Our 2017 Gear Guide is out now and includes the best snowboards, boots, bindings and beyond that are the top picks for this winter season. You can find all the info located here or navigate to each category by clicking below.
No other publication puts on such a diverse and detailed test of snowboarding gear or reaches as wide an audience. Our Gear Guide is packed with the top product picks for 2017 and the online version is ready to view. Our goal is to educate our readers and simplify the buying experience, because we know you worked for that cash, and the last thing you want is to see those dollars go to waste.
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. Gloves were shredded and boards were broken, boots packed out and 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.
Park decks, all-mountain boards, powder sticks, and splitboards, boots, bindings, goggles, gloves, helmets, tech gear, and even kids’ gear—over 500 products were tested. Style is critical and considered, but in the end function won over fashion when battling elements and mountainous terrain. That’s why we enlist so many riders from different regions to test new gear—to beat it up and rate it.
Last year’s world-renowned Good Wood snowboard test was our 18th annual, and we decided to switch things up a bit. Instead of testing park and all-mountain boards at one location over a two-week period like we have in years past, we traveled to Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow, Vermont, for our park board test, then to Aspen Mountain, Colorado, for our all-mountain board test. We put over 100 boards through a rigorous, standardized test and left with the top men’s and women’s boards for each category, including Bang For Your Buck boards—the best performing boards at the lowest prices.
In addition to Good Wood, we spent a week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, testing powder boards in over 40 inches of fluff. In Crested Butte, Colorado, we spent a week touring splitboards, boots, bindings, and backcountry accessories in variable conditions: pow, slush, corn, and crust. We even hosted our first kids’ gear test in a little place called Aspen.
And no, we don’t give all positive feedback. Even the best gear tested can be improved in one way or another, and we call out those shortcomings so manufacturers can use the criticism constructively and continue to provide you with the gear you need to enjoy snowboarding. After all, that’s what this is all about.
We’ve also included our Product Showroom, where top brands highlight some of their favorite gear for the year.
Help us celebrate our 30th year of sharing stoke with the world. Dive into a copy of the Gear Guide and pick it apart to see what the hype is for this season. Flakes will be falling in the Northern Hemisphere before we know it.