When it comes to picking new snowboard gear, it's always a good idea to visit your nearest retailer.
Aside from the no-brainer that is the chance to actually get the stuff in your hands and get a proper look at it, there's also the advantage of having knowledgeable, passionate sales staff on hand to talk you through the latest wares. If they didn't rate it, they wouldn't stock it, so you're more likely to be on to a winner than if you just took a relative stab in the dark online.
"We popped into The Snowboard Asylum to get their take on some of the fresh new gear that’s just come in for the 2017/18 season"
With that in mind, we popped into The Snowboard Asylum to get their take on some of the fresh new gear that's just come in for the 2017/18 season. Given their long-standing partnership with Burton (they were the first shop to import the brand into the UK), it's no surprise their shelves stacked with the big B's latest wares.
Here are a few of their favourites:
Burton Instigator Snowboard 2017-2018
TSA say: "Built around a state-of-the-art directional chassis, with a 5mm taper from nose to tail, the Burton Instigator has been designed to make progressing your riding skills simpler and easier.
The taper (which is a 5mm width difference between the front and back of the board) helps makes turns more predictable, reduces the chance of catching an edge, but more importantly it gives you the confidence to push harder and that's what's going to take your riding to the next level."
Burton Kilroy Process Snowboard 2017-2018
TSA say: "Aimed unashamedly at freestyle riders, this all terrain board has been designed to turn the whole mountain into a playground. Whether searching out side hits on the piste, hitting back country kickers in the pow or lapping the Park, this unique snowboard has it all licked, and, it still rips when you just want to go cruise with your mates."
Burton Genie Snowboard 2017-2018
TSA say: "If you're new to snowboarding and are looking to buy your first set up the Burton Genie could just be the board for you.
Designed and built to smooth the transition from beginner to intermediate rider, this go anywhere, ride anything board delivers that perfect balance of confidence inspiring feel and all terrain performance."
Burton Ion Snowboard Boots 2017-2018
TSA say: "The Burton Ion has firmly established itself as one of the very best all mountain snowboard boots on the market. It's combination of state of the art construction, high performance and unrivalled fit and comfort have made it the go to boot for experienced riders.
With a responsive and dynamic flex it's the perfect choice for anyone who wants the ultimate in control and response but who still wants a boot that's going to be relatively playful."
Burton Limelight Women's Snowboard Boots 2017-2018
TSA say: "Prioritising both comfort and fit, the surf inspired Burton Limelight ensures that even after a full days riding, you won't be in any rush to get these off your feet. Featuring Burton's single pull Speed Zone lacing system with the fully heat mouldable Imprint 2 Liner, the high spec Limelight is proof that a boot doesn't need to be stiff to deliver great performance."
Burton Lexa Women's Snowboard Bindings 2017-2018
TSA say: "As the world's best-selling women's binding, the Lexa's combination of great performance and unrivalled comfort ensure that no matter your riding ability, this stunning binding will tick all the boxes. Jam packed full of some of Burton's most up to date design and construction, the Lexa is the perfect choice for anyone that wants to take their riding to the whole mountain."
Burton Breach Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018
TSA say: "This 10k insulated jacket is the perfect choice for any rider who wants a versatile and great value jacket that will keep them warm and dry when charging around the hill. Offering 80g of insulation in the body and 60g in the sleeves, the Breach combines great weather protection with a snug, warm fit to keep you toasty on even the coldest days."
Burton [ak] Cyclic Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018
TSA say: "The Cyclic is aimed at riders who are looking for a high performance lightweight shell jacket that can withstand even the most extreme conditions.
Manufactured from highly weather resistant Gore-Tex fabric and jam packed full of some of the most advanced features out there, the Cyclic delivers truly stunning protection for those riders that want to get off the beaten track and out into the mountains."
Burton Hazel Wax Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018
TSA say: "This stunning insulated jacket is inspired by the traditional Arctic Parka. With its wax finish 10K fabric and warm Thermolite Insulation it blends all mountain function with street fashion, delivering a great performing garment that you'll want to wear all the time."
Burton Gondy Under Glove 2017-2018
TSA say: "Warm, waterproof, breathable and durable. The perfect cocktail for any serious snowboarder.
The Gondy glove delivers superior protection from all the elements while on the hill, constantly making it a favourite with seasoned pros and mountain guides alike."