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Best Ski Poles for 2019-2020

Picking the right ski poles is about finding the right combination of features and construction for your ability, style, and type of terrain. They can help you create a rhythm for the turning, help you move easily across flat sections of runs, and provide an anchor as you climb up the mountain when you’re in the backcountry. You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Ski Poles for 2019-2020 down below.

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Our Top Ski Poles for 2019-2020

2020 K2 Power 10 Airfoil Carbon Alpine Ski Poles

The K2 Power 10 Airfoil Carbon Ski Poles are designed to reduce wind drag and overall weight and feature a carbon fibre shaft. It’s reinforced with a triax outer wrap for added strength and stiffness. The poles also debut the AsymmPro™ Grip and Strap combination, the most ergonomic, comfortable and easy to use design seen in poles.

Sizes42 | 44 | 46 | 52
ShaftAirfoil Carbon Technology
GripRip Cord Grip System
Basket70mm Freeride Basket
TipCarbide Tip
Weight7oz

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Line Skis Grip Stick Ski Poles

The Line Grip Stick Ski Poles are the Pointy Stick for you if you are looking for an ergonomic grip that will fit perfectly in your hands. The Snake Grip is contoured to fit easily into your hands. Made from 6061 high grade aluminum this durable new pole comes with 60mm and 90mm baskets that easily screw on and off for hard snow skiing or tearing up the fresh pow.

Sizes40 | 42 | 44 | 46 | 48 | 50
Shaft6061 Aluminum
GripContoured Snake Grip
BasketIncludes 2 Screwoff™ Baskets
TipCarbide Tip
Weight19.2oz to 21.6oz

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Salomon X North

The Salomon X North Ski Poles are strong and lightweight aluminum poles that offers durable weight saving for all types of skiing.  The classic graphics should match any pair of skis that Salomon has to offer.

Sizes44 | 46 | 48 | 50 | 52
ShaftAluminum
GripMono Material All-Mountain Grip
BasketAll-Mountain Basket (Interchangeable)
TipStandard Tip
Weight3.2 oz

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Scott 720 Ski Poles

The Scott 720 Ski Poles are for any skier looking for performance and value. The S3 Aluminum Alloy Shaft is durable with nice balance and the P-Core Grip has injection molded, soft thermoplastic rubber that will strengthen your grip on the pole itself. The Re-Entry Strap System lets you adjust the length of the strap with one hand and the ice tip is durable enough to provide you with a firm hold on any type of snow conditions.

Sizes44 | 46 | 48 | 50 | 52 | 54
ShaftAluminum Alloy
GripP-Core Rubber Grip
BasketStandard Basket
TipIce Tip
Weight12oz

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Atomic Park Ski Poles 2020

The Atomic Park Ski Poles features an 18mm aluminum shaft plus bike grips, wide straps, and powder baskets. They are built for the freestyle skier that takes it into the backcountry. Build a kicker, loop into the Atomic Park Ski Poles, and drop in.

Sizes36 | 38 | 40 | 42 | 44 | 46 | 48 | 50
Shaft6061 Aluminum
GripMountain Bike Grip
Basket85mm Powder Basket
TipCarbide Tip
Weight15.7oz

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Leki Spark S Ski Poles

The Leki Spark S Ski Poles have been specifically designed to perform for aggressive skiers. The Leki Spark S Ski Poles are made of super-light, high-strength aluminum alloys and a well thought-out Trigger S system that integrates the glove into the grip. You can use traditional gloves as well with the included straps.

Sizes44 | 46 | 48 | 50 | 52 | 54
ShaftAluminum TS 5.0
GripTrigger S Grip
BasketStandard Basket
TipIce Tip
Weight9oz

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Ski Poles of the 2019-2020 Season. There are literally hundreds of ski poles out there and finding the right pair can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices. Do you think a certain pair of ski poles deserves a spot on our Top Rated Ski Poles 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 poles is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski Poles

Good Ski Poles should be strong enough to plant your turns, light enough so your arms don’t get tired, and flexible enough to withstand any crashes. For beginners, any ski pole will do. But for the more experienced, you may want to splurge a little on poles that have a better strength-to-weight ratio.

Ski Pole Parts: 

Grips – Deciding on the type of grip usually depends on your preference and how well it fits in your hand. The most common grip materials are plastic and rubber because neither absorb moisture. Rubber is usually more comfortable and some poles have dual-density foam inside for increased comfort. Higher end models will sometimes have a choke on the ski poles to help hike up steep sections.

