Headlamps

Best Headlamps for 2020-2021

 Below you will find our staff’s current Top 10 Best Headlamps for 2020-2021.  2019-2020 was an amazing season for snowboarding and 2020-2021 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 2021

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 350 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 or your typical triple AAA batteries.  

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

Vont Spark Headlmap 2021

A monster of a headlamp, the Vont Spark Headlamp is the epitome of prime versatility! 

Whether you’re into a range of outdoor sports like snowboarding, spelunking, or hunting; or you’re into staying fit and keeping healthy by running, biking, or rock climbing; or you’re simply the worry wart who wants to be ready for any emergency at home or outside, like a car breakdown, a storm, a power outage, and even a zombie apocalypse, then this beast of a headlamp is a must-have for you!

Power-packed with 200 lumens of LED lights, the robust Vont Spark Headlamp boasts of its waterproof, drop-resistant, and military-grade construction that has been rigorously tested to prove its indestructibility in extreme conditions. 

With all that said plus its comfortability, reasonable price, and the lifetime quality guarantee that it carries from Vont, the Spark Headlamp may just be the best bang for your buck you can get without a doubt!

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp 2021

Compared to the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp, the Black Diamond Storm Headlamp would be considered the bigger, stronger, older brother. This robust headlamp packs 400 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

 

Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp 2021

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. With 275 Lumens, 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 (700 Lumens)  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

petzl tikka headlamp 2021

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 300 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

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 Headlamp 2021

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 300 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 2021

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 1000 lumens at it’s max brightness! 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

Petzl Tikkina Headlamp 2021

The Petzl TIKKINA Headlamp is an excellent Budget Headlamp with 250 lumens 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.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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And there you have it!  Our current Top 10 Best Headlamps of the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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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Best Ski Bindings for Beginners

Best Ski Bindings for 2020-2021

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

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

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Ski Bindings for Men

Our Top Rated Alpine Ski Bindings for Men

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

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

Look Pivot 14 GW Ski Bindings 2021

Sizes available (mm)95 | 115 | 130
DIN Release Value Low5
DIN Release Value High14
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
Boot Sole TypeAlpine DIN, GripWalk
  

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Marker Griffon 13 ID Ski Bindings 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Salomon STH2 WTR 13 Ski Bindings 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Ski Bindings for Intermediates

Our Top Rated Alpine Ski Bindings for Men

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

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

Marker Kingpin 13 Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Dynafit ST Radical Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

G3 Ion 12 Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Ski Bindings for Experts

Our Top Rated Alpine Touring Frame Bindings for Men

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

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

Atomic Warden MNC 13 Ski Bindings 2021

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

The Atomic Warden MNC (Multi-Norm Certified) 13 Ski Binding could definitely be the clamp you use every time you’re on snow this season. It skis like an alpine binding, with a rugged U Power toe, oversized platform, and a DIN that goes all the way to 16, but it can easily turn into a touring binding that can get you up to to those stomach-churning lines you want to ski too, thanks to the 90-degree toe pivot, flat nose, and hike-and-ride switch that can be operated while you’re still locked into the binding.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Marker Baron EPF 13 L Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

Marker F12 Tour EPF Large Alpine Touring Ski Bindings 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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This is our current List for the Best Ski Bindings of the 2020-2021 Season. However, there are tons more Ski Bindings out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Ski Bindings and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Ski Bindings List? Let us know! E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which Snowboard Binding is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski Bindings

Ski Bindings come with a ton of features, and it can be a bit intimidating while figuring out what kind of Ski Bindings you should purchase. Alpine Downhill vs. Alpine Touring vs. Tech Bindings? Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

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

DIN:

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

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

Ski Binding Types:

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

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

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

Brake Width:

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

Other Features:

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

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

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

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

As always, happy riding!

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Ski Boots for Freeriding

Best Ski Boots for 2020-2021

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

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

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Ski Boots for Men

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Ski Boots for Men

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

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

Atomix Hawx Ultra 130 S

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Tecnica Cochise 120 DYN GW Alpine Touring Ski Boots

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Dalbello Panterra 120 ID GW Ski Boots

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

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Ski Boots for Freeriding

Our Top Rated Freeride Ski Boots for Men

If you like riding in deep snow on powder days or explore the backcountry, try and look out for a pair of Freeride Ski Boots. You’ll want to find a pair of Freeride Ski Boots that have a stiff flex to help you with your turns, but a soft upper portion to keep your shins comfortable during those long, powerful edge turns. The stiff flex gives you the stability you need to help control your carving and stopping power.

