Best Ski Helmets

Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets for 2020-2021

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 2020-2021.

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 2020-2021. 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 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 Material Endura-Shell ABS Construction
Impact Foam Liner G-Form RPT high-density Foam
Fit Adjustment Simple Fit
Certification CE 1077B | ASTM 2040 | CE 1078:2012 +A12012, CPSC
Ventilation Fixed, Passive
Lining Classic Fleece
Audio Capable No
Weight 595g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Anon Helo Snowboard Helmet

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

Specs

Shell Material Endura-Shell injection-molded ABS
Impact Foam Liner  High-density Foam
Fit Adjustment BOA, Standard
Certification CE 1077B | ASTM 2040
Ventilation Fixed, Passive
Lining Expedition Fleece
Audio Capable Yes
Weight 370

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Bern Watts 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 Material EPS Thin Shell
Impact Foam Liner EPS Hard Foam
Fit Adjustment BOA | Sink Fit
Certification CPSC | EN 1078 | EN 1077B| ASTM F 2040
Ventilation 7 top vents | 4 back vents
Lining Interchangeable Fleece Winter Liner
Audio Capable Yes, included in some models.
Weight 500g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Smith Vantage Unisex Snowboarding Helmet

This is Smith Optic’s hardcore, top of the line helmet. The Smith Vantage Snow Helmet has a hybrid shell construction that combines a tough ABS shell on top with a lightweight in-mold shell for the back and sides.

The inside of the helmet offers an Aerocore construction that is a combination of EPS and revolutionary Koroyd technology – a series of extruded tubes in a honeycomb formation that crush in a controlled manner upon impact that decelerates the energy that helps reduce the risk of injury.

The Air Evac ventilation system combines two independent regulators that open and close 21 front and rear vents which exposes internal channels and the Koroyd tubes to allow cool air in and expel hot air out.

Specs

Shell Material Hybrid SL Shell | Combined ABS and Koroyd
Impact Foam Liner Koroyd Aerocore Top/Front | EPS Bottom/Rear
Fit Adjustment BOA FS360, Regular Fit
Certification EN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
Ventilation Air Evac | 21 Dual Regulator adjustable vents
Lining Nanosilver performance lining
Audio Capable Yes
Weight 500g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Giro Range Snow Helmet

The Giro Range MIPS is a beast of a helmet loaded with features. Unlike most helmets that use a BOA system to tighten or loosen around you head, the Giro Range Snow Helmet utilizes Conform Fit Technology. By using a two-piece, durable shell and a semi-flexible design, the entire helmet is able to expand or contract to every rider’s individual head shape, giving them a truly integrated, custom fit and the lowest profile possible.

This quality, high-end, performance helmet features MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) which allows the exterior shell to rotate independently from the interior foam liner to help disperse energy from linear and rotational crashes. It’s suited for those who bring it hard and strong on the mountain.

It also comes with adjustable venting with a Thermostat Control system to help keep you cool, Fidlock buckles for quick access, and an integrated but detachable camera mount for you GoPro. This helmet has it all.

Specs

Shell Material Articulating Hybrid 2-piece Shell
Impact Foam Liner MIPSMulti-Directional Impact Protection System | Interior Foam Liner + Low Friction Liner + Elastomeric Attachment System
Fit Adjustment CONFORM FIT system, Low Profile Fit
Certification CE EN 1077 | ASTM F 2040-11
Ventilation 12 Vents | Adjustable Venting with Thermostat Control System
Lining X-Static anti-bacterial lining
Audio Capable Compatitble with all Giro aftermarket audio systems
Weight 1088g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

POC Obex BC SPIN Helmet

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 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 Material Hybrid In-Mold
Impact Foam Liner Hybrid In-Mold
Fit Adjustment 360 K2Dialed System
Certification CE EN 1077:2007 | ASTM F2040
Ventilation Dual Active Matrix Venting
Lining Washable full-wrap liner system
Audio Capable Included, K2 Baseline Audio
Weight 430g

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. 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

Bern Macon Snowboarding Helmet (Wu-Tang Edition)

We don’t think we really have to tell you why this is in our Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets list. The picture below should say enough, but if that doesn’t the features definitely will. The Bern Macon Helmet is an ultimate all-season helmet certified for biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing. The 13 passive vents help keep your head temperature just where you want it. And the winter interior liner is replaceable with a summer version.

Like the Bern Watts EPS Snow Helmet, the fit is adjusted with a BOA dial and comes with audio-compatible ear pads to listen C.R.E.A.M. on repeat. Seriously though, It’s a Wu-Tang helmet. That should be more than enough.

Bern Macon Snowboard Helmet (Rear View)

Specs

Shell Material ABS ThinShell
Impact Foam Liner EPS Foam
Fit Adjustment BOA | Sink Fit
Certification CPSC | ASTM F2040 | EN 1078 | EN 1077
Ventilation Passive | 7 Top | 4 Back | 2 Front
Lining Interchangeable Fleece Winter Liner
Audio Capable Yes
Weight 495g

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Smith Holt Snowboard 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. 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

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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets of the 2020-2021 Season.  However, there are tons more of snowboarding helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information.  Think we missed a Snowboarding Helmet or there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snow Helmets List?  Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which helmet is right for you.  As always, happy riding!

 

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How-To: Buy Snowboarding Helmets

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

Helmet Construction: 

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

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

EPS Foam Material
EPS Foam

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

G-Form RPT
G-Form Reactive Protection Technology

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

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

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

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

 

Koroyd Tubes
Koroyd Liner Construction

Fit Adjustment:

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

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

BOA Adjustment
BOA Dial Adjustment

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

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

Certification:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ventilation:

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

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

Other Features | Accessories:

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

Skullcandy Helmet Audio Kit
Smith Skullcandy Single-Shot Helmet Audio Kit

Camera Mount – With the rise in popularity of helmet-mounted action cameras such as GoPro, some helmet styles will have built-camera mounts for the GoPro to attach to, such as the Giro Range Snowboarding Helmet.

Goggle Clip – Most helmets have a clip in the back that locks-in the goggle strap to the helmet.  Many of us at powderheadz.com have taken a few tumbles here or there and it is nice not to ‘yard-sale’ all of your equipment when you fall.

