Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear

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.

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Best Action Cameras


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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)

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5 Stars

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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

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4.5 Stars

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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

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5 Stars

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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

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3.5 Stars

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Best Camera Drones


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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 Stars

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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.


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5 Stars

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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.


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3.5 Stars

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air bags

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Avalanche Airbags


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Avalanche Airbags help increase your survival rate if you ever end up in an Avalanche. The Avalanche Airbag packs contain CO² or compressed air that inflate a large bag (or sometimes two) that is manually deployed by the user by a ripcord. The Airbag’s large volume helps you float to the top during an avalanche and remains inflated for several minutes for maximum visibility and reduce rescue time.  They can often be reused and the compressed-air cartridges can be refilled with an adapter.

Avalanche Airbags are relatively expensive, but they is a life saving measure and worth every penny.


Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce

Black Diamond Halo 20 JetForce Airbag Pack

MaterialCordura | Nylon
Bag Volume26L
Weight3300g
Ski CarryYes
Snowboard CarryNo
Air Bag IncludedYes
Cylinder IncludedYes (Rechargeable)

The Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Backpack is a perfect bag for day trips into the backcountry. It rides really well with an easy ski carrying system and zippered pockets and it’s one of first bags in the market to come with a battery powered fan to inflate the airbag. However, it is on the heavy side and doesn’t have enough room (26 Litres) for you to pack extra gear for colder temperatures.


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5 Stars

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Mammut Pro Protection 35L Airbag

Mammut Pro Protection 35L Airbag Backpack

MaterialNylon
Bag Volume35L
Weight2690g
Ski CarryYes
Snowboard CarryYes
Air Bag IncludedYes
Cartridge Included No

The Mammut Pro Protection Airbag 3.0 is a light, durable, 35L backpack that is great for those who need more space for longer trips into the backcountry or mountain guides who need to carry more equipment. The Mammut’s PAS (Protection Airbag System) is stitched right into the bag and not only helps you float above the snow but also helps protect your head and neck from further trauma.


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4.5 Stars

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BCA Float 32 Airbag Pack

Backcountry Access Float 32 Airbag Pack

MaterialNylon
Bag Volume32L
Weight3090g
Ski CarryYes
Snowboard CarryNo
Air Bag IncludedYes
Cylinder IncludedNo

The BCA Float 32 Airbag Pack Backpack is a well-designed, super lightweight, all-around backpack that won’t destroy your wallet. It comes with dual zippered waist belt pockets, adjustable around the torso, and it gives you the option to wear the trigger on either shoulder.  The U-shaped air bag deploys from the top and inflates above your head and helps you keep afloat.


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5 Stars

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avalanche beacons

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Avalanche Beacons


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Avalanche Beacons become a necessary and life-saving purchase if you plan on stepping into the world of back-country skiing or back-country snowboarding. These Avalanche Transceivers operate at 457 kHz and help find people or equipment that gets buried under snow.  When the user goes on descent, the beacon is activated with a low-powered signal during the trip. If an avalanche were to occur and the owner is safe, they can switch the transceiver from transmit to receive mode, allowing it to search signals coming from other skiers or snowboarders who may be trapped.

These things are no joke. If you plan on doing any sort of backcountry riding, purchasing a solid Avalanche Tranceiver is paramount to safety. It can save your life one day.


Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon

Arva Neo Avalanche Transceiver

Range60 meters
Battery Life250 hours
Digital | AnalogDigital
Number of Antennae3
Flagging FeatureYes
Weight230 grams

The Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon is a straight-foward, performance driven transceiver that has excellent range, is user-friendly, and has a bevy of features. Its IosTech technology lengthens the beacon’s search bandwidth by making the second of three antennaes (two for searching, one for receiving) as strong as the first one.


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4 Stars

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Mammut PULSE Barryvox Beacon

Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon

Range60 meters
Battery Life200 hours
Digital | AnalogBoth
Number of Antennae3
Flagging FeatureYes
Weight210 grams

The Mammut PULSE Barryvox Beacon is a three-antenna transceiver with excellent range that has a 360 degree display that directs you back towards a beacon if you begin moving away. It can also manage up to seven target beacons that can be marked as “found” or “active” in case there are multiple burials.


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3.5 Stars

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Pieps DSP Pro Avalanche Beacon

Pieps DSP Pro Avalanche Beacon

Range60 meters
Battery Life400 hours
Digital | AnalogDigital
Number of Antennae3
Flagging FeatureYes
Weight200 grams

The Pieps DSP Pro Beacon is digital 3 antenna transceiver that has a broad search width that can keep track of up to 4 signals. In transmit mode, the beacon automatically switches to another antenna if one of them experiences interference from another device. It also adjusts its signal if 2 devices are buried close together, allowing you to tell them apart.


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4.5 Stars

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