Snowboard Edge Test – Ice Breakers

Almost every board company advertises that their boards work on firm snow, hard-pack, and ice.  The House Boardshop decided to create a board test, called Ice Breakers, to determine which profile shapes and edge technology actually work on ice.  Who knew if the slalom and stop test would work?  No one.  There was a sense of panic when we realized that this test could be a total flop; all the companies involved could lose a piece of their market credibility, someone could die, and we’d be wasting our time.  What we found out surprised us…


Test Results

If your board’s edges are sharp (90º) it will ride on ice, no matter what edge technology the board has.  The board’s flex and profile shape plays a huge part on how well the edge will hold on ice depending on how fast you go, but over all if you have sharp edges you’ll be able to ride on firm snow, hard-pack and even ice.  Boards with fully detuned edges did no grip on ice very well.  If you are an all mountain rider who keeps your edges sharp, you’ll have an easy time cruising around on any type of conditions, but if you ride a board with fully detuned edges stay in the streets and anywhere that carving is not involved.

Boards Tested


CompanyModelProfile ShapeEdge Technology
ArborCodaTrue RockerGrip Tech
BurtonCustomFlying VFrostbite (Detuned)
BurtonProcessFlying VFrostbite
BurtonSuper HeroFlat TopFrostbite
GnuBilly GoatC2BTXMagne Traction
GnuPark PickleBTXMagne Traction
Lib TechSkate BananaBTXMange Traction (Detuned)
RomePostermaniaRocker CamberQuickrip (Detuned)
RossignolOne Mag-TekAmp-Tek All Mountain RockerMagne Traction



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