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 LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexSoft
LinerReflex Moldable Liner
BaseplateDirect Connect Sole
Binding StyleClosed 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 LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexMedium
LinerHeat Moldable Hyper-Liner EVA
BaseplateNone
Binding StyleClosed 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
FlexMedium
LinerStage 1 Liner
BaseplateBaseless
Binding StyleOpen 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
FlexSoft
LinerComfort Liner
BaseplateN66 Chassis
Binding StyleOpen 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
FlexMedium
LinerControl Liner
BaseplateN66 Chassis
Binding StyleOpen 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
FlexMedium
LinerGummy Straps
BaseplateDirect Base Mounting
Binding StyleOpen 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 LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexMedium
LinerRemovable Cinch Inner Liner
BaseplateDirect Connect Sole
Binding StyleClosed 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
Rocker TypeAbrupt Continuous Hybrid
CoreFiberglass | Foam
Base TypeStandard
Mount PatternM6 Inserts
Fins2 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
Rocker TypeProgressive Three-Stage Rocker
CorePolyurethane
Base TypeStandard
Mount PatternM6
Fins2 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
Rocker Type3-Stage
CoreMod Pour
Base TypeLow Friction
Mount PatternM6
Fins2 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 LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Rocker TypeContinuous Rocker
CoreVertically Laminated Wood
Base Type0.7mm Ballistic Standard
Mount PatternM6
Fins4 .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 LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Rocker TypeThree-Stage Continuous
CoreFoam
Base TypeStandard
Mount PatternM6
Fins4 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 LevelBeginner – Intermediate
Rocker TypeContinuous
CoreFiberglass Foam
Base TypeStandard
Mount PatternM6
Fins4 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 LevelAdvanced – Expert
Rocker TypeAggressive Three-Stage Rocker
CoreWood
Base TypeLF Sintered Grind Base
Mount PatternNone
FinsNone

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 LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Rocker TypeThree-Stage Hybrid
CoreSystem 80 Core
Base TypeStandard Base
Mount PatternM6
Fins4×4 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 LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Rocker TypeContinuous
CoreMod Pour Foam | Modello
Base TypeDimpled Base
Mount PatternM6
Fins4 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 LengthRider Weight
< 130cm< 100lbs
130cm – 134cm90lbs – 150lbs
135cm – 139cm130lbs – 180lbs
140cm – 144cm170lbs – 250lbs
> 144cm200lbs – 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

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Straight Line Apex Suede Wakeboard Handle

Length65 feet
Rope MaterialDyneema Leader
Handle Width12 inches
Handle MaterialAluminum
Weight2lbs

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

Length70 feet
Rope MaterialSilicone X-Line
Handle Width15 inches
Handle MaterialAluminum
Weight1.55lbs

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

Length75 feet
Rope MaterialThermal-coated Spectra
Handle Width15 inches
Handle MaterialAluminum
Weight1.55lbs

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!

Best Wakeboards | Powderheadz.com

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.

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Line Skis Grip Stick Ski Poles

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Salomon X North

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Scott 720 Ski Poles

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Atomic Park Ski Poles 2020

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Leki Spark S Ski Poles

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboarding Gloves | Powderheadz.com

How-To: Buy the Best Ski Poles

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

Ski Pole Parts: 

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

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

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

Ski Pole Shaft Materials:

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

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

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

Skier Profile:

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

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

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

Backcountry – Adjustable Lightweight Carbon Fiber with powder baskets

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

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

As always, happy riding!

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Best Ski Socks for 2019-2020

The Best Ski Socks should get the basics right. They should be comfortable and keep your feet dry and warm. They also shouldn’t irritate you as the day goes on or smell after a couple days of consecutive use. If by the end of the day your feet are cold, wet, and achy, you are definitely using the wrong type of sock. Prevent a miserable day on the mountain with a cheap investment towards your riding.  It’s incredibly easy to avoid hurting feet from a long day of riding by purchasing the Best Ski Socks.

Down below you’ll see what we consider are the Best Ski Socks available online.

Happy Riding!