Straps – Ski pole straps are usually made with a basic nylon webbing and are designed to keep the poles wrapped around your hands. You really only need to worry about your straps is if they can’t fit around your ski gloves and wrists. Your best bet is to find a pole that has adjustable straps.

Baskets – The plastic, circular baskets are designed to prevent your ski poles from sinking too deep into the snow when you are planting them. Most downhill poles come with standard or “groomer” baskets and are smaller in diameter. Backcountry ski poles will tend to have larger diameter baskets. The circumference of these baskets are usually between 3.5 to 4 inches.

Ski Pole Shaft Materials:

Aluminum – a majority of ski poles have some aluminum in them because they are super cheap to make. They’re also more malleable than carbon and fiberglass and can sometimes be bent back into shape if you crash. More expensive and higher grade aluminum will have a greater strength to weight ratio which will help increase its longevity.

Carbon Fiber – These high-end performance ski poles are lightweight and have a natural flex under pressure in contrast to aluminum. However, if you bend it too much, they will eventually snap. These poles are usually not for those who ski aggressively in the terrain park or off cliff jumps.

Fiberglass – These ski poles are similar to carbon fiber poles but trades low durability with low cost. They have a certain amount of flex to them but will eventually snap. This material is best when blended with aluminum to reduce weight and increase durability.

Skier Profile:

You should decide which type of ski pole to purchase based on the type of skiing you plan on doing:

Beginner to Intermediate Groomers – Fixed length basic aluminum with standard baskets

Advanced to Expert Groomers – Fixed length durable aluminum/carbon fiber with standard baskets

Backcountry – Adjustable Lightweight Carbon Fiber with powder baskets

Terrain Park – Shorter length high-strength aluminum with standard baskets.

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

As always, 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.

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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 Snowboards for beginners

Best Beginner Snowboards for 2019-2020

Buying your first beginner snowboard can be difficult, but in the long run it is worth it. It’s better to invest in your own board the first year rather than rent out sub-par rental equipment at a resort.  There are a few key things you should pay attention to when shopping for a beginner snowboard:

  • A good sized board that matches your body weight and skill level
  • Soft/Medium Flex will help you avoid catching edges
  • Twin or Directional Twin Shape

Many of these boards are built to last and are designed for you to grow with them. Even after you get better at snowboarding, you can keep using these until you’re ready to add another snowboard to your quiver. Plus, it’s always nice to have an extra board around in case you convince a friend to join you in the fun.

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Beginner Snowboards for Men

Men's Burton Instigator Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)140 | 145 | 150 | 150W | 155 | 155W | 160 | 160W | 165W
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
CoreFSC Certified Super Fly 800G CoreDualzone EGD
FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner

The Burton Instigator Snowboard is the gold standard for beginner snowboards. It’s easy to ride and even easier on your bank account.  The Burton Instigator is designed to help you learn the basics as quickly as possible. It has a slightly directional shape with a wider and longer front, but you can still ride switch just as easily. The profile has a flat shape instead of the usual rocker profile. Turns are now easier to engage and your less likely to catch and edge and crash.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Burton Ripcord Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)145 | 150 | 154 | 156W | 157 |158W | 159 | 162W
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
CoreFSC Certified Super Fly 900G Core
FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The Burton Ripcord Snowboard is built to help beginners and intermediate riders get better in more advanced situations. Like the Burton Instigator Snowboard – Men’s 2019 , the Ripcord has a directional shape and a flat profile that will help prevent you from catching edges. It has a softer, playful flex and Easy Rider features that is more forgiving than most snowboards. Upgrading the snowboard to the Channel™ system allows you to adjust your stance setup with any binding (not just Burton’s). This board sets you up for success as an entry-level performance snowboard. It’s a snowboard that gives you room to grow from Newbie to Intermediate.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

DC Focus Men's Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)137 | 144 | 149 | 155W | 157 | 159W
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker
CoreAstro Core
FlexMedium
 TerrainFreestyle
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The DC Focus is designed for the beginner who has already taken a few lessons on the mountain and is comfortable enough to go to the next level. This freestyle terrain board is built with a true twin shape and beveled edge.  It’s light and flexible enough to maneuver easily, and it’s anti-camber rocker style will help you from catching edges while you can be aggressive on the turns. If you’ve decided to ride park instead of groomers and back country, this is the board that will get you started.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Arbor Foundation 2019 Men's Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)148 | 152 | 155 | 158 | 161 | 162MW
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendParabolic Rocker
CorePoplar Core
FlexMedium
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The Arbor Foundation is self-explanatory. It’s an entry-level board for the developing snowboarder with a parabolic rocker that’s forgiving during your first turns. It helps you build a (wait for it) foundation to help you strive towards more advanced riding. The core of these boards are made of poplar and built to teach you how to board without any expensive bells and whistles. You can beat up this board as you learn how to snowboard with no regrets and no fear.

