Photos: Chris Wellhausen
Snowboards, jackets, pants, boots, backpacks, sunglasses, backcountry gear, electronics, photo equipment. The cost of all these things adds up fast, and the TWSNOW crew doesn't get everything for free like you might think. We asked our staff what they want most this holiday season, and these are their top picks. Our content director asked for a new Dakine jacket and DC pants. Our photo director could use a new F-Stop camera pack and BCA two-way radios to communicate with athletes. Our managing editor requested a new CAPiTA board and Vans boots, and our gear editor wants a new K2 splitboard for deep days and Jaybird wireless earbuds to power him through winter runs. Compiling this list of gift ideas is our way of hinting at the new gear we'd love to add to our quivers.
GoPro HERO5 Black ($400) & HERO5 SESSION ($300) – Hands-free voice control and waterproof without a housing are some noteworthy upgrades in the HERO5 Black series. Users can also turn cameras on and start recording with one push, and review and edit footage on the Hero5 Black's two-inch touch screen. The robust builds can take a beating, and if recording during those beatings, the image stabilizer will iron out some jitters.
CAPiTA Volcom Pat Moore ($460) – An ideal blend for both freeride and freestyle flare, Pat Moore's pro model is one of the few boards on the market today with truly traditional camber. Its turning radius is exceptional with maximum edge-grip on firm snow. The snappy, chatter-reducing wood core excels on big hits, burly rails, and cliff drops. Pat would have it no other way.
DC Code ($150) – The Code is a bomber pant insulated with 40 grams of polyester and mesh leg vents that allow quick heat release when the temps rise. The 10,000k waterproof and breathable outer fabric is seam-taped to prevent moisture from entering, and cargo pockets extra space to the already baggy fit.
Click through the gallery above to see the top TWSNOW staff picks for this season.
To view the full 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, click here.