Best Ski Helmets

Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets for 2022-2023

First things first. Wear a Helmet. The great debate between all Snowboarders is to Helmet or not to Helmet? And this debate gets answered perfectly by one of our very best riders: “I used to think helmets were lame, until I ran into a tree and got a concussion. Concussions are lame; helmets are not.” Below you will find our staff’s current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets for 2022-2023.

It’s important for every Skier and Snowboarder to find the perfect helmet to suit their needs. It’s also important to know that not all helmets are alike. That means, don’t think that a Bike Helmet or a Skateboarding Helmet will suffice. Just like you wouldn’t wear flip flops to a gym, you shouldn’t wear anything other than a ski/snowboarding helmet when you’re on the hill because they have specific features like ear coverage, moisture wicking, and temperature-sensitive materials.

The same rules apply for our Helmets as they do our Snowboarding Goggles in our Top 10 Best Goggles for 2022-2023. We reviewed all of these helmets with comfort, durability, construction quality and design in mind. These are among the best Helmets out there, and anytime something better comes along, we will definitely alter this list with the most up-to-date knowledge our team has. Choosing a helmet that’s right for you can be somewhat intimidating, but this Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets list is here to help you find the best helmet for your needs. Enjoy, and of course. . .always wear a helmet!2

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Our Top Rated Snowboard Helmets

Anon Raider 3 Ski Helmet

The Burton Anon Raider Snowboard Helmet comes from the world of Skate. So much so that it doubles as a Skateboarding Helmet as well, giving you more bang for your buck as a multi-sport helmet with multi-season certification needed to go along with it.

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

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

 

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Burton Anon Logan Wavecel Ski Helmet

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

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

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

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Bern Watts EPS Winter Helmet

One helmet to rule them all. An exception to the what we said earlier, the Bern Watts EPS Snow Helmet is the fully CE certified, original visor helmet that offers style, comfort, and protection for when you’re riding on a bike, skateboard, snowboard, or wakeboard. Evolved from the original Bern Baker Helmet, this helmet features the same fit and style, but includes a series of vents on top and back of the helmet to keep you cool running laps in the park or during easy spring riding conditions.

The helmet’s best feature is how highly customizable it is. Bern Helmets are compatible with Summer or Winter liners (this model has one that is included). They also come with audio liners for music that can be changed easily with a quick pull of the velcro. If you’re a very active action-sports athlete, you’ll only need this helmet and a few upgrades to keep you protected year round.

Specs

Shell MaterialEPS Thin Shell
Impact Foam LinerEPS Hard Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA | Sink Fit
CertificationCPSC | EN 1078 | EN 1077B| ASTM F 2040
Ventilation7 top vents | 4 back vents
LiningInterchangeable Fleece Winter Liner
Audio CapableYes, included in some models.
Weight500g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Smith Optics Vantage Snow Helmet

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

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

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

Specs

Shell MaterialHybrid SL Shell | Combined ABS and Koroyd
Impact Foam LinerKoroyd Aerocore Top/Front | EPS Bottom/Rear
Fit AdjustmentBOA FS360, Regular Fit
CertificationEN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
VentilationAir Evac | 21 Dual Regulator adjustable vents
LiningNanosilver performance lining
Audio CapableYes
Weight500g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Giro Range Ski Helmet

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

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

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

Specs

Shell MaterialArticulating Hybrid 2-piece Shell
Impact Foam LinerMIPSMulti-Directional Impact Protection System | Interior Foam Liner + Low Friction Liner + Elastomeric Attachment System
Fit AdjustmentCONFORM FIT system, Low Profile Fit
CertificationCE EN 1077 | ASTM F 2040-11
Ventilation12 Vents | Adjustable Venting with Thermostat Control System
LiningX-Static anti-bacterial lining
Audio CapableCompatitble with all Giro aftermarket audio systems
Weight1088g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

POC Obex Back Country SPIN Ski Helmet

 

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

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

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

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Similar to the Smith Optics Vantage Snow Helmet, the K2 Diversion Ski Helmet is built with hybrid construction (a hard ABS front and top with a flexible side and back) that offers maximum protection while remaining lightweight and accommodating for different head shapes. This helmet will definitely protect your head during any crash. The Diversion lets you regulate airflow easily with Dual Active Matrix Venting Technology, allowing you to adjust the vents with just a touch of your finger and The helmet is equipped with K2dialed Fit System that allows for easy and precise adjustments, so you can dial in the perfect fit.

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

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

 

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

Oakley MOD 5 MIPS Ski Helmet

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

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

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

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

OutdoorMaster Kelvin Snowboarding Helmet

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

Specs

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Smith Holt Ski Helmet

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

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

The helmet is also compatible with Smith Optics Outdoor Tech Wireless Audio Chips (sold separately) into the ear pads if you want to listen to music while you ride, or you can remove the earpads off entirely for a real breezy feel.

