Colorado may be known for its overly high college population, but longtime locals and transplants alike appreciate its terrain. We headed to Keystone to test the tastes of some rugged Colorado mountain people, and it didn't surprise us in the least to find the top boards chosen were freeride and all mountain freestyle shapes With mild winter temp's in the mid 20's, resident rippers came out to test the best and rank the new rides accordingly. Interestingly enough, Colorado, a place where camaraderie and local support is high, was the only stop on our radar where a local board company made the list.
– Jenna Klein
COLORADO TOP SNOWBOARDS
"Great control and precision, great construction method, and really nice people at the company"
– Jeff, Otero Cyclery, (Salida, CO)
"This thing charged all over where the mountain I just didnt have the right size for me at the demo so it was a bit stiff"
– Erik, Emagenetwork, (Denver, CO)
"It has a lot of pop! Fun to jib on and has great edge hold all over the mountain. And it rides the steep and deep stuff awesome!"
– Cameron, AMR ski and board, (Breckenridge, CO)
"Best board for soft stuff. Most playful pow board I’ve ever ridden. Tip and Tail are a little too soft for aggressive riding on crud, but best pow freestyle board ever. Landing switch in pow was easy."
– Allen, Christy Sports, (Lakewood, CO)
CAPITA INDOOR SURVIVAL
"It was like a skateboard. Really buttery, but super stable at high speeds. Fun, skate-like, easy to ride."
–Jon, Blindside, (Colorado Springs, CO)
TOP SNOWBOARDS BY REGION
This content was originally published in SNOWBOARDER’s September 2009 issue.