With the weather finally turning cold and ski resorts throughout Europe making a silent prayer of thanks to the gods of snow, T3 has put together a complete snowboard kit from this season's finest offerings. We've included everything from boards and bindings to hats and headphones. Read on for the knowledge...
Bataleon Evil Twin
A top-rate, all-mountain board for those of intermediate skill and up, the Evil Twin from Bataleon both sports excellent build quality and a sculpted twin tip design. The board features a wood core made from poplar and beech, which helps deliver flex and power, surrounded by a tri-axial fiberglass body. Provides really solid performance across a variety of terrains including park, freestyle and powder.
The King is Drake's entry level offering, however that in no way means the binding is a dud. Far from it, the King is essentially all most boarders will ever need, delivering an easy to use lightweight binding that is flexible and forgiving despite delivering a responsive ride. Aluminium buckles help keep weight down, as too the aluminium and Nylon composite used for the King's baseplate. Solid, stylish and affordable.
Helios Hybrid BOA
This snowboard boot is literally jam packed with top tech. Installed with Flow's Boa H3-Coiler and Heellock Quickfit Closure System, as well as a 3D Molded Tongue, Moisture Wicking Liner and Silvadur Antimicrobial Coating, there's no doubting that the Helios Hybrid BOA's specs. Crucially though, the the boot's style, price and comfort - which retains a moderately soft feel - remain approachable and accessible to the average boarder.
If you need to go seriously off piste, or just want added protection anywhere on the mountain, then the Striker from Anon is a good helmet to choose. It's lightweight at 520 grams, sports a low profile design and comes in a variety of colours ranging from Guerrilla Black to Ruby Red. At £65 it's affordable too.
It's all about this super hot pair of goggles this season. Why? Dragon's Swiftlock lense changing tech, which allows you to snap in and out various lenses on the fly. In addition, the X2's come with Armored Frame Ventilation, Triple Layer Face Foam with a Hypoallergenic Micro Fleece Lining and a large fit design. They also look dynamite too, making them an easy recommend for boarders of all ability levels.
Simple, cheap and understated in a way that doesn't draw people's attention to the valuable tech it is holding, the Automaton by Volcom is just the type of on and off mountain backpack you need when running long days in the snow. It features a large main compartment, a separate laptop/tablet compartment and secure, side-zipped pockets. It also has a dedicated sunglasses pocket, which is nice. The bag's dimensions fall in at 51 x 32 x 23 centimetres and it has a 37-litre volume.
A new, middle of the price range pair of gloves from POW, the Tanto are made from water repellent leather and micro twill Nylon, which when combined in panels allow the gloves to offer heightened dexterity of movement. The gloves also feature a fitted cuff, a hook and loop closure system and are lined with anti-pill polyester micro-fleece. As you would expect, they also come in a brace of colours, including blue, rust, and black.
Burton Analog Anthem
The first of two pairs of Burton apparel in this roundup, the Analog Anthem are a robust, moderately loose pair of snowboard pants that feature fully tapered seams, a mesh lining and a removable waist gaiter. The pants are also made out of 100 per cent Nylon and come in a wide variety of colours and patterns, including military camo! Also, as they're from Burton, they'll last.
Burton Analog Solitary (Opium)
And you can complete that Analog outfit with this Solitary (Opium) jacket, which not only looks classily understated, but also features its own bevy of brilliant tech. Tech such as a satin PLA lining, zippered armpit vents, a dedicated internal media pocket (perfect for music players), a zippered split tail and adjustable velcro cuffs. Various additional external pockets complete the jacket.
66 Audio BTS+ Bluetooth Sports Headset
Lastly we have what is probably the most important accessory to have on the mountain, especially when boarding alone, and that is a good pair of headphones. This 66 Audio BTS+ Bluetooth over-ear headset does the trick nicely, allowing its user to both listen to music while carving up the slopes as well as take calls hands free. Probably the best aspect of the headset however is an advertised 30 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.