You can’t hope to compile a definitive guide to 2016/17’s snowboard gear without taking the testing process seriously. “We’ve had our hands on absolutely everything in this year’s guide” Even as the 2016 winter was only just getting started, we were already scoping out the following season’s gear at the Avant Premier event in La Clusaz, France. Next stop was a similar trip to Shops 1st Try in Austria, followed by a few days at the bespoke mountain testing facilities of the likes of Burton and Rome.
- Thanks to a much-needed mid-test dump, the conditions changed enough to allow us to put the gear to its intended use.
- The UK industry’s premier board test is a prime opportunity to tick off the final few decks, binders and goggles on our hit list, and also serves nicely as a wrap party for the season.
- We’ve had our hands on absolutely everything in this year’s guide, identifying its strengths and weaknesses as well as making sure the key functions do what they’re supposed to.
“The favourites are then narrowed down into our top products for 2016/17, and the ones that really stand out are selected for The Snowboard 100.”