Best-in-class picks to match your style.

Winter Buyer’s Guide
(Amplid)

Amplid LoveLife

Best For: Aggressive Riders 

Amplid got the memo that not all women crave soft flex and graphics that look like Disney-princess wallpaper. Despite the unfortunate name, expert testers endorsed the LoveLife for its tip-to-tail stiffness, created by a low-density poplar core and a carbon stringer that runs along the vertical axis. The design delivers energetic flex and snappy ollies without preventing playful turning. “It threw butters left and right,” said one tester. Multiple contact points afforded by the slightly set-back camber profile gave riders confidence in no-fall zones. 

Price $520

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(K2)

K2 Wildheart

Best For: Surf-Inspired Cruising

The Wildheart earned an unofficial accolade from our testers—Funnest Board Tested. With a wide, old-school surfboard shape, it’s designed for smooth carving on groomers and should be sized five or more centimeters shorter than a standard deck. “It’s not shy,” one tester said. “This is a directional carver with a playful side.” The exaggerated nose gave it plenty of buoyancy in powder, and the stubby tail supplied enough pop to offer a little extra hang time in the air. This isn’t a board for choppy conditions, but when there’s powder, slush, or groomers on the menu, you’ll be happy it’s in your quiver. 

Price $549

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(Never Summer)

Never Summer Proto Type Two

Best For: Enjoying It All

This asymmetrical twin blew testers out of the powder. Though it’s tough to see the ­difference between the all-new Proto’s traditional toe and deeper heel sidecuts, we felt it in the trustworthy edge hold and fluid turns. Responsive carbon stringers and a camber-rocker-camber profile allowed one tester to minimize back-leg fatigue while floating in deep snow and still access pop at speed. “It’s soft and playful but also solid underfoot,” she said. “This is my ideal all mountain board.”

Price $570

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(Gnu)

Gnu Ladies Choice

Best For: Playing in the Terrain Park

From the (ahem) jump, testers of all abilities knew they were going to enjoy the Ladies Choice, given its history of taking Jamie Anderson to the podium. The profile—with both camber and rocker—stomped jibs and jumps, and our crew ranked it far and away the best freestyle deck of the season. But with mid-stiff flex and serrated edges, it also performed on groomers, moguls, and untracked powder. “Honestly, she’ll treat you right wherever you take her,” said one tester.

Price $570

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The Best Resort Skis of 2017

Our testers whittled a field of 132 down to ten. Here are our three choices for best all mountain powder skis. Now shut up and ski. (Blizzard) Blizzard Quattro RX Gear of the Year Most of us bought fat rockered skis at some point in the past five years, and for good reason—in soft snow, the loose feel lets you surf the mountain. But what about the hardpack we usually find? Increasingly, the industry has taken lessons learned from fattie designs and applied them to all-mountain frontside skis. The result? User-friendly, lightweight, subtly rockered skis that lay trenches in corduroy. Our Gear of the Year winner sits at the apex of that

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The Best Alpine Boots of 2017

The holy grail of the ski world? A comfortable boot that doesn’t sacrifice power for roominess. Gear designers have wrestled with this problem for years, but we’ve seen some significant gains this season with three major developments.  First, companies are offering stiffer, speed-hungry models in medium and wide widths. Behold the best-in-test Rossignol Allspeed Pro 120 (100 millimeters; $750), which let our broad-footed testers enjoy race-car speed and precision. Full Tilt, a cult-favorite brand championed by Seth Morrison, introduced the wider Descendant (102 millimeters; $750) to let big dogs enjoy the shin-cushioning benefit of three-piece construction.  Next, custom fitting, which started with

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The Best Women's Resort Skis of 2017

Presenting the three winners from our ski test. (Elan) Elan Ripstick 94 W  Head’s Total Joy is a frontside ripper, the Salomon Stella is a big-mountain tool—and the Ripstick falls right in between. It may be the most precise carver on this page, staying positively glued to the snow when laying down everything from short-radius slalom moves to sweeping super-G tracks. It did best in soft snow and bumps, nimbly leaping from turn to turn. “Comfortable, effortless, and powerful,” raved one tester. “For chargers who want a ski with spark, spunk, and personality,” said another. The only caveat: you’ll have to

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The Best Après Shoes of 2017