This All-Mountain snowboard will allow you to get a little taste of everything, before you decide whether to ride on groomers, between the trees, or on the rails.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Men's Yes Basic Snowboard 2019

Sizes available (cm)146 | 149 | 152 | 155 | 156W | 158 |159W | 161 | 163W
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
CoreFull Poplar
FlexSoft – Medium
 TerrainFreestyle | All-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate

An incredibly easy ride, the YES Basic Snowboard is an old-school board with soft to medium flex. Buy this board if after a few days of lessons on the mountain, you’re already confident enough to go down some blues and maybe even try a black or two. The soft flex, camber profile, and true twin shape gives this board some flexibility as a freestyle or all-mountain board. If you buy this snowboard, you won’t have to upgrade to another board for a few more years. With this snowboard, you’re basically saying, “to hell with these bunny slopes, I want to go hard, NOW!”

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Our Top Rated Beginner Snowboards for Women

Women's K2 First Lite Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)138 | 142 | 146 | 150 | 154
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
CoreW1 Core | Single Species of wood
FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner

The K2 First Lite is the best snowboard for a beginner yet can still hang with intermediate riders. It’s lightweight on your feet, has soft flex, and a rocker – flat – rocker profile that’s great for entering and exiting turns with ease. The all-wood core becomes responsive at fast speeds but is nice and forgiving enough so you don’t ever feel out of control. This board will help you learn how to ride, and fast.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Women's Burton Feather Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)140 | 144 | 149 | 152 | 155
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
Core

FSC Certified Super Fly 800G Core

Dualzone EGD

FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The Burton Feather is a super light board with a super light feel that makes learning effortless. The tapered shape and stability makes turning extremely easy and the twin flex lets you ride in both directions easily. And the wide nose and narrower tail will help you float in powder.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Women's Salomon Lotus Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)135 | 138| 142 | 146 | 151
ShapeDirectional Twin
Profile | BendFlat Out Camber
CoreAspen Core – FSC Certified Aspen Wood with strips of birch
FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner

The Salomon Lotus is a fun board that has a soft and forgiving flex. The Flat Out Camber profile keeps the board steady and easy to turn. Salomon’s ‘Bite Free Edges’ also reduces your chances of catching an edge so you can learn with more confidence.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Beginner Snowboards | Powderheadz.com

And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Beginner Snowboards of the 2019-2020 Season. There are literally hundreds of snowboards out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices. Do you think a certain snowboard deserves a spot on our Top Rated Beginner Snowboard 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 beginner snowboard is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Beginner Snowboards

Buying a snowboard can be a daunting task. There are so many snowboards built for different styles of terrain that you may not know where to start. Do you plan on staying on groomers? Hike through the back country? Coast on some powder? Or uncork some tricks at the park? Answering these questions will help guide you towards the right direction.

Before you consider purchasing a snowboard (it can be a pricey investment), take time to familiarize yourself with what type of snowboards are out there.

Snowboard Types: 

All-mountain – Not too cold, and not too hot. All-mountain boards are a combination of Freeride and Freestyle snowboards built for those who want to do a little bit of everything. These are often the most versatile boards that have a medium flex and can come either directional or twin-tipped. The length of the board is often adjusted based on what style the rider is tends to lean towards, freeride or freestyle.

Freeride – Freeriding is for those who wish to explore what the mountain has to offer, whether that’s on the groomers or in-between the trees. Most often though, Freeriders stick to the back country, side country, or oft-piste”. Freeride boards are usually directional in both shape and flex. They have a stiff, over-sized nose compared to a shorter, stiffer tail that helps you initiate turns better and float on powder.

Freestyle – Freestyle snowboarding is reserved for the terrain parks. If you’re into tricks and big air, grab one of these boards. Freestyle boards are short, light, flexible, and are twin-tipped shaped so you can go back and forth between regular and switch.  Many beginner snowboarders should look into Freestyle boards because their short length and soft flex respond to the rider quicker.

