Public Snowboards Research Review 

Snowboard Tested and Rider Specs:

  • Research 2024-2025
  • Research Size: 160 (waist width 25.7 cm)
  • Sidecut: 7.6
  • Bindings: Union Falcor (Large)
  • Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV size 11
  • Stance: approximately 22.5″
  • Rider Height: 5’11″
  • Rider Weight: 195

Conditions/Terrain Tested: Groomers, park

Features from Public

  • Mountain Alert Camber
  • Poplar Light Core
  • Carbon Stringers
  • Urethane Sidewalls
  • Sintered Base
  • Flex: Medium

Review:

Founded in 2016 by pro rider, Joe Sexton, Public Snowboards is a relatively new company that focuses on creating versatile snowboards at an affordable price point. Their snowboards are known for their simple designs, high-quality materials, and focus on rider experience. In talking with Joe Sexton, one thing that really stood out is that he is committed to keeping the prices low on his line of boards. The Research retails at $530, the rest of the Public line is all under $500.

I recently had the opportunity to test out the Public Snowboards Research snowboard at the Interlude Snow Show, and I must say, it exceeded all my expectations. From its sleek design to its exceptional performance on the slopes, this snowboard truly stands out from the crowd. Unfortunately, the conditions were not ideal and I was only able to get the board out on groomed runs. But, I have full confidence this board would be amazing in powder, with its directional shape and ample taper it would float well. 

The Research snowboard delivers great stability and control, allowing for smooth turns and excellent maneuverability. It only took a few turns to feel comfortable on the Research.The Research features a Carbon V, tip to tail carbon stringers and a Poplar Light Core.  The responsive camber profile provided excellent edge hold carving down groomed runs. The carbon stringers allow great torsional flex, making the board snap in and out of turns. The medium flex combined with the carbon stringers offers just the right amount of pop for jumps and tricks. The Research felt very stable on jumps but playful enough for presses and butters.

The Research snowboard is incredibly versatile. Its twin shape and centered stance make it ideal for freestyle riding. Riding switch was effortless as well. The sintered base provides excellent speed and durability, ensuring a smooth glide over various snow conditions. It handled exceptionally well on the groomers, was quick edge to edge, and I would expect it to be a great all mountain board that does well in powder as well. 

Overall:

I highly recommend the Public Snowboards Research snowboard to any snowboarder looking for a high-performance board that delivers both style and substance that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, this board will elevate your riding experience to new heights.

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Playful and poppy
  • Versatile

Cons:

  • Limited sizes (154, 157, 160, 160W)
Price:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Design:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Overall:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

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