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Our Top Rated Ski Socks

Smartwool Men's PhD Ski Medium Socks

  • Material:  Merino Wool (65%) | Nylon (33%) | Elastane (2%) | Imported Yarn
  • Length:  14 inches
  • Weight:  3.36 ounces
  • Care:  Machine Wash Warm Gentle Cycle | Do Not Bleach | Tumble Dry Low | Do Not Iron | Do Not Dry Clean

Made primarily of Merino Wool, Smartwool PhD Ski Medium Socks would be considered the best of the best when it comes to ski socks.  Merino wool is a natural fiber that comes from sheep from New Zealand.   The Nylon and Elastane are added to the material to give some elasticity to the sock.  Called the 4-degree Elite Fit System, the ski sock uses 2 elastics for high stretch-ability and recovery ability.

These socks have mesh ventilation areas as well as small air pockets that keep good air flow.  This also allows the socks to wick sweat easily and the Merino wool has a natural antibacterial compound that helps prevent odors.  You can wear these socks for a few days without washing them without the worry of stinking up the place.  That’s why we think that the Smartwool PhD Ski Medium Socks is one of the Best Ski Socks available.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Icebreaker Ski+ Lite Ski Socks

  • Material:  Merino Wool (75%) | Nylon (18%) | Lycra (7%)
  • Length:  16.5 inches
  • Weight:  3.20 ounces
  • Care:  Machine Wash | Tumble Dry on Low, Inside-out

Similar to the Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Medium Socks, these socks are made primarily of Merino Wool with a bit of Nylon and Lycra. Since it has a higher percentage of Merino Wool, the Icebreaker Ski+ Lite Socks are able to keep you very warm despite its thin material.  Even if they end up getting wet, the socks were still able to main a high level of heat compared to other socks. They are also able to wick sweat and moisture much faster and remain drier much longer.

The only drawback is that durability is an issue.  These socks tend to thin out in high friction areas. You will eventually start to notice that they tend to lose comfort over time.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Wigwam Snow Sirocco Snowboard Socks | Powderheadz.com

  • Material:  Merino Wool (42%) | Stretch Nylon (24%) | Polypropylene (21%) | Stretch Polyester (7%) | Olefin (5%) | Spandex (1%)
  • Length:  14 inches
  • Weight:  3.06 ounces
  • Care: Machine Wash Warm | Tumble Dry on Low, Inside-out | Do Not Bleach

Wigwam Snow Sirocco Ski Socks is a combination of natural Merino wool fibers mixed with synthetic materials. These are a decent pair of inexpensive, long-lasting socks that will keep you warm for a long time (as long as they remain dry). This mid-range sock won’t keep you as warm as the Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Medium Socks or wick as well as the Icebreaker Ski+ Lite Socks, but they will last longer than both. These durable socks held their shape much longer than the other two and will rarely have to be replaced. Wigwam socks also have excellent ventilation air pockets similar to the Smartwool socks and also won’t stink after several days or usage.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Darn Tough Over-the-Calf Ultralight Ski Sock | Powderheadz.com

  • Material: Merino Wool (64%) | Nylon (33%) | Lycra (2%)
  • Length: 14 inches
  • Weight: 2.97 ounces
  • Care: Machine Wash Warm Gentle Cycle | Tumble Dry on Low, Inside-out | Do Not Bleach

Another pair of socks with Merino Wool, Darn Tough Over-the-Calf Ultralight Ski Socks challenges the high-performance Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Medium Socks. Officially called “Darn Tough Merino Wool True Seamless Padded Over-the-Calf Ultra-Light Ski Sock”, these socks have everything you would need in pair of performance socks. The Merino Wool keeps you warm and wicks sweat. Having seamless stitches helps avoid irritation around the base of your foot. And the extra padding on the shin relieves pressure where your shin meets the ski/snowboard boot.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Fox River Boyne Snowboard Sock | Powderheadz.com

  • Material:  Nylon (38%) | Merino Wool (30%) | Acrylic (30%) | Spandex (2%)
  • Length:  16.5 inches
  • Weight:  3.33 ounces
  • Care: Machine Wash Warm Gentle Cycle | Tumble Dry on Low, Inside-out | Do Not Bleach

Fox River Boyne Ski Socks is known more for comfort than performance. These socks are perfect for more casual skiers and snowboarders.  The mostly synthetic sock is very durable and will hold up with rigorous use.  However, the synthetic materials will retain smell more than those socks that have more Merino wool in them. Consider purchasing these socks if you are a beginner on a budget.  If you’re more of a performance skier or rider, aim for any of the other socks on this list.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Best Ski Socks | Powderheadz.com

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

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski Socks

As with all Ski and Snowboarding Equipment, technology for Ski Socks keeps getting better over time.  There is now a variety of socks available with different designs and materials to suit your needs. Socks are the cheapest way to improve your comfort level while riding.  By investing just a tiny bit of money towards a high quality sock, you can increase your enjoyment on the mountain by leaps and bounds. It’s little things like socks that can make the difference between a good day and a great day, especially if you ski or snowboard for 6+ hours in one sitting.

