TransWorld SNOWboarding’s Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Is it better to give or get? The answer is, well, both. Amongst the edit crew we rounded up a handful of shred gear we'd be stoked to give and receive this season.

Photos: Chris Wellhausen

The North Face McMurdo Parka ($330)
thenorthface.com

Have you ever seen the show The Wire? Well if you haven't you should give it a shot, it's awesome. They wear amazing clothes on that show. This McMurdo Parka from The North Face would definitely be Avon Barksdale approved.—Hondo

Smith x Poler x Austin Smith Vice Goggle ($140)
smithoptics.com
polerstuff.com

I've seen a lot of collabs on the Internet, two girls one cup kind of stuff, but a trillabo, now that's some heavy shit. Wait, I haven't snowboarded since '96, but these goggles are tight!—Koop

Salomon Assassin Snowboard ($470)
salomonsnowboard.com

I put a wanted ad up on the ol' www that went something like this: 'SNOWBOARD NEEDED' regular camber or thereabouts, not too soft, wider waist widths available, unique twin tip shape, solid company. This one came back.—J.P. 

PowderJet Gypsy Snowboard ($550)
powderjets.com

You can't truly appreciate one of these pure wood boards until you see it in person. The shape, weight in your hands, and one-of-kind wood grain make it something you want to hold onto for life, not just a few seasons. Hand-built in Vermont by Jesse Loomis.G.G.

Holden Fishtail Jacket ($310)
holdenouterwear.com

The perfect jacket to hide away from all those bothersome authority figures. I want to keep it lifestyle, and functional. And this coat has all the necessities with the quality you've come to expect from Holden. There's even a secret pocket for your "Du-ganes".—J.A.

Airblaster Sassy Sweater ($80)
myairblaster.com

I'm sure I'll spill drinks on it, and food, and probably burn holes in it—maybe take it off to lay it on the floor, urinate on it in a drunken spell of holiday cheer, but I will never stop loving this sweater.—J.P.

Springbreak PowderRacer Slush Slasher ($595)
springbreaksnowboaards.com

This snowboard seriously rules. It's totally chode shaped (short and wide), has no tail, or any sidecut. But it's all good. I rode this bad boy at Mt. Hood all summer in the slush and it was awesome, but I really can't wait to let `er rip in the pow this winter.Hondo

Vans Module ($130)
vans.com

After a long day of shooting and shredding I look forward to dipping my feet into these. The thick Vibram sole and tread grips super well in snowy conditions and the big rubber toe-cap keeps my feet dry even if I jump in a puddle.—N.H. 

Burton Land Lord Splitboard ($800)
burton.com

Splitboards are squirrely by nature, there's just no solid way (yet) of making two planks ride like one. This Landlord splitty is pretty damn close though. The criss-cross carbon fiber weave makes it insanely responsive without being too stiff and the shape and flex is so damn fun and lively. It's the closest thing to ripping your favorite resort board.—B.G.

Burton AK Yeti Mitts ($140)
burton.com

The Yeti is an elusive beast. The Nepalese vow they're real, say they can hear their call late at night if you listen close. For those searching for one deep in winter realms, this mitt's Gore-Tex should keep your hands dry and the insanely grippy palms might help you snag one, or at least step up your grab game.—B.G.

Analog Zenith Jacket ($390)
analogclothing.com

When I see Analog I always think Jeff Anderson. One of those combinations so burned into my board brain I can't separate them. Always dug AG outerwear, most likely always will, if they keep making jackets like this.—J.P.

Burton Ion Boots ($430)
burton.com

I've ridden a lot different boots over the years, but I always return to the Ion. I've had a pair ever season I can remember, even since they were called the Viking. This year's are fully redesigned and the best to date by far. The gel cushioning, heat-reflective sole, new hybrid foam liner and padded ankle harness are just a few reasons why they rule.—B.G.

