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Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

91

2017

Patagonia PowSlayer Bib Review

The Patagonia PowSlayer Bib is ideal for deep inbound powder days and touring on cold days in the backcountry.

Stio Environ Bib Review

89

2017

Stio Environ Bib Review

The Stio Environ bib is a durable inbounds, back- and side-country freeride bib for colder days in the resort and backcountry. It’s also versatile enough for touring on colder spring days or when the weather is variable.

Arc’teryx Stinger Bib Review

88

2017

Arc’teryx Stinger Bib Review

Good for the backcountry and hard-charging inbounds days, the Arc’teryx Stinger bib takes a minimalist slant.

Mammut Alvier HS Bib Review

86

2017

Mammut Alvier HS Bib Review

 The versatile Mammut Alvier HS works on cold powder days as well as on spring touring days.

Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review

87

2017

Outdoor Research Skyward Bib Review

The Skyward bib by Outdoor Research is a versatile, breathable ski bib option.

Uvex p2us WL

93

2017

Uvex p2us WL

The Uvex p2us WL is a lightweight helmet that provides comfort and security with easy-to-use features in a bright color scheme.

POC Auric Cut

89

2017

POC Auric Cut

The POC Auric Cut is a comfortable helmet with a unique, multi-vent system and wind-proof ear pads.

Giro Stellar

87

2017

Giro Stellar

The Giro Stellar MIPS is a lightweight helmet that uses a two-piece outer shell construction to ensure the most comfortable, secure fit.

Pret Lyric X

86

2017

Pret Lyric X

The Pret Lyric X is an extremely lightweight helmet that provides comfort and security with easy-to-use features, all at a low price point.

Bolle Millennium

83

2017

Bolle Millennium

The Bolle Millennium is ski and snowboard helmet that uses a hybrid shell to ensure maximum impact protection at a lower weight and price point.

Now O-Drive

96

2017

Now O-Drive

Now's O Drive is a top of the line binding that outperforms most bindings but is also expensive.

Union Contact Pro

92

2017

Union Contact Pro

The Union Contact Pro is an affordable, lightweight, high-performance binding.

Ride Rodeo

85

2017

Ride Rodeo

The Ride Rodeo is for the all mountain freestyle rider who wants more flex in his bindings and some signature style when it comes to the aesthetic of his binders. 

K2 Hurrithane

84

2017

K2 Hurrithane

The K2 Hurrithane is a reasonably priced snowboard binding—the least expensive we tested—with a unique look that’s great for freeriders looking for a softer binding.

Ride The ‘92 Boots

93

2017

Ride The ‘92 Boots

Ride’s The ‘92 Boot is an innovative all-mountain boot that looks like no other and is a great performer. 

Vans Infuse

90

2017

Vans Infuse

The Infuse is the top of the line all mountain boot from Vans that’s both versatile and high tech. 

K2 Ender

89

2017

K2 Ender

The K2 Ender is an all-mountain freestyle boot with a retro aesthetic and modern technology. 

Arbor Clovis

92

2017

Arbor Clovis

The Arbor Clovis is built for serious riders who like going fast and taking chances.

Lib Tech Attack Banana

91

2017

Lib Tech Attack Banana

The Lib Tech Attack Banana is a versatile board being fun for the park and and ripping fast lines.

Franco Batwing II

91

2017

Franco Batwing II

The Batwing II is a custom board for snowboarders that ride a lot of powder as well as typical all mountain terrain.

Rome Blur

89

2017

Rome Blur

The Rome Blur is a new board for those who prefer natural features and making big turns on and off-piste.

K2 Bottle Rocket

88

2017

K2 Bottle Rocket

The Bottle Rocket is a new board from K2 that’s on the softer side of the all-mountain spectrum with a freestyle deck for easy and surfy turns. 

Ride Machete GT

89

2017

Ride Machete GT

The Ride Machete GT is a redesigned all mountain ripper for riders who also put in significant time at the terrain park.

Roxy Torah Bright XC2 BTX

89

2016

Roxy Torah Bright XC2 BTX

A playful, yet aggressive, camber rocker all mountain board designed by Olympic Gold Medalist Torah Bright. 

Jones Airheart

90

2016

Jones Airheart

The Airheart is Jones Snowboards answer to traditional camber, but with an innovative design for maximum responsiveness and precision.

