Best Snowboard Bindings for All-Mountain

Best Snowboard Bindings of 2019-2020

Snowboard Bindings connect your body to your board. They respond to your muscle movements as you ride down the mountain. It’s good to find the Best Snowboard Bindings that fit your riding style to give you a better snowboarding experience.

Here at powderheadz.com, we’ve reviewed the Best Snowboard Bindings available for  every style of riding. Keep in mind however, the Best Snowboarding Bindings are only as good as the Snowboard Boots you have and the Snowboard you’re riding.

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Snowboard Bindings for 2018-2019 down below.

Safe riding!

Best All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings for Men

There are a ton of choices when it comes to All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings. This is a great place to start and get an idea of what you should be looking for in you bindings. All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings are best for any terrain, such as groomed runs, park, and back-country. They will usually have a soft to medium flex, while competitive racing bindings will have a stiffer flex.

Here are what we consider some of the Best All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings:

2020 Burton Genesis

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
FlexMedium
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateRe:Flex™
BucklesDouble Take Buckles
StrapsSupergrip Capstrap™

Burton Genesis Snowboard Bindings is a great all-around binding for all-around snowboarders. The medium flex bindings are lightweight and has a heel-hugging highback. These bindings are a good place to start as a snowboarder.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Union Ultra

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | Channel
FlexMedium
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
BaseplateDuraflex™ CB MD
BucklesMagnesium 2.0
StrapsExoFrame Straps

Union Bindings know how to make a hit. Union Ultra Snowboard Bindings have super cushy baseplates that don’t mess with your board’s flex and the forged carbon highbacks give you great response.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Burton Cartel

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
FlexStiff
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateRe:Flex™
BucklesDouble Take Buckles
StrapsSupergrip Capstrap™

Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings will make your landings soft whether your blasting through moguls or off-piste kickers. They’re super responsive, supportive, and are compatible with all the major mounting systems.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Best Freeride Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Best Snowboard Bindings for Freeriding

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboard Bindings for Men

If you like heading out to the back-country or riding in deep snow, try and seek out some Freeride Snowboard Bindings. You’ll want to find Snowboarding Bindings that have a stiff flex to help you with your turns, but a soft upper portion to keep your shins comfortable during those long, powerful shifts on your heel-side and toe-side edge turns. The stiff flex gives you the stability you need to help control your carving and stopping power.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freeride Snowboard Bindings:

2020 Flux TT Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4
FlexVery Stiff
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateUltima Base
BucklesMicro Ratchet Buckles
StrapsHoneycomb Straps™

Flux TT Snowboard Bindings allows for some insane, balls-to-the wall riding throughout every inch of the mountain. The tall highbacks are made from super tough nylon for stiff response when you need it, but enough flex to forgive you.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Ride El Hefe Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | Channel
FlexStiff
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
BaseplateAluminum Infinity Chassis System
BucklesAstroGlyde™ LT Ratchets
StrapsThinGrip Plus™ Toe Strap

Ride El Hefe Snowboard Bindings are a high class, high-powered binding for the aggressive rider looking to destroy the entire mountain. The aluminum chassis gives you a great balance of both control and comfort.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

2020 K2 Lien AT Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
FlexStiff
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
BaseplateTunable Tripod™ Chassis
BucklesUltra Radchet™
StrapsPrecision™ Ankle Strap

K2 Lien AT Snowboard Bindings come with a tunable Tripod™ Chassis that align with your foot’s geometry and adjustable toe and ankle straps to help you dial in your connection between your snowboard and your feet.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Best Freestyle Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Best Snowboard Bindings for Freestyle

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboard Bindings for Men

For finding the Best Freestyle Snowboard Bindings, you’ll want to find something with a soft amount of flex and cushion. Impact is the name of the game when it comes to freestyle snowboard bindings, so you’ll want to find anything that stresses high shock absorption. You’ll need it for when you land from jumping some major air.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Snowboard Bindings:

2020 Nitro Zero Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4
FlexMedium
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateMini Disc w/ Angle Lock
BucklesAluminum Speedwheel Buckles
StrapsB.E.S.T. Convertible Toe Straps

Nitro Zero Snowboard Bindings have an insane amount of comfort coming from their memory foam ankle straps and their air dampening tech. Their moderate flex and asymmetrical highbacks make a good combination for laying tricks in the park.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Union Force Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
FlexMedium
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateRe:Flex™
BucklesDouble Take Buckles
StrapsSupergrip Capstrap™

Union Force Snowboard Bindings is an intermediate-level binding with pro-level features. They’re a great pair of durable performance-based snowboard bindings that can withstand any trick you can throw at them.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

2020 Ride Rodeo Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | Channel
FlexMedium
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateNew Wedgie™ Footbed
BucklesAstroGlyde™ LT Ratchets
StrapsFlipSide™ Mount Strap

Ride Rodeo Snowboard Bindings have Wedgie™ footbeds that will help you strap-in in a natural, comfortable position and EVA basepads to help absorb impacts. You can ride aggressively in the park with full confidence in these bindings.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Bindings of the 2019-2020 Season. However, there are tons more Snowboarding Bindings out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboard Bindings and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Bindings List? Let us know! E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

How-To: Buy the Best Snowboard Bindings

Snowboard Bindings come with a ton of features, and it can be a bit intimidating while figuring out what kind of Snowboard Binding you should purchase. Strap-in or Rear-Entry? How much Flex? All-Mountain, Freeride, or Freestyle? Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

Let’s get familiar with some of the things you should know before buying the Best Snowboard Bindings out there.

Flex:

Flex is often measured from 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest. Freestyle Snowboard Bindings and All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings usually have a softer flex. They are more forgiving and easier to turn. Soft-flex Snowboard Bindings are great for beginners. Freeride Snowboard Bindings and Powder Snowboard Bindings usually have a stiffer flex. They provide a better power and stability at higher speeds.

Riding Style:

All-Mountain – All-Mountain Riders should choose medium flex for all purpose use.

Freeride – Freeride Snowboard Bindings should have a very stiff flex that will hold up to extreme speeds and quick energy transfers.

Freestyle – Freestyle Snowboard Bindings will have a soft to a very soft flex. The more forgiving flex accounts for rider error and makes landings and grabs easier.

Snowboard Mounting Options:

Snowboard Mounting Options

Binding Baseplates are disks that attach Snowboard Bindings to the Snowboard that allows you to adjust your preferred stance and angle. Most mounting patterns are 2cm by 4cm or 4cm by 4cm. However Burton has two proprietary layouts: A diamond-shaped, 3D Bolt pattern and The Channel system. The Channel system works with any Burton binding and some bindings from other major brands. Before you buy your Snowboard Bindings, make sure the baseplates are compatible to your Snowboard.

Types of Snowboard Bindings:

Strap-in – These are the most common snowboard bindings. The strap bindings allow you to ratchet down to secure your snowboard boots in place. Strap bindings feature multiple adjustment options but manually buckling and unbuckling the straps can be time-consuming when wearing gloves.

Speed Entry – These bindings look similar to strap bindings, but the highbacks are able to recline that allows quick easy boot access. The bindings stabilize your boots with a yoke that applies uniform pressure across the forefoot. However, the bindings are usually heavier than strap-in bindings and have reduced control.

Best Snowboarding Bindings | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Bindings of the 2019-2020 Season. However, there are tons more Snowboarding Bindings out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboard Bindings and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Bindings List? Let us know! E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Best Ski Helmets

Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets for 2019-2020

First things first. Wear a Helmet. The great debate between all Snowboarders is to Helmet or not to Helmet? And this debate gets answered perfectly by one of our very best riders: “I used to think helmets were lame, until I ran into a tree and got a concussion. Concussions are lame; helmets are not.” Below you will find our staff’s current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets for 2019-2020.

It’s important for every Skier and Snowboarder to find the perfect helmet to suit their needs. It’s also important to know that not all helmets are alike. That means, don’t think that a Bike Helmet or a Skateboarding Helmet will suffice. Just like you wouldn’t wear flip flops to a gym, you shouldn’t wear anything other than a ski/snowboarding helmet when you’re on the hill because they have specific features like ear coverage, moisture wicking, and temperature-sensitive materials.