Knowing what kind of sock you need will help you get that little bit of edge the next time you ride.

And whatever you do, avoid cotton socks!

Sock Materials: 

Merino Wool – Merino Wool is an excellent, natural fiber that feels insanely soft and will help you keep warm and stay dry. The wool comes from an ancient breed of sheep that is able to live in the extreme conditions of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.  Merino Fleece is extremely breathable, insulating, soft, and lightweight.

Synthetic – The downside to Merino Wool is its lack of longevity and its high cost.  A more cost effective alternative is finding a good synthetic option or a blend between synthetic and Merino Wool.  Many synthetic socks are designed to have good moisture wicking properties and will last longer.  However, they tend to retain odor and will need to go through a wash more often than Merino Wool Socks.

Nylon – Usually a secondary fabric used with both Merino Wool and Synthetic materials.  Nylon gives socks a consistent shape and increases durability. It prevents socks from sagging or bunching up in your ski/snowboarding boot which can lead to a frustrating day on the mountain.

Compression – Compression socks are often made with a spandex type materials that has a much thinner and tighter fit than other socks.  The tight socks come from a performance mindset, where the compressed areas boost warmth by increasing blood flow.  These socks are often very expensive.

Fit:

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

  1. Your socks should feel tight around your shin, ankle, and toes without being too restrictive.
  2. Look out for any excess material around your feet.  It can bunch up or pinch between you and the boot liner, causing hot spots or even blisters.
  3. Most ski socks come in a range of sizes.  If you’re between two sizes, always pick the smaller size.

Thickness:

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

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

Midweight – Old school socks used to mostly be of the midweight variety. Technology has almost made them obsolete. The only benefit to consider is the extra padding on the sole of the foot that midweight socks offer.  Keep in mind, that a thicker sock doesn’t always mean a warmer foot. If you tighten your boot too much with these kinds of socks, you can cut off circulation and cause your feet to be colder than they should be.

Shin Padding:

Shin Padding is a nice luxury feature that some socks offer. It’s extra fabric thickness around the shin that offers some protection against the front of ski boot. Darn Tough Over-the-Calf Ultralight Ski Socks is a good example of an Ultralight Ski Sock that has good shin padding.

Best Ski and Snowboarding Socks | Powderheadz.com

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

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboard Socks| Powderheadz.com

Best Snowboard Bindings for All-Mountain

Best Snowboard Bindings of 2019-2020

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 2018-2019 down below.

Safe riding!

Best All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboard Bindings for Men

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:

2020 Burton Genesis

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Union Ultra

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | Channel
FlexMedium
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
BaseplateDuraflex™ CB MD
BucklesMagnesium 2.0
StrapsExoFrame Straps

Union Bindings know how to make a hit. Union Ultra Snowboard Bindings have super cushy baseplates that don’t mess with your board’s flex and the forged carbon highbacks give you great response.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Burton Cartel

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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Best Snowboard Bindings for Freeriding

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboard Bindings for Men

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:

2020 Flux TT Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | 4×4
FlexVery Stiff
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateUltima Base
BucklesMicro Ratchet Buckles
StrapsHoneycomb Straps™

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Ride El Hefe Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | Channel
FlexStiff
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
BaseplateAluminum Infinity Chassis System
BucklesAstroGlyde™ LT Ratchets
StrapsThinGrip Plus™ Toe Strap

Ride El Hefe 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

2020 K2 Lien AT Bindings

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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Best Snowboard Bindings for Freestyle

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboard Bindings for Men

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:

2020 Nitro Zero Bindings

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Union Force Bindings

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

4/5

2020 Ride Rodeo Bindings

Binding StyleStrap
Mounting Style2×4 | Channel
FlexMedium
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
BaseplateNew Wedgie™ Footbed
BucklesAstroGlyde™ LT Ratchets
StrapsFlipSide™ Mount Strap

Ride Rodeo Snowboard Bindings have Wedgie™ footbeds that will help you strap-in in a natural, comfortable position and EVA basepads to help absorb impacts. You can ride aggressively in the park with full confidence in these bindings.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Bindings of the 2019-2020 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!

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

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 2019-2020 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!