Gnu B-Pro – 20th Anniversary Edition

92

2016

Gnu B-Pro – 20th Anniversary Edition

The 20th Anniversary Edition of the Gnu B-Pro is an aggressive, yet playful, hybrid camber/rocker snowboard designed by snowboarding pioneer Barrett Christy.

Burton Family Tree High Spirits

88

2016

Burton Family Tree High Spirits

The Burton High Spirits is a directional camber board with rocker in the nose designed for freeriding and powder slashing.

Burton Feelgood Flying V

87

2016

Burton Feelgood Flying V

The Burton Feeelgod Flying V is a lively and playful snowboard built for all-mountain riding and is ideal for intermediate riders looking for a fun ride. 

Arbor Swoon Camber

86

2016

Arbor Swoon Camber

The Arbor Swoon Camber is a stiff all-mountain board designed for intermediate to advanced riders. 

Jones Snowboards Women’s Flagship

94

2016

Jones Snowboards Women’s Flagship

The Jones Women’s Flagship is a stiff big mountain board with a hybrid camber/rocker profile designed for advanced snowboarders.

K2 Haven Snowboard Boots

84

2016

K2 Haven Snowboard Boots

With a single Boa coiler lace, plush cuffs and medium flex, the K2 Haven is a low-frills, women’s snowboard boot for easy, playful riding all over the mountain.

Burton Ritual Snowboard Boots

78

2016

Burton Ritual Snowboard Boots

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.

Ride Hera Snowboard Boots

87

2016

Ride Hera Snowboard Boots

The women’s Ride Hera snowboard boot is a medium-flex boot with BOA coiler laces and a precise, performance fit to handle everything from big mountain riding to laps in the park.

Vans Implant

78

2016

Vans Implant

The Vans Implant is for the rider who wants a nice blend of time-tested technology and a boot that doesn’t look like it’s from outer space.

Ride Lasso

80

2016

Ride Lasso

A confident boot for all mountain riding, the Lasso can do a little bit of everything, but best for powerful riders. 

K2 Maysis

86

2016

K2 Maysis

K2 claims the Maysis is the “Best Selling Boa Boot”. If it is, it may be because it feels good from the get go.

Burton Photon Boa

88

2016

Burton Photon Boa

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. 

Ride Berzerker

84

2016

Ride Berzerker

The Ride Berzerker is a directional all mountain, mid-width snowboard that underwent a massive overhaul for 2016 with a new shape and softer flex. 

Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket

89

2016

Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket

The Lib Tech Mayhem Rocket is a directional powder board designed by legendary surf shaper Matt Biolos that’s also capable of shredding corduroy. 

Burton Custom 20th Anniversary

85

2016

Burton Custom 20th Anniversary

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.

Gnu Zoid

92

2016

Gnu Zoid

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.

Winterstick Seth Wescott

91

2016

Winterstick Seth Wescott

Seth Wescott’s pro model by Winterstick is a power-carving mach machine with an aggressive taper and tons of float in powder.

Weston Big Chief

89

2016

Weston Big Chief

The Big Chief from Weston is a splitboard better suited for going down than going up.

Cold Smoke Voodoo

93

2016

Cold Smoke Voodoo

The Voodoo from Cold Smoke is a powder hound that slices through variable terrain on your way to the good stash.

K2 Contour Boa Snowboard Boots

87

2015

K2 Contour Boa Snowboard Boots

The top pick of pro snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, these highly responsive all-mountain and freeride boots ride just as slick and smooth as they look.

DC Mora Snowboard Boots

82

2015

DC Mora Snowboard Boots

The Mora is a flexy, well-cushioned boot with the versatility to handle everything from pow to park.

Burton Felix Boa Snowboard Boots

93

2015

Burton Felix Boa Snowboard Boots

A high-end, all-mountain performance boot, the Felix boot may well be the most comfortable snowboard boot you’ll ever put on your foot.

Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L

85

2014

Lowe Alpine Mountain Attack 35L

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. 

Marmot Backcountry 32L

89

2014

Marmot Backcountry 32L

The Marmot Backcountry 32L improved on a classic design. Everything about the Marmot Backcountry 32L was worthy except the helmet carry sling. 

The North Face Slackpack 20L

80

2014

The North Face Slackpack 20L

The North Face Slackpack 20L is made to fill a role in a quiver, not to satisfy multiple needs. 

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