The same rules apply for our Helmets as they do our Snowboarding Goggles in our Top 10 Best Goggles for 2019-2020. We reviewed all of these helmets with comfort, durability, construction quality and design in mind. These are among the best Helmets out there, and anytime something better comes along, we will definitely alter this list with the most up-to-date knowledge our team has. Choosing a helmet that’s right for you can be somewhat intimidating, but this Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets list is here to help you find the best helmet for your needs. Enjoy, and of course. . .always wear a helmet!

Best Snowboard Helmets | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated Snowboard Helmets

Anon Raider

The Burton Anon Raider Snowboard Helmet comes from the world of Skate. So much so that it doubles as a Skateboarding Helmet as well, giving you more bang for your buck as a multi-sport helmet with multi-season certification needed to go along with it.

The ear pads, goggle clip, and cold-weather lining pieces pop off easily for more ventilation during spring riding session or hitting the skate park. And it’s Auto-Adjust Fit System self adjusts to the wearer’s head. This classic skate-inspired shape will keep you cool headed with its low key style.

Specs

Shell MaterialEndura-Shell ABS Construction
Impact Foam LinerG-Form RPT high-density Foam
Fit AdjustmentSimple Fit
CertificationCE 1077B | ASTM 2040 | CE 1078:2012 +A12012, CPSC
VentilationFixed, Passive
LiningClassic Fleece
Audio CapableNo
Weight595g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5
Anon Helo Snowboard Helmet

The Burton Anon Helo Snowboard Helmet is designed to take some hits over and over again while you build your arsenal of tricks during a park session while listening to music if you replace the removable ear pads  with a pair of Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0 Wireless Headphones.  And the chinstraps feature the Fidlock magnetic fastening system that allows you to quickly open and close the straps with one hand, even when you’re wearing gloves. You’ll no longer have to spend time taking off your gloves or fiddle with a clip when you’re wearing one these.

Specs

Shell MaterialEndura-Shell injection-molded ABS
Impact Foam Liner High-density Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA, Standard
CertificationCE 1077B | ASTM 2040
VentilationFixed, Passive
LiningExpedition Fleece
Audio CapableYes
Weight370

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5
Bern Watts Snow Helmet

One helmet to rule them all. An exception to the what we said earlier, the Bern Watts EPS Snow Helmet is the fully CE certified, original visor helmet that offers style, comfort, and protection for when you’re riding on a bike, skateboard, snowboard, or wakeboard. Evolved from the original Bern Baker Helmet, this helmet features the same fit and style, but includes a series of vents on top and back of the helmet to keep you cool running laps in the park or during easy spring riding conditions.

The helmet’s best feature is how highly customizable it is. Bern Helmets are compatible with Summer or Winter liners (this model has one that is included). They also come with audio liners for music that can be changed easily with a quick pull of the velcro. If you’re a very active action-sports athlete, you’ll only need this helmet and a few upgrades to keep you protected year round.

Specs

Shell MaterialEPS Thin Shell
Impact Foam LinerEPS Hard Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA | Sink Fit
CertificationCPSC | EN 1078 | EN 1077B| ASTM F 2040
Ventilation7 top vents | 4 back vents
LiningInterchangeable Fleece Winter Liner
Audio CapableYes, included in some models.
Weight500g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Smith Vantage Unisex Snowboarding Helmet

This is Smith Optic’s hardcore, top of the line helmet. The Smith Vantage Snow Helmet has a hybrid shell construction that combines a tough ABS shell on top with a lightweight in-mold shell for the back and sides.

The inside of the helmet offers an Aerocore construction that is a combination of EPS and revolutionary Koroyd technology – a series of extruded tubes in a honeycomb formation that crush in a controlled manner upon impact that decelerates the energy that helps reduce the risk of injury.

The Air Evac ventilation system combines two independent regulators that open and close 21 front and rear vents which exposes internal channels and the Koroyd tubes to allow cool air in and expel hot air out.

Specs

Shell MaterialHybrid SL Shell | Combined ABS and Koroyd
Impact Foam LinerKoroyd Aerocore Top/Front | EPS Bottom/Rear
Fit AdjustmentBOA FS360, Regular Fit
CertificationEN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
VentilationAir Evac | 21 Dual Regulator adjustable vents
LiningNanosilver performance lining
Audio CapableYes
Weight500g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Giro Range Snow Helmet

The Giro Range MIPS is a beast of a helmet loaded with features. Unlike most helmets that use a BOA system to tighten or loosen around you head, the Giro Range Snow Helmet utilizes Conform Fit Technology. By using a two-piece, durable shell and a semi-flexible design, the entire helmet is able to expand or contract to every rider’s individual head shape, giving them a truly integrated, custom fit and the lowest profile possible.

This quality, high-end, performance helmet features MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) which allows the exterior shell to rotate independently from the interior foam liner to help disperse energy from linear and rotational crashes. It’s suited for those who bring it hard and strong on the mountain.

It also comes with adjustable venting with a Thermostat Control system to help keep you cool, Fidlock buckles for quick access, and an integrated but detachable camera mount for you GoPro. This helmet has it all.

Specs

Shell MaterialArticulating Hybrid 2-piece Shell
Impact Foam LinerMIPSMulti-Directional Impact Protection System | Interior Foam Liner + Low Friction Liner + Elastomeric Attachment System
Fit AdjustmentCONFORM FIT system, Low Profile Fit
CertificationCE EN 1077 | ASTM F 2040-11
Ventilation12 Vents | Adjustable Venting with Thermostat Control System
LiningX-Static anti-bacterial lining
Audio CapableCompatitble with all Giro aftermarket audio systems
Weight1088g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

POC Receptor BUG Adjustable 2.0 Ski Helmet

I heard you like safety, so I put a helmet inside your helmet. The POC Receptor BUG Helmet combines an external ABS hard shell with an internal polycarbonate shell that creates an exceptionally strong, yet lightweight helmet. With VDSAP (Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration), air flows freely between both layers while still protecting your head from sharp objects with its double-shell system. This helmet is for those who like to push the limits of their abilities without the fear of a wipeout.

Need to listen to music while you’re ripping it down the mountain? Purchase the POC Communication Headset made with Beats by Dre for unrivaled sound and audio quality.

Specs

Shell MaterialVDSAPVentilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration System
Impact Foam LinerEPS inner shell
Fit AdjustmentSidelock Chin | Low Profile
CertificationEN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
Ventilation8 large, adjustable vents from VDSAP
Liner None
Audio CapableCompatitble with Communication Neck Roll with Beats by Dre.
Weight550g

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

K2 Diversion Snowboarding Helmet

Similar to the Smith Optics Vantage Snow Helmet, the K2 Diversion Ski Helmet is built with hybrid construction (a hard ABS front and top with a flexible side and back) that offers maximum protection while remaining lightweight and accommodating for different head shapes. This helmet will definitely protect your head during any crash. The Diversion lets you regulate airflow easily with Dual Active Matrix Venting Technology, allowing you to adjust the vents with just a touch of your finger.

Also included is its K2 Baseline Audio System that seamlessly connects you with your blue tooth compatible audio systems. You can listen to your music with its minimal low-profile speakers inside the Baseline Audio Earpads and have full control of your smartphone with a detachable cord that offers on-the-go pause/play and answer/hang-up functions.

Specs

Shell MaterialHybrid In-Mold
Impact Foam LinerHybrid In-Mold
Fit Adjustment360 K2Dialed System
CertificationCE EN 1077:2007 | ASTM F2040
VentilationDual Active Matrix Venting
LiningWashable full-wrap liner system
Audio CapableIncluded, K2 Baseline Audio
Weight430g

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

Shred Slam Slash Cap Snowboarding Helmet

For those who snowboard all winter and bike all summer, the Shred Slamp Slash Cap is perfect for you. It exceeds safety standards in both sports and underneath the tough, in-mold polycarbonate is Slytech’s NoShock technology: a liner that dissipates forces from impacts in multiple directions by spreading the force laterally and limiting the transference through the helmet to your head.

