Pre-dating twin tips and highbacks by over a decade, swallowtails are the only facet of snowboarding equipment that can truly be branded as “timeless.” The desire to drop a board’s tail in pow has never waivered and to that end, the swallowtail has left other design trends in its roost. For 2014, nearly every major manufacturer has taken a cue from Dimitrije Milovich’s original surfboard-inspired Winterstick silhouette and updated the swallowtail for a new generation looking to keep their tip up when laying it down in waist deep.

– Pat Bridges

For more 2014 snowboard gear, pick up the November issue of SNOWBOARDER on newsstands or in digital format.

For more from these brands:
Bataleon Camel Toe –
Nitro Quiver
Spring Break Powder Racer Slush

For more Tech Tuesdays:
2014 Accessories – part 1
2014 Accessories – part 2
2014 Snowboards
2014 Boots and Bindings
2014 Outerwear