Best Snowboard Bindings | Powderheadz.com

Best Snowboarding Boots

Best Snowboard Boots for 2019-2020

Snowboard Boots are often an overlooked piece of equipment when you first start shopping for the best snowboarding gear. If it fits well, then it’s good, right? Well, yes and no. If you have a boot that fits well but doesn’t respond well to the kind of style you like riding (freestyle, all-mountain, and freeride), you’re not getting the most potential out of your boot. But if you get a boot with all the bells and whistles but it hurts after 30 minutes of riding, well, you’ve got some snowboarding gear that is just going to end up sitting in your closet.

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

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

Safe riding!

Best All-Mountain Snowboard Boots | Powderheadz.com

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboard Boots for Men

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

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

DC Scout Men's Snowboard Boot

Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexMedium
Lacing SystemBoa
LinerRed Liner
  

DC Scout Snowboard Boots are a popular set of snowboarding boots that offers a soft, cushy ride for an economical price.  The Boa H3 coiler lacing and pull tabs at the back of the boot makes for a snug fit and easy on/off access.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Burton Imperial Snowboard Boot 2020

Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
Lacing SystemQuick-Pull
LinerImprint™ 3 Liner
  

Burton Imperial Snowboard Boots are stiff all-mountain boots that gives the rider a lot of response during fast and aggressive riding. They have an antimicrobial coat inside the boot liner to prevent smell from building up.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Deeluxe Empire

Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
Lacing SystemTraditional
LinerPerformance Liner
  

Deeluxe Empire PF Snowboarding Boots are built with an asymmetrical flex that has a stiffer flex on the outside and a softer flex on the inside. Lacing is separated in three zones to spread the pressure across your boot.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Best Freeride Snowboard Boots | Powderheadz.com

Best Freeride Snowboarding Boots

Our Top Rated Freeride Snowboard Boots for Men

If you like heading out to the back-country or riding in deep snow, try and seek out some Freeride Snowboard Boots. You’ll want to find Snowboarding Boots that have a stiff flex to help you with your turns, but a soft upper portion to keep your shins comfortable during those long, powerful 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 Boots:

2020 DC Travis Rice Snowboard Boots

Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexVery Stiff
Lacing SystemBoa
LinerBlack SE Liner
  

DC Travis Rice Boa Snowboard Boots won’t make you ride as well as Travis Rice, but these boots will point you in the right direction . The upper cuff of the boot flexes independently off the rest of the boot, giving you an natural, effortless flex.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

2020 Burton Driver X Snowboard Boots

Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexMedium
Lacing SystemTraditional
LinerUltralon Foam Liner
  

The Burton Driver X Snowboard Boots are some of the most comfortable boots out there. The heat-moldable Ultralon Foam Liner has a wide toe box for those with wide feet which helps with blood flow.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 Thirtytwo TM-Two XLT Snowboarding Boot

Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert
FlexStiff
Lacing SystemTraditional
LinerLevel 3 Liner
  

Deeluxe Empire PF Snowboarding Boots are built with an asymmetrical flex that has a stiffer flex on the outside and a softer flex on the inside. Lacing is separated in three zones to spread the pressure across your boot.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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Best Freestyle Snowboarding Boots

Our Top Rated Freestyle Snowboard Boots for Men

For finding the best freestyle snowboard boots, 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 boots, 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 Boots:

Vans Aura Snowboarding Boots

Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexMedium
Lacing SystemBoa
LinerResponse Liner
  

The medium-soft flexing Vans Aura Snowboarding Boots comes with a dual-zone Boa lacing system that gives you a responsive boot with a tight comfortable fit. Vans and Boa have been working together the longest, so you know that lacing system will be the best out there.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

2020 Thirtytwo 86 FT Snowboard Boots

Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexSoft
Lacing SystemQuick-Pull
LinerLevel 1 Liner
  

ThirtyTwo 86 FT Snowboard Boots are inspired by it’s cousin sport, skateboarding. It’s a comfortable, soft-flexing boot has a flat sole that lets you feel like you’re riding a skate deck and the heat-moldable liner will give you that custom, one-of-a-kind feel. 

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2020 DC Control Boa Snowboard Boots

Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexMedium
Lacing SystemBoa
LinerWhite Liner
  

DC Control Snowboard Boots has unlimited adjustability of a Dual Zone Boa System, a heat moldable liner, and a featherweight UniLite Foundation outsole which combine together to give the DC Control Snowboarding Boots exceptional support in a comfy, lightweight package.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Snowboard Boots

There are so many types of snowboard boots out there with a ton of features, and it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of snowboard boots you should get. Boa or Traditional Lacing? How much Flex? What kind of Liners? Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

Let’s get familiar with some of the things you should know to buy the best snowboarding boots available.

