No matter how badly we want to snowboard 24/7, 365, it’s just not going to happen. Even if you chase winter, you’ll have to stick it out through weather days and travel time. Look at it this way: taking time off gives the body a chance to recuperate. The gear on this page is intended to make those days off the hill more tolerable. Soak it all in… a surfboard for when you wind up on the coast, some of the most comfortable jeans available to man, a recycled down pullover that goes great as a cold-weather midlayer or while chillin’ around the house, skate shoes and a water-resistant windbreaker for the park or the streets, and 30-year-old throwback sunglasses to replace goggles when you leave the mountain. Whichever you decide to treat your favorite snowboarder with this holiday season, be sure to include your best snow dance and powder prayer.
Lib Lost 5’9″ Puddle Jumper ($690) – It’s tough to not stand sideways as often as possible, so the TransWorld team spends a lot of time surfing when they’re not snowboarding. During summer, when the waves aren’t firing but are still fun, a real wave catcher comes in clutch. Glide fast, easily engage the rails and turn through their curves, and feel stable when flying down the line, even when afternoon winds pick up.
Volcom Solver ($95) – A modern fit gets even comfier when it stretches. This blend of cotton, nylon, aramid, polyester, and elastane combines Volcom’s best denim technologies to create the perfect jeans. Part of the brand’s Stone Made Collection and featuring Conestrong durability and silver anti-microbial finish with a rinse wash, these are the pair that will get worn more than the rest of the pants in your closet combined.
Patagonia Recycled Down V-Neck pullover ($149) – This recycled 600-fill power sweater made from down and polyester–also recycled–has a relaxed fit and hand-warming pockets. It weighs in at just 9.1 ounces, and the ripstop polyester is DWR treated to handle moisture but prefers to be worn as a midlayer or while lounging on a La-Z-Boy.
Vans Kyle Walker Pro ($75) – This classic Vans style is seen around the TWSNOW headquarters more than any other shoe. Duracap rubber stands up to heavy grip tape abuse, and the Wafflecup outsole combined with an UltraCush HD footbed protect feet while maximizing board feel. Yes, we skate inside the building. This is TransWorld.
adidas CAPiTA Coaches Jacket ($95) – Great for cool days on the hill or cruisin’ the streets, Kazu Kokubo’s water-repellant, wind-resistant jacket is lightweight and lined with a comfortable interior. Hand-warmer pockets are ideal in winter, recycled polyester is good for the soul, and a media pocket picks us up after feeling–or falling–down.
Oakley Frogskins Polarized ($150) – The timeless design of these shades still has mad style, even 30-something years after they first hit the streets. The frame is durable enough to withstand breaking when bent, without adding excess weight. In fact, they’re some of the lightest sunglasses around– and a favorite under the TransWorld roof, which, this year, is also three decades strong.