Headlamps

Best Headlamps for 2019-2020

 Below you will find our staff’s current Top 10 Best Headlamps for 2019-2020.  2018-2019 was an amazing season for snowboarding and 2019-2020 is going to be even better.  Our team has gotten a look on some of the Best Headlamps out there for Snowboarding (or Hiking and Running!) so far.  And getting hands-on time with some of the coolest headlamps out there has been a real pleasure!

Choosing the perfect Headlamp whether you are Snowboarding at night or camping on vacation can make all the difference between frustration and a fantastic experience. No one likes a dim or ineffective Headlamp and relying on a flashlight or smartphone light to guide you through the night is never ideal.  In order to make this Top 10 Best Headlamps List, all headlamps had to satisfy certain requirements. Comfort, durability, construction quality and design were all factors.

Ranked from Skier’s, Snowboarders, Campers, and Hikers scattered across the globe, These headlamps have been tested in various conditions and environments.  From the Mountains of the Pacific Northwest to the Alps in Europe and the Andes in South America, these headlamps have seen a variety of things. These are some of the best Headlamps out there, and any time something better comes along, we will update this list with the latest and greatest headlamps.  Choosing your first headlamp as a beginner can be a little overwhelming, but this Top 10 Best Headlamps list is here to help you find the best headlamp for your needs.  Enjoy, and of course. . .safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Headlamps

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp 2019

The Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp is one of the best headlamps and overall a stellar product. It’s above average in nearly every major category: emits up to 300 Lumens in max mode, Red night vision mode, and a dimming feature. But it’s major selling point is its battery performance by using rechargeable batteries and integrating a charger in the housing that is supported by a USB adapter.  

It’s a great option for long trips as you don’t need to carry additional batteries with you. Just top up the battery after every use by plugging it into a car adapter, laptop, external, battery, etc. and you’ll start your next adventure not having to second guess your battery life. This is an excellent option for someone to buy a Snowboarding Headlamp once and never having to buy another one again.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Coast HL7 LED Headlamp

The Coast HL7 Focusing Headlamp is a beast of a headlamp and is one of the strongest and brightest headlamps on the list. It is able to project light over 150 meters and has almost three times the brightness as another competitor on the list, the Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp ReVolt. The Coast HL7 has a high usability factor a ton of features. First, it has the ability to transition from a wide floodlight to a focused spotlight with a simple twist of the bezel. Second, a simple on-off switch in the front. And third, an easy-to-use dimmer lever on the back by the battery pack.

However, the one drawback on the Coast HL7 Focusing Headlamp is the battery life, which clocks in around 4 hours. If you can do without a long battery life, this is a perfect choice to ride down the mountain for a night or a short trail run.  Just remember to bring extra batteries.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Black Diamond Storm 2016

Compared to the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp, the Black Diamond Storm Headlamp would be considered the bigger, stronger, older brother. This robust headlamp packs 250 lumens using 1 QuadPower LED along with 1 DoublePower white LED.  However such a powerful Headlamp requires four AAA batteries instead of three.

While it shares many of the same attributes as the Spot Headlamp such as PowerTap Technology it also includes Red and Green SinglePower LEDs for better Night Vision. Also, the Storm comes with a customized housing that is completely sealed from dust and water.

This is the premier Headlamp for outdoor usage, whether that is climbing in wet caves, hiking up tropical forests, and snowboarding in deep powder. The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp is a must buy for any outdoor enthusiast who doesn’t let a lack of sunlight get in the way. We believe it to be one of the best headlamps available.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Ultra Blue Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

The Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp is a perfect multi-discipline headlamp that can provide stellar light riding down a mountain or running on a dark, but busy road. This Headlamp is designed with the runner in mind because of the three red strobe taillights that can give fair warning to bikers or drivers coming up behind you. Or it can give your snowboarding partner another point of reference to find you when riding through the trees. The versatile Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp is a perfect option for those who are into multiple sports and would rather buy one headlamp instead of more.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Petzl NAO Headlamp