Flex:

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

Riding Style:

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

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

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

Lacing System:

Vans Aura Snowboarding Boots
Dual Boa System for Vans Aura Snowboarding Boots

Boa – Boa Systems use one or two dials to adjust the tightness of small cables around the foot. One-Dial Boa Systems handle the whole boot while Two-Dial Boa Systems handle the top of the boot or tongue and the bottom of the boot or ankle independently.

2020 Thirtytwo TM-Two XLT Snowboarding Boot
Traditional Laces for Thirtytwo TM TWO XLT Snowboard Boots

Traditional – The low-tech basic option of laces for snowboard boots. Laces are easily replaceable.

Burton Imperial Snowboard Boot 2020
Quick-Pull Laces for Burton Imperial Snowboard Boots

Quick-pull – Single-pull lacing system similar to a corset. Some snowboards boots will have be able to be tightened in zones rather than the whole boot.

Liners:

Custom Moldable – These liners need an artificial heat source to get a custom fit for your foot. You should be able to take your boots to any reputable Ski or Snowboard Shop to get this done.

Non-Moldable – The least moldable option out of the three, these liners will eventually conform to your feet after repeated use.

Thermoformable – These foam liners will use your body temperature to achieve a custom fit. The liners will usually take shape after a day on the mountain.

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

As always, happy riding!

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Headlamps

Best Headlamps for 2019-2020

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

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

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

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Our Top Rated Headlamps

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp 2019

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Coast HL7 LED Headlamp

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Black Diamond Storm 2016

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

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Ultra Blue Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Petzl NAO Headlamp

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Black Petzl TIKKA Headlamp

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

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Princeton Tec Remix Headlamp

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

Powderheadz Rating

3/5

Black Diamond Spot

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Fenix HP25 Headlamp

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Black Petzl Tikkina Headlamp (80 lumens)

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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And there you have it!  Our current Top 10 Best Headlamps of the 2019-2020 Season.  There are literally hundreds of headlamps out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices.  Do you think a certain headlamp deserves a spot on our Top Rated Headlamps list?  Let us know?  Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing!  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which headlamp is right for you.  Happy riding!

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How-to: Buy Headlamps

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

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

Light Output (Lumens):

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

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

Beam Distance:

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

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

Beam Type:

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

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

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

Headlamp Modes:

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

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

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

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

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

Headlamp Modes:

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

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

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

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

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

Battery Life:

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

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

Weight:

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

Other Features:

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

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

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

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

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And there you have it!  Our current Top 10 Best Headlamps of the 2019-2020 Season.  There are literally hundreds of headlamps out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices.  Do you think a certain headlamp deserves a spot on our Top Rated Headlamps list?  Let us know?  Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing!  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which headlamp is right for you.  Happy riding!

Best Outdoor Headlamps | Powderheadz.com

Best Snowboard Goggles

Best Ski and Snowboarding Goggles for 2019-2020

It’s important for every Snowboarder to find the right pair of the best Snowboarding Goggles available to them. While some say people wear goggles to look cool (and trust us, they do!) they are super important to have on you when you’re riding to shield your eyes from the elements; high wind, an over-bright sun, or deep powder. It may seem like it’s the last thing you need on the mountain, but not being able to see due to Mother Nature’s changing whims can often ruin a pleasant snowboarding experience.  Don’t get stuck on the mountain unprepared!

Below you will find our staff’s current Top 10 Best Ski and Best Snowboarding Goggles for 2019-2020.  Much like our Top 10 Best Headlamps for 2019-2020, we reviewed all these goggles with comfort, durability, construction quality and design in mind.  These are some of the best Goggles out there, and anytime something better comes along, we will definitely update this list with the latest and greatest snowboarding goggles.  Choosing the perfect pair of goggles can be a little overwhelming. But this Top 10 Best Ski and Snowboarding Goggles list is here to help you find the best set of goggles for your needs.  Enjoy, and of course. . .safe riding!