Powder – These boards are for advanced riders who love to stick to the backcountry or between the trees to find that perfect run of fresh snow. The boards will be stiffer, longer, and have a specific cambers to keep the board floating on top. Make sure you know what you’re doing if you decide to go in this direction.

Snowboard Shape:

Directional – Directional boards have a longer nose and shorter tail. Sometimes they have a twin flex but most often they will have a soft nose and stiff tail. These boards are made for all-mountain and are designed to float a bit through powder.

Directional Twin – A mix between directional and twin shaped boards (who would have thought).  These boards have a true twin shape but have a directional flex and are made for freeride. They have a softer nose and a stiffer tail and your stance is usually further back than a true twin.

True Twin – Twin boards are symmetrical in shape and in flex and have a centered stance. These boards are best for beginners and freestyle riders. You’ll be able to ride switch like you can ride regular.

Tapered – Tapered boards are directional boards where the nose is also wider than the tail. These are designed for powder riding and are fairly stiff, so you can fly down the mountain as fast as you want. However, do not ride switch on these guys, you’re going to have a bad time.

Snowboard Shape:

Directional – Directional boards have a longer nose and shorter tail. Sometimes they have a twin flex but most often they will have a soft nose and stiff tail. These boards are made for all-mountain and are designed to float a bit through powder.

Directional Twin – A mix between directional and twin shaped boards (who would have thought).  These boards have a true twin shape but have a directional flex and are made for freeride. They have a softer nose and a stiffer tail and your stance is usually further back than a true twin.

True Twin – Twin boards are symmetrical in shape and in flex and have a centered stance. These boards are best for beginners and freestyle riders. You’ll be able to ride switch like you can ride regular.

Tapered – Tapered boards are directional boards where the nose is also wider than the tail. These are designed for powder riding and are fairly stiff, so you can fly down the mountain as fast as you want. However, do not ride switch on these guys, you’re going to have a bad time.

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Camber profiles

Camber – These boards are responsive and give a stable ride with some pop.  Great for groomed runs and speed-demons.

Rocker – Rocker boards work great in powder as well as riding rails in the park. They’re usually softer than camber boards and are best for newbies.

Flat – These boards are responsive and turn on a dime while still being able to float.

Mixed – Hybrid boards with any combination of camber, flat, or rocker. These boards usually try to merge the benefits of either camber or rocker so you get a little bit of both.

Length:

The old saying goes, “The length of the board should be somewhere between your chin and your nose.” However, this old-school approach doesn’t account for the most important thing: the rider’s weight. Many brands will have different weight ranges for their lengths and different styles of boards. It’s best to find a good middle point for the weight vs. length, but always err on the side of a shorter board. The best advice? Read the sticker on the board before you purchase it.

Width:

You want your feet to overhang the edge by a little over half an inch.  More than that and you’ll drag your feet when you turn, which will slow you down considerably. Less than that you’ll have less control on your edges.  Also, wide boards float better in powder and are more stable while narrow boards are easier to turn.  Usually, if you’re feet are US Size 11 or more, go for the Wider boards.

 

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

As always, happy riding!

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Best Ski Bindings for Beginners

Best Ski Bindings for 2019-2020

Ski Bindings connect your body to your skis. They respond to your muscle movements and allow you to transfer power between your legs and your skis as you ride down the mountain. It’s good to find the Best Ski Bindings that fit your riding ability to give you a better skiing experience.

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

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

Safe riding!

Best Alpine Ski Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated Alpine Ski Bindings for Men

Alpine Ski Bindings are the downhill bindings that most traditional skiers will need. They are the least expensive and provide the most security for resort skiing. The fixed heel means you can’t go touring with these bindings, but you’re still able to hit the off-piste areas of most resorts.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Alpine Ski Bindings:

Look Pivot 14 AW Ski Bindings 2019

Sizes available (mm)95 | 115 | 130
DIN Release Value Low5
DIN Release Value High14
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
Boot Sole TypeAlpine DIN, Walk to Ride

The Look Pivot 14 AW Ski Bindings are a benchmark to the free-ski scene, as it ensures their safety while enhancing their performance. What truly sets them apart is its turntable heel-piece, which supports releases according to the axis of the tibia, as well as its record-breaking elasticity and shorter binding attachment area, responsible for the skis’ highly neutral and natural behavior.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Marker Griffon 13 ID Alpine Ski Bindings

Sizes available (mm)90 | 110 | 120
DIN Release Value Low4
DIN Release Value High13
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Boot Sole TypeAlpine DIN, Alpine Touring

