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This year, the OUTSIDE team of winter sports experts hit the leading resorts, trails, and backcountry hotspots to put all the latest skis, snowboards, bikes, winter apparel and gadgets to the test. The Winter Buyer’s Guide offers readers everything they learned from field-testing hundreds of products, making it the top resource for everyone from seasoned adventurers to those new to the slopes, whether they travel by foot, bike, snowboard, ski, or even snowshoe.
Reviews are organized by sport and activity, and include the ideal setting or experience level for each product, as well as tips for getting the most out of each gear pick. Only the best items on the market are featured in the guide.
“We wanted to make OUTSIDE’s Winter Buyer’s Guide better than ever for its 20th year,” said OUTSIDE Buyer’s Guide editor Sam Moulton. “The OUTSIDE gear testing team has been busy. Last winter, we put hundreds of products through the paces, wearing out jackets and shoes, overstuffing packs, and putting cameras and watches through the harshest conditions they could stand. We know we’ve delivered the best possible options to our readers with almost 300 picks for the guide, and seven very top performers receiving our coveted Gear of the Year award.”
The Zelix will throw down with any freeride board out there—regular or switch. The new aspen wood core adds a little more playfulness to this burly twin by mellowing its torsional flex and shaving a half-pound on average, while poplar and ash stringers down the center create the optimal tip-to-tail flex. An offset stance (setback 20mm), light taper and straight-line rocker keep the versatile Zelix afloat in soft snow, $595 for solid and $895 for splitboard.
About Venture Snowboards
The only thing our team loves more than building snowboards is riding snowboards. Venture was founded in 1999, beginning our lifelong pursuit of crafting unrivaled snowboards for maximum mountain enjoyment and performance. Every Venture is handcrafted by snowboarders in our Silverton, Colorado factory and tested in some of the most demanding terrain in the lower 48. The mountains dictate the design; countless hours of rider R&D go into every product. Fortunately for us, “R&D” in this case equals snowboarding.
We’re not a mega manufacturer that builds mass-market boards. Our “secret sauce” is attention to detail. We ride these boards day in and day out, so nothing gets by us. At Venture, every board counts and nothing leaves our factory without final approval from the founders themselves.
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