Snowboard Gloves

Best Ski Gloves and Snowboard Gloves for 2021-2022

Best Snowboarding Gloves

Purchasing gloves can be surprisingly complicated. There are many features you need to consider and the debate usually starts on whether you want Gloves or Mittens. And throughout the years new features for ski gloves keep cropping up, such as heated gloves and touch-screen compatibility. Even the Powderheadz.com team is almost evenly split between mittens or gloves. Regardless, we know that the most important features to consider is warmth, fit, and waterproofing. You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Ski Gloves for 2021-2022 down below.

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Ski Gloves

Best Ski Gloves for Warmth:  

Black Diamond Guide Ski Gloves

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Best Ski Gloves for Water Resistance:  

Black Diamond Legend Ski Gloves

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Best Ski Gloves for Touch Screens:  

Burton Gore-tex Ski Gloves

WaterproofingGore-Tex
InsulationSynthetic
Palm MaterialScreen Grab Toughgrip
Single or Double GloveDouble
Cuff or GauntletCuff
Weight10.74 ounces
  

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Best Ski Gloves Hybrid:  

 

 

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Ski Gloves Mittens:   

The North Face Montana Etip Mitt

WaterproofingGore-Tex
InsulationConsumer Recycled Polyester Insulation
Palm MaterialLeather-like Polyurethane (PU)
Single or Double GloveSingle
Cuff or GauntletGauntlet
Weight2.82 ounces
  

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Ski Gloves for Durability: 

Hestra Leather Fall Line Snow Gloves

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.7/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Ski Gloves of the 2021-2022 Season. There are literally hundreds of ski and snowboard gloves out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices. Do you think a certain pair of ski gloves deserves a spot on our Top Rated Ski Gloves list? Let us know? Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing! Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which pair of ski gloves is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski Gloves

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

Glove Types: 

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

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

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

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

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

Fit:

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

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

Insulation:

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

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

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

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

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

Waterproof Material:

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

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

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

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

Other Features:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is our current list of Best Snowboarding and Ski Gloves for the 2021-2022 Season.  However, there are tons more Snowboarding Gloves out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboarding or Ski Gloves and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboarding Gloves List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

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Best Ski Helmets

Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets for 2021-2022

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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022. We reviewed all of these helmets with comfort, durability, construction quality and design in mind. These are among the best Helmets out there, and anytime something better comes along, we will definitely alter this list with the most up-to-date knowledge our team has. Choosing a helmet that’s right for you can be somewhat intimidating, but this Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets list is here to help you find the best helmet for your needs. Enjoy, and of course. . .always wear a helmet!

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Our Top Rated Snowboard Helmets

Anon Raider 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.

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

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Anon Helo 2.0 Snowboard Helmet

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

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Bern Watts 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 MIPS Snowboarding 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 BC MIPS Snowboard

The only Back Country (BC) rated helmet on the list., the durable  POC Obex BC Spin Helmet is one of the safest helmets out there. 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

K2 Diversion Audio Ski Helmet

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

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

 

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

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. 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 to 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

2022 OutdoorMaster Kelvin Snow 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 2022

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. And the self-adjusting Lifestyle Fit System gives you a tight, comfortable fit whether you’re wearing it on its own or using a toque underneath. There are twelve Airflow vents keep your head from getting too hot, and the AirEvac 2 ventilation system is designed to work with Smith goggles such as the Smith Optics I/O 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

Best Snowboarding Helmets | Powderheadz.com

This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets of the 2021-2022 Season.  However, there are tons more of snowboarding helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information.  Think we missed a Snowboarding Helmet or there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snow Helmets List?  Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which helmet is right for you.  As always, happy riding!

 

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How-To: Buy Snowboarding Helmets

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

Helmet Construction: 

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

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

EPS Foam Material
EPS Foam

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

G-Form RPT
G-Form Reactive Protection Technology

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

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

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

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

 

Koroyd Tubes
Koroyd Liner Construction

Fit Adjustment:

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

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

BOA Adjustment
BOA Dial Adjustment

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

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

Certification:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ventilation:

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

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

Other Features | Accessories:

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

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.

Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets | Powderheadz.com

This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding and Ski Helmets of the 2021-2022 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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Best Snowboard Bindings for All-Mountain

Best Snowboard Bindings of 2021-2022

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

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

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Snowboard Bindings for 2021-2022 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Snowboard Bindings

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings

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

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

burton genesis snowboard bindings

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Union Atlas Snowboard Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4 |  Channel
FlexStiff
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateDuraflex™ CB MD
BucklesMagnesium 2.0
StrapsExoFrame  Ankle Straps

Union Bindings know how to make a hit. Union Atlas Snowboard Bindings have been redesigned with more responsive baseplates that don’t mess with your board’s flex and the Duraflex CB highbacks give you great response.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2022 Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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Best Snowboard Bindings for Freestyle

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboard Bindings

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

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

2022 Nitro Zero Snowboard Bindings

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Union Force Snowboard Bindings

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Ride A6 Snowboard Bindings 2022

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4 | Channel
FlexMedium
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateA-Series Aluminum Canted Footbed
BucklesAstroGlyde™ LT Ratchets
StrapsMinimalist Strap