Because you’ll be using this helmet year-round, it comes equipped with a foldable vent cap that opens/closes each vent for a customized airflow as well as multiple switches for the top vent. It’s also a good thing that the helmet is lined with a removable, odor-resistant X-Static fiber lining, because hopefully, you’ll make this helmet stink from overuse.

Specs

Shell MaterialIn-Mold Polycarbonate
Impact Foam LinerSlytech NoShock EPS Foam
Fit AdjustmentShred Fitting Wheel
CertificationCPSC | ASTM F2040 | EN 1078 | EN 1077
VentilationShredVent | Foldable vent Cap
LiningX-Static Lining
Audio CapableYes
Weight450g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Bern Macon Snowboarding Helmet (Wu-Tang Edition)

We don’t think we really have to tell you why this is in our Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets list. The picture below should say enough, but if that doesn’t the features definitely will. The Bern Macon Helmet is an ultimate all-season helmet certified for biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing. The 13 passive vents help keep your head temperature just where you want it. And the winter interior liner is replaceable with a summer version.

Like the Bern Watts EPS Snow Helmet, the fit is adjusted with a BOA dial and comes with audio-compatible ear pads to listen C.R.E.A.M. on repeat. Seriously though, It’s a Wu-Tang helmet. That should be more than enough.

Bern Macon Snowboard Helmet (Rear View)

Specs

Shell MaterialABS ThinShell
Impact Foam LinerEPS Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA | Sink Fit
CertificationCPSC | ASTM F2040 | EN 1078 | EN 1077
VentilationPassive | 7 Top | 4 Back | 2 Front
LiningInterchangeable Fleece Winter Liner
Audio CapableYes
Weight495g

Powderheadz Rating

5/5
Smith Gage Snowboarding Helmet

Another multi-sport certified helmet, the Smith Gage Snow Helmet comes with a Bombshell ABS shell and EPS foam liner that will protect your dome from hard impacts. And the self-adjusting Lifestyle Fit System gives you a tight, comfortable fit whether you’re wearing it on its own or using a toque underneath. There are twelve Airflow vents keep your head from getting too hot, and the AirEvac 2 ventilation system is designed to work with Smith goggles such as the Smith Optics I/O 7 to keep them fog-free.

The helmet is also compatible with Smith Optics Outdoor Tech Wireless Audio Chips (sold separately) into the ear pads if you want to listen to music while you ride, or you can remove the earpads off entirely for a real breezy feel.

Specs

Shell MaterialBombshell (ABS Plastic)
Impact Foam LinerEPS Foam
Fit AdjustmentLifestyle fit | Elasticated Auto Adjuster
CertificationCPSC | ASTM F2040 | EN 1078 | EN 1077:2007
VentilationAirflow Climate Control | AirEvac 2 system
LiningBeanine Compatible
Audio CapableSkullcandy Audio System Compatible
Weight500g

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Snowboarding Helmets | Powderheadz.com

This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets of the 2019-2020 Season.  However, there are tons more of snowboarding helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information.  Think we missed a Snowboarding Helmet or there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snow Helmets List?  Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which helmet is right for you.  As always, happy riding!

Best Ski Helmets | Powderheadz.com

How-To: Buy Snowboarding Helmets

One of the most important, but often overlooked pieces of Snowboarding Equipment one needs is a Snowboarding Helmet.  Even taking a tiny hit to the head without a helmet can completely derail your season.  It’s best to not take a chance.  There are a number of key things you should look for when you are choosing the right ski helmet.  Here are a few features to look out for in your helmet:

Helmet Construction: 

Snowboarding Helmets are usually made with EPS (Expanded Polystyrene).  However, brands are coming up with more unique structures and below are a few examples:

EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) – This tough, rigid foam is the most popular construction material used in snowboarding helmets.  It’s a versatile material that can take high force impacts and have hard ABS shells easily attached to them.  The foam usually receives a certification of  CPSC, ASTM 2040, EN 1077, and EN 1078.  However, most EPS helmets are designed to take a single impact. This means that they often need to be replaced after any major fall.

EPS Foam Material
EPS Foam

G-Form RPT (Reactive Protection Technology) – G-Form Helmets comprises of a material that changes its state when it takes an impact to dissipate energy.  In it’s resting state the material’s molecules slightly repel each other that make it soft and flexible.  An impact causes the the molecules to instantly connect together to absorb the energy before returning to its soft and flexible state. G-Form RPT Helmets are incredibly durable and able to take multiple impacts.

G-Form RPT
G-Form Reactive Protection Technology

In-Mold – Popular In-Mold Helmets are considered the alternative to traditional EPS helmets and are created in one of two ways:

  1. An EPS liner without the ABS shell attached to it is dipped or sprayed with a thinner PVC plastic.
  2. A PVC shell is injected with polyurethane foam.

Both methods create a lighter, thinner, and lower profile helmet that achieves CPSC, ASTM 2040, and EN 1077 certification.

Koroyd – Koroyd is constructed with co-polymer thermally welded extruded tubes that absorbs and dissipates energy efficiently. The helmet is more breathable than more traditional helmets and offers maximum protection with minimal weight.

Koroyd Tubes
Koroyd Liner Construction

Fit Adjustment:

Snowboarding Helmets come with two styles: Standard and Adjustable.  The three most common adjustable helmet types are:

BOA – a dial ratchet system that offers powerful, on-the-fly micro-adjustability and a glove-like fit around the head.  This feature is offered on higher end models and definitely worth the price.

BOA Adjustment
BOA Dial Adjustment

Foam Pads – These helmets have series of foam inserts of varying sizes that can be swapped inside the helmet to change the fit quickly and easily.  It’s much cheaper option then the BOA system and perfect for those who like to wear a beanie under their helmet.

Sliders – These helmets come with an adjustable band within the helmet that you can adjust to make the helmet feel more snug.

Certification:

Helmets are constantly tested to ensure their level of protection and your safety.  There are a number of different certifications that each helmet can receive. Many helmets on this list have multiple certifications attached to them:

ASTM 2040 (American Society for Testing and Materials) – standard specification for non-motorized recreational snow sports.

CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) – certification is found on BMX, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Scooter, and Sledding Helmets.  These helmets are tested to sustain more than one impact but should be replaced if there is any visible damage.

EN 1077 – This is the European standard for non-motorized recreational snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding helmets.  Class A helmets protect the top, rear, ears, and sides of the head. They are also able to withstand an impact from a drop of 75cm.  Class B helmets protect the top and rear of the head and can withstand a drop of 27.5cm.  Most of these helmets are made with EPS or In-mold liners and ABS or PVC outer shells.

EN 1078 – This is the European standard for biking, rollerskating, and skating helmets.  These helmets are made with EPS or In-mold liners and ABS or PVC outer shells.

Snell N-94 – US standard for non-motorized sports such as skateboarding and rollerskating.

Snell S-98 – US standard for skiing and snowboarding.

EN-1080 – Similar to E 1078 but specifically for children’s cycle helmets.

Snell B 90A | B-95 | B-90 | B-90TT | B-95TT – US standards for different cycling activities.

Ventilation:

Vents are needed to help your head stay cool after a long day of skiing or snowboarding.  It may sound counter-intuitive being in cold weather, but eventually your head gets hot and sweaty from wearing a helmet.  Most helmets will have passive vents that will allow air to flow freely through the helmet as you ride.  The best helmets will have adjustable vents with lever that allow you to customize the amount of air coming in.

Another key feature to pay attention to is to see if your goggles line up with your helmet vents.  Most manufacturers will make sure that their helmets and goggles work in sync with each other by creating channels that meet between the goggles and the helmet. This helps keep a constant flow of air between them, preventing fog.

Other Features | Accessories:

Audio – Some helmets will come with the ability to have speakers to be placed in their ear pads.  A select few, such as the K2 Diversion Ski Helmet, will already have them included.  If some helmets don’t have audio-capable ear pads, its fairly easy to replace them with those that are.