The Petzl NAO is in a league of its own. Considered one of the more luxurious headlamps out there, the Petzl NAO Headlamp has an amazing feature: the ability to adjust light output based on the situation. The integrated front sensor responds to reflected light and adjusts accordingly, giving you the perfect amount of light you would need in any given situation. When you’re stopped reading a map or your phone, the light will become soft and diffuse. When you’re moving, the headlamp will use a wide medium setting to show obstacles within your field of view. And when you’re looking ahead, it brightens and narrows to help you pick out your next target/path.

Best of all, it’s extremely customize-able using Petzl software to add up to 4 profiles/preference types to suit your needs.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Black Petzl TIKKA Headlamp

Considered the generic, baseline model of the group, the Petzl TIKKA + Headlamp is a perfect purchase for the casual user. It’s one step up from the Petzl Tikkina and a few models down from the overpowering Petzl NAO. With 180 Lumens, The LED is brighter and has more control than the Tikkina model.

It also features a red LED for better night vision and a boost mode that allows temporary access to maximum brightness with a single press of a button. Other great features include consistent light output over the life of the batteries and a reserve mode when the batteries are running low. This is an ideal value-based headlamp that has great all-around uses. It doesn’t excel in any given category like the other headlamps on this list, but it isn’t inferior in any category either. 

Best of all, it’s extremely customize-able using Petzl software to add up to 4 profiles/preference types to suit your needs.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp

With a combination of a single Maxbright LED that throws a 150-lumen spot beam and 3 Ultrabright LEDs, the Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp has the ability to perform in any environment, whether you need it for a close range area headlight or long distance spotting. The simple lightweight design is equipped with an asymmetrical bracket, an easily accessible battery door enclosure, and a large easy-to-use push button switch to go between modes. The end result is a headlamp with true versatility in a compact, water-resistant package.

Powderheadz Rating

3/5

Black Diamond Spot

One of the most popular headlamps out there, the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is an all around headlamp capable of just about everything. This waterproof headlamp (up to 1.1 meters submersion for 30 minutes) comes equipped with the stellar brightness of 200 lumens. Also included is the PowerTap Technology that allows the user to make quick beam adjustments on the fly with small taps to the side button, allowing simple transition between full and dimmed power to increase or decrease illumination in distance or proximity modes. This feature’s ease of use is a step up from normal button presses but a step down to the adaptive adjustment of Petzl’s Reactive Lighting Technology found in the Petzl NAO Headlamp.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Fenix HP25 Headlamp

The Fenix HP25 Headlamp is by far, the strongest, brightest headlamp on the list, and sometimes that’s all you need. It beats all the competitors by being able to project a beam of 180 lumens at over 160 meters! The trade-off for the Fenix HP25 Headlamp is it is heavier than the rest and drains batteries the fastest. However, the superior strength of this Headlamp more than compensates what it lacks in the other statistical categories of the other Headlamps such as the Black Diamond ReVolt or the Coast HL7.

Sometimes all you need is a super bright light when you’re running around at night or doing some quick turns in the trees. With the Fenix HP25 Headlamp, you’ll have the knowledge of knowing that nothing is brighter.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Black Petzl Tikkina Headlamp (80 lumens)

The Petzl TIKKINA Headlamp is an excellent Budget Headlamp that works great as an entry-level Headlamp. Considering the price, it gets the most bang for the buck in terms of battery life and performance. When compared to other headlamps in it’s price range, it drastically out-performs its competition. Any other Headlamp that you find that costs less than the Petzl TIKKINA Headlamp will have a significant drop-off in brightness and battery life. Anything less, and you get what you pay for.

