Our staff of amateur and professional riders who are experts in snowboarding gear, put together a top 10 snowboard brands list for 2017 and 2018. Let us know what you think! Here they are in no particular order:
Burton – Burton was built on snowboards, and is the most recognizable brand in the industry. From innovative graphics to cutting-edge technology, Burton delivers the most comprehensive and advanced line-up of best-in class boards. It’s easy to see how Burton makes our top snowboard brands list year after year. Privately held and based in Burlington, Vermont, the company has established itself as a pioneer for groundbreaking products, supporting the world’s best riders including Shaun White, Terje Haakonsen, Mark McMorris, and Kelly Clark. Since 1977 Burton has charged ahead as innovators and changed the way people enjoy the outdoors.
Lib Tech – Lib Tech is the collective energy of 30+ years of board building and riding. Best known for Magne-Traction edges and Banana Technology rocker shape, the Lib Tech snowboard collection represents the very best of what riders dream of experiencing. Each year engineers invent new shapes, flexes, contours, blends, and constructions. Lib Tech snowboards are built in the USA. From start to finish, the board-building process is controlled, using environmentally friendly, sustainable, high tech materials and processes every step of the way.
Arbor – Arbor has been committed to craftsmanship and the environment, in the production of the world’s best snowboarding and skateboarding products for over 20 years. A dedication that hasensured Arbor is synonymous with performance, quality, sustainable materials, and the preservation of the planet. Known for their Power Ply technology, using sustainably sourced wood or bamboo, Arbor continues to match the riding experience, improve performance, and highlight art that reinforces the Arbor story.
CAPiTA – Capita is dedicated to efficiency and sustainability, and their production process is fueled by a company-wide understanding that “Everything Is Possible”. Launched in the Pacific Northwest 16 years ago, this snowboard brand has grown from a tiny movement to one of the front-running snowboard manufacturers on the planet, with creative energy like no other snowboard company. With progressive engineering, Capita snowboards guarantee power and stability through each turn while dominating every modern riding environment. Capita has designed some of the most advanced snowboards available and they are well known for performance in relation to price tag.
Rome SDS – At Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate (Rome SDS) they embrace every rider and every riding style. Since 2001, Rome has helped define the core values of snowboarding counterculture, with their only focus on snowboarding, unlike many other companies who also sell skis. Rome boards such as the Agent and Artifact have gone down in history as being iconic boards, and year after year Rome never fails to disappoint riders with their technical, durable construction and awesome graphics.
Rossignol – As a world leader in snow sports since 1907, Rossignol has been designing and manufacturing equipment for ski and snow lovers for over 100 years. Rossignol’s history can be traced back through dozens of athletes and hundreds of medals. Snowboard production, beginning in 1987, was a seamless and easy transition for this pioneering French company. Access to factories, decades of trial and error, and passionate employees helped grow Rossignol into one of the top ten brands in snowboarding.
Salomon – Salomon has been playing in the French alps since 1947. Their passion for outdoor sports, new technologies, and craftsmanship has driven them to create progressive gear that enables you to freely enjoy and challenge yourself in the great outdoors. With their design and development headquarters in Annecy, France, Salomon Snowboards was founded in 1995, and successfully launched into the industry with their technical board line and simple graphics. Always opting for a heavy roster of riders, this snowboard brand has a strong team of professionals including Louif Paradis, one of snowboarding’s most well-respected jibbers, and rippers such as Bode Merrill and Wolle Nyvelt.
Ride – Created for real snowboarders, by real snowboarders since 1992, Ride Snowboard Company is built upon technical innovation, superior quality and selling the dream. From minimal packaging, biodegradable wax or full swap, die-cut bases all the way to the Membrain® top sheet technology, Ride is highly involved in sustainable production of all gear, trying to keep waste to an absolute minimum. Ride Snowboards is one of the larger snowboard companies manufacturing boards, bindings and technical outerwear.
Gnu – GNU Snowboards are some of the most outrageous snowboards on the market. Weird, open-minded experimentation has always been job one for the designers at GNU. Headquartered in Washington state since 1977, GNU makes extremely progressive boards while also being one of the most environmentally-protective companies in the industry. Best known for pioneering deep, carving sidecuts, Gnu boards are all hand-built by snowboarders, just like they were in the beginning. It’s a passion-driven company, offering top-notch boards with bold graphics designed to conquer any mountain.
Nitro – For 28 years, Nitro has been a family and a collective on a mission to spread the joys of snowboarding to as many people as possible. Founded in Seattle, Washington by true snowboarders Tommy Delago and Sepp Ardelt, Nitro is focused and committed solely to the snowboarding market, and is, to this day, rider owned and operated. Nitro offers a huge range and variety of snowboards, providing riders of all ages and abilities with the right shred stick for any style they are looking for – freestyle, backcountry or all-mountain snowboarding.
Originally published in 2012, updated October 6, 2017