So it’s official. This summer was the wettest the UK has seen in 100 years. But fear not readers for winter is once again right round the corner – or as the case may scientifically be, that big hot thing we call the sun. Lets just hope that the precipitation continues over on the continent huh?
With the falling leaves comes the season’s first issue of Whitelines, in the form of the Snowboard Buyers’ Guide 12-13 – your holy bible of everything snowboard gear related. Inside its shiny cover you’ll find the lowdown on nearly 650 bits of gear with detailed reviews of boards, boots, bindings, outerwear and much much more. It’s never been easier to be well informed on what’s new in the world of snowboard kit.
Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find inside our most comprehensive buyers guide to date:
DETAILED SNOWBOARD REVIEWS
Our testers were lucky enough to have ridden and rated over 200 boards, to give you all the pros and cons you need to help make that all important decision. Furthermore the sticks are divided into simple categories to help you figure out which ones are best suited to your riding style.
TECHNICAL TERMS EXPLAINED
With all those shapes, profiles, sidecuts and long words, snowboards can be a bit tricky to get your head around at the best of times. We’ve taken it right back to basics to explain the key differences between snowboard types so that never again will you confuse your cambers with your rockers and combos!
IN DEPTH BOOTS AND BINDINGS REVIEWS
Although often overshadowed by their admittedly more exciting wood and plastic brethren, boots and bindings are not to be forgotten! We’ve reviewed and rated over 150 pairs, explaining their features and giving you tips on how to choose the perfect ones for you.
SNOWBOARD TRENDS EXPLORED
We’ve attended all of the hottest tradeshows across Europe to bring you the latest in snowboard trends and we’ve highlighted the most exciting new brands, technologies, and of course graphics for the coming season.
We’ve picked out all of the freshest new fabric offerings from the top brands and scoped out all of the tech specs so you don’t have to.
Ever wondered what style of snowboarder people might pigeon hole you into? Well wonder no more because on top of everything else we’ve conjured up an entertaining little quiz to help you figure it out!
More than 250 helmets, gloves, goggles, backpacks and accessories profiled. Tips for waxing and tuning your snowboard. Nike’s senior designer talks NASA technology in boots and more.
You can get all of this product gold dust for a mere £5.95 by picking up your copy of the 2012-13 Buyers’ Guide from Smiths or any other good news agent. And what’s there to loose? Consider it an investment – if you’re planning on shelling out £400 on new gear this winter you’d be fool not to fully explore the options first right?