Skullcandy Helmet Audio Kit
Smith Skullcandy Single-Shot Helmet Audio Kit

Camera Mount – With the rise in popularity of helmet-mounted action cameras such as GoPro, some helmet styles will have built-camera mounts for the GoPro to attach to, such as the Giro Range Snowboarding Helmet.

Goggle Clip – Most helmets have a clip in the back that locks-in the goggle strap to the helmet.  Many of us at powderheadz.com have taken a few tumbles here or there and it is nice not to ‘yard-sale’ all of your equipment when you fall.

Liner – Some helmets will have detachable liners and/or ear pads which are usually washable.  And please, wash them.  If you’re snowboarding or skiing often, they end up pretty funky.

Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets | Powderheadz.com

This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding and Ski Helmets of the 2019-2020 Season.  However, there are tons more of Snowboarding Helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboarding or Ski Helmet and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboard Helmets | Powderheadz.com

Strapins

Strapins – Feel the Difference

Strapins

The Powderheadz.com Team was contacted recently on trying out a novel idea: Strapins. Strapins are basically velcro-belts for your snowboard boots. But the simplicity of that description does not do its actual effectiveness justice. Strapins easily improve the control and response of your snowboard boots, regardless of their condition. You’re able to tighten your boots at desired locations provide support with a much more even distribution. They’re also perfect band-aids for an older boot that just happens to break on you at the worst time – in the middle of an epic powder day.

Strapins - Feel the Difference

Strapins | Powderheadz.com

How to Use

Strapins

  1. Tie up/twist your Boa laces on your boots as normal.
  2. On each boot, place one strap above the ankle and tighten up firmly. 
  3. Feel Free to experiment where to place the straps as everyone rides differently. You may seek more control than other riders. For instance, while Powder riding, sometimes 2 straps above the ankle on your rear boot and none on your front foot can be effective as you are constantly boarding off your back foot.
  4. For even more control and better feedback while carving, place another strapin towards the top of each snowboard boat (the area above your BOAs or at the top of your laces and tighten firmly.
  5. For broken snowboard boots or heel straps, use 2 straps as described above and ensure your other undamaged boot is of similar tightness.
  6. Once strapins are in place they will never loosen, won’t cut off your circulation and will ensure you get the best control imaginable in a snowboard boot, regardless of how old or new they are.

Strapins | Powderheadz.com

Testimonials


I was skeptical at first, but after giving them a go, I was hooked. I have wide feet, skinny ankles, and thick calves, so I get pressure points everywhere on my boots. Adding these Strapins to my snowboards boots definitely alleviate the pressure and I feel like i gain more control when I ride.

I ride in the Backcountry and I need any tiny edge I can get. I ride with four Strapins (two on each foot) so I can get a much better response when I'm riding.

I've got a pair of older boots that I love that I'm not quite ready to get rid of. They're boot-packed and definitely a little loose, but the Strapins help fix that until I'm ready to buy a new pair.

Definitely noticed a difference as soon as I used it. I swear by them now.

How Many Should You Buy?

Here at Powderheadz.com we think 4 is the optimal number. That’s two per snowboard boot, with one right over the ankle and the other at the top of the boot, usually over the boa or where you tie up your laces. Luckily the people at Strapins.com sell them in pairs of two. If you buy a second pair, you’ll get it for half-priced also get free shipping worldwide. Head over and see what they’re all about.

Powderheadz Rating

4.6/5

Strapins | Powderheadz.com

Strapins | Powderheadz.com

Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear for 2019-2020

Best Snowboarding Gear

Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear

Our team is always interested in trying out the latest and greatest ski and snowboarding equipment and whenever we get the chance, we try post an in depth account of our experience. The internet can be a great resource for skiers and snowboarders to share information and help each other to get the most out of their time on the mountain. We love testing out any ski and snowboard gear we come across from top brands like Black Diamond, Burton, GoPro, and Nixon. Finding the right ski and snowboarding gear for your skill level and riding preference can be a challenge and it’s our goal to help you pick the best ski and snowboard gear and point you in the direction.

Best Action Camera | Powderheadz.com

action cameras

Best Action Camera | Powderheadz.com


Best Action Cameras


Go Pro Hero 5 | Powderheadz.com

If it’s not on video, did it ever happen? Today, you can’t go anywhere or do anything on the mountain unless there’s proof of your epic (or maybe not so epic) ride. Whether its filming you and your friends running laps at the park or filming your kids during a family vacation on slopes, it’s always good to have a solid Action Camera to record every memory to share with your friends, family, or the world.

Here are some of the Best Action Cameras we think are out on the market today:


GoPro HERO5 Black


GoPro HERO5 Action Camera


GoPro does it again with the Gopro HERO5 Black. The HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design.

Smooth stabilized video, crystal-clear sound and expert quality photo captures combined with GPS makes HERO5 Black simply the best GoPro. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account to provide easy access on your phone. Then, you can create amazing videos automatically with Quik, the GoPro editing app.

Advanced Features:What’s included:
4K VideoHERO5 Black Camera
12 MegaPixel Photos RAW + WDR PhotosThe Frame (HERO5 Black)
Exposure ControlCurved + Flat Adhesive Mount
Stereo AudioMounting Buckle
GPS Location TaggingUSB-C Cable
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth EnabledRechargeable Battery (HERO5 Black)

Powderheadz Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

GoPro HERO5 Session


GoPro Hero5 Session


The GoPro Hero5 Session is a similar, yet much more compact version of the GoPro Hero5. Neither are particularly large or heavy, but the Session comes in at 1.49in x 1.49in x 1.42in and 2.6oz while the Hero5 comes in at 2.4in x 1.7in x 0.9in and 4.2oz. This shouldn’t make too much of a difference for the casual user, but the advanced user may need the smaller Session when it comes to wind resistance.

In terms of video, the Hero5 Session won’t have all the features and flexibility as the Hero5, but they both share the same top resolution of 4k video at 30 fps.

Advanced Features:What’s included:
4K VideoHERO5 Session Camera
10 MegaPixel Photos RAW + WDR PhotosStandard Frame
Exposure ControlCurved + Flat Adhesive Mount
Stereo AudioMounting Buckle
GPS Location Tagging USB-C Cable
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Enabled

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Camera


Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Camera


Get amazing footage with an ultra HD action camera that matches your active lifestyle. This compact, lightweight, waterproof camera is easy to use, and the  VIRB Ultra 30 captures 4K/30fps video with features G-Metrix™ technology, which adds to the experience by letting you overlay gauges and graphs with action data. Built-in image stabilization creates for crisp, steady footage.

The touchscreen display and high-sensitivity microphone are fully functional through the waterproof case. With one touch, you can even live-stream on YouTube® (in HD!) to share your footage with the world. Voice control also lets you start and stop recording or take a picture with a simple spoken command while you’re busy riding.

Garmin Virb Ultra 30

Powderheadz Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

Sony AS200V Action Cam


Sony Action Camera


Prove yourself with the new Sony HD Action Cam. Whether you’re shredding waves, tearing up mountains, or just enjoying the open road, Action Cam HDR-AS200V will be there to capture every second. And with superior Full HD image quality, you and friends can relive every adventure over and over with you-are-here realism. The Sony AS200V Action Camera is ready to take you to the next level.
Sony AS200V Action Cam
Features:
Lens Type170° ultra-wide ZEISS Tessar Lens
Sensor Type1/2.3-inch Exmore R CMOS sensor
WaterproofUp to 16.4 Feet with SPK-AS2 Case
Dustproofwith SPK-AS2 Case
Shockproofwith SPK-AS2 Case
Input + OutputComposite Video out| memory card slot | Micro HDMI output | Multi/Micro USB terminal | Stereo minijack

Powderheadz Rating

3.5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

helmet headphones

Best Action Cameras | Powderheadz.com


Best Bluetooth Audio Headsets


Best Camera Drone | Powderheadz.com


Sometimes riding down the hill with no music on allows you to take in all that the mountain has to offer you. But you’re not here for that. You want to blast some music through your ears to make that line you just took a little more epic. Those jumps, that rail, that mogul, or even just a simple ride down some groomed runs, music can make your riding infinitely better. And rather risk losing your bluetooth earbuds after you take a spill, it’s better to listen to music with some integrated helmet headphones that goes well with some of the best ski and snowboard helmets we mentioned on the site.


