Here at SNOWBOARDER Magazine, we decided to break the mold of traditional snowboard reviews and embark on a completely unbiased blank snowboard test last winter, called The Blackboard Experiment. We hit up ten brands in snowboarding and asked them to provide us with a snowboard of their choice, but the one caveat was that it had to have a black topsheet and base graphic, so as to keep the anonymity of the brand only between them and us. Then, we partnered with Mammoth Mountain, California because of their hallowed Main Park, a trail that has done more for freestyle snowboarding and terrain park design than almost any other mountain on Earth. We selected 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg to ride the boards and record his experiences, because, one: he didn’t have a board sponsor, and two: Sage is one of the best park riders our sport has ever seen. Last April, Sage made the trek to Mammoth for five days of extreme testing. From sunup to sundown, he was strapped into one of these blank decks and when he wasn’t riding them, he was jotting notes about how they rode on jumps, jibs, tranny and on the trail. The result is the most comprehensive snowboard test that we’ve ever put together. Below, you’ll see exactly what Sage thought of these boards without him knowing what brand made them, so read on and take notes, because he will give you all the info you need, from tip to tail. This is SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s 2016 Blackboard Experiment.

Sage Kotsenburg
Date of Birth: 7.27.93
Height: 5’10"
Weight: 165
Boot Size: 9.5
Stance: goofy
Riding Style: big jumps, slopestyle, all mountain, rails

DC Media Blitz
Sizes: 150, 154, 158
Shape: Twin
Camber: Hybrid
MSRP: $549.99
www.dcshoes.com





Bataleon Fun.Kink
Sizes: 151, 154, 157, 159W, 162W
Shape: Directional Twin
Camber: Triple Base Technology
MSRP: $429.95
www.bataleon.com




Never Summer Proto Type Two
Sizes: 152, 154, 157, 160, 153X, 155X, 158X, 161X, 164X
Shape: Asymmetrical
Camber: Ripsaw Rocker Camber
MSRP: $569.99
www.neversummer.com




Burton Custom Twin
Sizes: 151, 154, 158, 160
Shape: Asym Twin
Camber: Traditional
MSRP: $599.95
www.burton.com




Ride Burnout
Sizes: 149, 155, 158, 160, 154W, 157W, 161W
Shape: Twin
Camber: Hybrid
MSRP: $599.95
www.ridesnowboards.com




Smokin Hooligan
Sizes: 144, 148, 156, 159
Shape: Twin
Camber: Reverse
MSRP: $469.99
www.smokinsnowboards.com




Arbor Westmark
Sizes: 150, 153, 157MW, 159
Shape: Twin
Camber: Camber System
MSRP: $449.99
www.arborcollective.com




Salomon Huck Knife
Sizes: 148, 152, 158, 155W, 158W
Shape: Twin
Camber: Quad Camber
MSRP: $429.00
www.salomonsnowboards.com




CAPiTA Defenders of Awesome
Sizes: 148, 150, 152, 154, 155W, 156, 158, 158W, 160, 161W
Shape: Twin
Camber: Hybrid
MSRP: $419.95
www.capitasnowboarding.com




Lib Tech TRS
Sizes: 148N, 151N, 157, 157MW, 159, 159MW, 162, 165
Shape: Twin
Camber: Hybrid
MSRP: $599.00
www.lib-tech.com





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