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Get ready to take on the whole mountain with the best all mountain snowboards for the 2021 season.

Best all mountain snowboards

An all mountain snowboard is the perfect choice if you enjoy doing a little bit of everything, whether it's tearing up the park, seeking out powder or carving on piste.

If you want to get educated on the basics involved in buying a snowboard check out our brief buyer's guide, otherwise here's our pick of the best all mountain options for the 2021 season.

Sims Distortion

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Sims Distortion

 

Sims are back. The legendary snowboard brand, founded by Tom Sims at the tail end of the 1970s, invented many of the features we now consider as standard. Enjoy the grip your metal edges give you, the control you get from a solid highback, or the rounded tails that allow you to ride switch? You can thank Tom Sims for all of those. After those early successes the company ran into trouble a few times, and with the great man’s passing in 2012, it wound down. But new investment, a new team which includes the dreadlocked destroyer, John Jackson, and a new line of boards mean the brand, like Take That, is now back for good. The Distortion, is a rock solid all-rounder, with a true twin shape, and a mid-stiff flex, is our favourite all-mountain board of the year.  

  • Best for Riders who like to do a bit of everything on the mountain. 
  • Verdict Unfussy, and solid, this is a true all-mountain board, with an impeccable pedigree. 
  • Overall rating 9/10
  • RRP £420

 

 

Yes Standard

 

Yes Standard

 

This is consistently the best-selling board in the Yes range, apparently - spend any length of time riding it, and it’s easy to see why. There’s really nothing that the Yes Standard can’t do. Its directional twin shape makes turn initiation easy, but it’s still very easy to ride switch. The ‘CamRock’ profile offers you the best of both worlds, with camber between the bindings and rocker towards the tip and tail. The flex is relatively stiff, but not ridiculous, making this feel snappy and responsive, without making it impossible to butter or press. Great on kickers, in powder and for on the piste.

  • Best for All-rounders with a penchant for the park.
  • Verdict It’s called The Standard - not because it’s average, but beause it sets the standard. 
  • Overall rating 8/10
  • RRP £430

 

 

 

Jones Twin Sister

 

Jones Twin Sister

 

Jones might be best known for their big mountain guns, but this is an out and out all-mountain board. Redesigned for this winter, with a slightly blunter nose and tail shape and a 3D contoured base, this feels better than ever on the pistes, with a vice-like grip on icy snow, and a relatively stiff flex that helps it power through any bumps. The centred stance lets you ride switch easily, but while you can ride the park with this, it’s not really a rail board. Instead, like most Jones boards it’s most at home in the backcountry.  If you want an all-mountain stick with a bit of a powder bias, they don’t come much better.

  • Best for Ripping around the whole mountain.
  • Verdict Pure Jones class packaged up for women who love mixing piste cruising with powder. 
  • Overall rating 8/10
  • RRP £440

 

 

Yes Hello

Best value

Yes Hello

 

Yes’ Hello, a little bit like the Standard board listed earlier on these pages, doesn’t try and dazzle with endless features or flash new tech. Rather, it takes a tried and tested formula and executes it perfectly. A directional twin, with a centred stance and a medium flex, this is great in the park, easy to turn on the piste, and more than capable of holding its own in powder. For a true all-rounder, its relatively inexpensive, too, but there’s nothing it can’t do. If you’re looking for one board to rule them all, check this out. You might find Yes have you at Hello.

  • Best for All-rounders and advanced intermediates who don’t want to break the bank.
  • Verdict If it ain’t broke, why fix it? A tried and tested formula, done better than any of the rest. 
  • Overall rating 9/10
  • RRP £395

 

 

Salomon Dancehaul

 

Salomon Dancehaul

 

A brand new board for the 2020/21 winter season, the Salomon Dancehaul is the brand’s answer to the Ride Warpig, or perhaps even the Lib Tech Orca. It’s got a wider waist width than a regular board, and as such you can ride a slightly shorter length. The advantage of this is that it turns quickly, while still floating impressively well in deep snow. But the Dancehaul is far from just a powder board - with its mid-stiff flex, and centred stance, this handles brilliantly in the park, particularly over kickers. It might not look like it’s easy to ride switch, but this is actually a great all-rounder.  

  • Best for Riders who want to try something new
  • Verdict With its retro, disco styling and killer performance, this is already a firm favourite. 
  • Overall rating 9/10
  • RRP £400

 

 

 

Burton Kilroy 3D

 

Burton Kilroy 3D

 

Burton’s Kilroy range, which includes several boards, is revamped and reworked each season, so there are always fresh ideas being tried out. Last winter, they introduced a 3D base on this, their all-mountain Kilroy offering, hence the name. 
The lifted edges at the nose and tail are not only harder to catch and more forgiving to carve on, they also make rail riding easier and can help rescue sketchy landings. This means the board is brilliant in the park, but the biggest new feature for this year’s Kilroy 3D, a beefed up, freeride nose - means it’s also got chops in powder too. 