Outdoor Tech Ot0052 Chips

Outdoor Tech Ot0052 Chips


  • 40Mm drivers for clear Bluetooth Wireless Audio
  • 10 hours of playtime | 280 hours on standby | Infinite Hours while wired.
  • Wireless Range: 32 Feet
  • Odt walkie-talkie app provides push-to-talk communication
  • Two-Button controls adjust volume, change tracks, play, pause, take calls and use Siri (voice control) through the built-in microphone
  • IP45 Sweat/Water Resistant | Functional in extreme cold weather (-20°C/-4°F)
  • Includes: USB Charging Cable | 3.5 to Micro-USB Converter | 3.5 Audio Control Cable | Carry Pouch

Powderheadz Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

Sena Snowtalk Bluetooth Headset

Sena Snowtalk Bluetooth Headset


  • Bluetooth® 3.0 Snowtalk speakers can take phone calls or listen to and share music with your buddies.
  • Enjoy conversations over four-way intercom capability that works over a 700-meter (760 yards) range
  • Advanced Noise Control™ – Snowtalk delivers crystal-clear, natural sound that gets an automatic boost in noisy environments and cuts down on background noise for both incoming and outgoing audio.
  • Two ski glove-friendly buttons that controls all functions.
  • 6 hours of talk time and 6 days of stand-by time should give you plenty of use on the mountain.
  • Fits all ski and snowboard helmets with audio pockets.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

UClear HBC150 Plus Bluetooth Kit

UClear Ski Helmet Audio


  • Multi Point Bluetooth Device Connectivity, connect to multiple Bluetooth enabled devices simultaneously, such as smartphones, music players, and GPS.
  • Full-duplex private intercom for up to 4 people at a range of 500m (0.32mi).
  • Advanced Beamforming technology allows the discreet dual-microphones to capture and extract specific sounds, virtually eliminating all background noise.
  • Hi-definition speakers feature a built-in microphone, eliminating the obstruction of a boom mic.
  • Exclusive concealed dual-microphone array delivers exceptional voice clarity.

Powderheadz Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

camera dronesBest Action Cameras | Powderheadz.com


Best Camera Drones


Best Camera Drone | Powderheadz.com

Want to step it up a notch when it comes to video? Time to look into purchasing a camera drone. If you want your videos to look more professional you’ll need a solid camera drone to film the expansive vistas and epic trips you’ll take on the mountain. Some ski resorts have different rules about being able to film inside resort boundaries with a camera drone, but you’ll get more freedom if you head out in the back country. You can head over to our friends at www.tech-headz.com to see an in-depth look to what are some of the best camera drones out there.

Here at www.powderheadz.com, we’ll just skim over what we think are some of the Best Camera Drones on the market today:


DJI Phantom 4 Camera Drone

DJI Phantom 4 Drone

Camera Resolution20MP
Video Resolution4K at 30 FPS, 1080p at 120 FPS
Flight Time28 minutes
Max Speed45mph
Weight8.2lbs
Dimensions12.8×8.66×14.96 inches

The DJI Phantom 4 Drone is a nice update from the DJI Phantom 3 Drone. It has 3 new, important features for any action sports videographer: Obstacle Avoidance will help you avoid trees, TapFly allows the user to see what the drone’s camera is seeing through a smartphone, and Active Track allows you to select a target for the drone to track and follow.


Powderheadz Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

DJI Mavic Pro Camera Drone

DJI Mavic Pro Camera Drone

Camera Resolution12MP
Video Resolution4K at 30FPS
Flight Time27 minutes
Max Speed40mph
Weight1.6lbs
Dimensions11.4×7.1×9.4 inches

The DJI Mavic Pro Camera Drone is the smaller cousin to the DJI Phantom series and is extremely portable. At around one-and-a-half pounds, the drone packs a high quality punch with 4K video at 30 FPS while still being able to be stuffed into a backpack. It’s great for those who ride solo from time to time cause their friends can’t keep up.


Powderheadz Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Drone

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Drone

Camera Resolution12MP
Video Resolution4k at 30 FPS
Flight Time19 minutes
Max Speed43mph
Weight12lbs
Dimensions21x17x12.5 inches

The Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Drone is an excellent alternative to the DJI Drone Series. It’s a stable drone with 6 rotors instead of 4 and comes with a 360-degree rotating 4k camera and retractable landing gears. It also comes with it’s own controller and obstacle avoidance just in case your careless around the trees.


Powderheadz Rating

3.5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

portable chargers

Best Portable Chargers | Powderheadz.com


Best Portable Chargers


Portable Batteries | Powderheadz.com

Ever want to take a picture of that gorgeous panorama while you’re out riding on the mountain but all of a sudden your phone dies on you. Maybe you want to listen to the perfect song and need to fast foward a few tracks to get to it but you can’t. Or you get separated from your friends and need to send a quick text to them to say you’ll meet them at the lift. More often than not, it just means your phone is too cold and the battery can’t hold a charge. And one of the best ways to get that charge back is to carry a portable battery pack. Portable Chargers are small enough to fit in your pocket and can usually charge your smartphone quick enough to get you that pic, song, or text. If you plan on spending a long day on the mountain, these can be a life saver for those dependent on their phones.


Anker PowerCore II 10000

Anker PowerCore II Battery Pack


  • Capacity | 10000mAh
  • Outputs | 5-9V 2A, 9-12V 1.5A
  • USB Charging Ports | 1
  • Size | 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9in
  • Weight | 195g/6.9oz

Powderheadz Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

RAVPower 26800 Battery Charger

RAVPower 26800 Battery Pack


  • Capacity | 26800mAh
  • Outputs | DC 5V/5.5A output
  • USB Charging Ports | 3
  • Size | 6.8 x 3.19 x 0.87in
  • Weight | 399g/14.1oz

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

ZeroLemon ToughJuice Portable Charger

ZeroLemon ToughJuice Portable Battery


  • Capacity | 30000mAh
  • Outputs | 1 QC (12V/9V) | 5V/2A | 3 1A
  • USB Charging Ports | 5
  • Size | 7.1 x 3.6 x 1.3in
  • Weight | 567g/20oz

Powderheadz Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10000

Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10000 Portable Charger


  • Capacity | 10000mAh
  • Outputs | 2.4A and 1.0A output
  • USB Charging Ports | 2
  • Size | 5.4 x 2.9 x 0.51in
  • Weight | 259g/9.1oz

Powderheadz Rating

3 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Check Price & User Reviews

miscellaneous

Strapins | Powderheadz.com


Other


Strapins | Powderheadz.com

Strapins

Strap-ins


Strapins are pretty self-explanatory. They’re velcro-based straps that act like swiss army knife for you boots. They provide even pressure and support distribution, increase response by reducing gaps and heel lift, keep your boots tight throughout the day, and in an emergency, help repair either your bindings or your boots if they happen to break while you’re riding. These are one of those items that you don’t think you’ll need until you actually use them. Then you’ll wonder how you kept riding without them.

You can read a more in-depth review here.


Powderheadz Rating

4.5 out of 5 stars

Click HERE to Order

Best Battery Pack | Powderheadz.com

This is our current list for the Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear of the 2019-2020 Season.  However, there are tons more Ski and Snowboard Gear out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed some gear and that there’s something that deserves a spot on the Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

>>Need a Ski or Snowboard Jacket?  Click HERE for the Best Ski and Snowboard Jackets of 2019-2020<<

>>Need Ski or Snowboard Pants?  Click HERE for the Best Ski and Snowboard Pants of 2019-2020<<

Best Camera Drones | Powderheadz.com


Snowboard Gloves

Best Ski Gloves and Snowboard Gloves for 2019-2020

Best Snowboarding Gloves

Purchasing gloves can be surprising complicated. There are many features you need to consider and the debate usually starts on whether you want Gloves or Mittens. And throughout the years new features for ski gloves keep cropping up, such as heated gloves and touch-screen compatibility. Even the Powderheadz.com team is almost evenly split between mittens or gloves. Regardless, we know that the most important features to consider is warmth, fit, and waterproofing. You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Ski Gloves for 2018-2019 down below.

