The Burton Ritual women’s snowboard boot is a lively, freestyle-focused boot for intermediate to advanced riders—warm, flexy and sporting a unique (updated for 2016) “Speed Zone” dual-rope lacing system.
The Burton Photon Boa is a great all mountain boot. Adjustable in minute increments, they’re great for those who want to dial in fit. And the Vibram soles have good grip and a strong record of durability.
The Burton Custom 20th Anniversary board is the latest iteration of one of the most famous and storied snowboards in history featuring a mash-up of graphics from the last two decades. It’s available with a traditional camber, a hybrid camber that Burton calls “Flying V”, and in a true twin configuration.
The Gnu Zoid is trapezoid-shaped and the heel-side edge of this American-made snowboard is shorter than the toe-side edge to maximize the different biomechanics of a heel-side turn vs. a toe-side turn.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L lacks the organizational features of some of the other packs I tested, but it is a winner for purists who digs a couple of basic pockets instead of a separate pocket for every item.
POC has a great concept with a frame that is medium-sized on your face but fits an oversized lens in a slim frame. The problem is that the lens is so close to the face that it fogs easily and, despite its great clarity, also scratched far too quickly.
A very good goggle that stands out for its versatility in varying conditions. The lenses didn’t fog and provided great optics, and changing lenses was insanely easy. The main drawback was its limited peripheral vision.
The Sonic Alpine is the best box we've seen for when aerodynamics matters most. Very easy to use, smartly designed, and The Sonic Alpine’s 11-inch height precludes it from heavy use outside of toting skis and boards.
The engineering of the Wary 33’s airbag system is best in of this year’s airbags. It’s simple, solid, dependable, and abuse-ready. The backpack itself is a fully-featured, well-organized all-day ski touring pack with a bomber construction.
As the second-lightest and most stripped-down avy pack in our test, the Mammut Light R.A.S. 30 is good option for those seeking to save every ounce they can. In order to save weight, Mammut skimps on a few features many backcountry users might appreciate.
This is a solid showing for K2s first goggle, providing good but unexceptional performance—but a great value. It is a base-model goggle without the features of higher-end models but provides good visibility in a stylish package.
The best thing about this board is its control. It has lightning fast edge-to-edge transitions, an extra-thick damping system which smoothed out most chunky snow, and great stability at top speeds, though it is lackluster in powder.
Less noodly and narrow than past Arbor women's boards, the Poparazzi is ideal for intermediate riders who like to cruise the mellow ungroomed, floss trees, explore steeps, and play in the bumps. Advanced riders felt it lacked the chutzpah to go mach speed.