Sometimes all you need is a super bright light when you’re running around at night or doing some quick turns in the trees. With the Fenix HP25 Headlamp, you’ll have the knowledge of knowing that nothing is brighter.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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And there you have it!  Our current Top 10 Best Headlamps of the 2019-2020 Season.  There are literally hundreds of headlamps out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices.  Do you think a certain headlamp deserves a spot on our Top Rated Headlamps 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 headlamp is right for you.  Happy riding!

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How-to: Buy Headlamps

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Snowboarding Out of Bounds with and without a Headlamp.

Headlamps today use LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) which are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and extremely durable.  But how can you tell the difference between headlamps?  There are several ways to determine which Snowboarding Headlamp is right for you:

Light Output (Lumens):

Lumens are a unit of measurement that indicates the total amount of light that is emitted in all directions from a light source. Generally, a headlamp with a high amount of lumens will consume energy at a higher rate than a light with a lower amount of lumens. However a higher lumen count doesn’t always mean a brighter headlamp. The brightness of a headlamp is usually determined with how well the Headlamp Manufacturer focuses and directs the light.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
A comparison between snowboarding with and without a headlamp.

Beam Distance:

A headlamp’s main purpose is to channel light to a targeted area. The manufacturer will usually determine how far (in meters) a headlamp’s light will project useable light. While lumens determines how bright a headlamp will be, beam distance will tell you how far the beam will travel.

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Snowboarding Out of Bounds with and without a Headlamp

Beam Type:

Spot – This beam type is usually tighter and enables long-distance viewing.  This version is usually best when going really fast down a mountain.

Flood – This is usually suitable for slower, more technical snowboarding in the trees.  It’s best to ride with this type of beam to see a large surrounding area.

Spot/Flood (Adjustable) – The best of both worlds and the most versatile.  It’s recommended to find a Headlamp that has this option.

Headlamp Modes:

Low – This is usually the standard setting that most Headlamps will use and is perfect when you have some moonlight to also guide you through the mountain.

Mid – Some Headlamps will have settings between Low and High to give the user more options.

High – This is usually the max setting that offers the most light available given on the model.  It’s best to use this when its almost pitch black due to cloud coverage or Moon-less nights.  However this setting will drain the battery the fastest.

Strobe – This mode usually comes with two rates:  fast and slow.  It’s often used as an emergency signal.

Red Light – Some headlamps will offer this mode which can help prevent the pupil to shrink as compared to the standard white light.  It’s good for nighttime navigation (when you’re walking around), but not necessarily when you are snowboarding.

Headlamp Modes:

Low – This is usually the standard setting that most Headlamps will use and is perfect when you have some moonlight to also guide you through the mountain.

Mid – Some Headlamps will have settings between Low and High to give the user more options.

High – This is usually the max setting that offers the most light available given on the model.  It’s best to use this when its almost pitch black due to cloud coverage or Moon-less nights.  However this setting will drain the battery the fastest.

Strobe – This mode usually comes with two rates:  fast and slow.  It’s often used as an emergency signal.

Red Light – Some headlamps will offer this mode which can help prevent the pupil to shrink as compared to the standard white light.  It’s good for nighttime navigation (when you’re walking around), but not necessarily when you are snowboarding.

Battery Life:

Headlamp Manufacturers usually determine the Headlamps effectiveness or run time based on how long the headlamp can produce usuable light (think light from a full moon) at two meters. Most Headlamps are designed to work with lithium batteries because they normally outperform alkaline batteries in cold-weather conditions. Rechargeable batteries work as well, but they tend to lose power when they are sitting idle. However, it’s always smart to carry backup batteries just in case. Never get stranded on a mountain because of carelessness.

Also, some high-powered headlamps offer battery packs in the rear of the headband with a small cable running to the front of the headlamp. It spreads the weight of the entire headlamp across your head, but it often feels clunky. It’s best to stick with regular headlamps.

Weight:

Usually, most Headlamps weigh less than 8 ounces (including batteries).  You won’t notice a difference in weight between Headlamps unless you go for some of the high-powered models that have external battery packs or have top straps for balance.