Best Ski Goggles and Best Snowboarding Goggles

Our Top Rated Goggles

Anon M2 Snapback Goggles

Magnets.  How do they work?  The Burton Anon M2 Pollard Pro make swapping a new lens like magic. There are no notches or levers, just 16 rare-earth magnets in the carrier liner that provides 8 points of contact.  It takes just the right amount of finger pressure to release the lens from these stylish frames. And it takes about two seconds to replace them securely as each magnet has the pull force of 2.75 lbs that helps keep the lens perfectly aligned. These goggles are engineered to adapt to all face shapes and sizes and distributes pressure evenly across the face for the best possible comfort and fit with a triple layer of face foam that utilizes moisture-wicking fleece to seal out the elements.

Yet, the one drawback to these, is if you take a pretty serious tumble riding Park, you may lose the lens pretty quickly.  The Magnets are strong, but not strong enough to survive you ‘tomahawking’ down the mountain.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Giro Contact

The medium-sized Giro Contact is designed to fit with all Giro helmets, such as any of the Giro Helmets found in our Top 10 Snowboarding Helmets for 2019-2020. These goggles come equipped with Expansion View Technology (EXV) and a toric VIVID Lens from ZEISS – a global leader in photography and optical technology that mimics the form a human eye to provide superior optics and increased peripheral vision. The unique frame design also allows for unparalleled peripheral vision with a strengthened combination of 3 distinct foam layers that provides an excellent amount of comfort and support around the eyes. If you already have a Giro Ledge Snow Helmet, the Giro Onset will act as a perfect companion piece of equipment.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Oakley Flight Deck Prizm Matte Black with Prizm Black

Oakley makes a damn fine pair of sunglasses. So of course they can make a damn fine pair of Snowboarding Goggles. The Oakley Flight Deck Prizm is inspired by the helmet visors of fighter pilots. This gives these pair of goggles a massive range of peripheral vision with optimal clarity.

But the real story here is the Prizm lens. First, they eliminate the visually useless colors from the spectrum that your eyes are sensitive to, or “bad light”. Second, they optimize “good light”, the colors your eyes see to help see detail. And third, Prizm lenses maximizes contrast in the snow to enhance visibility through a variety of conditions. This in turn reduces the need to switch lenses as often as you would with other goggles.

The Powderheadz.com team thinks that this one of the best snowboarding goggles out there.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Smith Optics Unisex I/O 7

4. Smith Optics I/O 7

This pair of goggles is not too hot and not too cold, they’re just right. The Smith I/O 7 is the improved middle choice in the stellar Smith I/O series (Smith I/O, Smith I/O 7 or Smith I/O MAG, and Smith I/O MAG XL) designed to fit medium to large sized faces. The lens is super easy to swap out with just a lift and twist of a single metal lever.

Equally important is the dual axis outrigger system – the arms that join up the frame with the strap. The strap is able to pivot both horizontally and vertically relative to the frame. This provides an improved fit over or under your helmet.

Smith I/O 7 Outrigger Example
Smith I/O 7 Outrigger adjusting vertically and horizontally.

And the best part? For people like us who somehow destroy their lenses by the end of the season, the Smith I/O 7 comes with a replacement pair.  Depending on which type you choose, it comes with either a bright light or low light performance mirror lens.

Powderheadz Rating

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Zeal Optics Transcend SPX GPS Snow Goggles

5. Zeal Transcend Live SPX GPS

Want to make snowboarding in real life feel more like a video game? Then grab Heads-up Display enabled Zeal Transcend Live SPX GPS. These goggles are the Rolls Royce of Snowboarding. With Recon SNOW2 Hardware, you’ll have live updates of your speed, elevation, and location as well as Bluetooth connectivity to your friends and music through your phone.

The Polarized Automatic lens is also handcrafted in Japan, giving it superior optical clarity and tint-changing technology. Basically, it means that you’ll never need to carry a spare lens for Snowboarding or any other extreme sport such as Mountain Biking or Skydiving.  Careful, though.  The Zeal Transcend Live SPX GPS can convince you to go harder and faster than you would normally go.

Powderheadz Rating

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Scott Linx Winter Ski Goggles

6. Scott Linx

If you’re ever undecided about how a goggle should fit on your face, a pair of Scott Linx Snowboarding Goggles is perfect for those who are a little bit finicky.  The Scott Linx Goggles are equipped with the Scott FIT system. The system allows adjustment of the lower face flange with 4mm range of motion in 4 directions, allowing the user to create the perfect goggle fit and seal.

Scott Fit System Technology
Two screws on the bottom of the frame allows for adjustment.

