Gear Guide 2017

Our extensive team of testers—some staff, some ex-pro, some amateur, all rippers—spent last season pitting the newest products in the game against one another to determine which would perform best for Winter 2017. Park decks and all-mountain boards were beat up (some even broken), powder sticks surfed through infinite clouds of cold smoke, and splitboards toured until the legs guiding them called it quits. Gloves were shredded, boots packed out, goggles scratched, helmets scuffed, and outerwear torn—all in the name of providing you with a better idea of what you’re looking for when walking into (or logging onto) your favorite snowboard retailer.

In addition to our 18th annual Good Wood board test, which awarded 44 boards with the year’s top honors, we’re proud to showcase our Tested + Approved section in which over 500 products were tested but only a small fraction made the final cut. We’ve also included our Brand Showroom, where top brands highlight some of their favorite gear for the year.

2017 Good Wood

For the 18th year, snowboarders from around the country who we hand selected based on skill and board knowledge joined us for our annual Good Wood snowboard test. In years past, both tests have been conducted at the same location. This time around we mixed things up and traveled to Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow, Vermont, for the park board test, then to Aspen Mountain in Colorado for the all-mountain portion. We sought more specific terrain for each test, even though it meant extra time in planes and not-so-spacious rental cars. This is Good Wood, and we know test results determine where hard-earned cash is spent. Our 30 testers were exhausted at the end of each day, but all were happy to contribute. Most grew up following Good Wood and selecting their own weapons based on test results, so they took pride knowing the extent of their efforts. It’s not easy to choose the perfect board. There are so many widths and camber profiles to choose from, fractional differences in taper and sidecut, and boards with tons of flex but lacking stability or vice versa. Those are just a few aspects of board selection we’ll help you sift through. And to simplify things further, we’ll use minimal technical jargon. No time to decipher all the mumbo jumbo. It’s time to shred.

2017 Tested and Approved

The best snowboarding gear reviews of 2016-2017

Going into winter, we want to know what gear can be trusted when put through the wringer. So we sent the latest developments in snowboarding gear to our team of testers spread across the country. With so many unique features in the lineup and different opinions from each tester—both compliments and complaints—there was plenty worth discussing. Over 500 products were tested and only 117 made the cut. Some gear broke. Other pieces spoke volumes to functionality and durability. So here you have it: the most inclusive, all-encompassing gear test in snowboarding. If it’s in here, it’s been beat up and bent every which way. It’s been tested, and it’s been approved.

2017 Product Showroom

Welcome to the 2016-2017 TransWorld SNOWboarding product showroom, where those behind the creation of snowboarding's newest product offerings put forward their top gear selections. We're showcasing goods from 686, adidas, Airhole, Arbor, Bataleon, Celsius, CAPiTA, D-Day, Dakine, DC, Dragon, Endeavor, Giro, GoPro, Holden, Intuition, K2, Never Summer, Oakley, O'Neill, Patagonia, RIDE, Rome, Roxy, Ruroc, Salomon, Shred Optics, SIMS, Smith, Smokin, Switchback, Under Armour, Union, Vans, Volcom, and VonZipper. Ranging from the latest gloves and goggles to boards, boots, bindings, and more, these are the top offerings for this season.