Inside the Issue: TransWorld SNOWboarding 2017 Gear Guide

Our cover features Keegan Valaika blasting the mother of all slashes, accompanied by some perfect lighting, in Switzerland. Photo: Dominic Zimmermann
Snowboarding isn't a team sport, but it's more fun with friends. Stale, Alek, and Len nailed this sequence at their custom build at Hovden while filming for Insight. Photo: Daniel Tengs
Here's a sneak peek at our picks for the top men's freeride bindings for 2017. Pick up the mag to see all the 2017 Tested & Approved winners. Photo: JP Van Swae
If you're looking for response, look no further. These five boots took home top honors. Photo: JP Van Swae
Hate having cold, wet hands? We tested plenty of gloves and mitts in order to bring you the best of the best. Photo: JP Van Swae
We got lucky at this year's Jackson Hole PowWow powder board test and got a few feet of fresh. Perfect conditions to rip these new decks and see what they were capable of. Photo: Seth Beckton
For the first time ever, we've included some gear for the younger rippers out there. Check out what these up and comers were stoked on. Photo: Nick Hamilton
The winners at this year's Riders' Poll awards have their setups on lock. See what gear is strapped to the feet of Mark McMorris, Scott Stevens, Jess Kimura, and more. Photo: Dean Blotto Gray
The most illustrious snowboard test on the planet is back for 2017. See which decks you should spend your hard earned cash on this season. Photo: Jeff Brockmeyer
The ladies took to the park at Mt. Snow, VT to put these jib-sticks to the test. See which decks took home top honors. Photo: Jeff Brockmeyer
The top brands in snowboarding put forth their product highlights for the 2017 season for you to feast upon. This is the best of the best. Photo: Ben Girardi
The latest outerwear, bag, and glove offerings from Dakine are looking super solid. See all this and more in our 2017 Product Showroom.

This issue kicks off our 30th year. TransWorld is the longest-running snowboard magazine in existence, and since 1987, the TWSNOW staff has been traveling the globe in search of turns, testing the latest products along the way. This past year was no exception. In last year’s Gear Guide we introduced Tested + Approved, and since about two days after we sent the files to the press, we have been working on the 2017 edition. Over 500 products were tested on snow over the past year by our staff and extensive testing team.


– Framed
– Bent Metal is Back and Way Better
– Why Understanding Your Gear is More Important Than Ever
– 2017 Tested & Approved Snowboard Gear Reviews
– 2017 Good Wood Snowboard Test
– 2017 Product Showroom
– Wallpaper: Riders’ Poll Winners and their Setups
– & More


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About the 2017 Gear Guide:

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.

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.

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