The Best All-Mountain Snowboards in 2021

Buying a snowboard – there’s no denying that snowboard boots and bindings are important, or that no one should hit the slopes without a ski helmet, but deciding on and buying your ideal snowboard is definitely the biggest decision.

An all-mountain snowboard – the ultimate one quiver solution! Gone are the days of needing at least two boards if you want to enjoy some backcountry powder followed by the jump line through the park. As snowboard technology keeps developing there are some truly exceptional all-mountain snowboards out there that are well equipped to ride just about anything.

We break down the pros and cons of some of the best all-mountain snowboards available.

burton custom flying v snowboard
  • Flex: medium-slow
  • Ability Level: beginner to advanced
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: hybrid rocker
  • Stance: setback – 12.5mm
  • Shape: directional twin
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This relatively soft board not only rides well all over the mountain but is suitable for most riding levels as well. Being on the soft side for all-mountain board means that the Burton Flying V is ideal for anyone looking for a more playful ride: great in the park and it boasts fast, easy turn initiation. Though not the fastest board out there, it feels pretty stable and controllable at higher speeds too. Not only that, but the camber also gives this board a bit of a pop making it super for small to medium jumps, and ollying. The Custom Flying V also handles rough and uneven snow conditions really well.

While classified as a directional twin due to a 12.5mm setback in the stance, the board is designed as a true twin. Switching riding directions feels pretty easy, and if one wanted to set up the board with a centered stance it would be completely two-directional.

This board isn’t designed for aggressive lines and performs notably better in softer snow than in icy conditions. The biggest drawback is the edge-hold, which isn’t ideal for the pipe and icy conditions.

Pros:
  • Easy turn initiation
  • Very versatile
  • Jibs well
  • Very playful, decent pop
Cons:
  • Mediocre edge-hold

Jones Mountain Twin Snowboard

The Best Men’s All-Mountain Snowboard

jones mountain twin snowboard
  • Flex: medium
  • Ability Level: intermediate to advanced
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: hybrid
  • Stance: setback – 20mm
  • Shape: directional twin
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This board may just take the prize for being ‘‘all-mountain’’ in the truest sense: it performs acceptably in pretty well all terrain and conditions. It floats really well in deeper conditions and the leading nose doesn’t sink into powder or slush at all. Relatively fast turn initiation also makes the Jones Mountain well-suited for narrow chutes or weaving through trees. Another plus is the good edge-hold which helps this board ride well in all but the iciest conditions and makes it decent for carving too.

With enough camber to pop on jumps and ollies, and good stability for landings and at high speeds, it is hard to find much to critique about this board. Its biggest weaknesses are jibbing and buttering – while definitely doable, the Jones Mountain isn’t well suited.

The medium flex and faster turn initiation make this board better suited to more experienced riders, not ideal for beginners.

Pros:
  • Performance in all terrain types
  • Handles all snow conditions well
  • Good edge-hold
Cons:
  • Not ideal for jibbing
  • Not ideal for buttering

Salomon Assassin Snowboard

The Best All Mountain Snowboard for Park Performance

salomon assassin snowboard
  • Flex: medium
  • Ability Level: intermediate-advanced
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: hybrid
  • Stance: centered
  • Shape: directional twin
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This board is so much fun: it can handle jumps, ollies and butters with ease while still staying versatile enough for some backcountry fun or faster lines as well. It has a great pop, spins really well and feels stable landing. Switches are also no problem; although this board is directional, riding backwards feels fine.

This directional twin’s nose is 1cm longer than the tail which helps the Assassin handle powder or slushy snow conditions better than most twin boards. Relatively fast turn initiation also makes for great maneuverability in narrow chutes or between trees. It feels stable at higher speeds and can carve decently for an all-mountain board.

Though not ideal, more experienced riders should have no problem skidding or jibbing with this board.

Pros:
  • Good float in powder
  • Excellent for jumps and spins
  • Ideal for small to large jumps
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Not ideal for skidding
  • Not ideal for jibbing

Yes. Standard Snowboard

The Best All Mountain Snowboard for Powder and Off-Piste

yes standard snowboard
  • Flex: medium
  • Ability Level: intermediate to expert
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: hybrid
  • Stance: centered
  • Shape: directional volume twin
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This board features some unique board shaping, it is a directional volume twin, meaning that the nose and tail are the same length but there is more material volume in the nose resulting in a true twin shape with an improved float in powder. It also features ‘‘slam back’’ stance inserts, which align the rider more towards the back of the board for those powder days. It rides well in harder packed conditions as well, with the medium-fast turn initiation making it responsive and maneuverable for narrow passages or between trees.