Liner – Some helmets will have detachable liners and/or ear pads which are usually washable.  And please, wash them.  If you’re snowboarding or skiing often, they end up pretty funky.

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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding and Ski Helmets of the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 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:

2021 Burton Genesis Mens Snowboard Bindings

Binding Style Strap
Mounting Style 2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
Flex Medium
Riding Level Intermediate – Advanced
Baseplate Re:Flex™
Buckles Double Take Buckles
Straps Supergrip 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

Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings 2021

Binding Style Strap
Mounting Style 2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
Flex Stiff
Riding Level Intermediate – Advanced
Baseplate Re:Flex™
Buckles Double Take Buckles
Straps Supergrip 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:

Nitro 2021 Zero Snowboard Bindings

Binding Style Strap
Mounting Style 2×4
Flex Medium
Riding Level Intermediate – Advanced
Baseplate Mini Disc w/ Angle Lock
Buckles Aluminum Speedwheel Buckles
Straps B.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

2021 Union Force Snowboard Bindings

Binding Style Strap
Mounting Style 2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
Flex Medium
Riding Level Intermediate – Advanced
Baseplate Re:Flex™
Buckles Double Take Buckles
Straps Supergrip Capstrap™

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Ride A6 Snowboard Bindings

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:

Flux XV Snowboard 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

2021 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

K2 Lien AT Snowboard Bindings

Binding Style Strap
Mounting Style 2×4 | 4×4 | Burton 3D | Channel
Flex Stiff
Riding Level Advanced – Expert
Baseplate Tunable Tripod™ Chassis
Buckles Ultra Radchet™
Straps Precision™ 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

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Bindings of the 2020-2021 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.

Best Snowboarding Bindings | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Bindings of the 2020-2021 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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Wakeboard Helmets

Best Wakeboard Helmets for 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Wakeboard Helmets

Pro-Tec Ace Wakeboard Helmet

Shell Material ABS Shell
Impact Foam Liner Hard EPS (expanded polystyrene)
Certification Water Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weight 16oz

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.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Sandbox Classic Low Rider Water Helmet

Shell Material ABS Shell
Impact Foam Liner Hard EPS (expanded polystyrene)
Certification Water Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weight 16oz

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.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Triple Eight Gotham Wakeboard Helmet

Shell Material ABS Shell
Impact Foam Liner Dual-Density Closed Cell EVA Foam
Certification Water Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weight 32oz

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.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Jobe Hustler Wakeboard Helmet

Shell Material ABS Shell
Impact Foam Liner Hard EPS (expanded polystyrene)
Certification Water Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weight 16oz

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.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Liquid Force Flash Wakeboard Helmet 2019

Shell Material High Density ABS Shell
Impact Foam Liner Sweat Saver Lining
Certification Water Sports Certification – CE EN 1385
Weight 16oz

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.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Wakeboard Helmets of the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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 Boots

Best Wakeboard Boots and Bindings for 2020-2021

When it comes to wakeboard bindings, its rarely ‘one size fits all’. However, there is definitely a binding that’s out there for you. And with your specific preferences and riding style, you can whittle down your options from over hundreds of bindings. And we’re here to help. Your feet help direct the movement of your wakeboard, so you’ll want to find a best wakeboard binding that’s perfect for you.

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Wakeboard Bindings for 2020-2021 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Wakeboard Boots and Bindings

2020 Slingshot Space Mob Wakeboard Bindings

Sizes available (cm)9 | 10 | 11 | 12
Ability LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexRemovable Tongues
LinerRemovable Liner
BaseplateDirect Connect Sole
Binding StyleClosed Toe
  

The Slingshot Space Mob Wakeboard Boots are a top-of-the-line boot designed for hard-charging riders who want a boot they can use with confidence in all aspects of the sport. A removable, cinch-tight liner slips in and out easily. The liner has been redesigned for easier entry and exit with the boot and is loaded with super soft padding that gives an ergonomic fit and extra cushion for those hard landings. The outer closure system features three Gummy Straps- one upper and two lower- for an ultra-secure and tight, yet flexible feel.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Slingshot KTV Wakeboard Bindings

Sizes available (cm) 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Ability Level Intermediate – Advanced
Flex Soft
Liner Reflex Moldable Liner
Baseplate Direct Connect Sole
Binding Style Closed Toe

The Slingshot KTV Wakeboard Bindings are high-performance boots that will give you all the support you need when you’re ready to grab the line in the cable park. The KTV utilizes three Velcro straps which are light and strong to keep you secure and supported. You’ll have a bottomless base system which gives you a great board feel and maximizes transmission of energy. For comfort, your feet will be resting on the comfy EVA Footbed and be hugging the Reflex Moldable Liner with Anti-Slip Material so you’ll have a near customized fit that will keep you secure and stable when riding.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Hyperlite Relapse Wakeboard Boots

Sizes available (cm) 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Ability Level Advanced – Expert
Flex Medium
Liner Heat Moldable Hyper-Liner EVA
Baseplate None
Binding Style Closed Toe | System

The Hyperlite Relapse Wakeboard Boots interface with the Pro System Binding allowing for a lightweight feel and maximum comfort. The lightweight EVA outsole and impact pods creates good cushioning under your feet and the custom insoles with arch support cradle your foot for maximum stability. They also feature a low cut cuff and softer flex to provide a solid amount of range of motion in the Pro System Binding line-up.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

2020 Ronix Divide Wakeboard Boots

Sizes available (cm) 5-8.5 | 7.5-11.5 | 10.5-14.5
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Flex Medium
Liner Stage 1 Liner
Baseplate Baseless
Binding Style Open Toe

The Ronix Divide Wakeboard Bindings are very lightweight. Built with the Stage 1 Liner, you’ll have a light foam liner that is easy to sink your feet into and has lots of comfort to keep your feet feeling good. The Universal Tongue allows comfort for a wide variety and its footbed is soft and cushy for a smooth response. Built with Baseless Hardware, the Divide has a low profile design delivering excellent board control. Made for the beginner to intermediate level rider looking to head out and have a ton of fun as they confidently progress, the Ronix Divide Wakeboard Bindings consistently remains as a one of the top open-toe design wakeboard bindings out there.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Liquid Force Index Wakeboard Boots

Sizes available (cm) 5-8 | 8-12 | 12-15
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Flex Soft
Liner Comfort Liner
Baseplate N66 Chassis
Binding Style Open Toe

