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2018-2019 Snowboard Product Preview From Avant Premiere

That’s a wrap for another Avant Premiere, the annual snowboard test in the French resort of La Clusaz. The event traditionally serves as our first look at next year’s offerings; with plenty of fresh kit from the likes of Dragon, Lib Tech, Burton, Salomon, Bataleon, Rome and Nidecker, it’s a gear nerd’s nirvana. As always, the snowboards were the stars, but there were plenty of bindings and goggles to check out too.

With hundreds of products only three days to test them, it would take an army to get through it all. We got our hands on as much 2018/19 gear as we could, in conditions that ranged from boiler-plate ice to heavy powder.

“Here are some of the highlights from Avant’s showroom”

Each product’s strengths and weaknesses were therefore laid pretty bare, and with some of the French Alps’ best terrain there for the taking – if you’re down with our two-planked brothers then Candide Thovex’s One Of These Days 2, shot entirely in La Clusaz, is essential viewing – it was as thorough a test as you’ll find anywhere.

As always, it’s a combination of old favourites (the Burton Custom, Bataleon Evil Twin and CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death, to name just a few) and brand new releases. Among those catching our eye this year were the women’s version of the Jones Mind Expander, the extended Ride ‘Pig’ range, the K2 Overboard (an addition to their Enjoyer series), and Travis Rice’s latest creation, the Lib Tech Orca.

Some stuff will have to remain under wraps for now, but it’s not long until the ISPO trade show in Munich, where all will be revealed. As for more in-depth reviews of all the gear we’ve tested, you’ll have to wait until the release of our annual Buyer’s Guide in September 2018.

In the meantime, here are some of the highlights from Avant’s latest showroom.

adidas Acerra ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

adidas Response ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

adidas Samba Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

adidas Superstar Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

adidas Tactical ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Amplid Aloha Vibes Snowboard & DaDa Snowboard 2018-2019

Bataleon Feelbetter Snowboard & Omni Snowboard 2018-2019

Bent Metal Transfer Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Bent Metal Upshot Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Burton Custom Snowboard 2018-2019

Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard & Rewind Snowboard 2018-2019

Burton Ruler Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death 2018-2019

Drake Radar Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Dupraz D1 Snowboards 2018-2019

Flow Fuse Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Flow NX2 Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Gnu Head Space Snowboard 2018-2019

Good Apikal Snowboard & Wooden Snowboard 2018-2019

Jones Apollo Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Jones Explorer Snowboard & Mind Expander Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

Jones Solution Splitboard 2018-2019

K2 Boundary Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

K2 Broadcast Snowboard 2018-2019

K2 Formula-C Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

K2 Lineup Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

K2 Manifest Snowboard 2018-2019

K2 Maysis Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

K2 Overboard Snowboard 2018-2019

Karakoram Splitboard Bindings 2018-2019

Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Titty Fish Snowboard 2018-2019

Lobster Stomper Snowboard 2018-2019

Never Summer Shaper Twin Snowboard & Insta/Gator Snowboard 2018-2019

Never Summer Maverix Snowboard & SIMS Juice Snowboard 2018-2019

Nidecker Helios Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Nidecker Tracer Snowboard & Elle Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

Nidecker Trinity Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Nitro Beast Snowboard 2018-2019

Nitro Cannon Snowboard 2018-2019

Nitro Crown TLS Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Nitro Drop Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Nitro Ivy Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Nitro Select Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Nitro Team Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Nitro Team Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Nitro Zero Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Northwave Dahlia Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Northwave Decade Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Northwave Domain Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Northwave Freedom Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

NOW Brigade Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

NOW Recon Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

NOW Select Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

NOW X YES Collab Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Plum Splitboards & Bindings 2018-2019

Ride Lasso Women’s Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Ride LTD Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Ride Mountain Pig Snowboard & Twin Pig Snowboards 2018-2019

Ride Rodeo Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Ride Warpig Snowboard 2018-2019

Rome Crux Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Rome Degenerati Snowboard & Powder Division Splitboard 2018-2019

Rome Katana Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Rome National Snowboard 2018-2019

Rossignol Cuda Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Rossignol Jibfluence Snowboard & Miraki Snowboard 2018-2019

Rossignol Sawblade Snowboard 2018-2019

Rossignol Xavier De Le Rue Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Roxy Smoothie Women’s Snowboard 2018-2019

Salomon HiFi Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Salomon Hologram Women’s Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Salomon Premiere Splitboard & Assassin Snowboard 2018-2019

Salomon Trek Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

Switchback Eiki Helgason Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Switchback Session Carbon Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

Union Expedition FC Splitboard Bindings 2018-2019

Union Falcor Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

YES Standard Snowboard 2018-2019

YES Uninc Snowboard 2018-2019


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