Top 15 Powder Boards for 2022

Ben Beddow –  March 1st, 2022

Best Powder Snowboards

The powder board market has grown significantly over the past decade and there are two major contributing factors for this:

  • Improvements in knowledge and snowboard shaping
  • Powder is so much more fun on a powder board!

This last point is subjective but the vast majority of snowboarders out there will agree with this point. Powder boards are specialized boards, aimed at intermediate and advanced riders. This means that they’re on the higher end of the snowboarding price range; look to pay $500 – $800 for a new powder board.

With that all said, we’ve lined up 15 of the best powder boards of 2021-2022 for you right here.

two snowboarders coming down hill, sharply turning and spraying powder.

Top 15 Powder Boards

Jones Mind Expander

Price: $600
Flex: Medium
Shape: Hybrid Directional
Profile: Surf Rocker
Sizes: 146cm, 150cm, 154cm, 158cm, 162cm, 166cm
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The Jones Mind Expander features a 3D contoured, spoon shaped nose, that was designed in collaboration with world renown surf shaper Chris Christenson. This shape gives the nose more surface area and, with its deep setback stance, offers superior float in even the deepest of powder. A medium flex and a rocker profile help to create an all-mountain board that is excellently suited to freestyle and aggressive, charging freeriders.

Tight side cuts make this board a quick turner, and it’s directional design adds to its aggressiveness. Whilst it turns well and has a good edge hold on packed powder, the Jones Mind Expander is not the greatest board on uneven terrain, but it does have a good edge hold on groomers. A sintered base means that this board is quick, and takes to wax exceptionally well.

Pros:

  • Fantastic in deep powder
  • Excellent all over the mountain
  • Aggressive yet also playful
  • Also offer a woman’s version

Cons:

  • Not the greatest over uneven terrain

Rossignol Sushi

Price: $500
Flex: Medium
Shape: Tapered Directional (Fish Tail)
Profile: Amptek Elite (Progressive Camber)
Sizes: 144cm
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As a directional, fish tail, all-mountain powder board the Rossignol Sushi finds its home all over the mountain. A setback stance, coupled with a tapered, directional design with a fish tail cutout brings this board up above the deep powder.

A blended sidecut profile provides low speed, responsive maneuverability and enhanced high speed stability. this same features means that once a turn is initiated the board wants to turn very quickly. This board carves excellently on groomers, and its on-piste performance matches its powder performance.

Pros:

  • Excellent in powder
  • Great at carving
  • Responsive edge-to-edge riding

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work great in icy conditions
  • Once size might not suit people of all weights

CAPiTA Spring Break Slush Slasher

Price: $420
Flex: Medium/Soft
Shape: Directional
Profile: Camber (Party Profile)
Sizes: 139cm, 143cm, 147cm, 151cm
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This short board is designed as a hybrid board to excel in both the powder and the park, allowing it crossover when its more specialized counterparts can’t. The playful design of this board makes it great for jibs and transfers in the park. Whilst this board does work as an all mountain board, because it has a lengthy effective edge, more aggressive rider won’t like its flex and its lack of stability at high speeds.

An elongated, kinked, and flat kick nose help the Spring Break Slush Slasher float to the top of powder when outside the park and a flat camber mid-section of the board provides good pop in the park and helps with float out of it. A surf rocker tail helps to boost the ride up out of the powder whilst also improving the carving experience for the rider.

Pros:

  • Hybrid park/powder board
  • Great in the park, great in powder
  • Fun board in almost all conditions
  • Nice pop in the park
  • Flexible enough to be forgiving of errors in the park

Cons:

  • Not stable at high speeds
  • Not built for the in-between i.e. groomers
  • Sizes not available for the weightier and taller amongst us

Salomon HPS – Wolle Nyvelt

Price: $650
Flex: Stiff
Shape: Tapered Directional
Profile: Backseat Camber
Sizes: 157cm
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This short board is designed as a hybrid board to excel in both the powder and the park, allowing it crossover when its more specialized counterparts can’t. The playful design of this board makes it great for jibs and transfers in the park. Whilst this board does work as an all mountain board, because it has a lengthy effective edge, more aggressive rider won’t like its flex and its lack of stability at high speeds.

An elongated, kinked, and flat kick nose help the Spring Break Slush Slasher float to the top of powder when outside the park and a flat camber mid-section of the board provides good pop in the park and helps with float out of it. A surf rocker tail helps to boost the ride up out of the powder whilst also improving the carving experience for the rider.

