Best Ski Helmets

Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets for 2022-2023

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 2022-2023.

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 2022-2023. 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!2

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Our Top Rated Snowboard Helmets

Anon Raider 3 Ski Helmet

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.

It features a lightweight and durable construction with a low-profile design, and it has been certified to meet ASTM F2040 safety standards. It has a removable ear pads and a breathable lining for added comfort and ventilation. The helmet also features Burton’s Endura-Shell construction, which helps to keep the helmet lightweight while also providing superior impact resistance.

Additionally, it comes with a Goggle Gasket, which helps to keep your goggles in place and prevent unwanted fogging. Overall, the Burton Anon 3 Raider Snowboard Helmet is a great choice for riders looking for a high-performance, comfortable and safe helmet for snowboarding.

 

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

Burton Anon Logan Wavecel Ski 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.

It’s rated to the ASTM F2040 safety standards and it’s designed to reduce the risk of concussions and other types of brain injuries. The helmet is lightweight and has a low-profile design, making it comfortable to wear for long periods of time. It also features anon’s Endura-Shell construction, which helps to keep the helmet lightweight while also providing superior impact resistance.

Overall, the Burton Anon Logan Wavecel Snowboard Helmet is a great choice for riders looking for a high-performance, comfortable and safe helmet for snowboarding.

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 EPS Winter 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 Optics Vantage Snow 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 Ski 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 Obex Back Country SPIN Ski Helmet

 

The POC Obex BC Spin Helmet is designed specifically for backcountry skiing and snowboarding and is one of the safest helmets out there. It features a lightweight, in-mold construction and POC’s patented SPIN (Shearing Pad Inside) technology, which uses an inner layer of silicone pads that can move independently to help reduce rotational forces in the event of an impact. The helmet also features a unique aramid bridge system that increases the helmet’s structural integrity and helps to keep it lightweight.

It’s thicker shell has aramid panels and POC SPIN tech that provides rotational impact protection that can shear in any direction which minimizes the effects of an oblique fall.

The BC designation refers to the helmet’s RECCO reflector and NFC Medical ID chip, which will aid search-and-rescue teams should something happen to you in the back country.

Specs

Shell MaterialAramid (Kevlar | EPS)
Impact Foam LinerPOC SPIN (Shearing Pads)
Fit AdjustmentSidelock Chin | Low Profile
CertificationEN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
VentilationAdjustable Ventilation
Liner EPS
Audio CapableCompatible with POC AID Communication Ear Pads
Weight400g
  

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

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 and The helmet is equipped with K2dialed Fit System that allows for easy and precise adjustments, so you can dial in the perfect fit.

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.

Overall, the K2 Diversion Ski Helmet is a great choice for skiers looking for a high-performance, comfortable and safe helmet for skiing.

 

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

Oakley MOD 5 MIPS Ski Helmet

For those who subscribe to the religion of Send, or if you’re just supremely accident prone, the Oakley MOD 5 MIPS Helmet is a beast designed for the highest level of performance. The helmet comes equipped with MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) technology, which is a safety feature that helps to reduce the rotational forces that can occur in a crash, thus providing an added level of protection. It designed to also  meet ASTM F2040 safety standards.

The helmet is also equipped with Oakley’s BOA 360 Fit System that allows for easy and precise adjustments, so you can dial in the perfect fit. Adjustable Ventilation keeps the sweat out of your head after a few rips out of the park. The Fidlock® Buckle has magnets (how do they work?) to help you fasten your helmet with your gloves on. Perfect for when its way too cold out.

It’s modular Brim System allows you to change up the two brims for seamless helmet and goggle integration while its brim ventilation lets the hot air flow unobstructed for better anti-fog performance.

