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The 10 Best Directional Snowboards of 2024

By: Landon Harmon: Data Specialist | October 7, 2023


Directional snowboards, revered for their unique design that emphasizes front-end performance, have long been a favorite among riders who crave precision and stability on their descents. These boards, characterized by a larger nose and a tapered tail, are engineered for optimal performance when ridden primarily in one direction. Perfect for carving, cruising groomed runs, or tackling powder, their design promotes effortless control and fluidity. As snowboarding continues to evolve, so do the tools of the trade. The latest trends in directional snowboards showcase the industry's commitment to merging traditional design with cutting-edge technology, ensuring every ride is both an adventure and an art form.

New This Year:

2024 introduces fresh contenders in the realm of directional snowboards, tailored for those who prioritize precision in forward riding. Two standout additions, the Lib Tech Lost Ripper and the Hovercraft 2.0, are capturing the attention of riders everywhere. The Lost Ripper brings its own flair to the table, combining innovative surf design elements with performance characteristics tailored for specific terrains. On the other hand, the Hovercraft 2.0 promises a distinctive experience, with its hull shaping setting new standards for directional snowboarding. As riders ponder their next board selection and the advantages of different shapes, the chance to choose a differently shaped snowboard becomes increasingly appealing. Both these models epitomize the industry's dedication to innovation, catering to diverse preferences in the world of directional snowboarding.

Lib Tech Dynamo C3 Snowboard 2024

Lib Tech Dynamo C3

Kinetic energy just waiting to be unleashed, the Lib Tech Dynamo C3 Snowboard has the juice to get loose. With a stiffer flex mated to aggressive C3 camber, this one is definitely on the hard-charging end of the spectrum – look elsewhere if you're content to just kind of ride around, this board is hyper-focused and capable of some seriously supernova moves. Find this board under the feet of your local's hardest rippers, those riders who always seem to get to the zone first and when it's best. Join their ranks and hold on tight.

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Ride Warpig Snowboard 2024

Ride Warpig

At this point, the Ride Warpig Snowboard is the stuff of legend. A card carrying member of the volume shifted revolution, the war-mongering hog sports a sturdy directional shape, a super wide platform, and a nimble dual-radius sidecut, delivering all mountain capability with a signature playful personality like few other boards can. The Warpig is one of the best all-arounders on the market, and it's high time you found out what all the fuss is about.

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CAPiTA Kazu Kokubo Pro Snowboard 2024

CAPiTA Kazu Kokubo Pro

Harness the power of Kazu and hold on tight. The CAPiTA Kazu Kokubo Pro Snowboard isn't for the wishy or the washy. This is a board for advanced riders who are looking to push it in on the largest of the large. Whether punching your shoulder into impossibly steep spines, spinning off drops into sniper landings, or just plain straightlining down the gut of an unnamed chute, this is a board dedicated to getting buck in the backcountry. With all the right dimensions for deep snow freestyling, you'll be on the edge of what you're capable of pulling off. Ride the white dragon!

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Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper C3 Snowboard 2024

Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper C3

Put your ear to the shell and hear the sweet musical story of Lib Tech and Mayhem. The Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper C3 Snowboard is the essence of California, where one doesn't have to choose between the mountains and the ocean. Decades of designing and refining surfboards informed this cruisy board and led to the ultimate trench-laying, nose-deflecting, tail-sinking, harmonious-feeling rig. It might as well have evolved from our watery bag-like sea creature ancestors and crawled to its new home in the snowy mountains while retaining its vestigial sea organs.

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Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber Snowboard 2024

Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber

Unleash your freeride potential with the Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber Snowboard, a high-performance deck designed by legend Bryan Iguchi. Offering powerful camber for precision turns, stability, and explosive pop, this board rides with supreme confidence in all conditions. With years of high level riding and industry knowledge under his belt, Iguchi brings class and performance to all his boards: get on one today and experience the thrill for yourself.

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GNU Barrett C3 Snowboard - Women's 2024

GNU Barrett C3 - Women's

If Michelangelo designed freeride snowboards, his notebook would probably be filled with sketches of the GNU Barrett C3 Snowboard. This board is freeride perfection, with an aggressive C3 profile, directional shape, and firm flex delivering a fast, stable ride and scalpel-like precision. If you're pushing the boundaries in committing terrain, the Barrett has exactly what you need.

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Jones Hovercraft 2.0 Snowboard 2024

Jones Hovercraft 2.0

The Jones Hovercraft 2.0 Snowboard is an updated take on Jones' much loved freeride board, featuring 3D tech and eco-conscious recycled materials. Its floaty nose, compact tail, and directional rocker keep the nimble stability you love from the original with even faster turn initiation and glide thanks to a12mm spoon bevel in the nose and speed-boosting 3D hull in the tail. Available in unisex sizes for riders of every shape and size, the Jones Hovercraft 2.0 Snowboard is an inclusive ripper that busts crud and slashes pow.

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Nitro Drop Snowboard - Women's 2024

Nitro Drop - Women's

The Nitro Drop Snowboard is an all-mountain ride that gets it done under any circumstances. With a smooth riding Cam-Out profile that blends tons of pop with easy handling and intuitive turn initiation, the Drop makes you riding come alive. Powerlite Core, a super fast Sintered Speed Formula HD base, and Nitro's classic directional twin shape round out the package.

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Salomon Dancehaul Snowboard 2024

Salomon Dancehaul

The Salomon Dancehaul Snowboard is a unisex board made to adapt to every riding style. It features a tapered directional shape with extra width for maximum float in deep snow and agility in all snow conditions. Rock Out Camber and a Popster Core with Ghost Basalt Stringers provide snappy ollies and soft landings, making this board perfect for park riding, powder laps, and everything in between.

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Nitro Dropout Snowboard 2024

Nitro Dropout

Designed as a more affordable, more directional version of the Squash, the Nitro Dropout Snowboard is versatile and easy to master in any snow conditions. The Dropout's "6" flex and Cam-Out profile make it easy to initiate and hard to hook, while Power Pods in the binding area give the board excellent edge hold on firmer snow.

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The Selection Process:

Our snowboard buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things snowobarding stemming from years of experience in the snowboard industry in tandem with their countless hours spent on slopes everywhere from groomers to the remote backcountry around the world. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Landon Harmon

Hey there! My name’s Landon Harmon, and I’m a Data Specialist at evo who assists our buyers for snowboards and snow accessories. I’m originally from Bellingham WA and had the privilege of growing up riding at Mt. Baker. I couldn’t get enough and taught snowboarding up there for 7 seasons, after which I moved to Seattle in 2015. I started working at evo that year in Customer Care and avoided the crowds by riding Stevens Pass on weekdays. There I gained more knowledge of the retail side of the industry and had my eyes set on the Merchandising team. I now get to work closely with what we are selling and support two amazing categories in our business. I recently moved to Portland and love getting to explore new mountains and take advantage of the longer season that Mt. Hood offers.