Best For: Those who want the responsiveness of a traditionally cambered board without the catchiness.
The Test: The same thing that gives cambered boards superior control on hardpack—pronounced contact points near the tip and tail—also makes beginners more liable to catch their downhill edge and slam into the slope. Jones's new freestyle board, the Aviator, defies the stereotype. Where the camber comes in contact with the snow, the edges are beveled, making the board more forgiving without sacrificing performance.
The Verdict: The new camber does take some getting used to, but once testers dialed it in, they were in love with it.