Kevin Kennedy

Salomon Drift 152 - Snowboards: Reviews

OVERACHIEVERWe had to keep looking down to remind ourselves that this is a 152. The Drift blasted through crud that typically slows up similarly sized boards, plus its rubber sidewalls damped chatter...

Vans Cirro - Snowboard Boots: Reviews

Stomp backcountry booters with this Recco-equipped, all-purpose powerhouse. The anti-slip lining in the heel pocket kept us locked securely in place. vanssnow.com

Vans Andreas Wiig - Snowboard Boots: Reviews

Two aluminum posts at each lace hook allow for super-tight lacing that kept our testers' feet securely anchored in all conditions. Note: This boot fit our high-arched testers best. vanssnow.com

Specialized Deviant - Helmets: Reviews

Keep your cool without losing your teeth. This comfortable full-face helmet is almost as airy as most XC buckets (21 vents) and delivers a superb fit with its highly adjustable retention system....

Gnu Rider's Choice MTX 157.5 - Snowboards: Reviews

PARK POUNDERThis directional twin is the fix for park junkies. The Choice spins fast and easily, and the quasi-fiberglass topsheet gives the board tremendous pop, putting testers in the air for...

Northwave Decade SL2 - Snowboard Boots: Reviews

Fine-tune support with the Decade's unique locking lace system. And don't worry about taking them off right away: The liner, with its memory-foam footbed, stayed comfortable when the bar was standing...

Louis Garneau Robota - Helmets: Reviews

The aptly-named Robota hugs the head with an even and snug grip, thanks to the proprietary Spiderlock Elite system. Bonus points for the detachable visor and moisture-wicking liner. louisgarneau.com

Ride UL Concept 161 - Snowboards: Reviews

LIGHT AND NIMBLERide engineers whittled away every bit of fat from this board by using tricks like a topsheet made with fabric-like material, which slices the weight of a typical topsheet in half....

Dakine Outtabounds - Daypack: Reviews

CHAMELEONWhen worn alone, the Outtabounds' detachable 728-cubic-inch yo-yo pack was perfect for riding lifts. Insert it into the main pack and you have a 2,300-cubic-inch combo with stable support,...

Ride Contraband - Snowboard Bindings: Reviews

With a unique V-strap system that uses only one ratchet at the heel, the Contraband is a cinch to tighten. And the toe strap may look like a big rubber band, but it's more secure than it appears....

Salsa Cycles Mamasita - Mountain Bikes: Reviews

A BIG-WHEELED RACERThere's only one problem with a bike this beautiful: You may hesitate to inflict the first scratch. Fortunately, the feeling passes. We fell in love with the Mamasita's exquisite...

K2 Gyrator 162 - Snowboards: Reviews

POWDER KINGThe Gyrator strikes a nostalgic chord with its graphics, but there's nothing retro about the ride. Reverse-camber construction (the deck has a concave bow) enables the Gyrator to float...

Burton Audex iPod Boundary Pack - Daypack: Reviews

THE PLAYERInstead of carrying your iPod in your jacket, stow it safely in the padded compartment of this 1,281-cubic-inch pack. The controls and phone jack mount on the ergonomic shoulder straps, and...

Flow Team - Snowboard Bindings: Reviews

With shock-absorbing base pads, stainless-steel cables, and a time-tested all-mountain design, the Team remains one of the most durable and quickest-securing systems we've ever tested. A redesigned...

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