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

Dalbello Lupo Factory Alpine Touring Ski Boots 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Lange XT3 130 Alpine Touring Ski Boots 2021

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

The Lange XT3 130 Alpine Touring Ski Boots are for the adventurous backcountry skier who still needs a stiff boot for skiing hard in the resort. The Power V-Lock 2.0 alpine touring mode allows the cuff to rotate when in walk mode, without compromising downhill performance in ski mode. And the mono-injected shell and cuff accommodates hard-charging skiing in all conditions.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Dalbello Krypton AX 120 ID Ski Boots

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Best Freestyle Ski Boots

Our Top Rated Freestyle Ski Boots for Men

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

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

Full Tilt First Chair 130 Ski Boots 2021

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

The Full Tilt First Chair 130 Ski Boot has been the most popular freestyle boots that Full Tilt has made in the past and returns with an upgrade. The forefoot has gotten wider but the snug heel is the same. This boot has the stiffest tongue Full Tilt makes falling in at 10. This boot is for the expert who seeks out and destroys gnarly big mountain runs!

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Dalbello Il Moro Ski Boots 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Salomon Shift Pro 120 Alpine Touring Ski Boots 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

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This is our current List for the Best Ski Boots of the 2020-2021 Season.  However, there are tons more Ski Boots out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Ski Boots and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Ski Boots List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which Ski Boots is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski Boots

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

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

Flex:

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

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

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

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

Riding Level:

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

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

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

Liners:

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

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

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

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

Additional Features:

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

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

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

As always, happy riding!

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Best Ski Poles for 2020-2021

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 2020-2021

K2 Power Composite Ski Poles

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

Sizes42 | 44 | 46 | 52
Shaft16mm Composite
GripPerformance Rubber
Basket60mm All-Mountain
TipCarbide Tip
Weight7oz
  

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Line Skis Grip 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 95mm baskets that easily screw on and off for hard snow skiing or tearing up the fresh pow.

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Salomon X North Poles

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Black Diamond Razor Carbon Pro 2021

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Atomic Park Ski Poles 2021

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

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 2020-2021 Season. There are literally hundreds of ski poles out there and finding the right pair can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices. Do you think a certain pair of ski poles deserves a spot on our Top Rated Ski Poles list? Let us know? Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing! Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which pair of ski poles is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski Poles

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

Ski Pole Parts: 

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

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

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

Ski Pole Shaft Materials:

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

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

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

Skier Profile:

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

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

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

Backcountry – Adjustable Lightweight Carbon Fiber with powder baskets

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

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This is our current list of Best Ski Poles for the 2020-2021 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 Skis for 2020-2021

There are over hundreds of skis out there and they come in many shapes and sizes. And it can be almost impossible to find the what pair of skis is best suited for you. Here at powderheadz.com, we strive to tell you which are the best skis for each type of rider. Whether you’re for All-Mountain, Freestyle, Freeride, or Backcountry, we’ve got you covered for what we think are the best skis available.

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Skis for Men

Our Top Rated All-Mountain Skis for Men

Generally speaking, All-Mountain Skiers want skis that can do it all: frontside to backside, powder to hardpack, groomers to off-piste. They want skis that can conquer the entire mountain, not just specific areas without having to pack multiple pairs of skis in their car or bags. Most All-Mountain Skis measure between 85mm to 105mm underfoot so that it can both float on powder and carve on hardpack.

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

2021 Nordica Enforcer 91 Skis

Sizes available (cm)165 | 172 | 179 | 186
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Nordica Enforcer 94 Skis packs many of the same awesome mountain-slaying features as the Enforcer 100, but in a slimmer chassis. The Enforcer 94 is a hard-charging ski that is agile and quick turning but will keep you floating when you want to go exploring. The Enforcer 94 is all about performance, durability, and versatility.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

2021 Salomon QST 99 Skis

Sizes available (cm)167 | 181 | 188
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Salomon QST 99 is an all mountain ski that strives just about anywhere on the mountain. This guy wants to charge and have the performance anywhere the snow is good. With a Ti Power Platform, the QST 99 can be a speed demon or charge in the steep powder run if he finds it. If you want one ski that does it all, this is it.