With 3mm of rocker in the tip and tail as well as 4mm of camber, the Yes Standard had enough pop to be a lot of fun in the park: jumps and spins are a blast and it rides well in both directions. This board even jibs and butters acceptably, which is often a weakness in all-mountain boards.

Though not a board suited to beginners, it is forgiving enough to not feel catchy if you skid a few turns here and there. It may not be the fastest, but it feels stable and handles high speeds well.

Pros:
  • Excellent edge-hold
  • Great powder performance
  • Quite forgiving
  • Good for jumps and spins
Cons:
  • No major weakness here!

Ride Warpig Snowboard

The Best Wide Cut All Mountain Snowboard

ride warpig snowboard
  • Flex: medium
  • Ability Level:
  • Turn Initiation: fast
  • Camber Profile: directional rocker
  • Stance: setback – 7mm
  • Shape: directional
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This highly-maneuverable board has fast turn initiation and allows for playful, nimble riding off-piste or on the groomers with its short turning radius. It handles high speeds decently as well, although the soft tip compromises the turning ability for deep carving and takes away from this board’s otherwise good stability.

Despite being a wider cut board, the Warpig is quite versatile and ideally suited to a playful riding style. All-mountain boards always involve some compromises and jibbing is often one of them – not so with this board, it jibs well and can be pressed without feeling catchy.

Pros:
  • Good float in powder
  • Playful, versatile flex
  • Jibs well
  • Wider cut
Cons:
  • Not ideal for icy or hard pack conditions
  • Mediocre stability at high speeds
  • Mediocre pop

K2 Raygun Snowboard

The Best Budget All Mountain Snowboard

k2 raygun snowboard
  • Flex: medium
  • Ability Level: intermediate to expert
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: flat to rocker
  • Stance: setback – 20mm
  • Shape: directional twin
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If you are looking for a board that can do it all at a low price, then the K2 Raygun should be one of your top considerations. The biggest compromise here is the base material, an extruded base, which doesn’t ride as fast as the sintered bases; however, if high speed isn’t your thing, then this may not actually impact your riding.

While this board can handle some small jumps, it really isn’t suited for it. It can however handle jibs, boxes and rails decently. Likewise, the mediocre edge-hold makes this board less than ideal for the pipe.

The K2 Raygun handles powder particularly well, which is a great characteristic for an all-mountain board. It also rides well in uneven terrain with minimal chatter and decent stability. While it doesn’t perform exceptionally well in all categories, it does fit the all-mountain bill and is versatile enough to spend time in the park, on the groomers or off-piste which makes it an ideal option for the occasional rider on a budget.

Pros:
  • Good float in powder
  • Handles uneven terrain well
Cons:
  • Compromised speed due to base material
  • Not ideal for jumps or the pipe

Capita The Outsiders Snowboard

The Best Aggressive All-Mountain Snowboard

capita the outsiders snowboard
  • Flex: medium-soft
  • Ability Level: Advanced to expert
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: traditional with flat zones
  • Stance: centered
  • Shape: true twin
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This board from Capita borders between being all-mountain and freestyle, yet is still suited to an aggressive riding style. This board is great for powerful turns and carving down groomers but can also handle natural jumps or the occasional trip through the park. The combination of aggressive carving with freestyle features isn’t the most common, so this board’s unique combination of strengths makes a perfect choice – if it fits your riding style.

This board rides well in most snow conditions, it may not be the best on ice – but even there it can hold its own. The relatively fast edge-to-edge make this board inappropriate for beginners or anyone who skids their turns: it is designed for fast, clean corners. This board is faster than average and is stable at high speeds and for jump landings as well.

You will want to skip the jib line with this board, but other than that it is well suited to playful riding. The other major weakness of the Capita The Outsiders is that it doesn’t ride well in powder, which is to be expected given that is a true twin with no rocker.

Pros:
  • Great for carving
  • Quick, controlled edge-to-edge
  • Ideal for aggressive riding style
  • Great stability
Cons:
  • Poor performance in powder
  • Not ideal for jibbing

Never Summer Infinity Snowboard – Women’s

The Best Beginner Women’s Snowboard

never summer infinity snowboard womens
  • Flex: medium-soft
  • Ability Level: beginner to advanced
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: directional rocker
  • Stance: setback – 12.5mm
  • Shape: directional twin
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Here is a great option for a one-board quiver that is best suited to experienced beginners or intermediate riders looking for an easy ride and something they can progress with. This board is medium in terms of edge-to-edge speed, but is also very forgiving with its medium-soft flex, allowing for skidding corners without being at all catchy. The softer flex also contributes to the Never Summer Infinity being able to hand uneven terrain particularly well. Overall it has a looser, ‘surfy’ ride feeling.