Other Features:

Regulated Output – Instead of the headlamp’s light gradually dimming, a regulated headlamp will offer a steady amount of brightness throughout a battery’s life.  This is a very popular feature but the downside is once it goes dark, it goes dark.  You won’t get the gradual warning that your headlamp is about to go like you would if your headlamp was unregulated.  That is why it is always important to carry spare batteries.

Water Resistance – Most headlamps will be able to withstand some degree of moisture from water and snow and can handle be immersed in water depending on length of time and depth.  Usually, this is a non-issue.

Tilt – The ability adjust the headlamp up and down while you are wearing it is a great option to consider.  It lets you position the beam exactly the way you like it and lets you ride more comfortably.

Top Straps – This option helps with the stability of the headlamp.  You usually won’t need this option since the headlamp is usually wrapped around your helmet.  You may want a top strap if you are planning to use this headlamp for other activities besides Snowboarding.

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And there you have it!  Our current Top 10 Best Headlamps of the 2019-2020 Season.  There are literally hundreds of headlamps out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices.  Do you think a certain headlamp deserves a spot on our Top Rated Headlamps 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 headlamp is right for you.  Happy riding!

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Best Snowboards for 2019-2020

There are hundreds of snowboards out there and they come in many shapes and sizes. And it can be daunting to find the best snowboard for you. Here at powderheadz.com, we strive to tell you which are the best snowboards for each type of rider. Whether you’re for All-Mountain, Freestyle, Freeride, or a Powderhound, we’ve got you covered for what we think are the best snowboards available.

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

Safe riding!

Our Top Snowboards for 2019-2020

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All-Mountain Snowboards

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboards

All-Mountain riders want it all. And these boards will give them the ability to handle it. All-Mountain boards tend to have a medium or stiff flex that give you more control and stability. They also come in either Directional Twin for those who want to point their boards down the mountain or True Twin for those who want the entire mountain to be their playground. These snowboards are designed to take all the punishment you can dish out. All-Mountain Boards are not to hot and not to cold, they’re just right.

Here are what we consider some of the Best All-Mountain Snowboards for Men:

Burton Custom Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)150 | 154 | 154W | 158 | 162W | 166W
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile|BendCamber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
The Burton Custom is never going give you up, never going to let you down. This classic board has been a perennial favorite for over 20 years. It’s classic camber profile will give you that great pop off jumps. And it’s directional twin shape will let you stay stable through all types of terrains, from off-piste to deep powder to the park.

Powderheadz Rating

4.7/5

Rossignol ONE LF

Sizes available (cm)153 | 156 | 157W | 159 | 161W | 165W
ShapeDirectional twin
Profile|BendRocker-Camber-Rocker
FlexStiff
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Rossignol One LF Snowboard comes with Lite Frame Technology – a urethane strip around the snowboard’s circumference, from nose to tail. This gives the board shock absorption across its full length and also enhances maneuverability. You’ll get a ridiculously smooth ride while maintaining complete board control.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

CAPiTA DOA Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)148 | 152 | 154 | 156 | 158 | 158W | 160 | 161W
ShapeTrue twin
Profile|BendRocker-Camber-Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The CAPiTA DOA is the cream of the crop True Twin Snowboard that will be the highlight of anyone’s quiver. The FSC Certified Dual Core and Carbon fiber beams will give you plenty of power and response for a playful ride. It’s the one board to rule them all, backed by tons of snowboarders everwhere. Go defend that awesome.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Here are what we consider some of the Best All-Mountain Snowboards for Women:

K2 First Lite Snowboard
Sizes available (cm)142 | 146 | 150 | 154
ShapeTapered Directional
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The K2 First Lite is made to help Snowboarders learn their skills quickly and effortlessly. The Catch-Free Rocker Baseline™ reduces the risk of catching an edge while you learn how to carve down the mountain. And the soft flex rating will give you a forgiving ride while still remaining fun and playful. It’s a great board that will hopefully build your confidence for years to come.