Pros:

  • One size fits many
  • Wide, tapered shape for superior float
  • Great for aggressive riders

Cons:

  • Only one size
  • Really only built for really deep powder days
  • Not a great groomer carver

Salomon Pillow Talk (Women’s)

Price: $450
Flex: Medium
Shape: Tapered Twin
Profile: Rock Out Camber
Sizes: 145cm, 151cm
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The Salomon Pillow Talk has an elongated nose that tapers to the tail and helps it float through the powder fields. This all-mountain powder board features Salomon’s Rock Out camber profile -flat between the bindings, camber under foot, and rocker on the tips- that enhances the natural pop of the board, giving the Pillow Talk great pop and energy whilst riding.

This board is great in almost all conditions around the mountain, but loses stability and control when it hits uneven terrain. When out of powder and on groomers it is great at high speeds and has an excellent and trustable edge hold.

Pros:

  • Excellent float in powder
  • Great edge hold
  • Great natural pop and energy

Cons:

  • Unstable in uneven terrain

GNU Free Spirit (Women’s)

Price: $550
Flex: Medium/Stiff
Shape: Tapered Directional
Profile: Camber Dominant
Sizes: 143cm, 148cm
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GNU’s Free Spirit snowboard is an all-mountain directional board, slightly wider in the nose than the tail, that provides effortless float above the powder. It is wider than typical snowboards of this length, meaning that most riders should find that one of these two options fits them very well.

The GNU Free Spirit women’s snowboard absorbs landings for those that want to hucking big cliffs in the powder and it can navigate uneven terrain exceptionally well. Its Magne-Traction® edge also gives it an excellent edge hold on icy terrain. It does slightly under perform on groomers, preferring to be off piste or in the backcountry.

Pros:

  • Wider profile and set back stance give great float in powder
  • Excellent at absorbing uneven terrain
  • Good at absorbing big landing
  • Magne-Traction® edge technology gives it excellent grip in icy conditions

Cons:

  • Not exceptional on groomers
  • Only two sizes

Chimera Shop Rat

Price: $975
Flex: Medium/Stiff
Shape: Tapered Directional
Profile: Hybrid Camber
Sizes: 155cm
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The Chimera Shop Rat is a freeride, directional board that is designed to float in the deepest of powder, with a nose that is longer and wider than its tail. It also features a cutout in the tail that helps the tail sink and the nose float out of the powder. The hybrid camber featuring: an early rise nose, micro backfoot camber, and a flat base between the bindings; helps to elevate the board’s float in powder.

A tail that is longer than many other powder boards helps to increase the pop and the stability of this board, however its stability at high speed isn’t the greatest. This board has been designed with trips through the park in mind, but its performance is quite average on groomers and it is best suited to the extremes of powder and park.

Pros:

  • Excellent float in powder
  • Designed with the park in mind
  • Great pop-ability

Cons:

  • Not great through uneven terrain
  • Could be better on groomers
  • Only one size

Cardiff Powgoda

Price: $750
Flex: Medium/Stiff
Shape: FREEPOW (Tapered Directional)
Profile: HALFcamber™
Sizes: 152cm, 155cm, 158cm, 162cm
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The Cardiff Powgoda features a setback stance, and a taper between its spoon-shaped nose and its tail, meaning that it floats itself above the powder. A half camber between the front foot and the tail, coupled with a long rocker nose and rocker on the tail help increase float and glide to the top of the powder.

The edge radius of this board is designed to match the shape of its camber and provide seamless edge transitions, quick turn initiation, and a great groomer ride. This all mountain freeride board is a decent carver that holds well over rough terrain whilst also providing a good level of pop to the rider.

Pros:

  • Great float in powder
  • Performs very well on groomers
  • Good pop

Cons:

  • Nothing to Note

YES. 420 PH

Price: $700
Flex: Medium/Stiff
Shape: Directional
Profile: Powderhull Camber
Sizes: 154cm
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The YES. 420 features a unique powderhull in the nose and tail that adds extra surface area and makes it next to impossible to get the nose under the snow. The powderhull shape also pulls air under the board and results in lift and float in even the deepest of powder. The powderhull in the tail features an exaggerated rocker which causes the tail to drop into the snow, further lifting the nose up.

With a longer effective edge than its sister, the YES. 420, the YES. 420 PH has a better grip on those hard packed groomers but it is still so powder focused that the ride out of powder is missing something in the all-mountain department that some of its competitors have.

Whilst it is only available in one size the YES. 420 PH works for a wider range of rider sizes and weights than one might expect. A very lightweight core, called weightless by YES., helps to give this board float, and increase its “floaty” feel.

