Well, the solstice has passed– better get started on that Christmas shoppin’. Don’t stress, you know we’ve got your back. We pulled from the best of snowboarding to find a gift for every rider on your list. If there was ever an SBC article to post on mom’s Facebook, it’s this one– read on for the goods.
Salmon Arms x SRD Mitt ($69.99)
Support Canadian snowboarding, support creativity, support young entrepreneurs. There’s a whole lot of right behind this collaboration– all parties involved contribute huge amounts to snowboarding, and welcome new riders into the sport every year. Whether they’re 15 and obsessed with the park or 40 and still reading shred mags, the rider on your list will be psyched to fly the SRD flag. These mitts are warm enough for all but the coldest days, they’re easy to throw in the wash, and they last just as long as more expensive gloves.
Sandbox Legend Snow ($124.99)
The fully certified Legend Snow offers protection without compromising style. The low-profile, skate-influenced design keeps things simple, and any snowboarder will appreciate the toned down aesthetic. Sandbox has deep roots in Canadian snowboarding, and you can tell them you wanted to keep it core– just don’t use air quotes when you do.
The North Face Base Camp Duffel 71L ($159.99)
The snowboarder in your life lives in a constant state of semi-preparedness. Somewhere in their room, garage, or entryway is a small pile of gear, ready to be crammed into a bag at a moment’s notice– make sure they think of you on their way out the door by making that bag the North Face Base Camp Duffel. The waterproofing on this badboy will keep goggles and tomorrow’s underwear dry when they’re changing in a snowy parking lot, and separate compartments for shoes and dirty clothes will keep them organized on road trips. 71 liters gives them room for a few extra days without taking up too much space in their buddy’s Mazda.
Vans Standard Snow Boot ($180)
If you’re buying for a snowboarder who owns hair gel, drinks craft beer, or vacuums their car, you can believe they’ve been lusting over these boots since September. The Vans Standard Snow Boot is both trendy and functional, a must have for life in a mountain town. They might not buy these for themselves if they’re trying to make rent– make sure your boarder has warm feet. Available in men’s and women’s.
Rip Curl Pow Pow Jacket ($349.95)
This jacket hits an awesome middle line between style and high-end tech, keeping true to the freestyle influence while offering plenty of performance at 20k waterproofing/breathability. With pockets for phones, wallets, headphones and more, this jacket’s a classic– what more do you need?
GoPro Hero 7 Black ($529.99)
Wanna be a hero this Christmas? Sorry, I had to. Seriously though, shooting point-of-view snowboarding footage is really fun. Having their best runs on film lets them re-live them, and they can improve their riding by picking apart bails or sketchy moments. The Hero 7 boasts major upgrades over its predecessors, and while the Black edition is a little pricier than other cameras in the line, the smooth, flowing images made possible by the upgraded video stabilization are worth the extra coin.
Petzl Tikkina Headlamp ($24.99)
Buying for a backcountry rider can be tricky, because they tend to have their eyes on very specific gear. They know exactly what they want, and the wrong piece might not be of much use. But they’ll never have too many headlamps. I keep a spare in my car and another one in my duffel bag, because it’s only a matter of time before I lose or forget the one in my backpack. The Petzl Tikkina is affordable, well made, and a perfect stocking stuffer for the shred who has everything.
Two-year Snowboard Canada Subscription ($20.97)
A no-brainer, and only a few clicks away. Give the gift of reading!
Jones Mountain Surfer ($499.99)
This thing is sick. Shaped by Jeremy Jones and surf shaper Chris Christenson, it’s meant to be ridden without bindings and will add a new element to your shredder’s obsession. Best suited for riders who spend a lot of time in the backcountry, the Mountain Surfer has sophisticated construction with a wood core and sintered p-tex base. That means it performs like a snowboard– guaranteed to stoke out the powderhound on your list.
Remind Cush Insoles DCP ($44.95)
Proper support is key in alleviating foot pain. Remind Insoles are engineered to align your body’s joints and prevent stress on your ankles, knees, hips, and spine. These things make a huge difference, and pros like DCP are stoked to endorse them. His Remind graphic is a collaboration with legendary snowboard artist Mark Kowalchuk. Sure, nobody can see them when they’re in their boots, but even hidden graphics matter to snowboarders. Style is everything, mom– everything.