Specs

Shell MaterialBombshell (ABS Plastic)
Impact Foam LinerEPS Foam
Fit AdjustmentLifestyle fit | Elasticated Auto Adjuster
CertificationCPSC CE EN 1078 | ASTM F2040 | CE EN 1077:2007
VentilationAirflow Climate Control | AirEvac 2 system
LiningBeanine Compatible
Audio CapableSkullcandy Audio System Compatible
Weight550g
  

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets of the 2022-2023 Season.  However, there are tons more of snowboarding helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information.  Think we missed a Snowboarding Helmet or there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snow Helmets List?  Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which helmet is right for you.  As always, happy riding!

 

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How-To: Buy Snowboarding Helmets

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

Tips: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Helmet Construction: 

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

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

EPS Foam Material
EPS Foam

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

G-Form RPT
G-Form Reactive Protection Technology

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

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

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

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

 

Koroyd Tubes
Koroyd Liner Construction

Fit Adjustment:

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

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

BOA Adjustment
BOA Dial Adjustment

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

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

Certification:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ventilation:

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

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

Other Features | Accessories:

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

Smith Skullcandy

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

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

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

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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding and Ski Helmets of the 2022-2023 Season.  However, there are tons more of Snowboarding Helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboarding or Ski Helmet and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.

As always, happy riding!

 

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Snowboarding Jacket

Best Ski and Snowboard Jackets for 2022-2023

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

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

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Our Top Rated Women's Snowboard Jackets

686 Women's Hydra Insulated Snowboard Jacket

Waterproof Rating20000mm
Breathability20000g

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

Powderheadz Rating

3.5/5

Burton Jet Set Jacket

Waterproof Rating10000mm
Breathability5000g

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Arc'Teryx Beta AR Women's Snowboard Jacket

Waterproof Rating28000mm
Breathability25000g

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Mens Snowboard Jackets

Our Top Rated Men's Snowboard Jackets

Burton AK 2L Swash Gore-Tex Snowboarding Jacket

Waterproof Rating28000mm
Breathability25000g

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

686 GCLR GORE-TEX Thermagraph Men's Jacket

Waterproof Rating20000mm
Breathability15000g

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Burton Covert Snowboarding Jacket

Waterproof Rating10000mm
Breathability10000g

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buythe Best Ski and Snowboard Jackets

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

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

Fit:

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

Waterproofing:

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

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

Breathability:

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

Insulation:

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

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

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

As always, happy riding!

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Womens Snowboard Pants

Best Ski and Snowboard Pants for 2022-2023

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

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

Enjoy, and of course. . .safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Women's Snowboard Pants

Burton Gloria Insulated Snowboarding Pants

MaterialDRYRIDE 2-Layer Stretch Polyester
InsulationStretch Polyester
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsYes

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

North Face Freedom Women's Snowboard Pants

MaterialNylon
InsulationSynthetic
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsYes

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

Burton Avalon Gortex Snowboard Bib Pants

MaterialGore-Tex Polyester
InsulationLiving Lining
BibYes
SuspendersYes
BeltloopsYes

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

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Women's Snowboard Pants

Our Top Rated Men's Snowboard Pants

Burton Men's AK Gore-Tex Swash Snow Pant

MaterialGore-Tex®
InsulationNone
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsYes

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

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

Arc'teryx Beta AR Pants Men's

MaterialGore-Tex®
InsulationNone
BibNo
SuspendersNo
BeltloopsNo

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

Powderheadz Rating

5/5

Salomon Chill Out Ski Bib Pants

MaterialPolyester
InsulationSynthetic
BibYes
SuspendersYes
BeltloopsYes

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

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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

As always, happy riding!

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How-To: Buy the Best Ski and Snowboard Pants

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

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

Fit:

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

Waterproofing:

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

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

Breathability:

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

Insulation:

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

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

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

As always, happy riding!

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Best Snowboard Rack

Best Ski Roof Racks and Snowboard Roof Racks for 2022-2023

Skiing and Snowboarding is always fun when you do it with your friends and family. However, if its more than just two of you, skis and snowboards can take up a lot of space in your car along with your other gear. From experience, if you don’t have a ski rack and snowboard rack, it usually means that we have to take more than one car, or worse, leave someone behind.  Having a good ski or snowboarding rack will keep your gear on top of the roof of your car and give you breathing room inside for you and your friends. It seems like a luxury item at first, but trust us, it more than pays for itself when you and your family/friends make the trip to the slopes without having to play tetris with your equipment in the car. Especially after your tired from a strenuous day.

Below you will find our staff’s current Best Car Ski Racks and Best Car Snowboard Racks for 2022-2023.  Enjoy, and of course. . .safe riding!

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Our Top Rated Ski and Snowboard Racks

Thul Tram Hitch Ski Carrier

Thule Tram Ski Racks are perfect for the active, year-round athlete by transforming your summer bike rack into a winter ski and snowboard rack for your car.  Compatible with the Thule Apex, Thule Vertex, and Thule Spare Me, the Thule Tram Ski and Snowboard Rack can hold up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards vertically. The rubber arms will hold your snowboards and skis securely without scratching them and the easy to open push buttons and one-key locks will protect them from theft.