Powderheadz Rating

4.7/5
Gnu Ladies Choice Snowboard
Sizes available (cm)139 | 142 | 145 | 148
ShapeAsym True Twin
Profile | BendCamber – Rocker – Camber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Gnu Asymmetrical Ladies Choice Snowboard is a no nonsense hard-hitting board built for the woman who wants to the ride the whole mountain. Rides as fun as a surfboard but precise enough to handle the side country and variable conditions like a boss. It’s Magne-Traction edges give you insane control on ice and makes this snowboard a TRUE all-mountain board.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Burton Stylus Women's Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)138 | 142 | 147 | 152
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The Burton Stylus Snowboard is a great beginner to intermediate board that will give you a fun, super-chill, and  mellow ride without overwhelming you. The Easy Bevel combines the butter soft flex with a convex base for a catch-free riding experience while the Rocker-Flat-Rocker Profile and True Twin Shape will provide you with stable platform that offers effortless maneuverability.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Snowboarding Freeride

Our Top Freeride Snowboards

Freeriding is snowboarding with a soul. Freeriders take various aspects of snowboarding into a style that adapts to natural challenges, off-piste terrain and strays away from man-made features like jumps, rails, and groomed runs. It’s freedom of flow on the mountain. A poetry in motion of sorts. And a good poem needs a good pen.  The Best Freeride Snowboards have a directional shape and flex – a wide, soft nose with a stiff, narrower tail which allows the rider to lean back to float easily on powder. They are often longer and stiffer to keep you stable and fast and perform well in variable terrain.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freeride Snowboards for Men:

Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard
Sizes available(cm)152 | 156 | 159 | 159W | 162 | 162W
ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendDirectional Camber
FlexStiff
TerrainFreeride | Powder
Riding LevelAdvanced-Expert

The Burton Flight Attendant floats beautifully on powder but is able to carve hard into the groomers. You’ll be able to maintain high speed while remaining extremely stable. The snowboard has a slight tapered tail, forcing the board to dip down at slower speeds while riding through powder. The Flight Attendant is suitable for riding in the park, but this board deserves to be in the trees.

Powderheadz Rating

3.7/5
Jones Flagship Snowboard
Sizes available(cm)154 | 158 | 159W | 161 | 162W | 164 | 165W
ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendRocker-Camber-Rocker
FlexStiff
TerrainFreeride | Powder
Riding LevelAdvanced-Expert

The Jones Flagship Snowboard is a point and shoot type of snowboard. It’s a heavy and stiff snowboard with a slightly set back camber with a longer rocker in the front. You can go amazingly fast and aggressive on this very stable board, blasting through powder or chop, yet carve with complete control. This is a perfect freeride snowboard if you like doing a little freestyle off natural terrain.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5
Sizes available(cm)151 | 156
ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendRocker-Camber-Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainFreeride | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate-Advanced

The K2 Simple Pleasures Snowboard comes with a 19mm setback stance, a mild notch swallow tail and a short-n-wide profile that will give you effortless powder turns. The offset, underfoot camber with a tail rocker creates a surf-like feel on top of groomers as well as those deep snow days in the backcountry. It’ll be smooth riding on this snowboard that wishes it was a surfboard.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Here are what we consider some of the Best Freeride Snowboards for Women:

