OutdoorGearLab Announces Award Winners for Top All-Mountain Snowboards of 2017

Editors' Choice, Top Pick and Best Buy awards given for All-Mountain Snowboards.
Method air in the park on the Editors' Choice winning, Never Summer Proto Type T
Method air in the park on the Editors' Choice winning, Never Summer Proto Type T
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - April 7, 2017 - PRLog -- OutdoorGearLab, the forerunner in comprehensive gear reviews, has just completed testing the top all-mountain snowboards of 2017. Nine highly reputable products were selected to participate in the comprehensive review process. One single shredder, Chris Edmands, had the exhausting yet exuberant task of testing each product in order to keep opinions and results consistent. He rode the shred sticks down hardback, corduroy, park runs, and deep powder to cover all possible conditions. For each model, he followed the exact same line, attempting to hit jumps and turns at precisely the same spot. He even rode each contender with goofy and regular set-ups in order to attune himself to minute changes and details between the two riding preferences. After months of ollie-ing, straight-lining, jibbing, and spinning (all the while hooting and hollering), each contender was ranked according to how it performed. Points were charted comparatively for categories including edging, playfulness, stability at speed floating in powder and popping/jumping.

The winners are as follows:

Editors' Choice - Never Summer Proto Type Two

The Proto Type Two edged out its competitors earning the most prestigious award of Editors' Choice. It holds heel turns better than any of its competitors and features asymmetrical properties which contribute to swift edge-to-edge transfers. According to pro tester Chris Edmands, "It floats in powder with its hybrid-camber profile and speed stability. It pops nicely, with medium-stiff flex, and it's lightweight and responsive, thanks to smaller radii sidecuts. Bonus: it's made in the USA."

Top Pick for the Weekend Warrior - Arbor Wasteland

The Wasteland is lively, forgiving, responsive and stylish, which is why it snagged the title of Top Pick for the Weekend Warrior. It's an amalgamation of medium flex, middle-of-the road sidecut, reverse camber and twin shape, all of which make for an extremely swell ride. Expert reviewer Edmands feels that while "powder riding is difficult to get used to at first, the reverse camber in this product helps you stay afloat. Its medium flex makes it poppy and drives it through mashed potatoes and crud."

Best Bang for the Buck - Jones Explorer

The Explorer took home the Best Buy award as a result of its nimble agility, playful ride, and friendly price tag. Due to its small side-cuts, it's extremely responsive on hardpack and groomers. Construction details such as its hybrid-rocker combo and surfy tip and tail allow it to move effortlessly in deep powder and navigate turns with ease. Edmands believes: "The Explorer is a splendid choice for anyone looking to have the best time on the hill, all while saving cash. It's hard to go wrong with this one."

Top Pick for Railing Turns at Speed - Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro HP

The Travis Rice Pro takes home Top Pick for its rad shape, killer graphics, and innovative design. While it runs on the heavier side, it's still playful and its medium-stiff flex allows for good pop. After countless runs in various conditions, Edmands found that "Its Magne-Traction bumps bit into harder snow but released from those turns easily, a product of the rocker. It also performed well in pow, as do most rocker-profiled models."

Based out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, OutdoorGearLab, LLC aims to offer highly informative in-depth gear comparison reviews to aid outdoor enthusiasts in their gear purchasing choices. The site presents side-by-side comparative charts which break down products based on specific measures. Skilled reviewers implement rigorous, creative methods to test products over these measures and then award top performers accordingly. Categories cover a range of activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, cycling, and running. Check out outdoorgearlab.com to explore this fast growing resource.

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