New combinations of rocker, shape, and materials continue to drive innovation.
Winter Buyer's Guide: The Best Gear of 2015
Intelligent designs that are up for anything—and so fun to ride that you’ll want to take them everywhere.
Feel like you’re having a field day, look like you could carve it up with the pros.
Hitting the sweet spots of girth and rocker, they'll keep you surfing powder all day.
Treat your feet right
The industrywide movement away from the park and toward freeriding keeps gaining momentum, which is a good thing. During our weeklong test in Crested Butte, Colorado, we specifically sought out the best all-mountain boards.
The better you see, the better you ski. It's that simple.
The more comfortable you are, the more fun you'll have.
Protect your noggin.
Digital, wireless, and solar-powered, the newest pieces of outdoor gear help us get off the grid in more ways than one.
With heavy-duty shooters, you'll be ready for whatever nature throws your way.
Our two favorite skate and classic setups.
Whether you're looking to blast through snowy trails or set PRs on the pavement, we've got the right kicks for you.
Six shells to get you out there, wind, rain, and snow be damned
Big wheels aren’t only for snow anymore. These fat bike behemoths let you power over (or straight through) whatever's in your path.
Fast, comfortable, and warm essentials
A surge in popularity has led to better alpine-touring and telemark skis, boots, and bindings.
You might not know where you're headed (and that's half the fun), but you'll be in good hands getting there strapped into these versatile backcountry boots.
Heading deep into the mountains? Bring proper backup.
Keep warm, stay happy
Be good to your hands
Outerwear is a hotbed of innovation these days. Breathability, waterproofness, and insulation are attributes that now come in hard shells, soft shells, hybrids, and even puffy jackets.
It's time to add another must-have piece of safety gear for most backcountry travelers: an airbag. The giant inflatable balloons that deploy from backpacks have proven their worth time and again. Right now, compressed-air models—firing off of miniature scuba or nitrogen tanks—are still the norm, but the era of battery-powered blower bags, which are more user-friendly, is coming fast. Black Diamond has a solid first offering in the Jetforce series, and other companies are close behind.
Intelligent picks for a bold pursuit.
Lighten up your kit for faster ascents.
Over the hill and through the woods.
Winter fun can be hell on the eyes. Take shelter in these lenses.
Ignore the forecast—your feet are all set for sleet, snow, and that rare sunny day.
No crowds, no bugs, and, if you've got the right gear, no shivering.
Because you're a classy dude, there's no way you'd slip into bunny slippers between powder runs. Thankfully, the makers of this season's best après shoes are on your level: take a break in style without skimping on comfort.
Screw the polar vortex.
Smooth operators for a rugged planet, these military-grade watches will help you feel in control no matter what Nature throws your way.
More than a dozen riders spent a week testing the best new boards of the season. They narrowed them down to these four favorites.
These four winners dominated our annual ski test at Snowbird, Utah.
Don't wait to float atop the top two setups from this year's test at Powder Mountain, Utah.
Don't let the cold slow you down
This winter's jacket selection has something great for rambling around town, up the mountain, and everywhere in between.
The best new kicks of the season.
Key pieces to keep you going when the mercury drops.
Performance plus style equals happy feet