Dad loves riding with his kids. He also loves riding with his friends, assuming he finds time for them outside the family. And we all know how he gets cold easily, feels pain and tires faster than his young guns, and how his old school style reminds him of his heyday in the ’90s. We’d recommend these six pieces of gear for the best dads; the dads that snowboard. Keep him warm, free of pain, and riding longer so he can keep up with his groms.
High Cascade Snowboard Camp ($2099) – Who wouldn’t want to send their kid to snowboard summer camp? If dad sends his kids off, he can ride with his adult friends, and do adult stuff, for a full week! The TWSNOW staff knows how much a week at HCSC improves riding skills. Plus, you get to snowboard in summer. Camp is open to snowboarders of all abilities, from ages 9-99. $2099 is the cost of the most popular session, and all you have to do is get to Portland International Airport. From there, transportation, lodging, meals, lift tickets, and coaching are included.
NOW Wildcat ($239) – The Wildcats helped set the tone for snowboard culture in the late ’90s. For riders who see the entire mountain as a playground, the NOW Wildcat binding is a solid bet. Big rotations in the air, hard carves on the snow, and an additional highback, which offers an even more laid back ride, give the likes of Devun Walsh, Romain De Marchi, DCP, and other wildcats, including your old man, every reason to give this limited edition binding a whirl. Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we don’t all have a wild child stuck inside, just itching to let loose on the mountain.
Trigger Point GRID Foam Roller ($40) – Yes, dad suffers from back pain. Yes, he complains about it during road trips to the snow. No, he doesn’t need to suffer like that. It doesn’t exactly set him up for success on the slopes. Since keeping muscles loose and knot-free is so important when we depend on our legs for takeoffs and landings, but most of us can't afford daily massages, the TWSNOW staff keeps foam rollers in our board bags. Ten minutes in the morning, ten minutes at night. Roll out the back, quads, glutes, and calves. That's all dad should need to remain steady and shready (ready to shred), thus able to keep up with the pack from first chair to last. Or at least until lunch.
MyPakage First Layer ($110) & Action Underwear ($40) – Keyhole Comfort Technology: a pouch for his pouch. A sack for his sack. Help dad keep his goods secure–the same goods that helped bring his loving children into this world–with flatlock construction and brush terry lining. Premium merino wool bottoms are awesome as a winter base layer, and on warmer days–or just the average weekday–boxer briefs with forgiving stretch keep moisture at bay while he works, hangs around the house, or plays outside.
Leatherman Signal ($99) – What dad doesn’t want a new Leatherman? A multi-tool for the backcountry enthusiast, the Signal features the top-quality tools he’s come to expect from Leatherman–straight blade, wire-cutter pliers, serrated blade, Phillips head and can opener–plus a diamond-coated sharpener, fire starter, and emergency whistle. Help him feel prepared for the worst so he can ride comfortably today. And again tomorrow. And the next day.
Under Armour Base 2.0 Crew & Leggings ($55 each) – Four levels of warmth and breathability make up UA's Base line. The next-to-skin 2.0 is the middle ground, made for various temperatures and activities. 4-way stretch aids free movement, heat is trapped inside while moisture is moved away from the body, and with such soft-on-skin feel plus odor-fighting properties, these base layers just might replace dad’s favorite pajamas.