The Liquid Force Index Wakeboard Bindings are some of the most comfortable and user-friendly binders on the market, with a soft flex, Comfort Liner, and 3 levels of EVA Foam dampening. They are built for beginners and those of us who aren’t en route to competing in the next summer X-Games, the Liquid Force Index Wakeboard Bindings are worth a serious look.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Liquid Force Transit Wakeboard Boots

Sizes available (cm) 5-8 | 8-10 | 10-12 | 12-15
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Flex Medium
Liner Control Liner
Baseplate N66 Chassis
Binding Style Open Toe

The Liquid Force Transit Wakeboard Bindings is an open-toe boot that features high performance closed toe aspects designed to advance your skills. The Dual Lace zones and the molded TPU backstay let the upper wrap comfortably and securely allowing you to push your personal limits. The Liquid Force IPX Chassis with Impact Foam cushioning provides a smooth, stable and comfortable ride.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

2020 Slingshot Option Wakeboard Boots

Sizes available (cm) S/M | M/L | L/XL
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Flex Medium
Liner Gummy Straps
Baseplate Direct Base Mounting
Binding Style Open Toe

The Slingshot Option Wakeboard Bindings provide a balance between convenience, versatility and performance. The open-toed design allows riders of multiple sizes to use the same boot, making the Option a great choice for families, camps, rental fleets and casual riders. The dual-zone closure setup features a synch-tight lace system and an upper Velcro strap for a versatile fit that can be tightened or loosened with ease depending on the user.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Connelly MD Wakeboard Bindings

Sizes available (cm)9-10 | 10-11 | 11-12 | 12-13
Ability LevelBeginner – Intermediate
FlexStiff
LinerCush Liner w/ Shock Pads
BaseplateInfinity Plate System
Binding StyleClosed Toe
  

The Connelly MD Wakeboard Bindings are built to help you get your board to do just what you want it to do. The Cush Liner with Shock Pads eases the vibrations and shock when coming off those big landings. The Deep Heel Pocket ensures that you get the most energy out of each move and built in Achilles pads means that you’re riding comfortably and not bogged down by water trapped in the boots. High support equals high response, which helps heel-toe transitions as well as holding your edge up the wake for maximum boost. Built on the industry’s best fitting, lightest weight, strongest plate the MD boots are the ultimate connection between you and your board.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Slingshot RAD Wakeboard Bindings

Sizes available (cm) 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Ability Level Intermediate – Advanced
Flex Medium
Liner Removable Cinch Inner Liner
Baseplate Direct Connect Sole
Binding Style Closed Toe

The Slingshot RAD Wakeboard Bindings is a boot for all styles of riding and features a two-zone closure system with a synch-tight interior and one upper strap, providing the perfect balance between high comfort and high performance.  There are integrated upgrades both inside and out, including the Gummy Strap closure system, improved interior padding and HHD (heel hold down) technology and the completely reworked K9 mounting system.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

2020 Hyperlite Team X Wakeboard Boots

Sizes available (cm)7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Ability LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexVery Stiff
LinerRemovable Heat Moldable Pro Liner
BaseplateAluminum Claw Mounting System
Binding StyleClosed Toe
  

The Hyperlite Team X Wakeboard Boots are driven by comfort and cushion built with EVA Heel Impact protection zones in the sole. The heat moldable Hyper-Liner and thermos formed tongue provide all the comfort you need in this stiff boot. With a taller cuff height, you’ll have all the support needed for an epic ride hitting the wake! Remember each System Boot is designed to work exclusively with the Hyperlite System Binding. Both boots and bindings are needed for use.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Wakeboard Bindings of the 2020-2021 Season. There are literally hundreds of Wakeboard Bindings out there and finding the right pair can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with our choices. Do you think a certain pair of Wakeboard Bindings deserves a spot on our Top Rated Wakeboard Bindings  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 Bindings are right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Wakeboard Boots and Bindings

There are a few things to consider when choosing Wakeboard Bindings. Wakeboard Bindings vary in flex, closure systems, and the way they attach to your Wakeboard. Keep in mind that there is no perfect, one-size-fits-all wakeboard binding. But getting the right wakeboard binding can vastly improve your abilities and skill levels quickly.

Before you consider purchasing a wakeboard binding (it can be a pricey investment), take time to familiarize yourself with what types of wakeboard bindings are out there and some of the terminology.

Flex:

Similar to Snowboard Boots, the stiffer your wakeboard boots are, the better speed and carving you get. The softer they are, the more maneuverability you’ll have for tricks. It really depends on your personal preference. Stiffer boots also give you more ankle support while you’re riding, while softer boots give you the ability to tweak your wakeboard while you’re landing tricks.

Wakeboard Binding Style:

For the best fit, its often wise to buy your own set of bindings even if you do share a wakeboard. Unlike snowboards, they are much easier to swap out on the boat between rides.

Open-Toe – Open-toe boots give your toes some breathing room and you’re able to stretch out a few more shoe sizes than a closed-toe boot can. They’re best for kids who are still growing or if you just plan on having a single board for your boat.

Closed-Toe – Closed-toe boots give you a more precise fit and therefore more control, leverage, and quicker heel to toe response. They can also keep your feet warmer which can be an issue if you plan on riding in colder climates.

System Bindings – System bindings are similar to Snowboard Bindings. With highback frames and ratchet straps across the ankles and toes, system bindings take a custom design boot and allows riders to further customize fit and engage the entire leg instead of the heel and toes.

Closure Systems:

Boa Lacing System – The Boa System is similar to the ones you find on snowboard boots. They are incredibly quick to tighten up and you don’t have to spend your time lacing up your boots.

Hinges – Hinges allow for an easy entry and exit from your boots. The hinge is located on the heel of the boot allows you to open it and flip a lever rather than entering through a narrow opening at the ankle.

Laces and Fasteners – the most common and efficient system

Velcro Straps – Another common and efficient system that doesn’t require tying any laces.

