New Year, New Gear: What Our Snowboards Experts Are Excited AboutPublished on 12/22/2022 · 7 min readWith the start of a new year, our Curated Experts are looking forward to 2023's best snowboarding gear. Catch up with Bri Dornisch on the gear with celebrating.
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The start of a new year always brings that warm, fuzzy feeling of a fresh start. And in the snowboarding world, a fresh start means one thing—time to stock up on the latest gear! Like everything else in modern society, it seems that tech is evolving at a quicker and quicker pace each year. Don’t let the ever-changing buzzwords scare you off; all of this comes with great news: gear is continually becoming faster, stronger, and lighter!
Big trends to look out for in 2023? Traditionally cambered boards, volume-shifted boards, sustainable core materials, dark colorways, updated techy binding features, warmer-than-ever boots, and super crisp, clean designs in outerwear.
Let’s dive into a few brand-new pieces for the 2023 season!
The Most Exciting 2023 Men’s Snowboard Gear
First up, in the men’s category…
The Satori is a fully cambered big-mountain twin board that puts a centered stance on a slightly directional shape. Designed by all-time snowboarding legend, Bryan Iguchi, this board will ride switch or regular with equal ease and control. Fun, friendly, solid, and stable, the Satori performs best slashing deep powder and cutting high-speed turns on groomers. It’s equipped with 5-degree fenders on the tip and tail, larger Grip Tech at the contact points, and a wider waist width for a downsized, more maneuverable ride. A 5/10 flex keeps it ultra-versatile on and off-piste!
The Party Wave Twin utilizes Bataleon’s Triple Base Technology (TBT) to make an ultra-wide board that still feels nimble underfoot. The TBT gives the deck a narrow center base area and lifted contact points so the extra width is almost undetectable while you’re cruising, but it sure does have its perks! That wide platform is going to float like an absolute dream in the deep stuff and keep that swing weight nice and low so you can whip it around and butter with ease. This is a mid-flex pow ripper that will be super playful resort-wide. Its twin shape, camber through the length, and Sidekick tech will create one of the most fun rides you’ve ever had!
Next up, from Jones…did someone say freestyle all-mountain shredder taken to a whole new level?? May we present the Tweaker? Done in the style that only Jones can do, pair a true camber profile, true twin shape, and buttery flex for a ride that is perfectly balanced every time. Notable features on this board include a blunted shape, double radius nose and tail, and V-Core tech that makes the board stiffer towards the tips and much softer through the waist for a bulletproof blend of stompability and maneuverability. This is designed for the creative rider who wants to throw unique, effortless tricks from the peak to the base.
Splitboards are growing in popularity year after year as more people take to the side and backcountry due to steepening lift prices. The Rome Uprise is quickly rising to the top of the charts as a fan favorite in the human-powered fun arena. Its directional shape with Rome’s Free-the-Ride camber profile gives it camber through much of the board with a rocker nose. With its profile and mid-stiff level flex, this thing was made to charge; and charge it does. The Uprise has more pop than a 90s boy band thanks to Rome’s proprietary Stompcore. It’s burly and super solid underfoot but lightweight and smooth enough to make any level of uphill track feel mellow. There are tons of high-grade features packed into a comfortable price tag.
Nidecker Supermatic Bindings
Moving onto bindings, the Nidecker Supermatics are something to write home about. They are first of their kind—the first successful dual-entry binding. This was a puzzle that the snowboard industry had been trying to solve for years, and at long last, Nidecker has done it! Using a triggered hiback system called Drop-In Tech, the hiback is automatically engaged when stepping into the binding and onto the heel pad. Comfy AuxTech straps can be adjusted and released just like regular bindings. A release lever will unlock the hiback so you can exit the binding without fussing with the straps at all! It works with any boot from any manufacturer. The baseplate is constructed from Nidecker’s bulletproof nylon and equipped with the Slip-N-Grip plate to help your boot effortlessly slide into position. It’s a mid-stiff binding made of high-quality materials that have been tested in all terrains. The Supermatics are truly in a league of their own. Can’t find them on Curated? Not to worry, our Snowboard Experts are able to find them for you and get you all set up.
The Most Exciting 2023 Women’s Snowboard Gear
Of course, we can’t forget our hardcore lady riders out there…
First up, out of the minds at K2, the Trance women’s snowboard boots aim to bring a ton of high-end features to an accessible price point, and they sure hit the mark! Let’s start out with the Control Foam heat-moldable Intuition liner that is lightweight, durable, and will keep your toes warm all day which is wrapped in a three-point harness that will comfortably support your ankle, minimizing heel lift without unwanted pressure points. An injected poly heel counter and K2’s patented Endo Construction result in such a lightweight boot you’ll feel like you’re walking on air. The double Boa system independently adjusts the upper and lower sections of the boot and is complete with a lace cover to protect them, increasing the overall longevity of the boot. To top it all off, the Trance uses K2’s Grip Walk outsole which gives you strategically placed rubber of different densities for unmatched grip and control, as well as an EVA midsole backed with Harshmellow foam that reduces vibration. This is quite literally packed with tech yet still comes in under $400— hats off to K2 on these ones.
Another board out of Jones, the Airheart 2.0 is a high-performance hard charger. Gone are the days when people thought women didn’t ride as hard as men, and Jones knows it. For our expert-level riders who like to catch air and carve hard, the Airheart 2.0 is second to none this year. Another high-end board implementing a tip-to-tail camber and directional shape this season, this thing touts truly incredible edge control, precision, and power. We see some of the best features from Jones on this board—Traction Tech, 3D Contour Base 2.0, Flax/Basalt Stringers, and Koroyd material in the nose. What do all these fancy names mean for you as a rider? It means you’ll end up with a low-weight, high-speed ripper that will efficiently dampen vibrations, eliminate edge catch in all conditions, and pack a ton of poppy power into every line. This is on the stiffer side for those with a need for speed.
The Optisym may not be brand new to Nitro, but the women’s version of this stellar freestyle board is. This one’s for the dedicated park junkies, with its über-friendly vibe for side hits, kickers, rails, DIY jibs, and getting super creative on the flats. The board is a slightly asymmetric twin with a tighter radius and a stronger sidewall on the heel side. You’re guaranteed some of your most controlled carves, smoothest butters, and snappiest ollies of all time on the Optisym. Whiplash/Powercore tech paired with RailKiller edges and Ureshred sidewalls gives you a featherweight that packs a serious punch. It’s one of the most durable boards on the mountain while maintaining a super low weight. A smash hit for fun lovers everywhere!
Last but not least, a new binding for the Bettys from Union: the Ultra. This is a totally revved-up, mid-flexing freestyle binding that pulls all of Union’s top-of-the-line new tech into one product. The Stage 11 Duraflex baseplate removes excess material and increases torsional flex while the Molecular bushing is wildly lightweight and provides cushiony soft landings. To increase overall rideability, Union’s Extruded 3D aluminum heel cup with Astro ankle washer prevents heel slippage and the Ultra Duraflex highback offers better mobility and beautifully responsive edge-to-edge power. As if that’s not enough, the Forma X ankle strap is easily one of the most comfortable and responsive straps on the market right now. Pair these with the all-new Magnesium S1 ratchets, which include a fully integrated spring, and you have a shockingly durable, shock-absorbing, freestyle binding for the ages. Union does it again, folks.
The 2023 season brings something new to market for everyone, and for all the brand-new gear out there, there are even more improvements and updates to the many pieces you already know and love. Something you want to know more about? Chat with a Snowboard Expert now to get the latest on all things snowboarding. We know you’re just as stoked as we are. Stay gnarly, y’all.