Specs

Shell MaterialDual-Construction Hybrid Shell (ABS)
Impact Foam LinerMIPS
Fit AdjustmentBOA 270 Fit System
CertificationASTM F2040 | C EN1077
VentilationGoggle/Helmet Integrated Venting / Adjustable
LiningRemovable
Audio CapableYes
Weight1134g
  

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

OutdoorMaster Kelvin Snowboarding Helmet

The OutdoorMaster Kelvin Ski Helmet has a lot of bang for its buck. One of the more economical choices on the list, the Kelvin has all the features you would need. 14 Individual vents keeps you running cool down the mountain and the removable ear pieces and inner fleece lining makes it perfect to switch from Deep Winter riding to Sunshine Spring Laps. It also is very easy to wash as it obviously will get smelly from multi-year use. It’s ASTM F2040 Certification means you can be rest assured that your head is going to be protected on the slopes.

Specs

Shell MaterialABS Shell
Impact Foam LinerEPS Core
Fit AdjustmentBOA
CertificationASTM F2040
Ventilation14 Individual Vents
LiningRemovable Earpieces and Fleece Winter Liner
Audio CapableNo
Weight590g
  

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Smith Holt Ski Helmet

Another multi-sport certified helmet, the Smith Holt Snow Helmet comes with a Bombshell ABS shell and EPS foam liner that will protect your dome from hard impacts. It features a lightweight and durable construction with a low-profile design.

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 will keep your head cool and comfortable and is designed to work with Smith goggles such as the Smith Optics I/O MAG 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 CE EN 1078 | ASTM F2040 | CE EN 1077:2007
VentilationAirflow Climate Control | AirEvac 2 system
LiningBeanine Compatible
Audio CapableSkullcandy Audio System Compatible
Weight550g
  

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets of the 2022-2023 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:

Tips: 

When buying a snowboard helmet, there are a few key things to consider:

  1. Safety Standards: Look for a helmet that meets ASTM F2040 safety standards, which are the safety standards for snow sports helmets.

  2. Fit: The helmet should fit snugly but not too tight. Look for helmets with adjustable fit systems, such as BOA or a dial-adjustment system, so you can get the perfect fit.

  3. Ventilation: Snowboarding can be a strenuous activity, and you’ll want to make sure that your head stays cool. Look for helmets with ventilation systems that allow for airflow to keep your head cool and comfortable.

  4. Audio compatibility: Some helmets have built-in audio systems or ear pads that are compatible with audio devices, which can be a convenient feature if you like listening to music or taking calls while you ride.

  5. Brand and price: Look at different brands and models and compare the features they offer. Snowboard helmets can range in price from around $50 to $300, so decide your budget.

  6. MIPS: MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) technology is an added safety feature that helps to reduce the rotational forces that can occur in a crash, thus providing an added level of protection.

  7. Certification: Look for helmets that are certified by organizations such as ASTM, CE, or CPSC.

 

Ultimately, the most important thing is that the helmet you choose feels comfortable and secure when you wear it, and that it meets safety standards. Down below you’ll find more in-depth descriptions on what we’re talking about.

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.

Smith Skullcandy

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.

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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding and Ski Helmets of the 2022-2023 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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Snowboarding Jacket

Best Ski and Snowboard Jackets for 2022-2023

Once you’ve got your most of your gear set up to hit the slopes, it’s time to think of the clothes you’ll need to enjoy the ride.  That’s why it’s important for every Snowboarder to find the right Ski and Snowboard Jacket that’s a perfect fit for them. Everyone wants to look cool on the mountain, so fashion will play a large role in deciding which Ski Jacket you are going to buy. Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll help you make sure that your fashionable choice is also the right choice.

