Best For: Easy riding.
The Test: Don't let the name scare you off. The Death is the most rider-friendly board here and was barely edged out by the Landlord for this year's Gear of the Year honors. The flat tail and camber between the bindings created colossal pop for easy ollies, while slight taper (five millimeters) from tip to tail made for quick but forgiving turns. One veteran tester listed its strengths: "All-mountain sicky stick—drop rocks, jump fat kickers, butter boxes, carve corduroy!" Translation: the Death delivers in the park, the trees, and the powder. And you'll like it. A lot.
The Verdict: Embrace Death!