Also, these goggles have more great things going for it. Especially how it handles ventilation and fogging. Ventilation is handled by including air intake vents on the goggle lens and outtake vents on the bottom of the goggle. It also comes with Integrated RAM Air – a patented frame ventilation system that directs airflow in a controlled top to bottom direction which prevents swirling air and reduces fogging.

Fogging is also controlled through 3 layers of foam that rests comfortably on the face. The first two layers provide moisture-wicking properties to help keep you dry. Additionally, the third layer (made of a plush flock material) helps seal the goggles comfortably on your face.

Powderheadz Rating

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Dragon Alliance NFX2 Ski Goggles

7. Dragon Alliance NFX2

The only cylindrical lenses on this list, the Dragon Alliance NFX2 features a clean, almost frameless design that offers a decent amount of visibility. The NFX2’s also come with the Dragon’s brand ‘Swiftlock’ feature, which allows the user to flick the levers on each side of the frames to quickly switch between lenses (around 20 to choose from).  This keeps the lenses extremely secure so you never have to worry about them popping out.

And each lens is backed by Super AntiFog technology and 100% UV Protection. The Dragon Alliance NFX2 is a great pair of goggles that marries a classic cylindrical design with a modern, frame-less aesthetic.

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Electric California EG3 Unisex Adult Goggles

8. Electric California EG3

The ultimate example of a Frameless, Spherical goggle, the Electric California EG3 is an evolution from the previous but still popular Electric California EG2.

These pair of goggles are a perfect marriage of style and substance, especially with the lens.  The dual spherical polycarbonate creates a sealed environment with a one-way pressure valve and has an anti-fog coating on the lens that makes fogging almost impossible.  It also has an additional hard coating on the exterior of the lens to help keep scratches from forming.

EG3 Snowboarding Goggle Technology
Removing and Replacing a Lens on the EG3 is fairly easy.

The lens is also very easy to replace with a rubber channel forming around the whole frame that lines up perfectly with the ridge encircling the back of the lens.  Swapping out the lens is pretty quick, too.  You can just grab and pull the lens away from the frame and then press a new lens into place.

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Dragon Alliance X2

9. Dragon Alliance X2

Similar to its cousin the Dragon Alliance NFX2, the Dragon Alliance X2 is the Spherical Lens version that shares all the stellar features that the NFX2 offers.  Both have a flexible yet durable frame for all temperatures.  They both also have the ‘Swiftlock‘ feature which allows you to swap lenses without ever having to take the pair of goggles off your head or helmet.  Perfect on those extremely cold days where you don’t want to take your gloves off.

Swiftlock Feature for Dragon Alliance X2 Snowboarding Goggles
Replacing the Lens without taking everything off

And you won’t realize how awesome this feature is until you actually do it.  After that, you’ll never want to go back.  And the best part?  It comes with 3 lenses.

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Electric EG2 Unisex Goggles

10. Electric California EG2

Electric EG2 Goggles are considered the standard bearers of the over-sized goggle that offers an unparalleled field of view. With a pair of these on, you can see EVERYTHING. The Dual spherical polycarbonate lens make fogging less likely and the directional valve between the two releases the pressure in the air pocket between the two.

Another important feature is that the frame is made with a very flexible thermoplastic urethane, meaning that it will survive the bumps associated with riding hard or being clumsy without breaking. And the flexibility allows the Electric EG2 Goggles to fit almost any helmet, so you won’t be left stranded with the choice of whether to protect your head or your eyes.  The answer is always both!

Here at Powderheadz.com, we rate the Electric California EG2 as one the best snowboarding goggles out there.

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This is our current Top 10 Best Ski Goggles and Best Snowboarding Goggles of the 2019-2020 Season. However, there are tons more of snowboarding goggles out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Ski Goggles or there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snowboarding Goggles 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 pair of goggles is right for you.  

As always, happy riding!

Best Snowboard Goggles

How-To: Buy Goggles

Goggles are one of the most important pieces of equipment a Snowboarder can buy.  Any Snowboarder can tell you that not being able to see can ruin your day faster than a really cold or wet day.  All the best snowboarding goggles will offer some protection from the elements, but beyond that, there are some key features to consider:

Lens Type:

Goggles Lens’ come in two shapes, Cylindrical and Spherical:

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Dragon Alliance NFX 2 Cylindrical Goggles

Cylindrical Lenses curve horizontally across the face.  Cylindrical Snowboarding Goggles are usually cheaper and are adequate, but the general flatness of the lenses can slightly reduce peripheral vision and cause more glare.

