It is official now: The winners of the ispo Boardsports Awards 2008 have been picked! If you ask the judges it wasn´t easy and took seven hours of going through countless snowboards, bindings, outerwear, accessories, backpacks and goggles, drinking litres of coffee and eating hundreds of sandwiches.

We proudly present the winners of the ispo Boardsports Award 2008:

Winner Category: Hardgoods Manufacturer: K2 Product: Auto Ever Binding

K2 introduced a new binding system with AUTO technology last season. The Auto Ever binding combines this system with a further development: the "Airlock" highback. It is connected directly to the heelcup and consequently makes previous components for the strapping setting unnecessary. As a result, the K2 engineers achieved optimum response with little weight as well as direct transfer of power.

Winner Category: Outerwear/Technical Apparel Manufacturer: Zimtstern Product: Candid Yarndye Check

Zimtstern is reacting to a new trend in the outwear sector with this oversized overall. A high-tech and functional fabric in a relaxed street look were the objectives of the Swiss label. The material (refined with 1% Silver Lurex threads) and the interaction of color and cut makes this overall a useful and stylish companion in all conditions.

Winner Category: Accessories Manufacturer: Adidas Eyewear Product: ID2

Adidas Eyewear has developed a new frame system with the ID2 which consists of two independently moving parts and a perfect fit of the goggles both with and without helmet. The overall concept is rounded off by the use of nanofoam to prevent water and snow from seeping into the goggles. The adidas eyewear a474 performance insert can also be integrated in the ID2 for those who wear glasses using a simple clip system.

Winner Category: Safety Gear Manufacturer: Snowpulse Product: The "Life Bag"

The Life Bag from Snowpulse is an enormous further development of tradition avalanche backpacks for back-country riders. Thanks to the revolutionary shape of the airbag, the whole head is encircled and additional air space is also created, which generates breathing air essential to survival. The fact that the cartridge can be filled again using compressed air after the mechanism has been triggered also convinced the jury.

Winner Category: Kid’s Product Manufacturer: Burton Product: Mini Shred Collection

The future of boardsports is inevitably in the hands of young people. Burton succeeds in putting the needs of kids in the forefront with its customary high quality and unique ideas. The Chopper with special shape and slightly rounded edges can be used both with and without binding to simplify the first steps on a board. The boots Grom as well as the new Freestyle Jr. convinced thanks to their simple operation, so that kids do not need to depend on help from their parents.

You can check out these product at the ispo from January 27 to 30 (!