“They call them fingers, but I’ve never seen them fing.” – Otto Mann

Safe riding!

Best Ski Gloves | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated Ski Gloves

Best Ski Gloves for Warmth:

Black Diamond Guide Ski Gloves

WaterproofingGore-Tex XCR
Insulation100g Fleece | Primaloft 1 | Wool
Palm MaterialGoat-skin Leather
Single or Double GloveDouble
Cuff or GauntletCuff
Weight11 0unces

The Black Diamond Guide Ski Gloves is the one of the warmest gloves out there that isn’t a ski mitt. They feature a pair of removable PrimaLoft One and boiled wool liners which helps keep you dry in wet weather as well as GORE-TEX XCR inserts. The four-way stretch nylon shell and goat leather palms provide the durability needed to survive harsh winter conditions. And the foam-padded knuckles help protect your hands during any impacts.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Best Ski Gloves for Water Resistance:

Black Diamond Legend Gloves

WaterproofingGore-Tex insert
InsulationPrimaloft Gold
Palm MaterialGoat leather with Neoprene Cuff
Single or Double GloveSingle
Cuff or GauntletCuff
Weight12 0unces

Black Diamond Legend Gloves use the most durable materials for prolonged use in the harshest weather conditions. These gloves are made with water-resistant goatskin leather and compression-molded padding to repel any water from getting in. The durable reinforced goatskin leather palm patch has Kevlar stitching that helps keep a tight seal around the seams.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Best Ski Gloves for Touch Screens:

Outdoor Research Mute Sensor Ski Gloves

WaterproofingVentia
InsulationEnduraloft 266g
Palm MaterialGoat-skin Leather
Single or Double GloveSingle
Cuff or GauntletCuff
Weight8.6 ounces

For those who can’t seem to put away their phone, the Outdoor Research Mute Sensor Ski Gloves provides touch-screen capabilities on the thumb and fingers. It can really help on cold winter days when you need to use your phone to text a friend, change your music, or take a picture without having to take your gloves off. The ski gloves also performs well in all other categories such as warmth, water-resistance, and durability. That’s why we think the Outdoor Research Mute Sensor Ski Gloves are considered the one of the best ski gloves around.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Best Ski Gloves Hybrid:

Hestra Army Leather 3-Finger Snowboard Gloves

WaterproofingTriton Polyamid
InsulationPolyester Fleece
Palm MaterialGoatskin Leather
Single or Double GloveDouble
Cuff or GauntletGauntlet
Weight11 ounces

The Hestra Army Leather Heli Ski 3-Finger Gloves combines the best of both worlds. It offers the warmth that mitts provide but gloves don’t and the dexterity that gloves provide that mitts don’t. You’ll be able to stay warm in more frigid environments without feeling too clumsy with these on. The only drawback is that although these gloves are very durable, they aren’t the best for water-resistance and will need waterproofing treatments from time to time.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Ski Gloves Mittens:  

The North Face Montana Mitt

WaterproofingHyvent
InsulationHeatseeker 150g | Polyester
Palm MaterialSynthetic
Single or Double GloveSingle
Cuff or GauntletGauntlet
Weight9 ounces

The North Face Montana Mitt is one of the better all-around mittens out there that scores well in durability, warmth, and water resistance. Though its not the warmest mitten in the market, it is warmer than most ski gloves.  It is also pretty durable and is extremely water resistant.  Consider the North Face Montana Mitt a mid-range purchase for those who ski or snowboard in moderate but wet snow climates like the North American West Coast (Sierra and Cascade Mountain Ranges).

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Ski Gloves for Durability:

Hestra Morrison Pro Model Snowboarding Gloves

WaterproofingCZone insert
InsulationThermolite | Polyester Fleece
Palm MaterialCowhide | Goatskin Leather
Single or Double GloveSingle
Cuff or GauntletCuff
Weight9.9 ounces

Hestra’s Morrison Pro Model Ski Gloves are made with Army Leather-Goat Leather palms and proofed cowhide for the upper section. Inspired by professional free-skier Seth Morrison, these gloves are extremely durable and are designed to last through all the jumps, bumps, and bruises you may face season after season. The gloves fit extremely well and give you a fair amount of dexterity and is one of the warmest gloves on the market.

Powderheadz Rating

4.7/5

Best Ski Gloves | Powderheadz.com

And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Ski Gloves of the 2019-2020 Season. There are literally hundreds of ski and snowboard gloves out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices. Do you think a certain pair of ski gloves deserves a spot on our Top Rated Ski Gloves list? Let us know? Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing! Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which pair of ski gloves is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboarding Gloves | Powderheadz.com

How-To: Buy the Best Ski Gloves

Any good skier and snowboarder will know that a good pair of ski gloves or mittens can be the difference between a great time and a miserable time with frozen fingers. When shopping for a pair of gloves, you need to determine the activity you plan on using these for. Not all gloves are created equal.  Depending on the situation, sometimes a thick, well insulated mitten is perfect for sub-zero temperature but not for a spring day of skiing. Below you’ll find some categories to consider when shopping for snowboard gloves.

Glove Types: 

Determining the type of ski glove you want will always be the first question that needs to be answered.

Gloves – Gloves with individual fingers offer the most dexterity and are the standard that most people go by.  They allow you to frequently handle gear without having to take them off.

Mittens – Mittens are usually the warmest type of glove because your fingers generate more heat when they are together instead of separately.  However you trade warmth for dexterity.

Hybrid – A combination of a glove and a mitten that offers a little more warmth than a glove and a more dexterity from a mitten.

3-in-1 – 3-in-1 gloves consist of shell glove/mitten and a removable liner glove/mitten.  These versatile gloves give you the flexibility to wear both for maximum warmth or just the shell or liner during warmer weather.  Liner gloves offer the most amount of dexterity without exposing your hands to cold weather.  You can either purchase 3-in-1 gloves as a unit or mix and match separate shells and liners.

Fit:

It’s important that your gloves fit you properly.  Here are a few tips to help you figure out the right fit for your hands:

  1. There should be about a 1/4 inch of material between the glove and end of your fingers.
  2. The glove shouldn’t be tight or restrictive when you ball your fist.
  3. Make sure the palm is completely inside the glove and past the cuff.

Insulation:

The conditions you ski or snowboard in will usually determine what type of insulation you should look for when choosing a pair of ski gloves.  The best type of gloves will offer you warmth and breathability without compromising fit.  You may want to consider more than one pair if you travel to different parts of the world to go riding.  Here are some types of insulation that can be found in ski gloves:

Down – Down insulation is perfect for very cold and dry conditions.  The material is often made with down feathers and plumules that traps air which keeps your hands insulated.  However, it loses its ability once it becomes wet and is very slow to dry.

Fleece – Fleece isn’t quite as warm as most synthetics but it is the most comfortable.  It is often used in conjunction with other insulation like Primaloft®.

Primaloft® – This material handles wet conditions the best. It is not as warm as Down material but it is more breathable and water-resistant.  It also still provides some insulation when it does get wet.

Thinsulate™ – This material is made of microfibers that provides amazing insulation with less bulk.  It is often found in gloves and mittens that advertise dexterity as their main feature.

Waterproof Material:

Getting your hands wet on the mountain will eventually cause you to have cold hands.  Most gloves will offer some level of waterproofing, if not 100% waterproofing.  And usually your hands get wet from snow getting inside your gloves through your wrist or just by sweating. But sometimes it really is just the exterior glove not having any of the following materials:

Gore-Tex® – Gore-Tex® is the gold-standard for waterproofing and breathability. It also means it is the most expensive.

Hipora® – This material is more stretchable than other polyurethane coatings and will have microscope pores throughout the fabric to prevent water from entering but allow moisture to wick out.

