The approach of Christmas doesn’t just mean the exchange of gifts and lots of awkward office holiday party interactions. It also signals the start of snowboarding season. While plenty of resorts opened around Thanksgiving time, it isn’t until now that snow shredders start descending en masse.
To get you ready to shred the gnar, here is the best snowboard gear of the season. And if standing sideways on the snow isn’t your cup of tea, check back tomorrow for our ultimate ski gear guide.
Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro
There is no terrain that Travis Rice (above) can’t shred and this is the board he uses for his all-around mountain assault. It has camber under your feet and rocker between them to allow you to power through turns but still float through deeper snow.
Burton Genesis Binding
Designed to be comfortable from first chair to last, the Genesis have a little bit more flex than traditional bindings but the support that you get from the high back and straps is top notch.
ThirtyTwo Ultralight 2 Boots
There isn’t much else that needs to be said other than that these are the lightest boots ever. You will be thankful for that if you’re spending a lot of time hiking to find fresh powder. The Ultralight 2’s also have heat moldable liners so you can get a truly bespoke fit.
Bern Baker EPS With Wireless Audio
Snowboarding while listening to music is a wonderful thing. Snowboarding while getting all tangled up in ear bud cords is not. The speakers on the visored Baker helmet connect to your phone wirelessly, and this lid easily converts to a bike or skate helmet once the snow melts.
Oakley Prizm Flight Deck Googles
Oakley’s new Prizm lens technology really ratchets up the contrast so you’re able to detect subtle differentiations in terrain as you’re ripping down the mountain. The Flight Deck frames are oversized so that peripheral vision is maximized as well.
Burton [AK] 2L LZ Down Jacket
Warm and dry. That’s how you want a snowboard jacket to make you feel. None do it better than this one. It is stuffed with 650-fill down to keep you toasty and covered in Gore-Tex to keep snow out. There is also plenty of ventilation so you can regulate your temperature depending on the conditions.
Owner Operator 101 Pant
Made in the U.S.A, these snowboard pants have a seamless back panel to keep your butt dry when you’re sitting at the top of a jump in the terrain park thinking about whether you want to throw the quadruple or quintuple cork.
Dakine Kodiak Gloves
With styling borrowed from motorcycle gloves, these will look good on or off the hill. The outer part of the glove is durable leather and the inside has a Gore-Tex membrane to keep your hands dry.
Airblaster Merino Ninja Suit
When you roll up to the aprés ski spot, you’ll be a total baller when you take off your jacket to reveal a friggin’ ninja suit. And if you have too many drinks it has a special zipper and fly that make going to the bathroom a cinch. Oh yeah, it also keeps you warm on the slopes.
Icebreaker Merino Socks
Designed to fit inside a snowboard boot, these socks have cushioning in the spots that need it most. They are made of Merino wool so you can wear them for a few days before no one will want to sit in the condo with you.