Marker’s Griffon 13 ID Ski Bindings are built with all the tech and safety features you need to shred the entire mountain. The wide platform effectively drives everything from mid-fat skis to powder boards. Its adjustable Sole.ID technology can work with standard alpine boots or lugged AT soles. The Inter Pivot heel is easy to step into and the stainless steel gliding AFD delivers a smooth and reliable feel.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Salomon STH 13 WTR 2020

Sizes available (mm)90 | 100 | 115 | 130
DIN Release Value Low5
DIN Release Value High13
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Boot Sole TypeAlpine DIN, Walk to Ride

The Salomon STH2 13 Bindings are a favorite amongst free skiers. It featuring a low-profile chassis paired with progressive transfer pads that provide a responsive feel. An oversized platform with a 71mm base plate makes for an ideal design to maximize your lateral efficiency. And a self-retracting, free-ski brake gives you ample control creating an ultra responsive feeling.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Ski Bindings for Intermediates

Our Top Rated Alpine Ski Bindings for Men

Tech Ski Bindings are usually lighter and the ski bindings of choice for Alpine Touring. They’re great in soft, powdery snow but can be somewhat rigid in icier conditions. However, tech bindings have gotten some major upgrades over the years to make them feel more like alpine ski bindings going down hill.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Tech Ski Bindings:

Marker Kingpin 13 Ski Bindings

Sizes available (mm)90 | 100 | 110 | 125
DIN Release Value Low4
DIN Release Value High13
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Boot Sole TypeAlpine DIN, Tech

The Marker Kingpin 13 Ski Bindings redefines the performance standard in PinTech AT binding technology. Its innovative toe and heel pieces, ease of use, DIN/ISO certified release function, and unbeatable power transmission while on the descent will give you a brand new backcountry experience.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Dynafit ST Radical Sk Bindings

Sizes available (mm)90 | 105 | 120 | 135
DIN Release Value Low4
DIN Release Value High10
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Boot Sole TypeTech, Tech only
  

The Dynafit ST Radical St 2.0 Ski Binding has step-in side towers, an easy lock brake system, and a Crampon slot rotating toe piece that offers simple operation and increased safety, which makes the frame-less system accessible to every skier.

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

G3 Ion 12 Ski Bindings 2020

Sizes available (mm) 85| 100 | 115 | 130
DIN Release Value Low4
DIN Release Value High10
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
Boot Sole TypeTech, Tech Only
  

The G3 Ion 12 Alpine Touring Ski Bindings are a lightweight, high performance binding that’s perfect for tackling whatever the winter season throws your way. These bindings feature optimal energy absorbtion, a user friendly heel rotation that’s perfect for touring and a powerful design that you can depend on.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Ski Bindings for Experts

Our Top Rated Alpine Touring Frame Bindings for Men

Alpine Touring Frame Ski Bindings are a fairly new type of bindings. They are as secure and responsive as normal alpine bindings with touring abilities, making it a great two-for-one combo. However, they’re fairly heavy for backcountry purist who usually select tech bindings.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Alpine Touring Ski Bindings:

Atomic Tracker MNC 16 Alpine Touring Ski Bindings

Sizes available (mm)90 | 100 | 115 | 130
DIN Release Value Low7
DIN Release Value High16
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
Boot Sole TypeAlpine DIN, Alpine Touring

The Atomic Tracker MNC (Multi-Norm Certified) 16 Ski Binding could definitely be the clamp you use every time you’re on snow this season. It skis like an alpine binding, with a rugged U Power toe, oversized platform, and a DIN that goes all the way to 16, but it can easily turn into a touring binding that can get you up to to those stomach-churning lines you want to ski too, thanks to the 90-degree toe pivot, flat nose, and hike-and-ride switch that can be operated while you’re still locked into the binding.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Marker Baron EPF Alpine Touring Ski Bindings

Sizes available (mm)110
DIN Release Value Low4
DIN Release Value High13
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Boot Sole TypeAlpine DIN, Walk to Ride

The Marker Baron EPF 13 Bindings allows you to ride lift access terrain all day and then with a flick of the heel you have an Alpine Touring Binding that can help you explore beyond the resort boundaries. The bindings feature a wide extended power frame chassis in a beefy construction for maximizing downhill performance while providing the ability to ascend with three different climbing angles. With a DIN range of 4 – 13, the Baron EPF 13’s are a great entry-level alpine touring binding that balances performance and overall weight.

