The 10 Best Snowboard Brands in the Industry

The top brands in the snowboard industry right now

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Over the years the growth of popularity of snowboarding has resulted in a huge expansion in the number of snowboard brands. This can make it tough for a new rider to figure out which ones truly produce high-quality gear and which are just trying to make a quick buck.

If you're not sure what brands you should be shopping for, these 10 are some of the best snowboard brands with reputations for commitment to quality, innovation, and style.

1. Burton Snowboards

Burton has been in the snowboarding industry since the beginning, and have grown to become far and away the most recognized brand in the sport. The company's commitment to innovation, research, development, and design since 1977 has made riders turn to them again and again for high-quality snowboard gear. Burton makes gear for men, women, and young riders of all skill levels. Their huge selection of boards, boots, bindings, clothing, helmets, and accessories make it easy to shop Burton for all of your snowboard supplies.

2. K2 Snowboarding

K2 is traditionally a ski company and has been making them for over 50 yeas. The company entered the snowboard scene in the early '90s.

Unlike other ski companies that tried to enter the snowboard market, K2 took its experience producing award-winning, top-quality skis and successfully applied it to creating high-quality snowboards. This Seattle-based company continues to build some of the best boards, boots, bindings, and gear in the industry.

3. Ride Snowboards

Ride Snowboards has been building boards more than 19 years have an excellent rep. Snowboarders have high expectations for the company's boards and other gear, and the company doesn't disappoint. Ride and their team of professional snowboarders are always testing and innovating to push the limits of the snowboard technology for the park, backcountry, and on everyday groomers.

Ride Snowboards stands by their motto that their boards and gear are designed "for the people."

4. Rome SDS

The Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate (SDS) started with just three snowboards when it launched in 2001. Since then, the company has expanded dramatically to build boards, boots, bindings, gloves, and other gear. Rome values the opinions and suggestions of everyday riders, and their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has helped them grow into one of the biggest names in the industry.

5. Lib Technologies

Lib Technologies, known by riders as Lib Tech, is known for its innovations in snowboard design. The company's Magne-Traction edges and Banana Technology rocker shape are just a couple of the performance-enhancing improvements they've come up with. Despite their silly names, Lib Tech's design innovations have helped to improve the overall riding experience for snowboarders.

6. Jones Snowboards

Jeremy Jones is one of the world's most famous backcountry riders, and his commitment to snowboarding extends far beyond riding. Jones has dedicated his life to making some of the most high-performance boards in the sport.

Jones's love of the backcountry has translated into of the best-known lines of splitboards in the industry and groundbreaking backcountry gear.

7. Arbor Snowboards

Arbor Snowboards, part of the Arbor Collective, has been building environmentally-conscious snowboards since 1995. The company started with a goal of using as many sustainable products as possible to create their boards without sacrificing overall experience and performance. The company's success has with boards has enabled them to expand into other areas, such as clothing, gear, and even skateboards.

8. Gnu

Gnu snowboards have been handmade in the United States since 1977 and were one of the first major manufacturers. They've maintained a hardcore snowboarding sensibility, never pandering to the sports mainstream fans, which has given the company unparalleled cred among serious riders.

Snowboarding was considered completely outlandish when Mike Olson started constructing his boards by hand, but his passion for riding led to one of the most progressive snowboard companies in the industry.

Gnu is now owned by Mervin Manufacturing, a bigger snowboard manufacturer that allows the company to maintain its old-school hardcore style and make boards that are affordable for all riders.

9. Never Summer Industries

Never Summer came onto the scene early and built and excellent reputation over the years. The company began building snowboards in 1983, and their years of experience have resulted in excellent handmade products. Never Summer is focused on making the durable high-performance boards with extra attention to detail and craftsmanship.

10. CAPiTA Snowboarding

CAPiTA Snowboarding is known for using long-lasting, Earth-friendly materials in their boards. CAPiTA uses 100-percent recycled ABS sidewalls, biodegradable top sheets, and environmentally conscious inks to create boards that are environmentally conscious and high-performance. Top-quality materials, quirky graphics, supreme craftsmanship, and versatility combine to make CAPiTA one of the top snowboard brands in the world.