Don’t get caught on the mountain freezing because you found the coolest looking Snowboard Jacket for you, but it happens to have no insulation. But also don’t get stuck sweating the whole day during a Spring ride because your jacket has too much, either.  Most of the time, people will pick form over function. However, we think you should always pick both. Below you’ll find what we think are the Best Men’s Ski and Snowboard Jackets and the Best Women’s Ski and Snowboard Jackets for 2022-2023. Enjoy, and of course. . .safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Women's Snowboard Jackets

686 Women's Hydra Insulated Snowboard Jacket

Waterproof Rating20000mm
Breathability20000g

Brave the elements in style with the  686 Women’s Hydra Insulated Snowboard Jacket. It features an articulated fit that works with your body, InfiDRY® membrane to keep you dry, and 60 grams of recycled insulation to keep you warm while you explore the mountain to your heart’s content.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Burton Jet Set Jacket

Waterproof Rating10000mm
Breathability5000g

Burton’s Womens Jet Set Snowboard Jacket is a lightweight 10k waterproof and 5k breathable jacket packed with tons of synthetic insulation designed to keep you warm and dry. The Burton Jet Set Womens Ski Jacket is designed to perform well at the park, and keep you comfortable off of it as well.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Arc'Teryx Beta AR Women's Snowboard Jacket

Waterproof Rating28000mm
Breathability25000g

Designed specifically for women and featured to handle a wide range of conditions and terrain, the Arc’Teryx Beta AR Womens Snowboarding Jacket provides light, packable, durable storm protection. And articulation at the elbows and gussets under the arms elevate ergonomic performance and comfort.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Mens Snowboard Jackets

Our Top Rated Men's Snowboard Jackets

Burton AK 2L Swash Gore-Tex Snowboarding Jacket

Waterproof Rating28000mm
Breathability25000g

Burton’s AK 2L Swash Gore-Tex Snowboard Jacket is the cream of the crop when it comes to Snowboarding Jackets. It’s completely weather-proof with the two layers of waterproof Gore-Tex material as well as Gore-Seams at every joint and weather-resistant YKK zippers. The inner lining will also help wick away any moisture coming from your body. And the incredibly light Primaloft insulation around the torso will keep you warm in the backcountry without much bulk.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

686 GCLR GORE-TEX Thermagraph Men's Jacket

Waterproof Rating20000mm
Breathability15000g

686’s Men’s GLCR Hydra Thermagraph Snowboard Jacket is a high-end Snowboard Jacket that comes with ‘Thermagraph’ technology, which puts insulation panels in targeted areas around the torso for maximum effectiveness. The panels also have antimicrobial properties to prevent that “funk” from building up after hours of use. The asymmetrical zipper allows for a vent to hover around your mouth so you can breath without fogging up your goggles.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Burton Covert Snowboarding Jacket

Waterproof Rating10000mm
Breathability10000g

Burton’s Men’s Covert Snowboard Jacket muted colors isn’t designed to scream “LOOK AT ME!” from the Chairlifts to the Liftlines. This simple jacket is made with 10k Waterproofing and 10k Breathability DRYRIDE Durashell™ membranes and a removeable waist gaiter will help keep you dry on the mountain. And the mapped THERMOLITE® insulation will keep you warm on the coldest days on the hill. Stay humble, stay muted, and let your riding do the talking.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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This is our current List for the Best Ski Jackets and Snowboard Jackets of the 2022-2023 Season.  However, there are tons more Ski and Snowboard Jackets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboarding Jacket and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Jackets List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which Jacket is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buythe Best Ski and Snowboard Jackets

There are so many types of ski and snowboard jackets out there with a multitude attributes, it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of snowboard jacket you should get. Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

If this is your first time buying a Snowboard Jacket, it’s best to get familiar with some of the terminology out there.

Fit:

When it come’s down to fit, it all depends on your own personal style. There really is no difference performance-wise between baggier clothes or tighter fitting options.  Unless of course, you’re a pro-rider. But for the rest of us, it’s whatever makes you feel comfortable. It’s always a good idea, however, to try before you buy.

Waterproofing:

Most Jackets are measured by ‘mil rating’ in the thousands of milliliters, which represents the height of a column of water that can be poured on top of your jacket before any moisture makes it through the membrane.  The higher the number, the more waterproof it is.

Another thing to consider is where the seals, or taping, are over your jacket’s seams. A fully sealed jacket will be more durable and waterproof, but much more expensive. Critically-taped ones cover areas that are considered the most important, reducing cost.