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Wakeboard Bindings of the 2020-2021 Season. There are literally hundreds of Wakeboard Bindings out there and finding the right pair can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with our choices. Do you think a certain pair of Wakeboard Bindings deserves a spot on our Top Rated Wakeboard Bindings  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 Wakeboards

Best Wakeboards for 2020-2021

If you marry the thrills of waterskiing, jetskiing, and snowboarding into one sport on some flat water, you end up with wakeboarding. It’s a great option to have in the summertime if you can’t hit the ocean with your surfboard or the mountains with your snowboard. To pick the best wakeboard, you should first take a look at its size. If it’s too small, you’ll sink and if its too large you won’t be able to maneuver very well. You should also consider what kind of rider you are. If you like riding the wake like a slalom-style skier, go for single tip. If you plan on riding your wakeboard like a snowboard, then search out a double tip wakeboard.

You can find what we reviewed and what we think are the Best Wakeboards for 2020-2021 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Wakeboards

2020 Hyperlite State 2.0 Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 125 | 130 | 135 | 140 | 145
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Rocker Type Abrupt Continuous Hybrid
Core Fiberglass | Foam
Base Type Standard
Mount Pattern M6 Inserts
Fins 2 1.3″ Disorder Fins

A complete entry level deck, the Hyperlite State 2.0 Wakeboard is an asymmetrical all ability level shape that advances your skills quicker with advanced shape technology. The asymmetrical design leverages your natural body positions to help give you a proper stance and assist in your carving ability. And the Abrupt continuous rockerline carves with small amounts of drag and hits the wake with the perfect amount of pop. The Hyperlite State 2.0 Wakeboard has been and proven to be the best choice for a rider looking to master the foundations of wakeboarding.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Liquid Force Classic Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 134 | 138 | 142
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Rocker Type Progressive Three-Stage Rocker
Core Polyurethane
Base Type Standard
Mount Pattern M6
Fins 2 molded-in fins

The Liquid Force Classic Wakeboard is a timeless design that’s extremely user-friendly. The aggressive 3-Stage Rocker will pop you up high and the Spiral V with a Double Concave Mid-Section gives you a soft landing. It also allows for quicker and smoother turn initiation and rolls while the quad vented channels at the tips lift you without hindering water flow, allowing you to maintain speed and hold at simultaneously.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Ronix Vault Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 134 | 139 | 144
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Rocker Type 3-Stage
Core Mod Pour
Base Type Low Friction
Mount Pattern M6
Fins 2 1.7″ Fiberglass Hook Fins

The Ronix Vault Wakeboard is an innovative design that maximizes what you’re able to do off the wake. By changing the profile, the Vault will get the most grip to the wake, giving you all the power you need to lift high off the water. The Toeside Fins give you a stronger and more stable edge hold by being longer, deeper, and closer to the thinned out Toe-side rail which sits deeper in the water which creates additional grip. And the heelside will have a rail that’s softer and fuller for a mellow transition and fins that are shorter for a quick release while allowing you to pull off some spin tricks.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Slingshot Nomad Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 145 | 150 | 155 | 160
Ability Level Intermediate – Advanced
Rocker Type Continuous Rocker
Core Vertically Laminated Wood
Base Type 0.7mm Ballistic Standard
Mount Pattern M6
Fins 4 .75″ x 6″ Wake Fins

If you’re looking for a single board that everyone- from first-timers to pro riders- will enjoy, the Slingshot Nomad Wakeboard is your board. It has inspired the birth of a whole new category of casual and more mellow wakeboarding. Its enhanced buoyancy makes it much easier to get up and stay up, giving you a leisurely, stress-free ride. And it’s Ballistic grade base gives it the durability you need to crash around the dock and/or rails.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Ronix District Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 129 | 134 | 138 | 143
Ability Level Intermediate – Advanced
Rocker Type Three-Stage Continuous
Core Foam
Base Type Standard
Mount Pattern M6
Fins 4 Fiberglass 1.0″ Ramp Fins

The Ronix District Wakeboard is a great wakeboard that you can evolve with as it’s made for beginners but can hang with those who eventually get more advanced skills in their riding. It provides a good grip and release tech that provides enough traction without too much resistance. And the variable rails will help you with your jumps and turns.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

2020 Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm)130 | 135 | 139 | 144
Ability LevelBeginner – Intermediate
Rocker TypeContinuous Rocker
CorePrecision PU Core
Base TypeStandard Base
Mount PatternM6
Fins6

The Liquid Force Trip Wakeboard is a tried and true classic shape that continues to impress. It has a smooth, forgiving feel and its durability make it an unmatched entry level all terrain board for beginners and mid-level riders looking to advance their riding that won’t break the bank.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Hyperlite Franchise Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 128 | 134 | 138 | 142
Ability Level Beginner – Intermediate
Rocker Type Continuous
Core Fiberglass Foam
Base Type Standard
Mount Pattern M6
Fins 4 0.8″ Poly A-Wing

The Hyperlite Franchise Wakeboard has an innovative shape with a continuous rocker that allows you to really carve edge-to-edge while you’re at speed. It gives you that predictability when you pop off the wake so you know what tricks you can pull off mid-air. And the Tapered Channels and Dual Fin Configuration offers great board edge as you head to the wake and its thinner profile minimizes swing weight for simple rotation and inverted spins.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

2020 Liquid Force Peak Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 138 | 142 | 146
Ability Level Advanced – Expert
Rocker Type Aggressive Three-Stage Rocker
Core Wood
Base Type LF Sintered Grind Base
Mount Pattern None
Fins None

Completely redesigned inside and out, the Liquid Force Peak Wakeboard features an all-wood core with a single concave into dual channel / concave tip. The Mid-body edge channels and a concave beveled edge complete the package to keep your performance in control and catch-free on any of your park’s features. It’s Nico Von Lerchenfeld’s premiere choice for its pop and durability.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Connelly Reverb Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 131 | 136 | 141 | 146
Ability Level Intermediate – Advanced
Rocker Type Three-Stage Hybrid
Core System 80 Core
Base Type Standard Base
Mount Pattern M6
Fins 4×4 Molded fins + 2 Bolt on 1″ Plastic fins

The CWB Reverb Wakeboard is a favorite of the Connelly team and is made to work with anyone’s riding style. The Three-Stage Rocker is subtle and has a deep channel for maximum edge control. The board is prepared to send you flying behind the boat and touch down like a seasoned pilot.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Ronix Parks Modello Wakeboard

Sizes available (cm) 134 | 139 | 144
Ability Level Intermediate – Advanced
Rocker Type Continuous
Core Mod Pour Foam | Modello
Base Type Dimpled Base
Mount Pattern M6
Fins 4 1.0″ Fiberglass Ramp Fins

The Ronix Parks Modello Wakeboard gets its vibe from golf balls of all places. It’s dimpled base creates a loose, playful, easy-going ride and is paired with a consistent, continuous rocker profile. The four fiberglass ramp fins can help bring you back down to the wake so you can take off once again. Be the Billy Madison to everyone else’s Shooter McGavin.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Wakeboards of the 2020-2021 Season. There are literally hundreds of Wakeboards out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with our choices. Do you think a certain Wakeboard deserves a spot on our Top Rated Wakeboard 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 is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Wakeboards

There are a few things to consider when choosing a wakeboard. Size, Ability Level, Rocker, Riding Style, etc. Keep in mind that there is no perfect, one-size-fits-all wakeboard. But getting the right wakeboard can vastly improve your abilities and skill levels quickly.

