Best Snowboards of 2014
Nostalgia is an attractive creature, and we often find ourselves getting sentimental over microbrews about our gear of yore and cool vintage finds. But like the skis we came across in Park City, neither the Snurfer nor the Burton Backhill were performance decks. Nobody back in the day was talking about carbon and kevlar layup or cambered medley -- not sober, anyway. Today the construction materials and technology that go into snowboard making produce rides for every body type, terrain and personal preference. These five boards are some of the finest in each category.
K2 Ultra Dream
Most of the snowboarding industry's technology slowly creeps forward with marginal improvements: things get better, but not way better. This year K2 dropped something that falls squarely into the way better category: their Ultra Dream Snowboard ($550), a cunning combination of the brand's recent technological advances.
Kit: Summer Skiing
Every year for Memorial Day a few die-hard friends and I skip the barbecues to indulge our powder habit one last time. Summer skiing is our way of throwing a middle finger to the sun before our precious snow melts for another year. The festivities begin with early morning hikes above the treeline and finish with goggle-tanned, smiling faces telling stories of epic wipeouts and slushy runs around the campfire. Here's the gear we used to tackle the last runs of the year.
K2 Rescue Shovel Plus
Your average snow shovel works great for cleaning out the driveway or dispatching amateur crooks pestering a prepubsecent Macaulay Culkin. K2's Rescue Shovel Plus ($60) is the snow shovel of the future. Thanks to a unique modular design, the handle
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K2 Public Enemy Skis
The K2 Public Enemy designed for the park and anywhere else you want to venture on the mountain. The Public Enemy ski is built with a stiffer Triaxial braided wood core in the factory series thus giving it strength