Here it is, the best gear for this winter—the 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards. Last March, 80 of our most trusted testers rode and ripped around Utah’s Powder Mountain and Crested Butte, Colo., testing more than 300 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings from which we picked these standouts for your quiver.
Want to see in-depth tester feedback on these products? Check out the 2017 Gear Guide, packed with reviews of all the Editors’ Choice winners, plus more than 100 other must-have skis, splitboards, boots and bindings.
2017 Gear Guide
More than 100 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings reviewed, rated and recommended.
Jones Women's Solution Split
$899 - jonessnowboards.com | LENGTHS: 148, 152, 156 | WEIGHT: 6.2 lbs. (152)
Bottom Line: A board that encompasses the entire all-mountain to big-mountain spectrum. —The Editors
K2 Split Bean
$850 - k2snowboarding.com | LENGTH: 144 | WEIGHT: 7.3 lbs.
Bottom Line: A quiver board that will get ridden more than the daily driver. —The Editors
Lib-Tech T. Rice Gold Member Firepower Split
$970 - lib-tech.com | LENGTHS: 159, 163 | WEIGHT: 7.3 lbs. (163)
Bottom Line: An all-mountain beast that can spin and butter while still navigating spines like a chiropractor. —The Editors
Never Summer Aura
$850 - neversummer.com | LENGTHS: 151, 154 | WEIGHT: 6 lbs. (151)
Bottom Line: A mid-stiff, all-mountain crusher that's as stable as it is stoke-worthy. —The Editors
$899 - venturesnowboards.com | LENGTHS: 157, 161, 162, 166, 171 | WEIGHT: 7.4 lbs. (157)
Bottom Line: The highest-rated freeride stick tested. —The Editors
$899 - westonsnowboards.com | LENGTHS: 152, 157, 163 | WEIGHT: 7.3 lbs. (157)
Bottom Line: A confidence-inspiring board that hides all-mountain capabilities beneath a pow-hungry shape. —The Editors
$480 - k2snowboarding.com | SIZES: 7-13 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 5.4 lbs.
Mountaineer-worthy grip. —The Testers
Spark R&D Surge
$415 - sparkrandd.com | SIZES: Men's S-L, Women's XS/S, M/L | WEIGHT: 3.4 lbs. (med.)
The most user-friendly performance split binding known to man —The Testers
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