Before you consider purchasing a wakeboard (it can be a pricey investment), take time to familiarize yourself with what types of wakeboards are out there and some of the terminology.

Length:

The size of your wakeboard will depend on your riding style and your weight. Most wakeboards will have their own specific guidelines for their weight. A general rule of thumb is to buy the wakeboard suited for either the heaviest person in your group or the person who rides the most. It can be extremely frustrating if a board is not long enough that the rider can’t float over the wake.

Wakeboard Size Chart
Wakeboard Length Rider Weight
< 130cm < 100lbs
130cm – 134cm 90lbs – 150lbs
135cm – 139cm 130lbs – 180lbs
140cm – 144cm 170lbs – 250lbs
> 144cm 200lbs – 275lb+

Short Wakeboards – Some Wakeboarders prefer to ride a board that’s shorter than their suggested size because they are easier to maneuver and spin in the air as you flip around across the wake. However, they are generally slower and take more energy to ride on the water. Also, the shorter board has a much greater chance of the nose digging into to water, causing you to crash when you really don’t want to.

Long Wakeboards – Longer boards are generally much easier to learn on and therefore ride. They are also heavier and harder to work with if you’re airborne. Longer boards have an increased surface area which helps it sit on top of the water easier and you require less energy to keep it afloat.

Ability Level:

Beginner | Intermediate – Most of these wakeboards will have a continuous or shallow 3-stage rocker and geared for those who have never ridden before or ride occasionally.

Intermediate | Advanced – If you can cross the wake in both directions and can clear it, you’ll want one of these.

Advanced | Expert – If you can spin, invert, or just attempting new tricks, look for these. These wakeboards will have 3-stage rockers or aggressive continuous rockers and are less forgiving.

Wakeboard Rocker:

Continuous – Continuous rockers have a smooth, curved shape. They provide fast, smooth rides and allow you to turn easily. You can build up a lot of speed and height when you hit the wake and it will shoot you farther out into the flat water. Continuous rocker wakeboards are also great for carving on smooth flat water.

3-Stage – 3-Stage rockers will respond with more height when you hit the wake. They also feel a little slippery and loose on the surface water. It also can drag the water more than a continuous rocker, making your riding a bit slower.

Wakeboard Base Shapes:

Base Material – Nearly all wakeboards are made of either wood core or foam wrapped in fiberglass. Few will be made with graphite, but most likely, it will be fiberglass around foam. They  are cheaper, lighter, last longer, and are more durable, but don’t have the response or lift that wood core wakeboards do.

Channels – Channels are like long extruded fins on the bottom of the wakeboard that helps breakup surface tension

Concaves – Concaves are special dents on the bottom of the wakeboard that help creates lift and reduces suction so the board sits higher in the water

Featureless – Featureless boards have no fins or channels and makes the shape of the wakeboard dictate its performance on the water.

Grind Base – Grind bases were built due to the popularity of rail riding. The base is much stronger and has more durability to withstand the beatdown it gets from riding over PVC, Metal, or docks.

V-Shape Spines – V-Shape Spines are often added to wakeboards with 3-stage rockers to soften landings. They allow you to roll from edge to edge like some v-shaped boats do.

Fins:

Molded-in fins are stuck to the wakeboard and do not come off while removable fins can be unscrewed and, well, be removed. Most wakeboards will have molded-in fins towards the outside of the board and removable fins on the inside towards the center. Removing the fins will give you more options to change the type of riding you want to get out of your wakeboard.

Longer fins give you a more stable ride but reduces your ability to perform any tricks as the fins kind of anchor you into the water. They are more beneficial to beginners as they learn how to wakeboard but eventually you’ll want to remove fins or select another wakeboard.

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This is our current list of Best Wakeboards for the 2020-2021 Season.  However, there are tons more Wakeboards out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Wakeboard and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Wakeboards List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

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Best Wakeboard Ropes

Best Wakeboard Ropes and Handles for 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Wakeboard Ropes and Handles

Kwik Tek AIRHEAD Spectra Thermal Wakeboard Handle

Length 70 feet
Rope Material Thermal-coated Spectra
Handle Width 15 inches
Handle Material Aluminum
Weight 1.55lbs

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.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Straight Line Apex Suede Wakeboard Handle

Length 65 feet
Rope Material Dyneema Leader
Handle Width 12 inches
Handle Material Aluminum
Weight 2lbs

The Straight Line Apex Suede Wakeboard Rope has a round 29mm ultra suede handle with quilted EVA padding that makes it comfortable to the touch. The Apex Suede also features an aluminum bar that does not flex or bend and will float in the water. This handle comes with a 65 foot PU Coated Dyneema mainline with five sections.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Hyperlite Team Wakeboard Handle

Length 70 feet
Rope Material Silicone X-Line
Handle Width 15 inches
Handle Material Aluminum
Weight 1.55lbs

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.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Hydroslide Deluxe Wakeboard Handle

Length 75 feet
Rope Material Thermal-coated Spectra
Handle Width 15 inches
Handle Material Aluminum
Weight 1.55lbs

The HydroSlide Deluxe Wakeboard Rope is a four-section, 75-foot rope with removable sections. The deluxe rope has a comfortable 15-inch aluminum T-handle with a power grip finger guard. The wakeboard rope is U.V.-resistant and meets or exceeds WSIA standards.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Wakeboard Ropes and Handles of the 2020-2021 Season. There are literally hundreds of Wakeboard Ropes and Handles out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with our choices. Do you think a certain Wakeboard Rope and Handle deserves a spot on our Top Rated Wakeboard Rope and Handle 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 Rope and Handle is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Wakeboard Ropes and Handles

There are a few things to consider when choosing a Wakeboard Rope and Handle such as Length, Material, and Handle. Getting the right Wakeboard Rope and Handle can vastly improve your time out on the water. Don’t let something as simple as a rope ruin a good time. Invest in the proper equipment so you can maximize your enjoyment wakeboarding.