Breathability:

Breathability is measured in grams rather than milliliters and it tells you how much moisture can pass through the material per square meter over a 24-hour period. This is important so the Jacket can wick away the sweat off your body to keep you from getting uncomfortable or in very low temperatures, dangerously cold.  Like Waterproofing, the higher the number, the better the rating.

Insulation:

Insulation is almost dependent to the rider and what they are comfortable with. Sometimes a thin-shell layer jacket is all one needs, especially if you ride with a bunch of layers. A lot of jackets come with built-in insulation that is both efficient and comfortable.

How cold it’s going to be where you usually ride and how much sweat you’re going to make usually will determine how much insulation you’ll need.  The best rule to follow is, it’s better to be too warm, than too cold.

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This is our current List for the Best Ski Jackets and Snowboard Jackets of the 2022-2023 Season.  However, there are tons more Ski and Snowboard Jackets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboarding Jacket and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Jackets List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  

As always, happy riding!

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Womens Snowboard Pants

Best Ski and Snowboard Pants for 2022-2023

You may not need pants to get inside a store, but you’ll need a pair to go ride. And you’ll need to find the Best and Ski and Snowboard Pants to ride comfortably (and also fashionably). Everyone wants to look cool on the mountain, so fashion will play a large role in deciding which Snowboard Pants you are going to buy. Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll help you make sure that your fashionable choice is also the right choice. And please, don’t go riding in Jeans.

Don’t get caught on the mountain freezing because you found the coolest looking Snowboard Pants for you, but it happens to have no insulation. But also don’t get stuck sweating the whole day during a Spring ride because your jacket has too much, either.  Most of the time, people will pick form over function. However, we think you should always pick both. Below you’ll find what we think are the Best Men’s Ski and Snowboard Pants and the Best Women’s Ski and Snowboard Pants for 2022-2023.

Enjoy, and of course. . .safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Women's Snowboard Pants

Burton Gloria Insulated Snowboarding Pants

MaterialDRYRIDE 2-Layer Stretch Polyester
InsulationStretch Polyester
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsYes

Burton’s Gloria Insulated Snowboarding Pants is considered the best of the best for a reason: They’re breathable, waterproof, and the DRYRIDE™ 2L fabric has a good amount of stretch and flexibility to them. Built for the eco-conscious, these pants are still built with premium materials that will last you for years.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

North Face Freedom Women's Snowboard Pants

MaterialNylon
InsulationSynthetic
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsYes

The North Face Freedom Insulated Women’s Snowboard Pants have a more relaxed fit and articulated knees so you are able to wear a base layer or two underneath without compromising mobility. They also come with inner-thigh vents with a mesh under-layer to help you cool off after some intense runs.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Burton Avalon Gortex Snowboard Bib Pants

MaterialGore-Tex Polyester
InsulationLiving Lining
BibYes
SuspendersYes
BeltloopsYes

The Burton GORE-TEX Avalon Bib Pants is a performance- focused bib specifically designed for riding hard on the mountain. The living Lining reacts to your body’s heat to be breathable when you need it and GORE-TEX 2 layer shell will always keep you dry. Keep the snow where it belongs, outside your clothes, and under your board.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Women's Snowboard Pants

Our Top Rated Men's Snowboard Pants

Burton Men's AK Gore-Tex Swash Snow Pant

MaterialGore-Tex®
InsulationNone
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsYes

Burton’s AK 2L Swash Gore-Tex® Snowboard Pants will pair nicely with Burton AK 2L Swash Gore-Tex Jacket. Both come with a 2-layer Gore-Tex® membrane that will keep you dry throughout the day. Perfect for any weather condition that gets thrown your way.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Arc'teryx Beta AR Pants Men's

MaterialGore-Tex®
InsulationNone
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsNo

