Few body parts have the ability to make you more completely miserable than your feet. Like self-indulgent movie stars, they must be babied and pampered to keep things running smoothly … and like the celebrities, they’re probably worth it. Here’re a few ways to stoke ‘em out, both on and off the hill.-J.S.
SNAP Dry Microdryer Slipping into a pair of still-wet-from-the-day-before boots is one of the great injustices in snowboarding. If this has happened to you or someone you know, it’s time to get serious. The Microdryer will dry your boots in an hour, and with the twelve-volt adapter, you can even take care of business in the car. Suggested Retail Price: $75 snapdry.com Burton AK Bone Out Socks To answer a question as old as the wind, yes-Burton’s special forward-lean socks do have forward lean, and a cut that won’t bunch or pinch in your boots. The Bone Out sock also features a tactical mapping of DryRide, Thermostat, and wool so your feet don’t get cold and wet. A good pair of socks makes a difference, damn it, so don’t try to wear your gym duds riding. You’ll be sorry. SRP: $20 burton.com
Gravis Signature Artist FootbedsNot feeling cultured enough? Don’t worry-there’s help. Get yourself a pair of these special-edition, art-inspired footbeds designed by the likes of Stash, Futura, SSUR, Kostas, and Frost. Both the insoles and their packaging will feature work by the progressive urban artists. They’re for sale only through select Gravis retailers, and quantities are very limited. A new artist series will be released every two months. First up-Stash, with Futura on deck.SRP: $30 gravisfootwear.com
Superfeet Kork Custom Footbeds A pair of high-performance, custom footbeds makes a big difference in how well your boots fit, translating into better edge control and overall shred performance. These custom footbeds have a six-component buildup that includes a moisture-wicking top layer, a level of Outlast material that stores and releases body heat, a full-length Kork footbed, woven polyester for warmth, an arch-support insert, and a three-quarter-length Kork stabilizer bed. They take 30 minutes to make at your nearest Superfeet dealer. SRP: $150 superfeet.com
DC Swift-Obey Special-Edition ShoesIn another instance of collaboration between shoe companies and the world of urban art, DC has teamed up with renowned propaganda-engineer Shepard Fairey for the release of the Swift-Obey shoe. These lightweight, trainer-inspired kicks feature limited-edition “Obey” campaign insignias and insoles. Represent. SRP: $68 dcshoeusa.com
DaKine Lace Tightener This one might seem like overkill-it’s not like you can’t handle lacing your boots. But once you experience rope burn on your fingers from tying things down in the cold, winter dryness, you’ll be wishing you had a Tightener to do it for you. SRP: $5 dakine.com
Commodity Of The Month
Bakoda Strapless Lock Leash This gadget from Bakoda solves two of snowboarding’s most annoying problems-theft and the leash law. This low-profile, snappy leash clips to a metal ring laced into your boot strings and will keep the ski patrol off your back. The combination lock that comes with the package protects up to three boards from getting swiped at the lodge. At 106 grams, the Strapless Lock Leash will help you cover all your bases and keep your setup light. SRP: $20 bakoda.com