Our extensive team of testers—some staff, some ex-pro, some amateur, all rippers—spent last season pitting the newest products in the game against one another to determine which would perform best for Winter 2017. Park decks and all-mountain boards were beat up (some even broken), powder sticks surfed through infinite clouds of cold smoke, and splitboards toured until the legs guiding them called it quits. Gloves were shredded, boots packed out, goggles scratched, helmets scuffed, and outerwear torn—all in the name of providing you with a better idea of what you’re looking for when walking into (or logging onto) your favorite snowboard retailer.
In addition to our 18th annual Good Wood board test, which awarded 44 boards with the year’s top honors, we’re proud to showcase our Tested + Approved section in which over 500 products were tested but only a small fraction made the final cut. We’ve also included our Brand Showroom, where top brands highlight some of their favorite gear for the year.