Experts agree: Made-in-Colorado snowboards are the best

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Euphoria Splitboard by Venture Snowboards.
We've been championing the local shred-stick economy as it has grown over the past few years, and not just out of sheer locavore pride. This year several national media outlets have taken notice, too: In "Gear of the Year," Men's Journal just proclaimed that the Odin by Venture Snowboards is the Best for Backcountry -- "honed in Silverton, Colorado, home to some of the continent's gnarliest terrain." And that pronouncement prompted us to take a look at some of the other accolades that Colorado-based builders have earned this season.

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Venture Snowboards' Odin takes 'Best for Backcountry' honors in MJ's Gear of the Year.
Venture also won an Editor's Choice nod in the Backcountry Magazine 2013 Gear Guide for the fourth year in a row, this time for the Euphoria Splitboard, "a pow surfer complete with rocker, reverse sidecut and a swallowtail ideal for those epic, deep days.... Dubbed 'Floatilla the Hun' by Backcountry's testers." The board is one of several experimental shapes from Venture's new Shape Shack innovation lab, where Johan Olofsson, Klemens Branner and a cadre of guest shapers have been working on limited-edition runs and have even been dabbling in two-plank ski design: ("Like regular snowboards, but half as wide, and you put one on each foot. Crazy, we know!").

Whale Splitboard by Unity Snowboards.
Also among the Backcountry Magazine 2013 Editor's Choice picks is the Whale Splitboard by Silverthorne-based Unity Snowboards: "Feed this whale what it wants," wrote the magazine's reviewers. "Powder. Lots of it."

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