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

Marker F10 Tour EPF Bindings

Sizes available (mm)110
DIN Release Value Low4
DIN Release Value High12
Riding LevelIntermediate -Advanced
Boot Sole TypeAlpine Touring, Walk to Ride

The Marker F10 Tour EPF Bindings offers a balance of downhill ski ability with exceptional uphill climbing, making this ideal for the skier looking to spend more time off-piste then stuck in line skiing groomed runs on the resort. The F10’s can accommodate both alpine and alpine touring ISO boot soles to further extend your efficiency in the back-country. With a DIN range of 4 to 12 and a light-weight construction, The F10 Tour EPF bindings balance between efficiency and performance to give you the best of both world while exploring!

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

How-To: Buy the Best Ski Bindings

Ski Bindings come with a ton of features, and it can be a bit intimidating while figuring out what kind of Ski Bindings you should purchase. Alpine Downhill vs. Alpine Touring vs. Tech Bindings? 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 Ski Bindings out there.

DIN:

DIN, or Deutsches Institut für Normung (let’s stick with DIN from now on), defines the amount of force at which a binding will release from a ski boot. The number ranges from 1 to 18, with the higher number means the bindings will hold you longer. You want to get this number right for safety reasons; you can severely injure yourself if a binding releases too early while riding or too late during a crash.

In order to get the right DIN for you, its best to consult the experts at a ski shop.

Ski Binding Types:

Alpine Bindings – Alpine (or Downhill) Bindings are for your classic skier. You enter them easily by sliding your toe in and pressing down on your heel to lock in. They can accommodate nearly all traditional downhill ski boots. Exiting is as easy as pressing the binding’s heel down. Their low height helps connect the skier to the ski and in the event of a crash, the release is consistent and safe.

Tech Bindings – Tech bindings are ultralight bindings that are designed for skiers who spend many hours going uphill. Instead of a traditional alpine toe piece, there are two pins that lock into tech-compatible ski boots. The lower weight also means that there’s a reduction in power transfer when you’re skiing. The bindings are similar to alpine touring bindings with the ability to release the heel for climbing and some come with low profile climbing bars to help reduce calf fatigue. It’s also important to note that alpine ski boots and alpine touring ski boots are not compatible with tech bindings.

Alpine Touring Frame Bindings – These bindings are a crossbreed of alpine and backcountry bindings. The framed design gives great power transmission downhill in alpine mode and efficient climbing ability in it’s touring mode. They can also accommodate a wide selection of standard alpine ski boots or touring boots that have rockered soles. However, you still want to find a boot that has the mobility and range of motion designed for backcountry skiing. The dual functionality comes at a cost though; it’s relatively heavy compared to other types of bindings.

Brake Width:

It’s a good idea to find a pair of binding’s whose brake width lines up closely with the waist of your skis (greater than or equal to). You also don’t want your brakes to be too wide or they’ll drag when your riding down the hard stuff. Remember to always buy your ski’s first, then find a pair of ski bindings to go along with them. A general rule of thumb is to find something thats 10-15mm wider than your ski’s waist.

Other Features:

Anti-Friction Device – AFDs are a sliding mechanism or a low friction device on the binding’s toe piece that goes under the ski boot. It’s designed to minimize friction between the boot and binding and allow a smooth release.

Elastic Movement – Some bindings allow a certain amount of vertical and lateral movement before a skier releases from the binding which prevents an accidental release. The elasticity also gives the skier some level of shock absorption while cruising down bumps or after landings.

Riser Plates (Lifters) – Lifters are plates designed to raise the skier away from the skis to prevent the boot sides from touching the snow during more intense carving turns. It’s usually reserved for racers.

Best Ski Bindings | Powderheadz.com

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

As always, happy riding!

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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:

2020 Nordica Enforcer 93 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

2020 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

2020 Volkl Kendo 88 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

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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:

2020 Atomic Backland 107 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

2020 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

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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:

2020 Line Skis Tom Wallisch Skis

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

2020 Faction Candide 1 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

2020 Armada 86 ARV 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
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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!

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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

 

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Best All-Mountain Skis | 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!

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Ski Boots for Freeriding

Best Ski Boots for 2019-2020

Without the right kind of Ski Boots, skiing won’t be nearly as fun as it should be. They lay the foundation of a good skier and finding the perfect pair is an important step to having the best season possible. You’re going to need to find a ski boot that fits well as well as  respond to the kind of style you like riding (freestyle, all-mountain, and freeride). Otherwise, you’re not getting the most potential out of your ski boot.