Arc’teryx Beta AR Men’s Snowboard Pants are built for those who want to take it deep into the backcountry and need a pair of versatile, durable, and lightweight snowboard pants. It comes with N80p-X Gore-Tex® Pro material to keep you dry and zippered pockets to store your cameras or avalanche beacons.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Salomon Chill Out Ski Bib Pants

MaterialPolyester
InsulationSynthetic
BibYes
SuspendersYes
BeltloopsYes

Salomon Chill Out Bib Pants are one the best backcountry bibs out there that excels at pretty much everything, from waterproofing to insulation to the adjustable fit. And the removable suspenders and bib help keep snow out when you want them to.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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This is our current List for the Best Ski Pants and Snowboard Pants of the 2022-2023 Season.  However, there are tons more Ski and Snowboard Pants out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboarding Pants and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Pants List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which Pants is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski and Snowboard Pants

There are so many types of ski and snowboard pants out there with a multitude attributes, it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of snowboard pants you should get. Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

If this is your first time buying Snowboard Pants, it’s best to get familiar with some of the terminology out there.

Fit:

When it come’s down to fit, it all depends on your own personal style. There really is no difference performance-wise between baggier clothes or tighter fitting options.  Unless of course, you’re a pro-rider. But for the rest of us, it’s whatever makes you feel comfortable. It’s always a good idea, however, to try before you buy.

Waterproofing:

Most Ski and Snowboard Pants are measured by ‘mil rating’ in the thousands of milliliters, which represents the height of a column of water that can be poured on top of your pants before any moisture makes it through the membrane.  The higher the number, the more waterproof it is.

Another thing to consider is where the seals, or taping, are over your snowboard pant’s seams. A fully sealed pair of snowboard pants will be more durable and waterproof, but much more expensive. Critically-taped ones cover areas that are considered the most important, reducing cost.

Breathability:

Breathability is measured in grams rather than milliliters and it tells you how much moisture can pass through the material per square meter over a 24-hour period. This is important so the Snowboard Pants can wick away the sweat off your body to keep you from getting uncomfortable or in very low temperatures, dangerously cold.  Like Waterproofing, the higher the number, the better the rating.

Insulation:

Insulation is almost dependent to the rider and what they are comfortable with. Sometimes thin-shell, outer-layer pants is all one needs, especially if you like to ride with a bunch of layers.

How cold it’s going to be where you usually ride and how much sweat you’re going to make usually will determine how much insulation you’ll need.  The best rule to follow is, it’s better to be too warm, than too cold.

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This is our current List for the Best Ski and Snowboard Pants of the 2022-2023 Season.  However, there are tons more Ski and Snowboarding Pants out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboard Pants and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Ski and Snowboard Pants List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  

As always, happy riding!

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News: Vail Announces their 2022-2023 Operating Schedule

Vail Resorts Releases the 2022-23 Ski Season for North America

BY ALFIE FELICIANO

  • VAIL RESORTS shares start dates for all resorts, with Keystone Resort opening first sometime in October.
  • Lift tickets to will be sold on a limited basis every day of this season, across all 37 locations that Vail Resorts operates.

Vancouver, BC – Vail Resorts today announced the opening dates of its 37 North American resorts, offering skiing and riding coast-to-coast and one of the longest seasons in the country for its Epic Pass Holders. Additionally, the company shared it will limit lift ticket sales throughout the entirety of the 2022/23 season to prioritize the mountain experience for its guests.

“We care deeply about our guests’ experience at our resorts,” said James O’Donnell, president of Vail Resorts’ Mountain division. “Limiting lift tickets throughout the season, alongside the big investments we’re making at our resorts and in our team members, will help us provide our guests with an Experience of a Lifetime this winter.”

Vail Resorts is investing heavily in its strongest asset this season – its team members, by increasing employee pay and leadership development opportunities, and investing in affordable employee housing and other employee benefits and perks. Additionally, the company is making a bold investment in many exciting lift upgrades across its resorts to help guests move up and around the mountain faster and more easily. This includes 18 new chairlifts and gondolas, as well as a restaurant upgrade and snowmaking investments – all which are on track to open this season.