Powderheadz Rating

3.2/5

Volki Kendo 88 Skis

Sizes available (cm)163 | 170 | 177 | 184
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Volkl Kendo Skis embody the way of the sword with a Multi-Layer Woodcore that is boosted with titanal and finished with a tip and tail rocker profile that slices and dices both sides of the cut; camber under foot provides lively response and excellent control on corduroy while rocker in the tip and tail provide effortless float in soft snow.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Best Skis for Powder

Our Top Rated Freeride Skis for Men

Sometimes called Powder Skis or Big Mountain Skis, Freeride Skis can be used all over the mountain, but to get maximum performance out of them, take the skis to the backcountry or off piste. They have super wide bodies so they can float on powder and stay stable regardless of surface. Most of these skis are geared for Powder, but some can be considered freestyle with twin-tipped ends.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freeride Skis:

Atomic Backland 107 Skis

Sizes available (cm)177 | 182 | 189
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber- Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainBig Mountain | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

The Atomic Backland 107 Skis features Atomic’s HRZN Tech ABS sidewall construction, which includes a horizontal rocker, reduced tip deflection, and overall better performance when you’re in the deep stuff. These skis strikes a stunning performance-to-weight ratio for resort or backcountry use. A poplar wood core keeps the ski light enough for quick tours, while the carbon backbone ensures agility and edge hold.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Volkl Katana Skis

Sizes available (cm)184 | 191
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker
Turning RadiusLong
TerrainBig Mountain | Powder
Riding LevelAdvanced – Expert

The Volkl V-Werks Katana Skis are designed to give you all the float you could ever need in deep snow with the 112mm waist keeping you on the snow rather than in it. Even with the massive size the weight is kept down thanks to a Full Carbon Jacket that wraps the contoured 3D RIDGE Core that still delivers aggressive performance and reliable grip through the Short Sidewall construction.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Rossignol Black Ops Sender Skis

Sizes available (cm)164 | 172 | 178 | 186
TailPartial Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainBig Mountain | Powder
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

Rossignol Black Ops Sender Skis replace the old Soul 7 Series. Rossignol’s instinctive versatility and ease-of-use to push your boundaries while delivering high-definition energy, mobility, and strength due to a unique carbon and basalt weave. Air Tip technology, Powder Turn Rocker profile, lightweight paulownia wood core, and 104mm waist width brings the ultimate fusion of lightweight backcountry innovation and freeride performance.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

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Best Mens Park Skis

Our Top Rated Freestyle Skis for Men

It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time. It’s tricky. Freestyle skying is riding hard in the park or finding booters in the backcountry. It’s constantly seeking the thrill of mixing grabs, 180s, 360s, and flips with grinding rails and boxes. Freestyle skis are soft, have more flex, and have a directional-twin or a true-twin shape so you can easily ride back and forth between goofy and regular, linking tricks along the way. Grab any of these skis if you plan on being hyper-aggressive riding park.

Here are what we consider some of the Best Freestyle Skis:

Line Skis Tom Wallisch Pro Skis 2021

Sizes available (cm)157 | 164 | 171 | 178
TailFull Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainPark & Pipe
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

Tom Wallisch — the pretzel man himself — purveyor of style and co-creator of Afterbang comes out guns blazing with his first pro model built by the originators of twin-tips. The TW Pro Skis feature a Maple Macroblock core, a Carbon Ollieband™, and a snappy swing weight designed to take your park skiing to the next level. Dial up some winter wizardry this season with the Line Skis Tom Wallisch Pro Skis.

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Faction Candide 2.0 Ski

Sizes available (cm)164 | 170 | 176 | 182
TailFull Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainPark & Pipe
Riding LevelIntermediate | Advanced

The Candide 2.0 Ski blends the best of all types of riding, with a fully symmetrical sidecut and rocker tip and tail for easy switch ridings, generous camber underfoot for plenty of pop and edging power, and a burly sandwich construction that can take a beating. While it can rally the whole mountain like it’s no big deal, the Candide is happiest when it’s flying off features in the park or around the mountain.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Armada ARV 86 Skis 2021

Sizes available (cm)163 | 170 | 177 | 184
TailFull Twin Tip
Profile | BendRocker – Camber – Rocker
Turning RadiusMedium
TerrainPark & Pipe | All-Mountain
Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced

Like a dose of adrenaline to your system, the men’s Armada ARV 86 Skis – the narrowest of the ARV Series – injects serious life into your skiing and turns anything inbounds into a feature to jib, jump, butter or press – whether you’re in the park or beyond. Torin Yater-Wallace put this ski to work time and time again during our product development, now our update of the iconic have-fun-everywhere ski is ready for you.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5
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This is our current List for the Best Skis of the 2020-2021 Season.  However, there are tons more Skis out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Skis and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Skis List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which ski is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Skis

There are so many types of skis out there with a multitude attributes, it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of ski you should get. Camber or Rocker? Directional, Partial Twin, or True Twin? Flex, Shape, Profile? Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.

