it hard to float the nose.
THE VERDICT: Excels on firmer snow. Riders who need a lot of board under them will love hitting features in and out of the park.