This board isn’t for speed demons and probably isn’t an ideal fit for expert riders either. At slower speed though, the maneuverability and response are great. This board is decent for small to medium jumps, spins and jibs making it quite versatile. A great all-rounder option!

Pros:
  • Decent float in powder
  • Very maneuverable at slow speeds
  • Good in uneven terrain
Cons:
  • Unstable at high speeds

Jones Flagship Snowboard – Women’s

The Best All Mountain – Freeride Women’s Snowboard

jones flagship snowboard womens
  • Flex: medium-stiff
  • Ability Level: advanced to expert
  • Turn Initiation: medium-fast
  • Camber Profile: rocker
  • Stance: setback – 20mm
  • Shape: tapered directional
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This directional freeride board is super versatile and performs well in all conditions – especially open terrain and soft snow. To further increase versatility, the Jones Flagship board comes with a ‘Float Pack’ which allows for a further setback stance for those deep powder days. It is quite stiff which makes it well geared to more aggressive riding styles, but manages to be surprisingly forgiving at the same time. Great edge hold makes it good for carving and super stable at high speeds.

The wood core has integrated bamboo which gives it decent pop. Despite the construction, the one drawback is that this board still feels a bit on the heavy side.

With a 33% reduced carbon footprint you can do the environment and yourself a favor. A gem designed for advanced riders!

Pros:
  • Float Pack for setback stance
  • Wood core with integrated bamboo
  • Performs well in deep soft snow
  • Great edge hold
Cons:
  • Feels heavy

Arbor Swoon Rocker Snowboard – Women’s

The Best All Mountain Women’s Snowboard for Park Performance

arbor swoon rocker snowboard womens
  • Flex: medium-soft
  • Ability Level: beginner to expert
  • Turn Initiation: fast
  • Camber Profile: continuous rocker
  • Stance: centered
  • Shape: directional twin
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Here is a board with a lot of pop, making it ideal for the park, hitting natural jumps or generating your own air. The continuous rocker definitely lends itself more to a freestyle approach to the mountain though it compromises stability at higher speeds. Super fun and agile for tight turns, the Swoon isn’t as good at long deep carving as many other hybrid boards. Despite the soft flex, this board has great edge-hold and traction even in hard-packed, bordering on icy conditions.

The Swoon is quite chattery at high speeds, but the flip side is that it handles all sorts of uneven and cruddy terrain with ease: definitely great for adverse or day-end conditions. It can handle almost any terrain and was awesome for jumps, side-hits, jibs, rails and the pipe: this all-mountain board delivers some serious freestyle performance!

Pros:
  • Excellent in uneven terrain
  • Great float for powder and slush
  • Great for short radius turns
  • Great edge-hold
  • Awesome park performance
Cons:
  • Not ideal for deep carving
  • Unstable and chattery at high speeds

What to Consider When Buying an All Mountain Snowboard

An all-mountain snowboard is tasked with being able to do it all: the groomers, off-piste, powder, the park, the pipe, small elements and big jumps! The important thing to note is that no single board can excel in ALL terrain; it is always a balancing act and a question of where to make compromises. Some all-mountain boards really do deliver decent performance all around, while others lean more towards freeride or freestyle riders, but are balanced enough to handle other types of riding too. Make sure that your board’s strengths reflect your riding interests.

Size and Riding Style

It should go without saying that referring to the manufacturers sizing guide is an ideal place to start. If you happen to have especially large feet you will need to consider a wider board so there is no overhang.

You need to know whether you are more interested in a softer, playful, maneuverable board for the park or a longer, stiffer board for speed, powder and landing larger jumps. Most all-mountain boards are somewhere in between, literally making the best of both worlds, but it is still important to make sure that you choose the board that will serve you best.

Camber

There are essentially three types of camber constructions although they are often given different names depending on the manufacturer. A Traditional Camber is the best for edge-hold, overall responsiveness and pop: the board arches slightly in the center and pops back up when pushed down. A Rocker Camber is literally the opposite, which makes it great for butters, presses and playing around. Most all-mountain boards have a Mixed Camber, which is a combination of camber types, often with different zones designed to provide pop and edge-hold while still allowing for a soft, playful flex.

Board Shape

One again, there are three options: directional, twin or a combination of both, directional twin. The directional board is designed to ride better in one direction – definitely the shape of choice for anyone who loves free riding or powder. You can switch with a directional board, but it won’t feel as natural or perform as well compared to its primary direction. Twin boards have an identical nose and tail construction so that with the centered stance, you can ride your board in both directions with equal performance. You guessed it, directional twin boards are a combination, which often features only very minor differences in length, material volume or camber. Directional twin boards are very common for all-mountain designs since they are the most versatile.

Now that you know what you are looking for, put on your goggles, and get ready to rip – all over the mountain!

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