Here at powderheadz.com, we’ve reviewed the best ski boots available for all types of skiing. However, we recommend that you still give them a good try before you truly commit to using them. Never settle, as boots can make or break your day on the mountain.

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated All-Mountain Ski Boots for Men

There are a ton of choices when it comes to All-Mountain Ski Boots. This is a great place to start and get an idea of what you should be looking for in you boots. No matter what you decide. Warmth, comfort, ease of use and price. Keep it all in mind while you decide which boot is right for you.

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

Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 S Ski Boots

Size25.5 | 26.5 | 27.5 | 28.5 | 29.5 | 30.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexVery Stiff
LinerMemory Fit 3D Platinum Liner
  

The new Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 Ski Boots are the lightest and stiffest boot in the brand new Hawx Ultra range. It includes Memory Fit for the personalization of a custom ski boot in minutes as well as Memory Fit 3D Platinum Liners. For the best combination of snow-feel and power ever felt in an all-mountain boot, Hawx Ultra also features an asymmetric Energy Backbone that provides extra strength and edge grip for super strong skiing.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Tecnisa Cochise 120 All-Mountain Ski Boots

Size26.5 | 28.5 | 29.5 |30.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
LinerQuadrafit Ultrafit Pro Liner
  

The Tecnica Cochise 120 Ski Boots are ready to tackle anything on the mountain. They are the perfect combination of maximum performance and comfort. These ski boots are made for advanced/expert skiers and come with a ski walk feature that lets you explore the entire mountain with ease, an anatomical shape that focuses on critical fit areas, and Aqua Stop Water Protection that protects your feet from getting wet.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Dalbello Panterra 120 I.D. Ski Boots 2019

Size25.5 | 26.5 | 27.5 | 28.5 | 29.5 | 30.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
LinerID Now
  

The Dalbello Panterra I.D. Ski Boots are geared for expert level and high performance skiers. Contour 4 Fit Technology allows for a close anatomic fit while accommodating the typical hot-spots many skiers encounter. Center Balanced “Rocker” Stance allows skiers to take full advantage of their equipment by centering their body mass over the sweet spot of their skis for more power and control with less effort.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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Ski Boots for Freeriding

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Ski Boots for Men

If you like riding in deep snow on powder days or explore the backcountry, try and look out for a pair of Freeride Ski Boots. You’ll want to find a pair of Freeride Ski Boots 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 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 Ski Boots:

Dalbello Sports Lupo SP I.D. Freeride Ski Boot

Size25.5 | 26.5 | 27.5 | 28.5 | 29.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexVery Stiff
LinerID Max Hike

The Dalbello Lupo SP I.D. Men’s Ski Boots are a beast, with a ski/hike mode that make it easier to get to the top of backcountry lines and shred them. However, its not designed for long tours, but for short skins outside the resort boundary and in-bounds approaches where you’re focused on making the way down look good and the way up a little easier.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Salomon QST Pro 120 Freeride Ski Boots

Size26.5 | 28.5 | 29.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
LinerMy Custom Fit 3D Pro Liner

Astonishingly light at 1.6kg, the Salomon QST PRO 120 Ski Boots incorporate a revolutionary Endofit Tongue design that allows a wider opening to step-in and Custom Shell technology to fit, ski, and walk better than any boot in its class. And the Twinframe2 Design provides dynamic flex while the oversized pivot delivers efficient transmission.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Lange XT 130 Ski Boots 2019

Size25.5 | 26.5 | 27.5 | 28.5 | 29.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexVery Stiff
LinerLightweight Control Fit Liner

The Lange XT 130 LV Ski Boots are for the adventurous backcountry skier who still needs a stiff boot for skiing hard in the resort. The Power V-Lock 2.0 alpine touring mode allows the cuff to rotate when in walk mode, without compromising downhill performance in ski mode. And the mono-injected shell and cuff accommodates hard-charging skiing in all conditions.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Best Freestyle Ski Boots

Our Top Rated Freestyle Ski Boots for Men

When trying to find the best freestyle ski boots, you’ll want to get something with a soft amount of flex and cushion. Impact is the name of the game when it comes to freestyle ski boots, so you’ll want to find anything that stresses high-impact shock absorption. You’ll need it for when you land from your 360s, corks, and big air.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Ski Boots:

Full Tilt First Chair 10 Ski Boots

Size24.5 | 25.5 | 26.5 | 27.5 | 28.5 | 29.5 | 30.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
LinerPro Liner

The Full Tilt First Chair 10 Ski Boot has been the most popular freestyle boots that Full Tilt has made in the past and returns with an upgrade. The forefoot has gotten wider but the snug heel is the same. This boot has the stiffest tongue Full Tilt makes falling in at 10. This boot is for the expert who seeks out and destroys gnarly big mountain runs!