Before you consider purchasing a wakeboard rope and handle, take time to familiarize yourself with what types are out there and some of the terminology.

Length:

The typical length of a Wakeboard Rope can vary between 55 feet to 75 feet, depending upon the boat wake, experience level, and preference. Beginners should start around 65 feet. If you’re having some difficulty clearing the wake, try shortening the rope, which will put you closer to the boat and in the narrower section of the wake. Once you start getting better, you can gradually increase the rope’s length to generate more speed into the wake and get more air as you pop off if it.

Materials:

Dyneema – no-stretch dyneema rope outperforms steel and other rope materials in both tension and bending fatigue. It also stands up to salt water and strong UVs.

Poly E – Poly E stretches two to three percent of its length under normal circumstances, which gives you enough flex to absorb the shock of cutting through a boats wake. Better for beginners but not so much for more experienced riders.

Spectra – Spectra is 10 times stronger than steel yet is ultra lightweight. Spectra ropes are durable, have zero-stretch and will float.

Handles:

Materials – Handles are made with EVA, aluminum, or carbon fiber. Grips are made from either rubber or chamois or memory foam that’s stamped with a texture to help increase grip.

Length – Handles are between 5 to 15 inches wide, with wider handles allowing you to perform tricks easier.

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

As always, happy riding!

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Best Ski Poles for 2019-2020

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Ski Poles for 2019-2020

2020 K2 Power 10 Airfoil Carbon Alpine Ski Poles

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

Sizes 42 | 44 | 46 | 52
Shaft Airfoil Carbon Technology
Grip Rip Cord Grip System
Basket 70mm Freeride Basket
Tip Carbide Tip
Weight 7oz

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Line Skis Grip Stick Ski Poles

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

Sizes 40 | 42 | 44 | 46 | 48 | 50
Shaft 6061 Aluminum
Grip Contoured Snake Grip
Basket Includes 2 Screwoff™ Baskets
Tip Carbide Tip
Weight 19.2oz to 21.6oz

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Salomon X North

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

Sizes 44 | 46 | 48 | 50 | 52
Shaft Aluminum
Grip Mono Material All-Mountain Grip
Basket All-Mountain Basket (Interchangeable)
Tip Standard Tip
Weight 3.2 oz

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Scott 720 Ski Poles

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

Sizes 44 | 46 | 48 | 50 | 52 | 54
Shaft Aluminum Alloy
Grip P-Core Rubber Grip
Basket Standard Basket
Tip Ice Tip
Weight 12oz

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Atomic Park Ski Poles 2020

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

Sizes 36 | 38 | 40 | 42 | 44 | 46 | 48 | 50
Shaft 6061 Aluminum
Grip Mountain Bike Grip
Basket 85mm Powder Basket
Tip Carbide Tip
Weight 15.7oz

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Leki Spark S Ski Poles

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

Sizes 44 | 46 | 48 | 50 | 52 | 54
Shaft Aluminum TS 5.0
Grip Trigger S Grip
Basket Standard Basket
Tip Ice Tip
Weight 9oz

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Ski Poles of the 2019-2020 Season. There are literally hundreds of ski poles out there and finding the right pair can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices. Do you think a certain pair of ski poles deserves a spot on our Top Rated Ski Poles list? Let us know? Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing! Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which pair of ski poles is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski Poles

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

Ski Pole Parts: 

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

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

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

Ski Pole Shaft Materials:

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

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

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

Skier Profile:

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

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

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

Backcountry – Adjustable Lightweight Carbon Fiber with powder baskets

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

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

As always, happy riding!

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Strapins

Strapins – Feel the Difference

Strapins

The Powderheadz.com Team was contacted recently on trying out a novel idea: Strapins. Strapins are basically velcro-belts for your snowboard boots. But the simplicity of that description does not do its actual effectiveness justice. Strapins easily improve the control and response of your snowboard boots, regardless of their condition. You’re able to tighten your boots at desired locations provide support with a much more even distribution. They’re also perfect band-aids for an older boot that just happens to break on you at the worst time – in the middle of an epic powder day.

Strapins - Feel the Difference

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How to Use

Strapins

  1. Tie up/twist your Boa laces on your boots as normal.
  2. On each boot, place one strap above the ankle and tighten up firmly. 
  3. Feel Free to experiment where to place the straps as everyone rides differently. You may seek more control than other riders. For instance, while Powder riding, sometimes 2 straps above the ankle on your rear boot and none on your front foot can be effective as you are constantly boarding off your back foot.
  4. For even more control and better feedback while carving, place another strapin towards the top of each snowboard boat (the area above your BOAs or at the top of your laces and tighten firmly.
  5. For broken snowboard boots or heel straps, use 2 straps as described above and ensure your other undamaged boot is of similar tightness.
  6. Once strapins are in place they will never loosen, won’t cut off your circulation and will ensure you get the best control imaginable in a snowboard boot, regardless of how old or new they are.

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Testimonials


I was skeptical at first, but after giving them a go, I was hooked. I have wide feet, skinny ankles, and thick calves, so I get pressure points everywhere on my boots. Adding these Strapins to my snowboards boots definitely alleviate the pressure and I feel like i gain more control when I ride.

I ride in the Backcountry and I need any tiny edge I can get. I ride with four Strapins (two on each foot) so I can get a much better response when I'm riding.

I've got a pair of older boots that I love that I'm not quite ready to get rid of. They're boot-packed and definitely a little loose, but the Strapins help fix that until I'm ready to buy a new pair.

Definitely noticed a difference as soon as I used it. I swear by them now.

How Many Should You Buy?

