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The 15 Best Gifts for Snowboarders
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Shopping for snowboarders is actually surprisingly easy. Pretty much anything that values style and performance equally will do. But if you want to provide a truly excellent gift for the snowboarder in your life, that requires a bit more expertise. But fear not, we have you covered. We’ve collected 15 of the best gifts for snowboarders this year, including some of the most innovative snowboard products to ever hit the market.
RMU Core Pack
RMU’s Core Pack is an excellent backcountry pack, but it also functions well as a carry on bag. It has 35 liters of space with plenty of organizational pockets for odds and ends.
Gear Patrol x Mountain Standard Utility Glove
For our collaboration glove with Colorado-based Mountain Standard, we overlooked no detail. High-quality leather, a neoprene cuff and Primaloft insulation mean your hands stay dry, warm and stylish.
For the dedicated rider, the Ikon Pass is the ultimate gift. It’s a season pass that grants you access to resorts all across the globe. Some of the headline destinations include Niseko United in Japan, The Remarkables in New Zealand, Valle Nevado in Chile and Mammoth Mountain in California, but there are tons more as well. Chances are, there’s a resort near you.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid Pole Straps
These flexible rubber straps are great for everything from lashing extra gear to your pack to stepping in as a toe strap in the event of a failure.
Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
Never ride without lip balm in your pocket. This Mojito lip balm from Malin+Goetz is some of the best out there.
Burton AK Endurance Sock
When you’re out on the hill all day, having a merino wool sock that will keep your feet warm, dry and comfortable is of the utmost importance. But fit is not to be overlooked as well. Burton’s AK Endurance sock is among the best in its class and will help you squeeze in those last few laps before calling it a day.
Coal The Rowan Beanie
Whether you wear this beanie around town or up on the slopes, it’ll keep your head warm without sacrificing on style. Coal has been ingrained in the snowboard culture since the early aughts, and owning one of its hats is requisite for any serious snowboarder.
Lifts&Bounds Resort Series Poster
Take the slopes home with these graphic posters from Lifts&Bounds. A handful of the most prominent resorts in the country are available in graphic form and include an outline of the resorts’ trail systems as well of some of their most famous trail names.
Ridge Inversion Heavyweight Merino Bottoms
For high-performance merino wool baselayers without any of the typical high price tags, Ridge Merino is the way to go. The brand’s Heavyweight Merino bottoms are ultra warm and ultra soft. They help to regulate temperature and wick moisture better than synthetic bottoms, plus they’re anti-microbial. Oh yeah, and they’re only $80.
Arc’teryx Stryka Hoodie
One of our editors swears by the Arc’teryx Stryka hoodie for all of his backcountry adventures. It’s impossibly stretchy and super warm without being too warm.
Bern Baker EPS MIPS Helmet
For the best in safety technology, opt for a helmet with MIPS. The liner helps to reduce multidirectional impacts commonly associated with concussions. The Baker EPS offers MIPS safety while still providing plenty of style.
Pieps Micro BT Beacon
The Pieps Micro is one of the smallest, most powerful avalanche beacons on the market. Unlike many avalanche beacons, the Micro is just that — tiny. You’ll hardly notice that you’re wearing it. And in the event of the worst case scenario, the Micro automatically goes into search mode when taken out of its holster.
K2’s Broadcast is about as close as it gets to the proverbial quiver killer. The Twin Combination Camber allows you to blast through crud and crust while still maintaining fantastic control and edge hold in the turns.
K2 Maysis Heat
No one likes cold feet. That’s why K2 developed the Maysis Heat, a high-performance heated snowboard boot that actually works. Don’t let sub-zero days on the hill scare you off any longer.
Thule Motion XT Alpine
End the days of torturing the trunk of your car with snow and grime from your snowboard. Thule’s Motion XT Alpine offers room for multiple boards, boots and helmets without killing your car’s aerodynamics and gas mileage.
Don’t know what to get the people on your list? We’ve got you covered with our holiday gift guide.