SIA 2016 Editor’s Choice Awards

Mountain Weekly News Editors Choice SIA Trade Show 2016

DENVER, CO – Mountain Weekly News is proud to have awarded our second annual Editor’s Choice Awards on the floor of the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) trade show this year. This is some of the hottest 2017 snowboard gear coming to the market next fall.

The SIA show is an exciting event that brings together manufacturers, retailers and media to preview all the cool snowboard gear coming to the market for the 2016/2017 season.

The five award categories were Best All-Around Snowboard, Best Splitboard, Best Splitoard Binding, Best Binding, Best Camber Snowboard. Scroll down to find out who took home the prize for the best of SIA snow 2016-2017. This is the 2017 snowboard gear I am standing behind. Odds are you will enjoy it too.

Best All Mountain Snowboard

The man, the myth, the Chairman Vince Sanders with the Never Summer Type Two

The man, the myth, Chairman Vince Sanders with the Never Summer Type Two

Never Summer Type Two 

Two years in a row this honor has fallen on Never Summer and for good reason. They make the fun. easiest snowboards to ride on the market. I have been rocking the Type Two for the past couple weeks and its a game-changer. It makes me a better snowboarder and always puts a smile on my face on or off snow. Homerun Never Summer for another Editor’s Choice Award!!

Best Splitboard

2017 Lib Goldmember Splitboard (center)

Lib Tech Travis Rice Goldmember Splitboard

New for 2017/2017 is the Lib Tech Travis Rice Goldmember splitboard! Firepower + Lib Tech + Travis Rice = radness. This split can be taken anywhere in the backcountry. The days of riding sup-par splits are long gone. Odds are this split will perform better than a solid.

Best Snowboard Binding

JF kNOW's more about snowboarding than most of us. Here with the Jeremy Jones Binding for 2017

JF kNOW’s more about snowboarding than most of us. Here with the Jeremy Jones Binding for 2017

NOW Drive Binding

Nothing even comes close (well maybe the new Bent Metal Binders) but when it comes to running bindings on a solid board, I won’t ride anything but NOW. JF is a snowboarder who designed bindings for snowboarders, its really that simple. It’s no wonder this is what Jeremy Jones trust to attach his boots to his board and numerous other freeriders around the globe. The new Jeremy Jones NOW binding is sure to be a hit within our community.

Best Splitboard Binding

This is what you call a Motley Crue of splitboarders. Will and the boys from Spark R&D

This is what you call a Motley Crue of splitboarders. Will and the boys from Spark R&D

Spark R&D Arc Splitboard Binding

Can you guess who’s going to win this year? Spark of course! Will and the Spark R&D team are crushing it. Again like JF, these guys started out by building bindings for their own personal use. With the epic backcountry around Bozeman, Montana at their home base of production and product testing just out the back door. Spark is changing the way splitboarders access the mountains. Turns out Sparks work and it’s really the only split binding I feel comfortable mounting up and riding day in day out. Especially if I’m swapping out between numerous splits throughout the season.

The 2016/2017 ARC Binding is rad with a single heel riser that has two height adjustments, a fancy forward lean adjuster and Spark R&D reliability. Which is crucial in the BC. Such an honor to be able to work with this crew, they “get it”.

Best Snowboard

Arbor Guch Camber (Black) Rocker Tan, Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Arbor Guch Camber (Black) Rocker Tan, (Far Left) Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Arbor Bryan Iguchi Pro Camber

Everything’s better with Camber. Yes, I said it. If you are over 30 and reading this you are odds are not opposed to Camber. And for people like Bryan Iguchi who lives and shreds camber has been proven reliable. The board will also be offered without camber if that’s your sort of thing. Either way, this board, the top sheet, and the quality Arbor is producing are unmatched.

Support the brands mentioned above the all run by snowboarders, simple enough!

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

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