Guests can also expect more normal indoor operations this season as dining facilities will no longer require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or dining reservations. More details below.

Openings

BRISTISH COLUMBIA (CANADA)

  • Nov24: Whistler Blackcomb

CALIFORNIA

  • Nov. 18: Heavenly Ski Resort, Northstar 
  • Dec. 2: Kirkwood 

COLORADO

  • Mid-Oct.: Keystone
  • Nov. 11: Breckenridge, Vail 
  • Nov. 23: Beaver Creek, Crested Butte 

INDIANA

  • Dec. 17: Paoli Peaks Mountain Resorts

MICHIGAN

  • Dec. 3: Mt. Brighton

MINNESOTA

  • Nov. 18: Afton Alps

MISSOURI

  • Dec. 17: Hidden Valley Ski Resort, Snow Creek Ski Area

NEW HAMPSHIRE

  • Nov. 18: Wildcat Mountain Resort
  • Nov. 23: Mt. Sunapee 
  • Dec. 2: Attitash Mountain Resort, Crotched Mountain Resort 

NEW YORK

  • Nov. 18: Hunter Mountain Resort 

OHIO

  • Dec. 17: Alpine Valley Resort, Boston Mills and Brandywine Resort, Mad River Mountain

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Nov. 25: Seven Springs Mountain Resort
  • Dec. 2: Jack Frost Mountain Resort
  • Dec. 16: Big Boulder Ski Resort, Liberty Mountain Resort, Roundtop Mountain Resort, Whitetail Resort
  • Dec. 23: Hidden Valley Resort, Laurel Mountain Ski Resort

UTAH

  • Nov. 18: Park City

VERMONT

  • Nov. 11: Mount Snow 
  • Nov. 18: Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Nov19: Okemo Mountain Resort

WASHINGTON

  • Dec. 2: Stevens Pass

WISCONSIN

  • Dec. 3: Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort

LIFT TICKET LIMITATIONS


Guests who plan to visit this season – whether one day or every day – are encouraged to purchase their lift access in advance – whether it is a lift ticket, Epic Day Pass or season pass. Lift tickets will be limited every day, across every resort, during 2022/23 in order to improve the experience for all guests at each resort. Availability of lift tickets will be visible on resort websites in the coming weeks. If tickets are sold out online, guests will not be able to purchase them at the resort’s ticket windows.

Passes, including Epic Day Passes, and Pass Holder benefit tickets will not be limited. as well as guests who enroll in ski and/or ride lessons that include lift access, or to employee and dependent pass access. 

Skiers and Snowboarders have until September 5th (Labor Day) to lock in their Epic Pass before an increase in prices. Pass products, including regional passes and day passes, are available on the Epic Pass website.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS 

Vail Resorts will no longer require vaccines, face coverings, or dining reservations this coming season across all of its resorts. With safety as Vail’s top priority, they will continue to monitor the changing dynamics of COVID-19. However, they currently do not have any plan to have measures in place. The Resorts will still apply enhanced cleaning practices and employees will continue to complete daily health screenings.

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Best Wakeboard Helmets for 2022-2023

Wakeboarding is a relatively safe sport. Until, well, it’s not. Nearly all injuries from wakeboarding happen on the head or neck. Usually they come in the form of some lacerations or worse, a concussion. Whether its wiping out from catching an edge or running into an obstacle due to an inexperienced boat driver, the threat of a head injury warrants a look at some of the Best Wakeboard Helmets out there. And the Best Wakeboard Helmets should be durable, protective, and have adjustable straps for a personalized fit. They should probably look cool too.