Here at Powderheadz.com we think 4 is the optimal number. That’s two per snowboard boot, with one right over the ankle and the other at the top of the boot, usually over the boa or where you tie up your laces. Luckily the people at Strapins.com sell them in pairs of two. If you buy a second pair, you’ll get it for half-priced also get free shipping worldwide. Head over and see what they’re all about.

Powderheadz Rating

4.6/5

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Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear for 2019-2020

Best Snowboarding Gear

Best Ski and Snowboarding Gear

Our team is always interested in trying out the latest and greatest ski and snowboarding equipment and whenever we get the chance, we try post an in depth account of our experience. The internet can be a great resource for skiers and snowboarders to share information and help each other to get the most out of their time on the mountain. We love testing out any ski and snowboard gear we come across from top brands like Black Diamond, Burton, GoPro, and Nixon. Finding the right ski and snowboarding gear for your skill level and riding preference can be a challenge and it’s our goal to help you pick the best ski and snowboard gear and point you in the direction.

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Best Action Cameras


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If it’s not on video, did it ever happen? Today, you can’t go anywhere or do anything on the mountain unless there’s proof of your epic (or maybe not so epic) ride. Whether its filming you and your friends running laps at the park or filming your kids during a family vacation on slopes, it’s always good to have a solid Action Camera to record every memory to share with your friends, family, or the world.

Here are some of the Best Action Cameras we think are out on the market today:


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GoPro HERO5 Black


GoPro HERO5 Action Camera


GoPro does it again with the Gopro HERO5 Black. The HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design.

Smooth stabilized video, crystal-clear sound and expert quality photo captures combined with GPS makes HERO5 Black simply the best GoPro. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account to provide easy access on your phone. Then, you can create amazing videos automatically with Quik, the GoPro editing app.

Advanced Features:What’s included:
4K VideoHERO5 Black Camera
12 MegaPixel Photos RAW + WDR PhotosThe Frame (HERO5 Black)
Exposure ControlCurved + Flat Adhesive Mount
Stereo AudioMounting Buckle
GPS Location TaggingUSB-C Cable
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth EnabledRechargeable Battery (HERO5 Black)
  

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GoPro HERO5 Session


GoPro Hero5 Session


The GoPro Hero5 Session is a similar, yet much more compact version of the GoPro Hero5. Neither are particularly large or heavy, but the Session comes in at 1.49in x 1.49in x 1.42in and 2.6oz while the Hero5 comes in at 2.4in x 1.7in x 0.9in and 4.2oz. This shouldn’t make too much of a difference for the casual user, but the advanced user may need the smaller Session when it comes to wind resistance.

In terms of video, the Hero5 Session won’t have all the features and flexibility as the Hero5, but they both share the same top resolution of 4k video at 30 fps.

Advanced Features:What’s included:
4K VideoHERO5 Session Camera
10 MegaPixel Photos RAW + WDR PhotosStandard Frame
Exposure ControlCurved + Flat Adhesive Mount
Stereo AudioMounting Buckle
GPS Location Tagging USB-C Cable
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Enabled 
  

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Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Camera


Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Action Camera


Get amazing footage with an ultra HD action camera that matches your active lifestyle. This compact, lightweight, waterproof camera is easy to use, and the  VIRB Ultra 30 captures 4K/30fps video with features G-Metrix™ technology, which adds to the experience by letting you overlay gauges and graphs with action data. Built-in image stabilization creates for crisp, steady footage.

The touchscreen display and high-sensitivity microphone are fully functional through the waterproof case. With one touch, you can even live-stream on YouTube® (in HD!) to share your footage with the world. Voice control also lets you start and stop recording or take a picture with a simple spoken command while you’re busy riding.

Garmin Virb Ultra 30
 

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Sony AS200V Action Cam


Sony Action Camera


 
 
Prove yourself with the new Sony HD Action Cam. Whether you’re shredding waves, tearing up mountains, or just enjoying the open road, Action Cam HDR-AS200V will be there to capture every second. And with superior Full HD image quality, you and friends can relive every adventure over and over with you-are-here realism. The Sony AS200V Action Camera is ready to take you to the next level.
Sony AS200V Action Cam
Features: 
Lens Type170° ultra-wide ZEISS Tessar Lens
Sensor Type1/2.3-inch Exmore R CMOS sensor
WaterproofUp to 16.4 Feet with SPK-AS2 Case
Dustproofwith SPK-AS2 Case
Shockproofwith SPK-AS2 Case
Input + OutputComposite Video out| memory card slot | Micro HDMI output | Multi/Micro USB terminal | Stereo minijack
  

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Best Bluetooth Audio Headsets


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Sometimes riding down the hill with no music on allows you to take in all that the mountain has to offer you. But you’re not here for that. You want to blast some music through your ears to make that line you just took a little more epic. Those jumps, that rail, that mogul, or even just a simple ride down some groomed runs, music can make your riding infinitely better. And rather risk losing your bluetooth earbuds after you take a spill, it’s better to listen to music with some integrated helmet headphones that goes well with some of the best ski and snowboard helmets we mentioned on the site.


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Outdoor Tech Ot0052 Chips

Outdoor Tech Ot0052 Chips


  • 40Mm drivers for clear Bluetooth Wireless Audio
  • 10 hours of playtime | 280 hours on standby | Infinite Hours while wired.
  • Wireless Range: 32 Feet
  • Odt walkie-talkie app provides push-to-talk communication
  • Two-Button controls adjust volume, change tracks, play, pause, take calls and use Siri (voice control) through the built-in microphone
  • IP45 Sweat/Water Resistant | Functional in extreme cold weather (-20°C/-4°F)
  • Includes: USB Charging Cable | 3.5 to Micro-USB Converter | 3.5 Audio Control Cable | Carry Pouch

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Sena Snowtalk Bluetooth Headset

Sena Snowtalk Bluetooth Headset


  • Bluetooth® 3.0 Snowtalk speakers can take phone calls or listen to and share music with your buddies.
  • Enjoy conversations over four-way intercom capability that works over a 700-meter (760 yards) range
  • Advanced Noise Control™ – Snowtalk delivers crystal-clear, natural sound that gets an automatic boost in noisy environments and cuts down on background noise for both incoming and outgoing audio.
  • Two ski glove-friendly buttons that controls all functions.
  • 6 hours of talk time and 6 days of stand-by time should give you plenty of use on the mountain.
  • Fits all ski and snowboard helmets with audio pockets.

