Shred Cred Awards: Best Snowboards for 2016

Introducing the Best Snowboards for 2016

capita_charlie_slasher_2016-snowboardSEATTLE—September 4th 2015 —Board Insiders (www.boardinsiders.com) today announced the winners of the annual Shred Cred Awards. In spite of record-low snowfall, the Board Insiders team returned to Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood, Oregon. To balance the sub-optimal conditions, the test team rallied Board Insiders’ biggest park board shoot-out ever. Except then, it snowed—a lot. Thankfully, the park received its much needed refill.

The crew tested 2015-2016 snowboards from 18 brands and the complete list of award winners can be found below. As one of the top scores at 98 Shred Cred, it’s worth noting that the 2016 Lib Tech Box Scratcher is still an amazing short jib stick that can shred the entire mountain. If you are looking for all around park stand outs, the Arbor Draft, K2 Happy Hour, Salomon Villain, and Capita Defenders of Awesome will not disappoint. For anyone interested in soft, butter sticks, try the 2016 Burton Name Dropper, Venture Zelix, and Rossignol Trickstick. For big air, check out the Rome Mod or Slash Spectrum. For female park shredders, top ranked are the GNU B-Pro, Capita Birds of a Feather, and Arbor Cadence.

Every snowboard tested receives a Shred Cred score from 1 to 100 based on performance. The difference between the Shred Cred testing and other tests is that our team rides each snowboard for as long as it takes to get to know the snowboard. On average, a rider will devote an entire day, not just a couple runs, to testing one snowboard. We also try to produce a video for each board tested. This keeps the process transparent. Only snowboards scoring 90 or above are eligible for Shred Cred Awards. The Board Insiders team is comprised of real, everyday snowboarders who vary in type of riding and ability. Look for Shred Cred Award badges at local retailers and online later this year.

Shred Cred Review Videos are already available HERE. Board Insiders produces hundreds of videos every year. In addition to the Shred Cred Review Videos, visit www.boardinsiders.com or the Board Insiders YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/boardinsiders now for Behind-the-Scenes Factory Tours, Manufacturer Line Overviews, Carpet Flex Tests, and First Impression Review Previews.

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The following are the 2016 Shred Cred Awards (Best Snowboards for 2016):

Gold, 95 or above

2016-shred-95-goldCAPiTA C Slasher (100)
Lib Tech Box Scratcher (99)
Arbor Cadence (98)
Capita Defenders of Awesome (98)
Salomon Villain (98)
Arbor Draft (97)
GNU BPro (97)
K2 Happy Hour (97)
Niche Knew (97)
Slash Spectrum (97)
CAPiTA Birds of a Feather (96)
Flow Chill (96)
Never Summer Funslinger (96)
Ride OMG (96)
Burton Name Dropper (95)
CAPiTA Outsiders (95)
Never Summer Onyx (95)
Niche Minx (95)
Ride Kink (95)
Rossignol RocknRolla (95)
Salomon Salomonder (95)

Silver, 90 or above

2016-shred-90-silverCAPiTA Horrorscope (94)
GNU Smart Pickle (94)
Rossignol Jibsaw (94)
Rossignol One Magtek (94)
Rossignol Trickstick (94)
Burton Custom Twin (93)
Endeavor Guerilla (93)
Endeavor Vice (93)
Rossignol Diva (93)
CAPiTA Space Metal Fantasy (92)
Flow Verve (92)
K2 WWW (92)
Ride Crook (92)
Venture Zelix (92)
Endeavor Live Series (91)
Ride Burnout (91)
Rossignol Retox (91)

A special thank you to Timberline Lodge for hosting the Board Insiders team earlier this year. Thanks also to our supporters including 686, Mt. Hood 26, Vie Industries, Coal, GoPro, Choad Cheese Snowboard Wax, Holden, Pow, Mt. Hood Riders, Waxd Laces, and the many volunteers that make snowboard reviewing possible.

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