If this is your first major purchase ski, it’s best to get familiar with some of the terminology out there.

Ability Level:

Determining your ability level will help nail down which type of skis you should look at. Many skis are actually described as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert or have a range such as Intermediate to Advanced. The right ski can help make learning easier for beginners or have specific characteristics designed for an expert rider.

Beginner-Intermediate – Basically anyone who is new to skiing or still trying to link turns. You’ll want skis that are easy to turn and very forgiving.

Intermediate-Advanced – Most skiers will fall under this category, which encompasses carving on groomers or venturing into powder. The skis are generally wider than beginner-intermediate skis and will have full-camber, rocker, or some combination of the two.

Advanced-Expert – These skiers are the most aggressive. The skis are generally the stiffer than intermediate skis and can be challenging to use at slower speeds. You’ll find expert all-mountain, freestyle, powder ski with a variety of rocker configurations.

 

Riding Style:

All-Mountain – All-Mountain Skis are designed to handle all types of snow conditions and terrain: groomers, powder, and park runs. However, you won’t be able to “master” any of these terrain or snow types. These skis have mid-fat waistes that range from 80-110mm. If you’re unsure which ski to purchase or just starting out, these skis are the most versatile to suit your needs.

Carving – Carving Skis have narrow waists and a shorter turn radius to help with turn initiation and edge to edge quickness. These are usually the skis to pick up when you are learning.

Freestyle – Park Skis are designed for those who spend most of their time in the terrain park riding rails and hitting jumps. They are usually narrower skis with full camber profiles and full twin tips. Freestyle Skis will also have more durable edges and dense extruded bases so they last longer.

Big Mountain – Big Mountain Skis are designed for charging lines with high speed and huge air. They are usually stiffer and heavier than most skis and will have more rocker in front than the back.

Powder – Powder Skis are the widest skis available (115mm or more) and have some form of rocker and soft flex. They’re designed to keep you floating while shredding through the deep stuff.

Alpine Touring – Backcountry Skis are designed for going uphill and downhill. They’re usually lighter than their width implies and have fittings for climbing skins.  Wider, heavier skis are used for deeper snow conditions and narrower, lighter skis are used for long distance touring.

Turning Radius:

Short (<16m) – Carving | All-Mountain | Powder

Medium (17-22m) – All-Mountain | Park & Pipe

Long (>22m) – Powder | Big-Mountain

Profile:

Camber – Traditional profile for skis. Camber has a slight upward curve in the middle of the ski with contact points close to the ends. camber requires more precise turn initiation and offers superb precision.

Camber Skis

Rocker – Rocker, or Reverse-Camber, produces more pressure on the snow at the tip and tail. It offers more float in soft snow and better ease of turn initiation with a lesser chance of catching an edge.

Rocker Ski

Rocker – Camber – combines a camber profile underfoot and early rise from a rocker ski. The rocker tip allows for better float in powder and prevents catching, while the cambered tail helps retain your edge while turning. They’re great for All-Mountain Skis, but not the greatest at riding switch.

Rocker – Camber – Rocker – combines the playfulness of a rocker ski and the strong edge hold of a camber ski. The camber midsection has a longer effective edge for stability and the rocker tip and tail help with floating in powder and making turns easier.

Rocker Camber Rocker Skis

Rocker – Flat – Rocker – Similar to Rocker – Camber – Rocker but provides a stronger edge hold and more pop than a rocker ski while retaining the ability to easily turn and float.

Rocker Flat Rocker

 

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This is our current List for the Best Skis of the 2020-2021 Season.  However, there are tons more Skis out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a pair of Skis and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Skis List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Take a look down below on how to determine which ski is right for you.

As always, happy riding!

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Best Snowboarding Boots

Best Snowboard Boots for 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 down below.

