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

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adidas Response ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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adidas Samba Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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adidas Superstar Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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adidas Tactical ADV Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Amplid Aloha Vibes Snowboard & DaDa Snowboard 2018-2019

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Bataleon Feelbetter Snowboard & Omni Snowboard 2018-2019

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Bent Metal Transfer Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Bent Metal Upshot Women's Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Burton Cartel Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Burton Custom Snowboard 2018-2019

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Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard & Rewind Snowboard 2018-2019

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Burton Ruler Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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CAPiTA Black Snowboard Of Death 2018-2019

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Drake Radar Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Dupraz D1 Snowboards 2018-2019

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Flow Fuse Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Flow NX2 Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Gnu Head Space Snowboard 2018-2019

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Good Apikal Snowboard & Wooden Snowboard 2018-2019

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Jones Apollo Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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

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Jones Solution Splitboard 2018-2019

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K2 Boundary Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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K2 Broadcast Snowboard 2018-2019

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K2 Formula-C Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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K2 Lineup Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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K2 Manifest Snowboard 2018-2019

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K2 Maysis Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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K2 Overboard Snowboard 2018-2019

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Karakoram Splitboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Titty Fish Snowboard 2018-2019

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Lobster Stomper Snowboard 2018-2019

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

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Never Summer Maverix Snowboard & SIMS Juice Snowboard 2018-2019

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Nidecker Helios Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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

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Nidecker Trinity Women's Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Nitro Beast Snowboard 2018-2019

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Nitro Cannon Snowboard 2018-2019

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Nitro Crown TLS Women's Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Nitro Drop Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Nitro Ivy Women's Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Nitro Select Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Nitro Team Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Nitro Team Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Nitro Zero Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Northwave Dahlia Women's Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Northwave Decade Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Northwave Domain Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Northwave Freedom Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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NOW Brigade Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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NOW Recon Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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NOW Select Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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NOW X YES Collab Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Plum Splitboards & Bindings 2018-2019

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Ride Lasso Women's Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Ride LTD Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Ride Mountain Pig Snowboard & Twin Pig Snowboards 2018-2019

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Ride Rodeo Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Ride Warpig Snowboard 2018-2019

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Rome Crux Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Rome Degenerati Snowboard & Powder Division Splitboard 2018-2019

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Rome Katana Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Rome National Snowboard 2018-2019

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Rossignol Cuda Women's Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Rossignol Jibfluence Snowboard & Miraki Snowboard 2018-2019

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Rossignol Sawblade Snowboard 2018-2019

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Rossignol Xavier De Le Rue Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Roxy Smoothie Women's Snowboard 2018-2019

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Salomon HiFi Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Salomon Hologram Women's Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Salomon Premiere Splitboard & Assassin Snowboard 2018-2019

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Salomon Trek Snowboard Boots 2018-2019

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Switchback Eiki Helgason Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Switchback Session Carbon Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Union Expedition FC Splitboard Bindings 2018-2019

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Union Falcor Snowboard Bindings 2018-2019

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YES Standard Snowboard 2018-2019

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YES Uninc Snowboard 2018-2019

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