Love snowboarding but don't love the premium price tag of some snowboards? We pick out 9 snowboards that balance performance, quality, and durability with great value.
9 of the best Budget snowboards
Salomon Gypsy | £340
BEST FOR Anyone who wants a soft and playful park board for all-mountain play.
Salomon's Gypsy is perfect for beginners who want to get into freestyle and super playful for the more advanced rider as it feels light underfoot.
In design and character, the Gypsy is a true twin, hybrid camber board
Great value, great looking freestyle all-mountain board that’s a joy to ride on groomers as well as in the park.
Burton Deja Vu | £325
BEST FOR Riders who enjoy a relaxed, loose and fun ride.
The Burton Deja Vu is a very interesting ride with its Flying V profile, its playful rocker on the nose, tail, and in the middle, making it extremely flexible.
The board has a lively feel and is great for butters, presses and hitting natural features. Also, the Deja Vu rides well in powder as the nose naturally lifts.
The cost of this loose and playful feel is ineffective carving, feeling slightly wobbly underfoot when riding fast. Having said that, the board handles slow speed well and is forgiving in all situations. It also handles uneven terrain like a boss and is especially good in chopped up snow or crust.
An excellent option for riding powder and delivering ground tricks as a Freestyle jib board where stable edges are less vital.
Gnu Velvet Gnuru | £338
BEST FOR Ambitious recreational riders who want a good value all-rounder.
It is hard to pigeon-hole the Velvet Gnuru as it has both freestyle and all-mountain characteristics, but at its heart it’s still a freestyle board - great for park laps and fun for jibbing. The Gnu Velvet Gnuru loves butters and presses, while the mellow camber lets you cruise the groomers with comfort.
A great all-rounder with both freestyle and all-mountain characteristics that’s great for park laps and fun for jibbing.
Rome SDS Royal l £260
BEST FOR Aggressive, technical, piste-loving riders.
Brand new for 2016-17, the Royal is almost flat all along its length with Rocker at the top and tail as well as ‘QuickRip Sidecut’ technology designed to give quickness and control. Indeed, we found this was an ideal board for piste cruising at any speed.
The Royal has been included with ‘Hot Rod’ technology which is a single glass barrel that Rome claims adds more of a dynamic poppy flex than flat glass fibres, although we didn’t find the Royal to be overly playful and jibby.
Taken slightly off-piste, the board has a reasonable float with the rocker at the top and tail, but is more at home on tracked snow.
Not for lazy riders but if you live and breathe for carving wide and fast then you will love the SDS Royal.
Nitro SMP l £300
BEST FOR Intermediate to advanced mountain charging powder hounds.
Brand new for 2017, The Nitro SMP is a directional cam-out camber board which rides with an old school surf feel to it. As such it floats on powder, loves to charge the mountain and is stable at speed, even on uneven terrain. It will also enjoy the odd park lap but will relish purposeful carving.
Performance won’t suit beginners, and graphics won’t suit the politically correct but this board loves fresh powder.