Behind the Cover : 2016 Gear Guide

Behind the Cover : 2016 Gear Guide Edition

We’re not sure what’s harder to do: getting professional riders to land every trick first try, or trying to convince a real live wolf  with no previous modeling experience to grace our cover. It took a few tries, but the cover model of our 2016 Gear Guide, a seven-year-old black phase timber wolf named Cloud, absolutely crushed it. We tried to capture that feeling you get when you know the season is right around the corner and you’re licking your chops in anticipation of making turns once again. We’re pretty sure she nailed the look. Watch the video to see what went down behind the scenes in order to create the photo, shot by our own Chris Wellhausen.


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About the gear guide:

For our new Gear Guide we flipped the script and tested every piece of gear we featured on snow, extensively. We brought a ton products into the field with us, including nearly 400 snowboards, 50 pairs of bindings, 60 pairs of boots, 40 splitboard setups, almost 30 powder boards, and countless hard and soft good accessories. Then we narrowed them all down to the best of the best.

The snowboards that you'll find on these pages are all winners of our 17th annual Good Wood board test, while the boots, bindings, goggles, helmets, gloves, layers, packs, tech, powder boards and splitboard gear earned our new Tested & Approved award. While the Good Wood test remains the most comprehensive in the industry, we wanted to update it with the new Bang For Your Buck category, which showcases the highest scoring boards for the lowest prices.

To highlight the strengths and shortcomings of each piece of featured gear, we also added a Rad and Bad section. Even though we stand by these products as the best there is in snowboarding this season, everything still has drawbacks that we wanted to you to be aware of before you walked into a shop with your hard-earned money.


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For the rest of the products in our 180-page Guide, there's the Brand Showroom section in the back.

Our goal is to be the gear authority in the snowboarding industry so we can help you make informed buying decisions. We also want to set the standard for snowboard companies making these products as they realize that snowboarders are demanding the highest quality gear, not just the coolest.

By enlisting the dutiful riding services of 25 independent, unbiased testers, we curated their honest, critical feedback to give you the real deal on this year's standout products, how they rode, their ideal rider and terrain.

We think this is our most comprehensive Gear Guide to date. Pick up a copy on newsstands now and get hungry for winter.

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