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Wakeboard Helmets for 2022-2023 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Wakeboard Helmets

Pro-Tec Ace Wakeboard Helmet 2022

ShellABS Shell
Impact Foam LinerHard EPS (Expanded Polystyrene)
CertificationWater Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weigh16oz

The Pro-Tec Ace Water Helmet is a professional quality helmet for action sports on water offers a high-impact ABS shell and a waterproof dual-density EVA liner that protect against hard, fast falls. The removable cupping ear guards with water channels and padding help prevent ear drum damage when hitting the water at high speed. A full surround “head lock” interior fit system supports the back of the head for maximum comfort and safety while 15 vents improve air ventilation and water drainage to keep the wearer comfortable. This helmet is Certified, meaning it meets and passes independent safety standards for water helmets.

Pros
Super Durable
15 vents
Cons
Can be tight for people with bigger heads
Tendency for bolts to rust

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

5/5

Cost

4.5/5

Weight

4.55/5

Durability

5/5

Sandbox Classic 2.0 Low Rider Wakeboard Helmet

ShellABS Shell
Impact Foam LinerHard EPS (Expanded Polystyrene)
CertificationWater Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weigh16oz

The Sandbox Legend Low Rider Wakeboard Helmet is a skate style-inspired helmet has a low profile softcore EVA liner, is quick to dry, and has multiple fit pad thicknesses included in the box.

Pros
Customizeable Fit Pads are Quick-drying
Brimmed Helmet helps protect the eyes from water
Cons
Doesn't come with Protective Ear Flaps

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

4/5

Cost

4/5

Weight

4.55/5

Durability

4/5

Triple Eight Gotham Wakeboard Helmet

ShellABS Shell
Impact Foam LinerDual-Density Closed Cell EVA Foam
CertificationWater Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weigh32oz

The Triple Eight Gotham Water Helmet is all style and comes with the comfort of our classic skate helmets. It has a totally re-designed Sweatsaver Halo Liner constructed with three foam layers wrapped in plush fabric and is developed exclusively for water. Snap-in ear flaps are also available.

Pros
Extremely Comfortable
Highest Protection for Tricks
Cons
Neck Strap is a little cumbersome

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

4/5

Cost

3.5/5

Weight

3.5/5

Durability

5/5

Jobe Hustler Wake Helmet

ShellABS Shell
Impact Foam LinerHard EPS (expanded polystyrene)
CertificationWater Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weigh16oz

The Jobe Hustler Wake Helmet can absorb varying degrees of impact with a snug fit and thick outer casing. It has a dura flex side divide, detachable ear pads, fit pads, and rear adjuster. And the adjustable nylon straps ensure that the helmet stays on your head and the nylon fit pads on the top and sides of the helmet provide you with more comfort and fit.

Pros
Very Comfy
Customizeable Fit Pads and Chin Strap
Cons
Not the coolest looking of the bunch

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

4/5

Cost

3.5/5

Weight

3.5/5

Durability

5/5

Liquid Force Hero Wakeboard Helmet

ShellHigh Density ABS Shell
Impact Foam LinerSweet Saver Lining
CertificationWater Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weigh16oz

The Liquid Force Fooshee Comp Helmet is designed for all day comfort and support. It incorporates the Liquid Force Exclusive Sweat Saver liner which is a comfortable, dual-density foam wrapped in terry cloth fabric. It’s the most form fitting, cushy feel on the market. Paired with the high-density ABS shell and removable snap-in earflaps for ultimate protection for perfecting new tricks behind the boat or getting a pull around the cable.

Pros
Signature Style
Comes with Removeable Flaps
Cons
Not many Vents

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

4.5/5

Cost

3.5/5

Weight

3.5/5

Durability

4/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Wakeboard Helmets of the 2022-2023 Season. There are literally hundreds of Wakeboard Helmets out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with our choices. Do you think a certain Wakeboard Helmet deserves a spot on our Top Rated Wakeboard Helmet 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 Wakeboard Helmet is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Wakeboard Helmets

There are a few things to consider when choosing a Wakeboard Helmet. Can it survive low, high, or even multiple hits? Is it a full-cut helmet which protects your ears from rupturing or just a side-cut wakeboard helmet? What material is it made of? These are just a few things to think about when you look to buy the best wakeboard helmet online.