Polyurethane – Most waterproof fabrics have a laminated coating made of polyurethane such as the North Face HyVent® or the Marmot MemBrain®.  They are usually much cheaper than Gore-Tex® and offer decent enough water protection.

Other Features:

Heated Gloves – There are some battery-operated gloves that provide heat.  These are often heavier, bulkier, and definitely more expensive than regular gloves.

Leashes – Made for the clumsy people who will lose their gloves on the chairlift.  You know who you are.

Long gauntlets – These gloves extend over the sleeve and cinch close to keep snow and air from getting in.

Palm Materials – Leather palms offer superior grip and durability over synthetic materials.

Thumb wipes – Some gloves will have a soft material on the thumb specifically to wipe your drippy nose.

Touch-Screen Compatibility – Some manufacturers will offer touch-screen compatibility for those who plan on using their smartphones frequently on the mountain. The feature is often found on lightweight gloves or liners.

Zippered Pockets – Pockets on the back of the hand are designed to fit disposable hand warmer packets or RFID cards.  They can double as air vents during warmer days.

Best Ski and Snowboarding Gloves | Powderheadz.com

This is our current list of Best Snowboarding and Ski Gloves for the 2019-2020 Season.  However, there are tons more Snowboarding Gloves out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboarding or Ski Gloves and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboarding Gloves List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboard Gloves | Powderheadz.com

Best Skis | Powderheadz.com

Best Skis for 2019-2020

There are over hundreds of skis out there and they come in many shapes and sizes. And it can be almost impossible to find the what pair of skis is best suited for you. Here at powderheadz.com, we strive to tell you which are the best skis for each type of rider. Whether you’re for All-Mountain, Freestyle, Freeride, or Backcountry, we’ve got you covered for what we think are the best skis available.

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Skis for 2019-2020 down below.

Safe riding!

Best All-Mountain Skis | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Skis for Men

Generally speaking, All-Mountain Skiers want skis that can do it all: frontside to backside, powder to hardpack, groomers to off-piste. They want skis that can conquer the entire mountain, not just specific areas without having to pack multiple pairs of skis in their car or bags. Most All-Mountain Skis measure between 85mm to 105mm underfoot so that it can both float on powder and carve on hardpack.

Here are what we consider some of the Best All-Mountain Skis:

Nordica Enforcer 93 All-Mountain Skis

Sizes available (cm)169 | 177 | 185 | 193
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Nordica Enforcer 93 Skis packs many of the same awesome mountain-slaying features as the Enforcer 100, but in a slimmer chassis. The Enforcer 93 is a hard-charging ski that is agile and quick turning but will keep you floating when you want to go exploring. The Enforcer 93 is all about performance, durability, and versatility.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Salomon QST 99 Skis

Sizes available (cm)167 | 181 | 188
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Salomon QST 99 is an all mountain ski that strives just about anywhere on the mountain. This guy wants to charge and have the performance anywhere the snow is good. With a Ti Power Platform, the QST 99 can be a speed demon or charge in the steep powder run if he finds it. If you want one ski that does it all, this is it.

Powderheadz Rating

3.2/5

Volkl Kendo Men's Skis

Sizes available (cm)163 | 170 | 177 | 184
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Volkl Kendo Skis embody the way of the sword with a Multi-Layer Woodcore that is boosted with titanal and finished with a tip and tail rocker profile that slices and dices both sides of the cut; camber under foot provides lively response and excellent control on corduroy while rocker in the tip and tail provide effortless float in soft snow.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Best Freeride Skis | Powderheadz.com

Best Skis for Powder

Our Top Rated Freeride Skis for Men

Sometimes called Powder Skis or Big Mountain Skis, Freeride Skis can be used all over the mountain, but to get maximum performance out of them, take the skis to the backcountry or off piste. They have super wide bodies so they can float on powder and stay stable regardless of surface. Most of these skis are geared for Powder, but some can be considered freestyle with twin-tipped ends.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freeride Skis:

Atomic Backland 95 Skis

Sizes available (cm)169 | 177 | 185
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber- Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainBig Mountain | Powder
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Atomic Backland FR 95 Skis features Atomic’s HRZN Tech ABS sidewall construction, which includes a horizontal rocker, reduced tip deflection, and overall better performance when you’re in the deep stuff. These skis strikes a stunning performance-to-weight ratio for resort or backcountry use. A poplar wood core keeps the ski light enough for quick tours, while the carbon backbone ensures agility and edge hold.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Volkl V Werks Katana Skis

Sizes available (cm)184 | 191
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker
Turning RadiusLong
TerrainBig Mountain | Powder
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Volkl V-Werks Katana Skis are designed to give you all the float you could ever need in deep snow with the 112mm waist keeping you on the snow rather than in it. Even with the massive size the weight is kept down thanks to a Full Carbon Jacket that wraps the contoured 3D RIDGE Core that still delivers aggressive performance and reliable grip through the Short Sidewall construction.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Rossignol Soul 7 HD Skis

Sizes available (cm)164 | 172 | 180
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainBig Mountain | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Rossignol SouL 7 HD provides instinctive versatility and ease-of-use to push your boundaries while delivering high-definition energy, mobility, and strength due to a unique carbon and basalt weave. Combined with Air Tip technology, Powder Turn Rocker profile,; lightweight paulownia wood core, and 106mm waist width, the new SOUL 7 HD is the ultimate fusion of lightweight backcountry innovation and freeride performance.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Best Freeride Skis | Powderheadz.com

Best Mens Park Skis

Our Top Rated Freestyle Skis for Men

It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time. It’s tricky. Freestyle skying is riding hard in the park or finding booters in the backcountry. It’s constantly seeking the thrill of mixing grabs, 180s, 360s, and flips with grinding rails and boxes. Freestyle skis are soft, have more flex, and have a directional-twin or a true-twin shape so you can easily ride back and forth between goofy and regular, linking tricks along the way. Grab any of these skis if you plan on being hyper-aggressive riding park.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Skis:

Line Skis Tom Wallisch Pro Skis 2019

Sizes available (cm)157 | 164 | 171 | 178
TailFull Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainPark & Pipe
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

Tom Wallisch — the pretzel man himself — purveyor of style and co-creator of Afterbang comes out guns blazing with his first pro model built by the originators of twin-tips. The TW Pro Skis feature a Maple Macroblock core, a Carbon Ollieband™, and a snappy swing weight designed to take your park skiing to the next level. Dial up some winter wizardry this season with the Line Skis Tom Wallisch Pro Skis.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Faction Candide Thovex 1.0 Skis

Sizes available (cm)164 | 170 | 176 | 182
TailFull Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainPark & Pipe
Riding LevelIntermediate | Advanced

The Candide 1.0 Ski blends the best of all types of riding, with a fully symmetrical sidecut and rocker tip and tail for easy switch ridings, generous camber underfoot for plenty of pop and edging power, and a burly sandwich construction that can take a beating. While it can rally the whole mountain like it’s no big deal, the Candide is happiest when it’s flying off features in the park or around the mountain.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Armada Arv 86 Skis

Sizes available (cm)163 | 170 | 177 | 184
TailFull Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainPark & Pipe | All-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

Like a dose of adrenaline to your system, the men’s Armada ARV 86 Skis – the narrowest of the ARV Series – injects serious life into your skiing and turns anything inbounds into a feature to jib, jump, butter or press – whether you’re in the park or beyond. Torin Yater-Wallace put this ski to work time and time again during our product development, now our update of the iconic have-fun-everywhere ski is ready for you.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5
<script>

Best All-Mountain Snowboards | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Skis of the 2019-2020 Season.  However, there are tons more Skis out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Skis and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Skis List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which ski is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

Best Skis | Powderheadz.com

<script>


How-To:  Buy the Best Skis


There are so many types of skis out there with a multitude attributes, it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of ski you should get. Camber or Rocker? Directional, Partial Twin, or True Twin? Flex, Shape, Profile? Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

If this is your first major purchase ski, it’s best to get familiar with some of the terminology out there.


