PHOTOS: JP Van Swae
There's nothing like a hot soak after a long day of riding. When the body's worked, crank the temp and fire up the jets. But we don't all have the luxury of a spa just out the door, so before traveling to the nearest poachable pool, load up these hot-tub essentials and once wet, you'll feel right at home.
NIXON WATERLOCK 2 BACKPACK ($75)
A nylon mat for quick wardrobe changes isn't the only handy feature included with this pack. A laptop sleeve and suede-lined media pocket keep valuables safe, and the durable exterior can withstand scrapes with rocks, griptape—it also features skate straps—or fences you might encounter en route to your soak.
K2 BOTTLE ROCKET ($500)
With a true-twin shape and a profile that allows for downsizing in length, freestylers can rock a wider waist and shorter running length to achieve a loose, surfy experience in the park. Arc tight turns with minimal toe drag and feel less surface area weighing you down without reducing floatation in soft snow.
DAKINE PARTY BUCKET COOLER ($55)
One of the coolest cooler concepts we've tried, the main compartment slides into a five-gallon bucket without blocking its handle, while insulated pockets keep things chilled in the queue outside. Stuff snacks and other essentials in the zip-up external pouch or inner mesh pocket, and pop tops with the attached bottle opener.
VANS SLIP-ER ($55)
Not your average slipper. The liner feels like a thin down comforter underfoot, and the tough outsole provides grip to help prevent falls on slick decks. The heel collapses for quick entry and exit, and a pair of these puppies packs down easily for transport. Can't go wrong with the classic Vans checkerboard style, either.
GOAL ZERO ROCK OUT 2 SOLAR RECHARGEABLE SPEAKER ($130)
No AC or USB outlet near the tub? No worries. This speaker lasts up to 10 hours with an eight-hour charge and doesn't require a plug. Bass is strong, and it pairs with phones for wireless Bluetooth playback. Don't sweat the splashes or nuking snow; the exterior is weatherproof.
TWSNOW HOODIE ($50)
K2 LIEN AT BINDING ($290)
PACKTOWL LUXE (BODY- $30, BEACH- $45)
BILLABONG TRIBONG LO TIDEBUNGALOW BOARDSHORTS ($60)