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Dalbello Il Moro ID Men's Ski Boots 2019

Size25.5 | 26.5 | 27.5 | 28.5 | 29.5
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
LinerID Max Liner
  

The Dalbello Sport il Moro Team I.D. Ski Boots has been designed for today’s new-school rider. Full length, shock absorbing “Landing Gear” footboard, ID Thermo Custom Fit Liners and a clever spring loaded clip that holds the buckle in place when opened to accommodate easy hikes back up the park or while building booters.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Dalbello KR Rampage Freestyle Ski Boots

Size23.5 | 25.5 | 26.5 | 27.5 | 28.5 | 29.5
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexMedium
LinerIF Sport

When you’ve got the freestyle-oriented Dalbello KR Rampage Ski Boots, nothing is off limits. Take a cork 3 off the cat track, an aired-out truck driver off that side hip, or a shifty’d send off the chairline cliff hit. With Dalbello’s 3-piece Cabrio design, the KR Rampage Boots are the ultimate option for adventurous freestyle skiers looking to expand their bag of tricks.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Ski Boots | Powderheadz.com

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

As always, happy riding!

Best Ski Boots | Powderheadz.com

How-To: Buy the Best Ski Boots

There are so many types of ski boots out there with a ton of features, and it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of ski boot you should get. Riding Level/Style? How much Flex? What kind of Liners? 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 to buy the best ski boots available.

Flex:

Flex is often measured from 50 (soft) to 130 (very stiff) with the number usually written on the outside of the boot cuff. However, flex isn’t standardized between brands so one boots’ 100 flex could be different from another. Some companies also simplify their flex rating by using a 1 to 10 scale. Some expert level skiers are able to special order flex ratings over 130.

Soft Flex (50 to 80) – Soft Flex Boots are best for those new to the sport and they are usually warm and comfortable. However they are harder to control your ski. They are usually made for beginners.

Medium Flex (80 -100) – Medium Flex Boots are deliver increased responsiveness for intermediate skiers. You’ll get better turn-carving skills and faster speeds down blue and black diamonds.

Stiff Flex (100 – 130+) – Stiff Flex Boots are super responsive and made for those who can ski aggressively fast with full confidence in their ability on the most challenging terrain a mountain has to offer. Some boots will have stiffer areas for energy transfer and softer areas for comfort. Other features include shock absorption for landing jumps.

Riding Level:

All-Mountain – All-Mountain Riders should choose more flexible boots, similar to freestyle boots. However, if you tend to be a faster rider and need more response, look for a stiffer ski boot. For most skiers, look for a Mediumto Stiff Flex. If you’re into racing and speed, look for a Stiff Flex.

Freeride – Freeride Skiers consider the back-country, off-piste, and groomed runs their home instead of the park. Look for stiff ski boots that give you the precision and response you need when riding fast.

Freestyle – Maneuverability and feel is the name of the game for Freestyle Skiers. The boots should have a softer flex.

Liners:

Liners are the soft inner boot that insulates and protects the foot from the outer shell. Eventually, all liners compress and form to a skier’s foot with use. So if it feels a little tight the first time you put it on, it will feel better after a few days of skiing. For custom moldable liners, it’s best to get your ski liners fit at one of your local ski shops.

Non-moldable – non-moldable liners provide generic padding for your feet. Over time, the pressure of your body weight will cause the liner to eventually conform to your foot’s shape.

Thermoformable – Thermoformable liners use your body’s head to help achieve a custom fit. They’ll feel “broken-in” after a couple days of riding.

Custom moldable – Custom moldable liners can use an artifical heat source such as an oven or heat stacks to achieve a custom fit.

Additional Features:

Flex Adjustment – Some ski boots can adjust its stiffness with a switch to match your style or condition of skiing, whether its off-piste and between the trees or on the groomers. It’s usually at the back of the boot around the ankle.

Ski/Walk Mode – Many high-end ski boots let you separate the upper shell from the lower boot to accommodate walking, whether it’s climbing in the backcountry or walking in the day lodge. When you’re ready to ski again, just re-lock the upper and lower shells together again.

Best Ski Boots | Powderheadz.com

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

As always, happy riding!

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