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For a country with such a rich snowboarding heritage, there are only a few of the proud that still hang their hat on making their boards in America. It is a distinguishing factor that has bred a niche market within our industry that has remained strong. Whether the presses live in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Vermont or somewhere in between, brands both large and small have made the commitment to keeping design and production in-house and on this side of the pond. Here are some of our top picks of this year’s American Made sticks. - Pat Harrington

P: Mike Yoshida

Smokin’ Lane Knaack

Lane Knaack is one of snowboarding’s dark horses. He has been in the mix, filming video parts and killing contests for years and he doesn’t seem to stop. Perhaps this is why Smokin’ decided to give Lane another pro model, which is sure to be as much of a dark horse as Mr. Knaack himself. Built in Lake Tahoe, Smokin’ boards are widely known for their sturdy construction and reliability. Lane’s board float below the radar with it’s subtle looks, but is specifically designed for skate-influenced freestyle riding, which is why it comes standard with a TTX hybrid camber. This camber profile puts just enough rocker between the feet to make it feel like your truck are just a smidge on the loose side, but still grippy enough to feel in total control. If you want your riding to do the talking, then this legend’s pro model is the board fo you. smokinsnowboards.com MSRP: $550

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Homewood Nuggets

Hailing from Bradford, Pennsylvania, Homewood snowboards is a small and independent operation that takes pride in their craftsmanship and their resident factory feline. Named after their shop cat, “Nuggets” this board has springy, cat-like reflexes thanks to a healthy dose of camber and a full aspen wood core. The even-keeled, medium flex provides for a great all around freestyle board that will stay together through more than one season of abuse. If you are the type of rider that is looking for a piece of quality gear that isn’t being ridden by everyone else, give the guys at Homewood a call, and strap into a quality piece of American originality. homewoodsnowboards.com MSRP:$450

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Never Summer Funslinger

The Never Summer mountain range in northern Colorado helps to form the continental divide, creating the defining line that separates east from west. It’s this type of divisiveness has inspired Never Summer snowboards to fall on the side quality, domestically-made products that can compete with any company out there. Built in their Denver, Colorado factory, the 2015 Funslinger features a new ‘Boost Flex Core’, which allows for supple presses, big ollies and a lightweight feel, creating one of the most entertaining boards in the line. If you are the type of person that wants the highest quality, Colorado-grown goods, then the Funslinger is a good place to start. neversummer.com MSRP:$510

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Gnu Zoid

We haven’t seen snowboarders get this excited about geometry since they realized they didn’t have to take it in school any longer. Just released from the Gnu laboratory in Washington state, the Zoid makes math fun again by combining Gnu’s famous elliptical camber/rocker profile with a new “asymmetric trapezoidal contact”, synthesizing a new approach to the slopes. Every angle, curve, bump and bend on this board has a purpose and the results are mind blowing. The true asym shape makes will take your heelside carve into a dimension you didn’t know existed and the Aspen/Poplar/Polonia blended core employs the individualized characteristics of these woods to maximize snap, crackle and pop in every turn. Break down your preconceived notions of what a snowboard is supposed to be and start carving out of your mind on the new Zoid gnu.com MSRP: $650