Oakley Flight Deck Prizm Matte Black with Prizm Black
Oakley Flight Deck Prizm Spherical Goggles

Spherical Lenses curve across your face both horizontally and vertically.  Spherical Snowboarding Goggles are generally more expensive but they give better peripheral vision (larger lenses will give better lines of sight), less distortion, and less glare.

Lens Color / Tint:

Snowboarding Goggle Lenses are often measured by VLT (Visible Light Transmission); it’s the amount of light that can pass through the lens (ranging from 0% to 100%). Lens Color is an important feature that serves to filter light differently and offers advantages in certain weather and/or light conditions. There are dozens of lens colors to choose from that vary from brand to brand, but lenses can be broken up into a few categories:

Lighter – Lighter Colors such as Pink, Yellow, Amber, all have a higher VLT (60% – 90%) and make excellent choices for low-light, foggy, or snowy days.

Mid-Range – Mid-Range Colors such as Gold, Green, Rose, and Red (30% – 60%) perform well in both conditions and are great choices if you experience changing light conditions throughout the day.

Darker – Darker Colors such as Dark Brown, Black, Grey, or Mirrored have lower VLT (5% – 30%) and excel on sunny/bluebird days because they let less light in.

Clear – These lenses have no colors on them and are best used for Night Skiing.

Goggle Ventilation:

Nearly all high-quality goggles have some form of venting to prevent fogging; this happens when warm air from your body meets the cold air from outside. To prevent fogging, Goggles will have some combination of double-layered lenses, anti-fog coatings, and/or vents. Be sure to compare your goggle shape with your helmet to prevent the vents from being blocked.

Double-layered lens – Found on nearly all Snowboarding goggles because they do not fog as quickly as single-layered lenses.  If you’ve ever looked through an airplane window, you get the idea.

Anti-fog coating – Many high-end goggle lenses have special coating to help prevent fogging.  You can also apply anti-fog products such as Zooke Z-Wax defogger to low-end and older snowboard goggles to help prevent fogging.

Zooke Anti-Fog Z-Wax
Zooke Anti-Fog Z-Wax

Vents – Usually placed in the top, bottom, and sides of the front of the goggle frames, vents help control fogging at the expense of a lower temperature, especially in frigid climates.  Most goggles will have frames that can open / close vents according to the person’s preference.

Frame and Fit:

Goggles frames come in the usual sizes of small, medium, and large. Some manufacturers will also have OTG (Over The Glasses) Style frames that are designed to be worn over your glasses. These types of goggles have the space to fit glasses while avoiding pressure on your face from the nose piece and temples.

Many adults will often choose medium-sized goggles while children will choose small-sized goggles.  However, before you purchase your goggles its best to compare them with the helmet you plan on using.  Most goggles will also have an adjustable strap with a single sliding clip or an open/close buckle with sliding clips on the side.

Also keep in mind the type and amount of foam padding on the back of the goggles.  The foam should be thick enough to cushion your face but not too thick that fogging occurs.

Other Features:

Interchangeability – Ideally, you want to find a pair of goggles that will allow you to replace the lenses.  If you plan on going for a long trip or know there will be variable conditions on the mountain you’ll be riding, you’ll want the option to swap out your lenses instead of bringing to pairs of goggles.

UV protection – Nearly all goggles offer 100% UV Protection from all 3 types (UVA, UVB, and UVC).

Photochromic lenses – Usually found on the most expensive goggles, Photochromic Lenses change their tint level based on conditions and/or UV intensity.  Sunny means a darker lens while snowing or overcast days means a lighter lens.

Mirrored lenses – These lenses reflect light and allows between 10 to 50% less light in than non mirrored lenses.

Digital Display – Found on the most expensive goggles such as  the Zeal Transcend Live SPX GPS, a digital display is often Bluetooth-enabled that provides Smartphone feedback within the goggles in real-time.

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This is our current Top 10 Best Ski Goggles and Best Snowboarding Goggles of the 2019-2020 Season.  However, there are tons more of Snowboard goggles out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Ski Goggles or there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snowboarding Goggles List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

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Best Snowboards for 2019-2020

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

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Snowboards for 2019-2020

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All-Mountain Snowboards

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Snowboards

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

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

Burton Custom Snowboard

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.7/5

Rossignol ONE LF

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

CAPiTA DOA Snowboard

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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

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