Casual kicks to face down winter’s wrath. (Reef) Reef Rover Hi  Reef took its popular, summery Rover line and updated it for winter commutes. This new iteration has a waxed-leather upper that fends off light snow. (Spray it with a waterproofing treatment if you’ll be in really wet conditions.) The fleecy lining paired with a springy midsole makes it downright slipper-esque. Price $120 Buy Now (Sanuk) Sanuk Beer Runner  It’s all in the name. We loved the classic jogger look of the Beer Runner for six-pack shuffles to the corner store. A herringbone-patterned rubber sole gave enough traction, while the

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The Best Snowboards of 2017

The best new boards for all kinds of riders. (Ride) Ride Alter Ego Gear of the Year This spring, more than 30 snowboard testers stormed Crested Butte, Colorado, to evaluate some 85 new board models. Over a week, we rode everything from powdery steeps and playful jump lines to early-morning ice and last-chair slush. In the end, we picked the following eight boards as our favorites. The biggest surprise: falling in love with the Alter Ego. Initially we were skeptical. The locking split-tail design, which allows you to ride it as either a pliable powder board or a hard-carving all-mountain

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The Best Backcountry Skis and Bindings of 2017

The race is on to create the perfect beyond-the-ropes setup. (Vollé) Voilé Supercharger Gear of the Year This season our team of more than four dozen tested 210 skis, 53 boots, and 13 bindings—and crunched the num­bers on 1,400 review forms—to come up with this: the best backcountry gear of the year. The 19 products featured continue the trend toward lightweight performance. The skis all have at least some carbon (although you wouldn’t know it from how they rip), the boots come in well under eight pounds, and only one of the bindings has a frame. So yeah, a lot of brands are making great stuff, but there

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The Best Women's Backcountry Skis, Boots, and Bindings of 2017

Superior setups for heading beyond the ropes. (Dynafit) Dynafit Meteorite It’s not a women-specific ski, but testers preferred it to the Sphinx—the Meteorite’s softer, lighter sister. One of Dynafit’s new freeride offerings, it has an ash and poplar core overlaid with carbon at the rockered tip and tail for added float and lower swing weight. 125.5/97/115.9; 8 lbs Price $699 Buy Now (Salomon) Salomon MTN Explore Last year, Salomon introduced the 120-flex, unisex MTN Lab. Now women get another option: the 90-flex, two-buckle MTN Explore. With a shorter cuff, lighter liner, and 63-degree walk mode, it’s designed for the backcountry but

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The Best Alpine Touring Ski Boots of 2017

What hikes up must shred down. (Lange) Lange XT Freetour 130 Lange brought its World Cup pedigree to the new XT Freetour. The boot got some uphill-friendly upgrades, such as tech inserts and a rockered sole so grippy it wouldn't be or of place on a running shoe. But it relishes driving big sticks through crud. Only one gripe: with all those backcountry details, its walk mode should have a wider range. 7.8 lbs Price $950 Buy Now (Salomon) Salomon QST Pro 120 This boot focuses on fast descending, with an oversize ankle pivot and burly shell. But with a 40-degree

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The Best Nordic Skiing Gear of 2017

World Cup skinny-ski gear for your local skate track. (Bridgedale) Bridgedale Vertige Light Socks  The merino Vertiges mix polypro­pylene to wick moisture and Lycra for a snug fit. Subtle padding at the ball of the foot gives you exactly what you need for hours of glide.  Price $25 Buy Now (Salomon) Salomon Condition-Specific S-Lab Skate Skis  The new S-Lab line offers a range of highly specialized weaponry, with variations in stiffness, base hardness, camber profile, and finish for specific snow types and temperatures. Pick the one that best matches your track. Just be sure to get the wax right.  Price $700 Buy

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The Best Splitboarding Gear of 2017

You don’t need no stinkin’ chairlifts. (Northern Playground) Northern Playground Ziplongs 3/4 Wool Tights  Thanks to full zippers along the legs of these calf-length long johns, they go from toasty to ventilated in moments.   Price $100 Buy Now (Discrete) Discrete Touque Beanie  A tuque or a beanie? Depends on whether you’re in Canada or the States. Whatever you call it, this one’s luxurious and warm, with a tight weave. Price $20 Buy Now (Black Diamond) Black Diamond Carbon Whippet Poles  An ice ax feels extraneous until you need it. The Whippet, with a steel head above the grip, keeps one at the ready.  Price $140 Buy

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