CAPiTA Paradise Snowboard
Sizes available (cm)141 | 143 | 145 | 147 | 149
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker-Camber-Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The CAPiTA Paradise Snowboard is an all-mountain freeride angled snowboard that’s poppy, stable and supportive while still remaining forgiving and easy to ride. The True Twin outline of a freestyle board and the camber profile of a freeride board offers a confident ride to the more adventurous riders out there.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5
Sizes available (cm)139 | 143 | 146 | 152 | 155
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker-Camber-Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Jones Twin Sister Snowboard is the board built for those who still dream of taking turns in the park while they’re riding deep in the powder snow. It’s a versatile all-mountain board that’s designed for you to take it to the limit off the beaten path, translating your park skills into more natural terrain with a blend of balanced power and playful pop.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5
Salomon Bellevue 2020
Sizes available (cm)144 | 148 | 152 | 155
ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendCamber
FlexStiff
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Salomon Bellevue Snowboard is all about getting after it. It’s a powerful and responsive beast of a board with a slight setback and a extra-wide cambered profile that’s designed to take on the whatever path you desire in the back country, whether it’s big mountain air, deep powder stashes, or gorgeous tree lines.

Powderheadz Rating

4.3/5

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Freestyle Snowboarding

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboards

It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time. It’s tricky. Freestyle snowboarding 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 boards 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 boards if you plan on being hyper-aggressive riding park.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Snowboards for Men:

Sizes available (cm)149 | 151 | 153 | 153W | 155 | 157
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker-Flat-Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The CAPiTA Ultrafear keeps it loose. It’s a versatile flat, freestyle snowboard with a little bit of rocker towards the nose and tail of the board. Though it’s not built for speed, it’s still pretty fast and you’ll be able to turn on a dime without catching an edge. Suitable for powder, the CAPiTA Ultrafear works best at the park with it’s skateboard-like feel.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Arbor Westmark Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)150 | 153 | 156 | 157MW | 159
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendCamber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate | Advanced

The Arbor Westmark Camber Snowboard provides a stable ride on cold, crusty snow and hardpack. This speedy ride will let you take on the park, pop your take-offs, and stomp your landings. The Westmark provides the flex and response you want while jibbing, without sacrificing the stability you need for higher speeds and bigger gaps.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Arbor Coda Rocker

Sizes available (cm)154 | 156 | 157MW | 158 | 160 | 161MW | 162
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker
FlexStiff
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freeride
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Arbor Coda Rocker Snowboard offers a surfy ride with natural float and clean tracking. It’s designed with a slightly directional twin shape that lets you conquer any terrain the mountain gives you, whether it’s backcountry or park. It’s all about versatility with a poplar core that provides an enhanced edgehold and some extra pop.

Powderheadz Rating

4.3/5

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Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Snowboards for Women:

Burton Talent Scout

Sizes available (cm)138 | 141 | 146 | 149 | 152
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendCamber
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Burton Talent Scout Snowboard has Overbite Frostbite Edges that provide enormous edge control in icy conditions and an off-axis squeezebox core that gives the snowboard some great pop. It’s true twin, cambered profile will take your talents all over the mountain.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

K2 Lime Lite

Sizes available (cm)138 | 142 | 146 | 149 | 153
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
FlexSoft
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The K2 Lime Lite Snowboard comes with the  Tweekend™ twin rocker profile that will give you the freedom and control to jib and spin in the park while the carbon stringers will keep you stable and smooth with a superior edge hold. It’s a great progression snowboard that’ll keep you fun and loose.

Powderheadz Rating

3.8/5

Salomon Gypsy Snowboard 2020

Sizes available (cm)138 | 143 | 147 | 151
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
FlexMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain | Freestyle
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Salomon Gypsy Snowboard features the Quadralizer, Slingshot Sidewalls for more control, maneuverability, and better flex in the park. The Rock Out Camber combined with the Popster Booster Core will help you send it through the air while the Slingshot dampening will cushion your landings.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Snowboards

There are so many types of snowboards out there with a multitude attributes, it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of snowboard you should get. Camber or Rocker? Directional 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 snowboard, 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 snowboards you should look at. Many snowboards are actually described as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert or have a range such as Intermediate to Advanced. The right board can help make learning easier for beginners or have specific characteristics designed for an expert rider.

Beginner – If you’re struggling to stay on your feet or stop without falling you’re a true beginner. But if you’re able to link turns and aren’t too comfortable doing so, you’re at the high-end of beginner.