  • Best for Powder lines in the morning, park laps in the afternoon.
  • Verdict A perfect halfway point between playful and powerful. Fun all over the mountain. 
  • Overall rating 8/10
  • RRP £430

 

 

Ride Warpig

 

Ride Warpig

 

Ride’s Warpig was one of the first short, fat all-mountain boards released by a major brand, and as such was initially seen as something of a gamble - but it’s a gamble that’s paid off, and some. This is now one of the company’s most popular models, and has spawned a whole series of offshoots, including the Twinpig and the Superpig. As well as its distinctive wider waist, and shorter length, this original boasts a forgiving rocker profile, and a mid-stiff flex which makes it able to handle pretty much anything you’ll throw it at. It’s a quiver of one board that doesn’t look like a quiver of one. 

  • Best for Charging hard, and fast, over all kinds of terrain.
  • Verdict There aren’t many weaknesses in the Warpig’s armour. 
    Fast becoming a classic.
  • Overall rating 8/10
  • RRP £425

 

 

 

Yes Hel Yes

 

Yes Hel Yes

 

The Hel Yes fuses everything that’s great about all-mountain riding into a quiver-of-one snowboard. It’s a slightly aggressive board to ride despite being mid flex, so is best suited to intermediate to advanced riders who will be able to get the best out of it. A CamRock profile places camber between the inserts and a little early rise rocker at the nose and tail - a great blend of control, playfulness and float which is helped with a new addition in 2021, the Slambacks, which allow you to set your stance right back on the board. Super quick edge to edge and stable through chopped up snow, the Yes Hel Yes is a really great board for someone who’s likely to encounter changeable conditions.

  • Best for Not limiting or pidgeonholing your riding 
  • Verdict Blends the best of all-mountain into one board, with very few compromises.
  • Overall rating 9/10
  • RRP £439

 

 

 

West la Hache

 

West La Hache

 

Premium Swiss brand West are back for another year with their bestseller, the La Hache. They’ve stuck to their solid all-mountain principles, with a twin tip design and directional flex for easy switch riding. Camber underfoot allows for good drive through and pop out of the turn. Carbon stringers add to the pop factor and a mid-stiff flex makes for a very stable board in all conditions that is also quick edge to edge. We didn’t experience any washing out no matter how hard we pushed the La Hache or how bad the conditions were, and if you want to slow things down it’s also pretty playful.

  • Best for Those looking for great all-round performance
  • Verdict A solid, stable and capable all-mountain intermediate snowboard.
  • Overall rating 9/10
  • RRP £599

 

 

 

All mountain snowboard buyer's guide

When it comes to choosing the right all mountain board to suit your needs there are a few basic things to keep in mind.......

 

What flex should I go for?

Getting this part right is vital. Generally the stiffer the snowboard the more aggressive your riding style will need to be to get the most out of it, but it will pay you back with speed, control and precision. Softer snowboards tend to be more playful, anything from a 6 flex and below will likely be better for buttering and jibbing and will be more forgiving of lazy riding but won't have the precision and control of a stiffer board and might start to get chattery at speed.

 

Directional, directional twin or twin?

Directional, directional twin or twin are your three main shape options when it comes to snowboards and you'll find all of these in the all mountain category. A directional snowboard usually has a longer nose than tail and a set back stance as well as a varied sidecut down the length, this is designed for great carving and potentially easier float in powder but is going to be less versatile as it essentially prefers going forwards in the direction intended. Freeride orientated all mountain snowboards also use taper - with a wider nose than tail helping the nose float up in powder.

A directional twin will, somewhat confusingly have most of the elements of a twin but one or two things that aren't true twin. Usually they will either have a twin shape but asymetrical flex pattern i.e. stiffer tail than nose OR a directional shape and symetrical flex pattern i.e. the same flex in the nose as the tail. The style of the directional twin will often be dictated by what the snowboard is designed to favour - park or carving and powder.

Brands like Bataleon have also started introducing 99% twins where everything is twin apart from a very slightly longer nose.

 

Rocker, camber or hybrid?

Very few true camber or true rocker boards still exist, with most having some element of hybrid - mixing rocker and camber across the profile of the snowboard. The places that have rocker and those that have camber (and sometimes flat) are tuned by the manufacturer to offer a certain type of ride - whether that's catch free and playful or hard charging and precise. Generally rocker (a convex shape when you look at the snowboard side on) is known for being playful, forgiving and catch free as well as offering massive float in powder. Camber (a concave shape as you look at the snowboard side on) is known for having lots of pop and energy between turns and for jumps, great edge hold for carving and a precise, stable feel.

One of the most versatile and popular profiles for an all mountain snowboard is CamRock which places camber in the middle section of the snowboard for energy and stability and rocker towards the tips for catch free riding and float in the deep stuff.

 

Erm, I'm confused

To be fair, so are we. Snowboard manufacturers are constantly evolving designs and changing the goalposts and buying a snowboard is no longer as simple as deciding between rocker and camber. This makes it ever more important to carefully read the manufacturers description and if at all possible go to a demo day and test some of the snowboards for yourself to see which works for your riding style. 

Learning the differences between shapes and profiles and how they affect the ride is also a great way to understand what kind of snowboard might suit your particular flavour of shred.

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