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UClear HBC150 Plus Bluetooth Kit

UClear Ski Helmet Audio


  • Multi Point Bluetooth Device Connectivity, connect to multiple Bluetooth enabled devices simultaneously, such as smartphones, music players, and GPS.
  • Full-duplex private intercom for up to 4 people at a range of 500m (0.32mi).
  • Advanced Beamforming technology allows the discreet dual-microphones to capture and extract specific sounds, virtually eliminating all background noise.
  • Hi-definition speakers feature a built-in microphone, eliminating the obstruction of a boom mic.
  • Exclusive concealed dual-microphone array delivers exceptional voice clarity.

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Best Camera Drones


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Want to step it up a notch when it comes to video? Time to look into purchasing a camera drone. If you want your videos to look more professional you’ll need a solid camera drone to film the expansive vistas and epic trips you’ll take on the mountain. Some ski resorts have different rules about being able to film inside resort boundaries with a camera drone, but you’ll get more freedom if you head out in the back country. You can head over to our friends at www.tech-headz.com to see an in-depth look to what are some of the best camera drones out there.

Here at www.powderheadz.com, we’ll just skim over what we think are some of the Best Camera Drones on the market today:


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DJI Phantom 4 Camera Drone

DJI Phantom 4 Drone

Camera Resolution20MP
Video Resolution4K at 30 FPS, 1080p at 120 FPS
Flight Time28 minutes
Max Speed45mph
Weight8.2lbs
Dimensions12.8×8.66×14.96 inches
  

The DJI Phantom 4 Drone is a nice update from the DJI Phantom 3 Drone. It has 3 new, important features for any action sports videographer: Obstacle Avoidance will help you avoid trees, TapFly allows the user to see what the drone’s camera is seeing through a smartphone, and Active Track allows you to select a target for the drone to track and follow.


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DJI Mavic Pro Camera Drone

DJI Mavic Pro Camera Drone

Camera Resolution12MP
Video Resolution4K at 30FPS
Flight Time27 minutes
Max Speed40mph
Weight1.6lbs
Dimensions11.4×7.1×9.4 inches
  

The DJI Mavic Pro Camera Drone is the smaller cousin to the DJI Phantom series and is extremely portable. At around one-and-a-half pounds, the drone packs a high quality punch with 4K video at 30 FPS while still being able to be stuffed into a backpack. It’s great for those who ride solo from time to time cause their friends can’t keep up.


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Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Drone

Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Drone

Camera Resolution12MP
Video Resolution4k at 30 FPS
Flight Time19 minutes
Max Speed43mph
Weight12lbs
Dimensions21x17x12.5 inches
  

The Yuneec Typhoon H Pro Drone is an excellent alternative to the DJI Drone Series. It’s a stable drone with 6 rotors instead of 4 and comes with a 360-degree rotating 4k camera and retractable landing gears. It also comes with it’s own controller and obstacle avoidance just in case your careless around the trees.


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portable chargers

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Best Portable Chargers


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Ever want to take a picture of that gorgeous panorama while you’re out riding on the mountain but all of a sudden your phone dies on you. Maybe you want to listen to the perfect song and need to fast foward a few tracks to get to it but you can’t. Or you get separated from your friends and need to send a quick text to them to say you’ll meet them at the lift. More often than not, it just means your phone is too cold and the battery can’t hold a charge. And one of the best ways to get that charge back is to carry a portable battery pack. Portable Chargers are small enough to fit in your pocket and can usually charge your smartphone quick enough to get you that pic, song, or text. If you plan on spending a long day on the mountain, these can be a life saver for those dependent on their phones.


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Anker PowerCore II 10000

Anker PowerCore II Battery Pack


  • Capacity | 10000mAh
  • Outputs | 5-9V 2A, 9-12V 1.5A
  • USB Charging Ports | 1
  • Size | 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.9in
  • Weight | 195g/6.9oz

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RAVPower 26800 Battery Charger

RAVPower 26800 Battery Pack


  • Capacity | 26800mAh
  • Outputs | DC 5V/5.5A output
  • USB Charging Ports | 3
  • Size | 6.8 x 3.19 x 0.87in
  • Weight | 399g/14.1oz

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ZeroLemon ToughJuice Portable Charger

ZeroLemon ToughJuice Portable Battery


  • Capacity | 30000mAh
  • Outputs | 1 QC (12V/9V) | 5V/2A | 3 1A
  • USB Charging Ports | 5
  • Size | 7.1 x 3.6 x 1.3in
  • Weight | 567g/20oz

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Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10000

Poweradd Pilot 2GS 10000 Portable Charger


  • Capacity | 10000mAh
  • Outputs | 2.4A and 1.0A output
  • USB Charging Ports | 2
  • Size | 5.4 x 2.9 x 0.51in
  • Weight | 259g/9.1oz

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miscellaneous

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Other


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Strapins

Strap-ins


Strapins are pretty self-explanatory. They’re velcro-based straps that act like swiss army knife for you boots. They provide even pressure and support distribution, increase response by reducing gaps and heel lift, keep your boots tight throughout the day, and in an emergency, help repair either your bindings or your boots if they happen to break while you’re riding. These are one of those items that you don’t think you’ll need until you actually use them. Then you’ll wonder how you kept riding without them.

You can read a more in-depth review here.


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

As always, happy riding!

>>Need a Ski or Snowboard Jacket?  Click HERE for the Best Ski and Snowboard Jackets of 2019-2020<<

>>Need Ski or Snowboard Pants?  Click HERE for the Best Ski and Snowboard Pants of 2019-2020<<

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Best Ski Bindings for Beginners

Best Ski Bindings for 2019-2020

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

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

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

Safe riding!

Best Alpine Ski Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated Alpine Ski Bindings for Men

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

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

Look Pivot 14 AW Ski Bindings 2019

Sizes available (mm) 95 | 115 | 130
DIN Release Value Low 5
DIN Release Value High 14
Riding Level Advanced – Expert
Boot Sole Type Alpine DIN, Walk to Ride

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

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Marker Griffon 13 ID Alpine Ski Bindings

Sizes available (mm) 90 | 110 | 120
DIN Release Value Low 4
DIN Release Value High 13
Riding Level Intermediate – Advanced
Boot Sole Type Alpine DIN, Alpine Touring

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

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