Intermediate – If you’re comfortable at linking turns but skidding a little bit you’re just entering the intermediate range. If you’re comfortable linking turns on Blue Runs and can somewhat navigate Black runs you’re at the high end of intermediate. You’re also at the high end of intermediate if you’re learning or able to ride switch, can take small jumps in the park, or your able to venture into the backcountry.

Advanced – You’re comfortable to ride black diamonds and some double black diamonds and you can link turns at high speeds or steep terrain. Or you’re comfortable landing most small/medium jumps, handling small/medium features (rails and boxes), able to get in and out of the pipe, or ride off-piste/backcountry with some confidence. At this point, you’ve also probably found your style of riding: all-mountain, freestyle, freeride, park, or powder.

Expert – You’re practically a professional and are sponsored. You’re riding fast down a double-black or challenging backcountry, or taking large/extra-large features at the Park.

Riding Style:

All-Mountain – All-Mountain Snowboards are designed in all snow conditions and terrain: groomers, powder, and park runs. If you’re unsure which board to purchase, these snowboards are the most versatile to suit your needs.

Freestyle – Freestyle Snowboards are often shorter and have a true twin shape so you can ride switch easily. These snowboards fit right in at terrain parks or the occasional street grind.

Freeride – Freeride Snowboards are often longer and have a directional shape with stiff flex. These snowboards are made for those who stay off groomed runs and in variable terrain (Off Piste or Backcountry).

Powder – Powder Snowboards are a variation of Freeride Snowboards. They are longer, have a directional shape, and a stiff flex. They also have a wider nose and a narrow tail and the rider’s stance is often in the rear of the board, to help with floating on powder.

Shape:

Directional Shape – Common shape for All-Mountain Snowboards and Freeride Snowboards. Directional Snowboards are designed to be ridden in one direction. They are often stiffer in the tail and softer towards the nose to help with stability while carving at high speeds. Bindings are mounted towards to the rear.

Directional Twin Shape – Common shape for All-Mountain Snowboards and Freestyle Snowboards. Combines both attributes of directional and true twin shapes. Can come with a symmetrical shape but directional flex or a directional shape with a symmetrical flex. Bindings are usually mounted in the center.

True Twin Shape – Common shape for Freestyle Snowboards. True Twin Snowboards are completely symmetrical with identical nose and tips as well as flex pattern. You’ll be able to ride in both directionons with ease. Bindings are mounted in the center.

Profile:

Camber – Traditional profile for snowboards. Has a smooth arch underfoot and even pressure when the ride stands on it. Offers maximum energy and pop.

camber profile

Rocker – Has a smooth downward curve with less edge contact when the rider stands on it. Float well on powder. Doesn’t catch as much as Camber snowboards when trying to land 360s.

rocker profile

Flat – Splits the difference in benefits of a Camber and Rocker snowboard. Can turn better than a Camber snowboard but better edging than a Rocker snowboard.

flat profile

Rocker – Camber – Rocker – Popular profile for Freeride snowboards. Gives a hard-carving edge hold on firm snow and greater turning ability in powder

rocker camber rocker profile

Rocker – Flat – Rocker – Combination of Rocker snowboards and Flat Snowboards. Gives a hard-carving edge hold and pop more than a Rocker Snowboard.

rocker flat rocker profile

Camber – Rocker – Camber – Gives a strong, pressured carving zone between the snowboarder’s feet and retains precision and pop from the nose to to tail.

camber rocker camber profile

Flex:

Flex is often measured from 1 to 10, with 1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest. Freestyle snowboards and All-mountain snowboards usually have a softer flex. They are more forgiving and easier to turn. Soft flex boards are great for beginners. Freeride snowboards and Powder snowboards usually have a stiffer flex. They provide a better edge hold and are more stable at higher speeds.

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

As always, happy riding!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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