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The stoic tones and ethereal aesthetic of an organic veneer will never go out of style. From a practical standpoint no other material in history has come close to being as adaptable, durable, economical, ecological and rider friendly as wood. Whether stained or unenhanced, utilitarian or ornamental, tip to tail or strategically infused; these 11 log jams will help answer the question “wood you?” and provide more than enough reason for riders to go with the grain this winter. - Pat Bridges

P: Mike Yoshida

Salomon Sick Stick

The board that brought tapered tails from the sidecountry to the forefront of go anywhere, do anything freeriding is back once again, only this year’s model includes camber making it more stable and versatile than ever. While many brands have regurgitated the Sick Stick silhouette, none have been able to replicate its low weight or limber ways. Perhaps the secret to the Sick Stick’s allure lies in the composite cork it incorporates into its sidewalls. All we know is that when it is puking snow you can never go wrong with a Sick Stick. salomonsnowboards.com MSRP:$599.00

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For their new Dynaweave Fiberglass Configuration, featured within the layup of the new Charlie Slasher, Capita turned to the maritime industry in order to enhance performance while trimming weight. Those seeking a model capable of ascending as well as it descends will be stoked on the Dual Species ABS strip that enables the Charlie Slasher to be sliced into a highly functional splitboard without sacrificing strength. capitasnowboarding.com MSRP: $439.95

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No brand is as rooted in the world of wood as Arbor and their limited edition Heritage Series Westmark with a palisander topsheet is a testament to this. Though capable of laying tracks on any terrain the flathead end points and rocker chassis makes the Westmark especially adept at performing in the park. arborcollective.com MSRP:$549.95

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While the name may invoke idea’s of the past, K2 believes their BC Shaping Philosophy is the future of off-piste performance. In boards like K2’s women’s specific Wild Heart the BC Shaping Philosophy and Tweekend Technology intend to elongate the blend points to create a more rider-friendly, catch free feel that is forgiving in folly. In targeting the female freerider the Wild Heart benefits from K2’s volume shift initiative that makes efficient use of a boards surface area a priority. In practice this means decreasing superlative length and increasing width underfoot. k2snowboarding.com MSRP:$499.95

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Whitegold Shaka

Developed by Bataleon, Triple Base Technology is perhaps best used to tackle untracked terrain. With the Whitegold Shaka the 3BT enhances float up front like the hull of a boat while still facilitating sink towards the tail. Triangularly placed carbon stringers in the Shaka’s tip and tail add stability to the deck where you want it allowing the rest of the ride to hang loose. bataleon.com MSRP: $730.00

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The Fresh Deck topsheet found on their Supernatant model is a nod to DC’s skateboarding pedigree. Building upon the idea that nothing beats the crisp snap of a new skate DC has designed their Fresh Deck topsheet laminates to mimic this sensation via a proprietary approach to the use of natural veneers. Below the surface the paulownia and poplar core makes the Supernatant a stable powder tuned platform enabling freeriders to rise above the fray. dcshoes.com/snow MSRP:$499.00

P: Mike Yoshida

Flow Darwin

It was in 1837 that Charles Darwin first recorded the idea that all beings stem from a single common ancestor. To illustrate this thesis Darwin sketched a tree. In addition to the obvious influence surfing has had on this deck the Darwin is equipped with Kush-Control Technology which incorporates urethane, a staple ingredient of skate wheels, into the sidewall, base and topsheet to create a damp, dependable and dare we say, “dope” board that will be a natural selection for every deep snow quiver. flow.com MSRP:$599.99

P: Mike Yoshida

Jones Hovercraft

Pulp purists may chide SNOWBOARDER for including a Hovercraft in this roundup of wood adorned options, but trust us when we say we’re not trying to bamboozle anyone. Though technically a “grass” bamboo has supplemented the role of wood in a host of board building applications from the core to the topsheet, with the latter being it’s primary purpose on the award-winning Hovercraft. Magne-traction, directional rocker and weight saving wrap-tip construction are but a few of the Hovercraft’s features that make this deck Jeremy Jones’ personal daily driver. jonessnowboards.com MSRP: $499.00

P: Mike Yoshida

Matt Cummins released his first Lib Tech signature model a quarter of a century ago, yet it wasn’t until the release of the Rad Rick a few years later that the legacy of his pro model canon was cemented. Nostalgic types looking to take a ride down memory lane will be stoked on the MC Pro Kink 25th Anniversary Freestyle Model while the fundaMENTAL MC Nootka C3 BTX is the board for more contemporary tastes. With 7 points of magne-traction on each edge, a bio-bean topsheet and C3BTX Camber Dominant Banana the Nootka is sure to keep riders “Cummins” back for another 25 years. lib-tech.com MSRP:$559.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Nitro Pyro

The OG asym, Nitro’s Pyro, rose from the ashes three years ago to once again light up the slopes. The logic that ignites the Pyro is obvious. The bio-mechanics at play with a sideways stance as inherent to snowboarding dictates that symmetry of shape defies logic. With the Pyro Nitro has developed a deeper heelside sidecut than its toeside counterpart enabling a more anatomically correct connection between board and user. nitrousa.com MSRP:$499.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Rome Brigade

Stumped on which new stick you should get? Well, whether you are a first track fiend or a park lap ringer you’ll be loggin’ footage in no time with a Rome Brigade. Subtle to the eye, but easily noticeable on snow is Rome’s No Hang-Ups Rocker 2.0 that now has a more pronounced 3D Continuous Curvilinear rocker to create catch free contact points and bolster pop. Combine this tech with Bambooster stringers and a dual zone wood matrix and this becomes one Brigade that is light and ready to charge. romesnowboards.com MSRP:$379.99