An upgrade over the old Ride Rodeo Snowboard Bindings, the A-6 Bindings have Slimeback™ Highbacks that provide a silky smooth ride for maximum lateral mobility. You can ride aggressively in the park with full confidence and leverage in these bindings.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Best Snowboard Bindings for Freeriding

Our Top Rated Freeride Snowboard Bindings

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

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

2022 Flux XV bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4
FlexVery Stiff
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
BaseplateTransfer Base
BucklesBeer Buckles
StrapsWaffle Straps™

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2022 Ride A-10 Snowboard Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4 | Channel
FlexVery Stiff
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
BaseplateAluminum Infinity Chassis System
BucklesLinkage Racket
StrapsMinimalist Toe Strap

The spiritual successor to the Ride El Hefe, the Ride A-10 Snowboard Bindings are a high class, high-powered binding for the aggressive rider looking to destroy the entire mountain. The aluminum chassis gives you a great balance of both control and comfort.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

2022 K2 Lien AT Snowboard Bindings

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Bindings of the 2021-2022 Season. However, there are tons more Snowboarding Bindings out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboard Bindings and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Bindings List? Let us know! E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Snowboard Bindings

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

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

Flex:

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

Riding Style:

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

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

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

Snowboard Mounting Options:

Snowboard Mounting Options

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

Types of Snowboard Bindings:

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

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

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This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Bindings of the 2021-2022 Season. However, there are tons more Snowboarding Bindings out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Snowboard Bindings and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Bindings List? Let us know! E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

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Best Beginner Snowboards for 2021-2022

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 2021-2022 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Beginner Snowboards

Our Top Rated Beginner Snowboards for Men

Burton Instigator Flat Top Snowboard

Sizes available (cm)140 | 145 | 150 | 150W | 155 | 155W | 160 | 160W | 165W
ShapeDirectional
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
Core

FSC Certified Super Fly 800G Core

Dualzone EGD

FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The Burton Instigator Flat Top 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

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 2022 , 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 Shoes Focus 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 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

YES Basic Snowboard

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

K2 First Lite Women's 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

Burton Stylus Snowboard 2022

Sizes available (cm)138 | 142 | 147 | 152
ShapeTrue Twin
Profile | BendRocker – Flat – Rocker
Core

FSC Certified Super Fly 800G Core

Dualzone EGD

FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

The Burton Stylus 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

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

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Beginner Snowboards of the 2021-2022 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.

Snowboard Camber | Rocker:

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 2021-2022 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 Poles for 2021-2022

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 2021-2022 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Ski Poles for 2021-2022

2022 K2 Power Composite Ski Poles

The K2 Power Composite 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
Shaft16mm Composite
GripPerformance Rubber
Basket60mm All-Mountain
TipCarbide Tip
Weight7oz
  

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Line Skis Grip 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 95mm 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 Ski Poles 2022

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

Black Diamond Equipment Razor Carbon Pro Ski Poles

The Black Diamond Razor Carbon Pro Ski Poles are the go-to Ski Poles for any Back Country Rider. It combines a durable upper Aluminum Alloy shaft with a low-weight lower Carbon Fiber shaft and an adjustable FlickLock Pro to adjust the height of the sticks when your navigating through deep pow. The SwitchRelease tech in the wrist strap allows for a quick exit if the poles get stuck in the trees. 

Sizes42 – 50 | 46 – 54
ShaftAluminum Alloy / Carbon Fiber
GripTouring Grip
BasketStandard Basket
TipIce Tip
Weight21oz
  

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Atomic AMT SQS Ski Poles 2022

The Atomic AMT SQS Ski Poles features an 18mm aluminum shaft plus ergonomic AMT grips, wide straps, and piste baskets. They are built for the all-mountain skier that takes its to all areas of the resort. Build a kicker, rip a groomer, or glide through some trees, and loop into the Atomic AMT SQS Ski Poles for a good responsive ride.

Sizes36 | 38 | 40 | 42 | 44 | 46 | 48 | 50
Shaft5* Carbon Pole Technology
GripErgonomic AMT Grip (2K)
Basket60mm Piste Basket (2K)
TipCarbide Tip
Weight15.7oz
  

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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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Ski Boots for Freeriding

Best Ski Boots for 2021-2022

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 2021-2022 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Ski Boots for Men

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 110 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 110 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

2022 Tecnisa Cochise 120 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 130 ID Ski Boots

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 Freeride 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:

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

The Dalbello Lupo Pro HD Touring 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

Lange XT3 130 Ski Boots 2022

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

The Lange XT3 130 Alpine Touring 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

Dalbello Krypton AX 120 ID Ski Boots 2022

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

When you’ve got the freeride-oriented Dalbello Krypton AX 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

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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:

2022 Full Tilt Classic Pro 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 Classic Pro 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 2022

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

The Dalbello Sport Il Moro 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

Salomon Shift Pro 120 Ski Boots 2022

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

Astonishingly light at 1.6kg, the Salomon Shift 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

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This is our current List for the Best Ski Boots of the 2021-2022 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!

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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.

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This is our current List for the Best Ski Boots of the 2021-2022 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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