Familiarize yourself with some of the terminology down below so you can get the low down on what type of helmet is right for you.

Drainage:

Wakeboard helmets should have vent holes throughout them to help drain water and prevent the helmet from soaking up water every time you end up in the water.

Lining:

The best wakeboard helmet features waterproof EVA with interior padding that will help keep your head protected while resisting water.

Safety:

Not all wakeboarding helmets need to be certified to ensure its safety, but its better if you find one that are certified by CEN or WRSI.

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Wakeboard Helmets of the 2022-2023 Season. There are literally hundreds of Wakeboard Helmets out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with our choices. Do you think a certain Wakeboard Helmet deserves a spot on our Top Rated Wakeboard Helmet list? Let us know? Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing!

As always, happy riding!

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Best Wakeboard Ropes

Best Wakeboard Ropes and Handles for 2022-2023

Don’t let the idea of a simple rope fool you. A Wakeboard Rope and Handle is just as important as the Wakeboard you ride on. Wakeboard Ropes will usually have no stretch, because a wakeboarder relies on their ability to stand up on a wakeboard by pulling on a stiff rope. If you select an inferior Wakeboard Rope, your best tricks and maneuvers may stop short with your face hitting the water. The Best Wakeboard Ropes and Handles will give you the strength and confidence to perform to the best your ability.

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Wakeboard Ropes and Handles for 2022-2023 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Wakeboard Ropes and Handles

Kwik Tek AIRHEAD Spectra Thermal Wakeboard Handle

Length70 feet
Rope MaterialThermal-coated Spectra
Handle Width15 inches
Handle MaterialAluminum
Weight1.55lbs

The Kwik Tek AIRHEAD Spectra Thermal Wakeboard Rope provides zero stretch for the crisp instantaneous response that expert wakeboard riders demand. The Thermal-coated Spectra line is stiff and rigid, resists kinking and twisting and boasts a 2,000 lb. break strength. The 4 section mainline is 70 feet with four 5 foot takeoffs. The 15” wide EVA grip is attached to a 5 ft. bridle, equipped with 2 foam floats and full length PVC tubing for added durability.

Pros
Super Durable
Very Affordable
Great Grip
Cons
Stiff Coil makes it hard to store
No Rope Keeper

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

5/5

Cost

5/5

Grip

4.5/5

Strength

5/5

Stretch

4/5

Ronix Combo 3.0 Wakeboard Handle

Length70 feet
Rope MaterialPolyethelyne
Handle Width15 inches
Handle MaterialEVA
Weight4lbs
The Ronix Combo 3.0 Hide Grip Thermal Wakeboard Rope feels like its custom-made just for you with its 3mm memory foam and has enough grip with its hide-wrapped handle. The EVA inside the handle floats well on the water so you can easily locate it when you’ve wiped out. It’s 70-feet long that divides into 4 section for a customizable length. This durable as hell Wakeboard Handle provides high-level performance and responsiveness at an amazing price.
Pros
Adjustable Rope
Floating Grip makes it easy to find in the Water
Comfortable Grip
Cons
Durability is a bit of an issue

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

4.5/5

Cost

4.55/5

Grip

5/5

Strength

4/5

Stretch

4/5

Hyperlite CG Wakeboard Handle

Length70 feet
Rope MaterialSilicone X-Line
Handle Width15 inches
Handle MaterialAluminum
Weight1.55 lbs
The Hyperlite Team Wakeboard Handle is designed with plenty of float to keep it at the surface thanks to foam buoyancy plugs at either end of the 15 chamois wrapped handle. The Neo Grip Chamois features a cubic stitch pattern to improve your grip on it and the whole thing is attached to a floating Hyperlite X Line that features an anti snag coating.
Pros
Great Durability
Floating Handle
Cons
Not Adjustable

Powderheadz Rating

Overall

4/5

Cost

4.55/5

Grip

3.5/5