Ability Level:

Determining your ability level will help nail down which type of skis you should look at. Many skis are actually described as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert or have a range such as Intermediate to Advanced. The right ski can help make learning easier for beginners or have specific characteristics designed for an expert rider.

Beginner-Intermediate – Basically anyone who is new to skiing or still trying to link turns. You’ll want skis that are easy to turn and very forgiving.

Intermediate-Advanced – Most skiers will fall under this category, which encompasses carving on groomers or venturing into powder. The skis are generally wider than beginner-intermediate skis and will have full-camber, rocker, or some combination of the two.

Advanced-Expert – These skiers are the most aggressive. The skis are generally the stiffer than intermediate skis and can be challenging to use at slower speeds. You’ll find expert all-mountain, freestyle, powder ski with a variety of rocker configurations.


Riding Style:

All-Mountain – All-Mountain Skis are designed to handle all types of snow conditions and terrain: groomers, powder, and park runs. However, you won’t be able to “master” any of these terrain or snow types. These skis have mid-fat waistes that range from 80-110mm. If you’re unsure which ski to purchase or just starting out, these skis are the most versatile to suit your needs.

Carving – Carving Skis have narrow waists and a shorter turn radius to help with turn initiation and edge to edge quickness. These are usually the skis to pick up when you are learning.

Freestyle – Park Skis are designed for those who spend most of their time in the terrain park riding rails and hitting jumps. They are usually narrower skis with full camber profiles and full twin tips. Freestyle Skis will also have more durable edges and dense extruded bases so they last longer.

Big Mountain – Big Mountain Skis are designed for charging lines with high speed and huge air. They are usually stiffer and heavier than most skis and will have more rocker in front than the back.

Powder – Powder Skis are the widest skis available (115mm or more) and have some form of rocker and soft flex. They’re designed to keep you floating while shredding through the deep stuff.

Alpine Touring – Backcountry Skis are designed for going uphill and downhill. They’re usually lighter than their width implies and have fittings for climbing skins.  Wider, heavier skis are used for deeper snow conditions and narrower, lighter skis are used for long distance touring.


Turning Radius:

Short (<16m) – Carving | All-Mountain | Powder

Medium (17-22m) – All-Mountain | Park & Pipe

Long (>22m) – Powder | Big-Mountain


Profile:

Camber – Traditional profile for skis. Camber has a slight upward curve in the middle of the ski with contact points close to the ends. camber requires more precise turn initiation and offers superb precision.

Camber Skis

Rocker – Rocker, or Reverse-Camber, produces more pressure on the snow at the tip and tail. It offers more float in soft snow and better ease of turn initiation with a lesser chance of catching an edge.

Rocker Ski

Rocker – Camber – combines a camber profile underfoot and early rise from a rocker ski. The rocker tip allows for better float in powder and prevents catching, while the cambered tail helps retain your edge while turning. They’re great for All-Mountain Skis, but not the greatest at riding switch.

Rocker – Camber – Rocker – combines the playfulness of a rocker ski and the strong edge hold of a camber ski. The camber midsection has a longer effective edge for stability and the rocker tip and tail help with floating in powder and making turns easier.

Rocker Camber Rocker Skis

Rocker – Flat – Rocker – Similar to Rocker – Camber – Rocker but provides a stronger edge hold and more pop than a rocker ski while retaining the ability to easily turn and float.

Rocker Flat Rocker


Best All-Mountain Skis | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Skis of the 2018-2019 Season.  However, there are tons more Skis out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Skis and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Skis List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

>>Need some Ski and Snowboarding Goggles?  Click HERE for the Best Ski and Snowboarding Goggles of 2018-2019<<

>>Need a Ski Helmet?  Click HERE for the Best Ski Helmets of 2018-2019<<

Best Ski Helmets | Powderheadz.com

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Powderheadz.com heads to Japan!

Powderheadz.com Japan


BY POWDERHEADZ TEAM

Osaka, Japan- The guys at www.powderheadz.com are taking a break from the Pacific Northwest and heading off to Japan for a week.  We’ll be spending a couple of days at Osaka, renting an 8-person van, and heading to Shiga Kogen to go snowboarding and testing out some new gear as well. Hopefully we’ll get a day or two in Tokyo before we bullet train it back to Osaka and back home.

Shiga Kogen

This’ll be more of a scouting trip to see if we can survive Japan as we plan for a much bigger trip next 2018-2019 season to Hakuba Valley, which was recently added to the Epic Pass. Check back here while we try and figure it out as we go along, leaving tips on how to plan your own trip out here.

 

Powderheadz.com

Snowboard Destination: Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge Ski Resort
The view from Vista Haus.

Located about 80 miles (128km) southwest of Denver, Colorado, or about a 2-hour drive from Denver International Airport (DEN), Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the most visited Ski Resorts in the Western Hemisphere. It’s owned by Vail Resorts, Inc., which owns and operates a plethora of other ski resorts such as Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Park City Mountain Resort, and Whistler Blackcomb.

Breckenridge Ski Resort offers over 180+ trails with 32 lifts across 600 acres of groomed runs and 1061 acres of alpine bowls and off-piste glades.

Powderheadz.com


How to Get There


There are multiple ways to get to Breckenridge. The best way to get there is flying into Denver International Airport (DEN) and taking an airport shuttle to the resort. By Car, you drive straight from Denver International Airport on I-70 to exit 203 in Frisco and take CO-9 South all the way to Breckenridge, CO. You can also fly into Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) which is 63 miles west of Breck or Colorado Springs Aiport (COS) which is 110 miles away.
But if you’re here for a week or more, rent a car so you can ride the 7 mountains within an hour drive from Breckenridge. If you have an Epic Pass or Epic Local Pass, you’ll have access to Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, or Vail. Sometimes you need a change-up from the same mountain, and we recommend you trying the other mountains for a different flavor of riding. Before heading out to any of the resorts, be sure to pay attention to weather and traffic reports.

Powderheadz.com

Snowboarding Destination: Park City Mountain Resort, UT

Park City, Utah | Powderheadz.com
Park City Mountain Resort

Located about 32 miles (51km) east of Salt Lake City, Utah, or about 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLT), Park City Mountain Resort is one of the best Ski Resorts in the Western US. With the recent merger of two iconic ski resorts by the Quicksilver Gondola—Park City and Canyons—Park City is now known as the largest Ski Resort in the United States. The whole area now operates as one giant resort called Park City Mountain Resort with Canyons referred to as “Canyons at Park City”.

Park City Mountain Resort offers more than 300+ trails across 7300 Acres of ski-able terrain with 41 lifts, 8 terrain parks, 14 bowls, 6 natural half pipes, a super pipe and a mini pipe.  It also has a variety of ski-in and ski-out properties throughout the resort to make Park City one of the most easily accessible mountain destinations in the world.

Powderheadz.com


How to Get There


The best way to get to Park City Mountain Resort is by flying into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLT),  and taking one of the many shuttles or taxis to either the Main Park City Base Area or the Canyon’s Base Area.  Since the Resort is the economic lifeblood of the city, transportation through buses, trolley, and shuttles around both base areas are free. If you need to get there fast, Ubers and Taxis are pretty easy to come by.

 

Powderheadz.com

Wax and Wine at Arc’teryx Vancouver

Arc'teryx Wax and Wine
Arc’teryx Wax and Wine at the Downtown Vancouver, BC Location.

BY POWDERHEADZ TEAM

Vancouver, BC – The Powderheadz.com team was able to attend a free Wax and Wine event at the semi-recently opened Downtown Vancouver location of North Vancouver’s based brand Arc’teryx on Decemeber 6, 2017. The season is off to a great start with all the local mountains opening way ahead of schedule. And this was definitely a good way to get our gear in order and peruse some of great Arc’teryx equipment at Canada’s largest store for the brand.

The staff was extremely helpful and the ski-techs were able to get through over 50 pairs of skis and snowboards while giving us demos on how to properly wax our equipment with Beaver Wax. Also, free beer! And prizes! (We didn’t win anything, boo.)

Winter is here!

Powderheadz.com