Powderheadz Rating

4.2/5

Yakima FatCat 6 Snowboard Car Rack

The Yakima FatCat 6 Snow Rack is one of the best ski and snowboard car racks and comes with a DoubleJoint™ hinge system to help accommodate fat skis and snowboards. The intergrated ski lift allows enough rooftop clearances for ski and snowboard bindings. And the SKS Locking System locks the skis and snowboard to the rack and the rack to your vehicle, leaving you with the secure feeling of not having to worry about theft.

Be sure you know what other parts you’ll need to install your Ski Rack to your vehicle’s make and model. Sometime’s you’ll need to some buy the following products:

Powderheadz Rating

4.7/5

Thule SnowPack Extender

Thule SnowPack Extender Ski Racks is a aerodynamic slide-out rack for conveniently loading and unloading your skis and snowboards:

Powderheadz Rating

4.3/5

Thule Universal Snowboard Rack

The Thule Universal Snowboard Carrier Rack is a fully snowboard rack that can transport up to 2 snowboards securely while giving your rack enough room for other carriers such as a cargo box. The angled design raises your snowboard and bindings away from the roof of your car to prevent damage and the locking arm grips hold the boards securely without messing up your edges.

Powderheadz Rating

4.5/5

 

Yakima Powderhound Ski Rack

The Yakima Powderhound Ski Rack is one of the most affordable options for a roof rack. It can easily haul up to four pairs of skis or two snowboards up to your favorite mountain. After a great day of riding, throw your gear up top, lock them in place with Yakima’s SKS Lock Cores, and know they’ll be as safe as you left them.

Be sure you know what other parts you’ll need to install your Ski Rack to your vehicle’s make and model. Sometime’s you’ll need to some buy the following products:

Powderheadz Rating

4/5

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And there you have it!  Our list for the Best Ski and Snowboard Car Racks of the 2022-2023 Season.  There are literally hundreds of Snow Car Racks out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices.  Do you think a certain Ski Car Rack 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 Car Ski and Snowboard Rack is right for you.  

Happy riding!

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How-to: Buy Ski and Snowboard Car Racks

Rack Type:

  • Cargo Boxes – Cargo boxes have the ability to store practically everything you own for any outdoor activity you do. However, they are relatively expensive, heavy, and can affect mileage.
  • Hitch Racks – Hitch racks attach to the hitch receiver at the back of your car. If your car doesn’t come with a receiver, you can usually have one installed. They’re easier to install and easier to load gear. However, they can sometimes block access to the trunk of your car and snowboards and skis usually get dirtier because they are lower to the ground.
  • Roof Racks – Roof racks stay on top of your car at all times and can carry skis, snowboards, bikes, or kayaks, depending on the attachments used. Some cars will have crossbars, siderails, or towers that you can install a roof rack to, or you may have to purchase some.

Type of Vehicle:

Your vehicle is going to be the number one determining factor in what type of Ski and Snowboard Rack you will get. You’ll need to know if it has rails or a hitch. Be sure to compare your car owner’s manual to see which ski rack is right for you.

Weight:

Be sure to check the weight limit of your car. It’s rare that a ski rack will exceed your car’s weight limits, but if you’re like us, you might overcrowd your car with your friends and your equipment.

Equipment:

Sometimes Skiing and Snowboarding isn’t enough. If you do other activities like biking, camping, or kayaking, you’ll need to consider what other kinds of racks you want to buy.

Driving:

Roof Racks and Cargo Boxes add height to your car and can make it difficult for you to enter low-clearance parking garages. Hitch racks make it easier for you to get in garages but can be cumbersome when trying to fit in parking spots or even parallel parking.  They also can affect visibility as they can block your rear view mirror. Roof Racks (especially Cargo boxes) can affect mileage as well.

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And there you have it!  Our list for the Best Ski and Snowboard Car Racks of the 2022-2023 Season.  There are literally hundreds of Snow Car Racks out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices.  Do you think a certain Ski Car Rack 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 Car Ski and Snowboard Rack is right for you.  

Happy riding!

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Headlamps

Best Headlamps for 2022-2023

 Below you will find our staff’s current Top 10 Best Headlamps for 2022-2023.  2021-2022 was an amazing season for snowboarding and 2022-2023 is going to be even better.  Our team has gotten a look on some of the Best Headlamps out there for Snowboarding (or Hiking and Running!) so far.  And getting hands-on time with some of the coolest headlamps out there has been a real pleasure!

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

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

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Our Top Rated Headlamps

Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp

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 Headlamp 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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

2022 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 2022

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

2022 Fenix HP25R Headlamp

The Fenix HP25 Headlamp is by far, the strongest, brightest headlamp on the list, and sometimes that’s all you need. It beats all the competitors by being able to project a beam of 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

2022 Petzl Tikkina Headlamp

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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 Season.  There are literally hundreds of headlamps out there and finding the right one can be a challenge, so hopefully you agree with out choices.  Do you think a certain headlamp deserves a spot on our Top Rated Headlamps list?  Let us know?  Email us at info (at) powderheadz.com and we will do our best to give it a thorough testing!  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which headlamp is right for you.  Happy riding!

Best Outdoor Headlamps | Powderheadz.com

Best Ski Helmets