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Snowboard Boots for Men

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 Shoes Scout Boa Snowboard Boots

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 Boots

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 Snowboard Boots

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

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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:

DC Travis Rice Boa 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

Burton Driver X Snowboarding 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

Thirtytwo TM Two XLT Snowboard Boot

Riding LevelIntermediate – Advanced
FlexVery Stiff
Lacing SystemTraditional
LinerPerformance Liner
  

ThirtyTwo TM XLT Snowboarding Boots keeps you stable at high speeds and performance. The responsive boots has an aggressive flex back by a heat-moldable liner, heel cradling footbed, and flexible internal harness.

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 OG 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

Thirtytwo Light Snowboard Boots

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

ThirtyTwo Light 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

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 2020-2021 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.

Thirtytwo TM Two XLT Snowboard 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 Boots
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 2020-2021 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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Best Snowboard Goggles

Best Ski and Snowboarding Goggles for 2020-2021

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 2020-2021.  Much like our Top 10 Best Headlamps for 2020-2021, 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 Goggles

Magnets.  How do they work?  The Burton Anon M2 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 Snow Goggles

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 2020-2021. 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 Ski Goggles

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

Smith I/O MAG Snow Goggles

This pair of goggles is not too hot and not too cold, they’re just right. The Smith I/O MAG is the improved middle choice in the stellar Smith I/O series (Smith I/O, Smith I/O MAG, Smith I/O MAG XL, and the Smith I/O 4D) designed to fit medium to large sized faces. The ChromaPop™ lenses offer a wider range of lighting conditions and field of viewthan the avergage pair of goggles. The lens is super easy to swap out with just a lift and twist of a single metal lever.

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

4.5/5

Spy Legacy Goggles

Old school players to new school fools, ‘Kast keep it jumpin like kangaroos. The Spy Legacy Goggles go back to basics with a retro strap but update the look with a huge spherical lens that keeps your style out there and your vision clear with its Happy™ Lens Tech – scientifically designed to boost mood and alertness. It’s Fingerprint-free Lock Steady™ 2 quick-change system lets you change lenses with a slide of a lever.

That also means it comes with two interchangeable lenses. dope!

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Scott Linx Goggles 2021

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

3.5/5

Dragon NFX2 Goggles

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.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Electric EG3 Goggles 2021

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.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

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.

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Electric EGG Goggles

Electric EGG 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 EGG as one the best snowboarding goggles out there.

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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

Dragon NFX2 Goggles
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 Ski Goggles
Oakley Flight Deck 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.

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This is our current Top 10 Best Ski Goggles and Best Snowboarding Goggles of the 2020-2021 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 Beginner Snowboards for 2020-2021

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

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

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

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

Safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Beginner Snowboards

Our Top Rated Beginner Snowboards for Men

Burton Instigator Snowboard

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Burton Ripcord Snowboard

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

The Burton Ripcord Snowboard is built to help beginners and intermediate riders get better in more advanced situations. Like the Burton Instigator Snowboard – Men’s 2021 , the Ripcord has a directional shape and a flat profile that will help prevent you from catching edges. It has a softer, playful flex and Easy Rider features that is more forgiving than most snowboards. Upgrading the snowboard to the Channel™ system allows you to adjust your stance setup with any binding (not just Burton’s). This board sets you up for success as an entry-level performance snowboard. It’s a snowboard that gives you room to grow from Newbie to Intermediate.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

DC Focus Snowboard

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Arbor Foundation Snowboard

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

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

YES Basic Snowboard

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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Our Top Rated Beginner Snowboards for Women

K2 First Lite Snowboard

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Burton Stylus Snowboard

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

FSC Certified Super Fly 800G Core

Dualzone EGD

FlexSoft
 TerrainAll-Mountain
Riding LevelBeginner – Intermediate

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Salomon Lotus Snowboard

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

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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And there you have it! Our current list for the Best Beginner Snowboards of the 2020-2021 Season. There are literally hundreds of snowboards out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices. Do you think a certain snowboard deserves a spot on our Top Rated Beginner Snowboard list? Let us know? Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing! Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which beginner snowboard is right for you. 

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Beginner Snowboards

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

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

Snowboard Types: 

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

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

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

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

Snowboard Shape:

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

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

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

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

Snowboard Shape:

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

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

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

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

Snowboard Camber | Rocker:

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Camber profiles

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

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

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

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

Length:

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

Width:

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

 

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

As always, happy riding!

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