If you're thinking of buying a new snowboard in 2012 and you've been using the same board for the past few years, you may be surprised by some of the innovations in the market. Across all prices, the weight and quality of snowboards have improved, meaning you should feel especially light and nimble on your feet when you hit the runs. What's more, a high quality board this season doesn't have to break the bank. These are some of the best snowboards on the market for 2012.
This high end women's board from Vermont brand Burton sells at REI for only $530. The board comes in a great yellow and orange combination and has a bit more torsional softness for easier stabilizing with its low weight. This one uses the Flying V technology for a mixture of camber and rocker. This should lead to a superb ability to float on powder without losing the power to push. The board also uses the Channel M6 system for adjustably.
This up and coming snowboard maker has this board out for the 2012 season, and it sells for just $430 at Backcountry. Designed for beginners and experts alike, the board has moderate flex, easy steering and a relaxed reverse camber. The board has a twin shape with identical nose and tail shape that's designed for freestyle riding, with Round Edge Tapered Tuning and Trojan Rubber 2.0 dampening strips to reduce chatter.
You can pick up this high end board from REI for $895. The board is designed for backcountry skiers and has a rockered nose with a pointed tail to boost float and control. You'll find the full Mojo-RX splitboard system has a lightweight feel with 130mm tractor skins and stainless steel tips. This Viole board also uses the Universal Puck system that lets you adjust your stance width.