Pros:

  • Unsinkable in powder
  • Floats like a dream on top of the powder
  • Great for aggressive riders

Cons:

  • A one trick pony, powder only
  • Only one size

Cardiff Swell

Price: $700
Flex: Medium/Stiff
Shape: Tapered Directional
Profile: HALFcamber™
Sizes: 156cm, 160cm, 164cm
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The Cardiff Swell is designed for big-mountain riding, preferably in powder. A wide nose, tapering down to a thinner tail, along with a setback stance, provides superb float-ability in powder. The nose has a “snow surfer” design which also has a positive effect on the board’s float-ability.

A half camber, from the tail to the beginning of the elongated nose helps to enhance the boards maneuverability and edge control, and a gradual rocker profile from these points out to the tips enhance how well it floats in powder.

A Wingpin tail increases the effective edge of the board, making transferring from one edge to another very easy. The profile of this board is set up for tighter carving and its profile is designed around the edge itself. This results in this board loving to take tight carves, and holding incredibly well on hard pack snow.

Pros:

  • Great in powder
  • Excellent at carving
  • Superb edge-to-edge transitions

Cons:

  • Not a great edge hold in icy conditions

Weston Japow

Price: $600
Flex: Medium/Stiff
Shape: Tapered Directional (Swallow Tail)
Profile: Directional camber
Sizes: 154cm, 159cm, 164cm, 169cm
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The Weston Japow is a directional, all-mountain powder board, that also loves to charge groomers, and will be enjoyed by big mountain freeriders. The setback stance, with a slight camber between the feet and rocker into the nose make for excellent float-ability in powder. The deep cut of the swallow tail also helps to sink the back foot, making for an even more effortless float in powder.

The swallow tail is reinforced with carbon, which provides added pop when needed and also enhances the boards stability on groomers, increasing its stability at higher speeds. A bamboo and poplar core only adds to this pop and stability, and it is very good across uneven terrain.

Pros:

  • Effortless float-ability in powder
  • Fantastic groomer carver
  • Stable at higher speeds
  • Very good across uneven terrain

Cons:

  • Nothing to mention

Korua Dart

Price: $550
Flex: Medium
Shape: Tapered Directional (Swallow Tail)
Profile: Directional camber
Sizes: 140cm, 152cm, 156cm, 160cm, 164cm
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The large swallow tail on this board makes the tail sink and when combined with the nose rocker that helps to lift the nose out of the snow this board floats on top of the powder in an effortless nature. The setback stance and wider nose also help this board to rise above the snow in deep powdery conditions.

A camber profile between the feet helps to give the rider both grip and stability for confidence at speeds. This board is a great carver, allowing the rider to really lay into long drawn out carves, as well as shorter, snappier ones. It has a great edge hold, giving the rider further confidence to lean deep into their carves.

Pros:

  • Float like a dream in powder
  • Phenomenal carver
  • Stable at high speed
  • Really good edge hold

Cons:

  • Nothing to mention

Never Summer Swift

Price: $650
Flex: Medium/Stiff
Shape: Tapered Directional
Profile: Fusion Rocker Camber
Sizes: 157cm, 162cm
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This all-mountain, directional board enjoys life on-piste just as much as it does off-piste. The tapered shape, along with the setback stance and the mid-wide size, means that this board drives onto the top of the powder.

A heavy amount of dampening gives this board great stability both over uneven terrain and at high speed. Despite this it still has a surprising amount of pop and is very snappy underfoot. The deep, back foot camber, rocker profile between the feet, and camber under the front foot allow you to exit a turn quickly but also allows the rider to confidently make large, banking carves.

Pros:

  • Fantastic float on-top of powder
  • Great for short and snappy as well as long and deep carves
  • Excellent at higher speeds
  • Absorbs rough terrain really well

Cons:

  • Isn’t the greatest on icy snow

Bataleon Party Wave

Price: $550
Flex: Soft/Medium
Shape: Ultra-Wide Directional
Profile: Camber
Sizes: 145cm, 148cm, 151cm, 154cm, 157cm
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The Bataleon Party Wave is an ultra-wide board that is designed to be ridden 5-10cm shorter than your regular ride, and is aimed at park and powder riders. Because of the way it is designed it takes a while to get used to and is not recommended for those who only spend a few days on the mountain every season. This board is set back, and features Freeride 3BT™ and Sidekick™ shaping in the nose and tail, which, essentially, help the ultra-wide board float excellently in powder, whilst also allowing it to move nimbly from edge-to-edge, like a much slimmer board.

It has a 100% poplar core which gives it a playful pop. It is quite a soft board, making it forgiving for any errors made in the park, but its softness also means that it is not too stable at high speeds, and sometimes struggles to hold an edge in choppy terrain and at higher speeds.

Pros:

  • Really good in powder
  • Forgiving in the park
  • Great pop and is playful all over the mountain

Cons:

  • Big learning curve for this board
  • Not stable at high speeds