Snowboard Life’s Top 25 Board Test 2000 Sims Daytona

Forward-thinking in more ways than one, the Daytona bears the features of a race-bred freerider. Design innovations applied from Sims’ ground-breaking Alpine boards-like a stiffer nose and medium-flex tail-make this model the choice for all-mountain ass-kickin’.

The High Pressure Diagram (HPD) of the Daytona is Sims’ most aggressive flex pattern, built with “accomplished” riders in mind. Although it’s a directionally shaped board, the Daytona is meant to be ridden farther forward-with the bindings set more toward the nose-than other directionals. This allows the rider to load up the front of the board at the start of a turn and maintain a centered position during the turn’s finish.

Kevin called the tracking “great,” saying that the Daytona “felt solid under the feet and ruled open all-mountain terrain.” Kurt pointed out that the board shines on firm snow-“Go fast,” he says. This board is “damp and stiff. Smoothly predictable.”

Like most stiffer boards, the Daytona doesn’t have to weigh in wet. Testers agreed that it’s not the board for freestyle, park, and pipe, but reserved for hard-charging.

For riders whose nicknames include the word “speed,” or who race boardercross. Set the bindings back when the snow gets deep.