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The 10 Best Directional Snowboards of 2021-2022 - Men's & Women's

Every year, we see a rapid progression in the snowboard industry. New shapes, new technologies, and fresh updates mean that today’s snowboards are lighter, more durable, and better performing than ever. And in no category is this more clear than the ever-popular directional snowboard. This year we’ve seen several particularly exciting directional shapes that float better, charge harder, and crush the whole mountain with more versatility than ever before. Strap in and point it down the fall line; here are our 10 favorite directional snowboards of 2022.


Lib Tech T.Rice Apex Orca

Best 2021-2022 directional snowboards
 
 

The big-mountain weapon of choice for Travis Rice, the T. Rice Apex Orca from Lib Tech is a directional freeride machine, complete with Magne-Traction® edges and a C2X™ rocker profile for superior edge hold and balance whether charging hard on firm snow or slashing powder. This time-tested progressive shape has been slimmed down to featherweight perfection to help you float fresh lines while retaining the precision and stability that makes this deck so fun in all conditions.

If you’re an expert rider looking to tear up the mountain like the legend himself, look no further.

StiffnessRocker Original Price
StiffCamber/Rocker/Camber$999.99

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Salomon Dancehaul Pro

The best 2021-2022 directional snowboards
 
 

Salomon’s Dancehaul Pro has a tapered directional shape that provides the stability and power you need for all-mountain riding. It’s as responsive and versatile as they come, so you can bomb groomers and slash pow to your heart's content, and never worry about swapping out your board. Plus, the Ghost Basalt Stringers provide some serious pop and snap so you can dance your way into the park when the pow is tracked out, and boost side hits deeper than you ever thought was possible.

This is our top choice for directional riders looking for a stiff flex and playful feel that'll make you want to get out and dance through everything the mountain has to offer.

FlexRocker Original Price
StiffRocker/Camber/Rocker$549.95

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Sims Nub JP

The best 2021-2022 directional snowboards
 
 

The Sims Nub JP is a directional freestyle board with a medium flex and traditional camber. This board is made for the rider that lives to play on the mountain, finding terrain park features far from the confines of the park. It comes with a super poppy camber profile, the fastest race base in the biz, and a long nose twin shape that gives it the chops it needs to take on the bigger lines. It’s what snowboarding should be all about: having the most fun possible all across the mountain.

FlexRocker Original Price
MediumCamber$590

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Ride Warpig - Men's & Women's

The best directional snowboards of 2022
 
 

Built for big lines and bigger drops, the Warpig takes the tried and true shape that’s designed to slay anything you can throw at it and adds in a fresh dose of technical sophistication. A directional charger with a medium flex, the Warpig is revamped for this year with Ride’s Slim Walls™ construction method to produce a board that’s light on your feet and heavy on fun. A tapered bi-radial sidecut generates more edge control when you need it most while the Performance™ Core delivers a lively feel underfoot with plenty of pop.

FlexRocker Original Price
MediumRocker/Flat/Rocker$529.95

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Yes. Hybrid UnInc DCP

The best 2021-2022 directional snowboards
 
 

The Hybrid UnInc DCP is a full-on pow slayer that comes alive when the snow is deep. But this soul surfer does more than just deliver the goods on overhead days. Thanks to the unique Tapered UnderBite sidecut, it’s ultra-efficient when charging hard in tight spots as well. It’s fairly stiff, smooth on edge, and turns like a dream across steeps and groomers.

If your interest in directional shapes is driven primarily by a need for powder performance, but you don’t want to compromise on all-mountain versatility either, the Yes. Hybrid UnInce DCP is an easy choice.

FlexRocker Original Price
StiffRocker/Camber/Rocker$549.95

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Bataleon Party Wave

The best 2021-2022 directional snowboards
 
 

Bataleon's Party Wave is a directional board built around one core idea: you want to go float pow, carve hard, and party harder. With the Party Wave, you will have all three of these things in spades. The Party Wave keeps the Camber profile of Bataleon's Camber boards and combines it with their TBT (Triple Base Technology) making it a super maneuverable ride without sacrificing any pop. Pair that with a short and fat shape and a medium flex and you have a premium funtime board for slush slashing, powder pounding, and groomer grazing greatness. It’s a party on ice for riders of almost any riding style or ability level.

FlexRocker Original Price
MediumCamber$449.95

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Jones Stratos

The best 2021-2022 directional snowboard
 
 

The Jones Snowboards Stratos can do it all and is a board we would recommend for any rider looking to expand their repertoire. The Stratos has a medium flex and is designed for all mountain riding with a progressive directional sidecut and 3D contour base. Its lively feel is enhanced by basalt stringers that give the board strength and durability without adding weight. It’s killer in soft snow, a blast on groomers, and even holds its own in the park.

This all-mountain beast is your one-stop shop for premium riding in any conditions.

FlexRocker Original Price
MediumRocker/Camber/Rocker$579.95

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Ride Psychocandy - Men's & Women's

Best 2022 directional snowboards
 
 

Based on the long-beloved Warpig, the Psychocandy brings the same big mountain skillset to a more inclusive size range. It’s everything a good directional board should be: fast, versatile, good in the soft stuff, and powerful on the hard stuff. Much like the big Pig, it’s a volume-shifted shape, meaning its wide waist makes up for a bit of length. So size down slightly, and get ready for more mobility than you thought was possible out of such a burly board. If you’re a smaller rider looking for a surprisingly forgiving big mountain bruiser, this board will have you feeling like a kid in a candy shop. A Psychocandy shop.

FlexRocker Original Price
MediumRocker/Flat/Rocker$519.95

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GNU Gremlin C3

Best 2022 directional snowboards
 
 

The GNU Gremlin is a directional freeride board that combines the best of old and new to create a fun and balanced ride. It uses Mervin’s tried and true combo of a C3 camber profile and Magne-Traction to provide float, nimbleness, and grip. But it spices things up with a new age width and tapered shape. The end result is a lightweight charger that’ll perform for years, adapt to any conditions, and be your go-to board day in, day out.

FlexRocker Original Price
StiffCamber/Rocker/Camber$499.99

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CAPiTA The Equalizer - Women's

Best 2022 directional snowboards
 
 

The CAPiTA Equalizer is a directional, high-performance snowboard built for women. Equipped with this deck, you’ll easily negotiate terrain that once had you stumped. This board has a medium flex for effortless, all-day riding on groomers, while the Technora™ + Flax Boosters help you blast through crud and cut speed wobbles out of chunder. If it’s pow you seek, the P2 Superlight Core drops weight for float in the deep stuff, while the Alpine V1 Profile helps kick up powder in the trees.

The Equalizer is a women’s board that has plenty of men wishing it came in bigger sizes, and there's no question about it that it just plain rips on big lines.

FlexRocker Original Price
MediumRocker/Camber/Rocker$529.95

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