F-Stop Satori EXP Pack ($359)
fstopgear.com

As a snowboard photographer I tend to carry a lot of gear for every situation, not to mention things like radios, lunch, and backcountry gear. This pack is designed with these details in mind and shoulder straps that are kind on the body.—C.W.

Stance Baldface Sock ($25)
stance.com 
baldface.net

Good socks are crucial for a long day of shredding and shooting. Stance makes quality ones that are fun with great graphics and they keep my feet warm. These ones in particular keep me focused on getting back to Baldface.—C.W.

Slash Straight Snowboard ($450)
slashsnow.com

Since Slash entered the board world, they've impressed a lot of people. And from my experience with a custom Tribe Called Slash board I can attest to enjoying the ride. I'm eager shred the powder slayer known as the Straight 163.—C.W.

Union Contact Pro ($230)
unionbindingcompany.com

When you pick these things up they almost feel too light, that spider web highback too fragile. But once you strap in the new baseplate feels solid and has an insanely cushioned ride and true flex, and the highback is way more responsive than you think. Gigi's down, so am I.—B.G.

iNi Crystalize Jacket ($300)
inicooperative.com

Spaceship Earth. It's all we've got so if you can stay warm, dry, and reduce your impact on the environment, why not? The 20,000 waterproof/breathable Exposphere is made of recycled, reused, or up-cycled fibers, providing protection for you and our tiny blue dot in a vast void of nothingness.G.G.

HydroFlask X Drink Water 21 oz. Insulated Bottle ($35)
hydroflask.com
wedrinkwater.com

You're not just giving a water bottle, you're sharing an idea—water is better for you than sodium-laden, high-fructose syrup, energy drinks. Ten percent of profits are donated to provide clean drinking water for someone in need, via water.org.—G.G.

Coal Hansen Beanie ($46)
coalheadwear.com

I'm no sheep farmer, but man, wool is the best. Truth is, nothing can touch the warmth, wicking, odor repellency, and sustainability of the stuff. This Alpaca/merino wool blend comes in a cool cuff style, too, which is hard to find. It's pricy, but it's worth it and way better than wrapping your head in some petroleum-derived acrylic.—B.G.

Crab Grab Shark Teeth ($11)
crabgrab.com

Slipping out on your snowboard when you're in the lift line sucks. It's so embarrassing and un-cool. Thankfully Crab Grab has eliminated that fear from my life with their new Scott Stevens pro-model Shark Teeth. They're mad grippy so now I never have to worry about being embarrassed or un-cool ever again.—Hondo

Garrett Leight Ashland Sunglasses ($355)
garrettleight.com

Designed in California and inspired by the '60s. These sunglasses offer up the highest quality of fit and finish you can bet, beg, and barter for. Lurk behind the clearest polarized lenses in the free world. Splurge on eyeballs once in a while, they're all you got.—J.A.

Absinthe Films Dopamine ($30)
absinthe-films.com

I wish I got the knife so I could shank one of these bonehead editors for their stuff. Instead Ijust got this DVD. But it's not just any movie; it's some of the heaviest riding and creative filmmaking of the year. I love the Dope!—Intern

Leatherman Crater C33Tx ($42)
leatherman.com

Folding blade? Check. Phillips screwdriver? Yup. Flathead screwdriver? Got it. Bottle opener? Duh! You really can't beat a knife that packs this many functions into it and still remains streamline and stealth. Use as directed, abuse as needed.—J.A.

Tsovet SVT-DW44 Nautical Watch ($525)
tsovet.com

Spies, espionage, and covert tactical strikes at rigorous oceanic depths is exactly what this watch is designed for. James Bond would approve. Oh, and it works great up high in the cold, too. Synchronize your watches now it's 16:20.—J.A.

NATION Book and DVD ($35)
twsnow.com

We've wanted to make a book for years. With the diverse crew filming for our fourth movie Nation, we were able to capture imagery of riding from all over the globe and present it in this clean hardbound. It's an awesome look at snowboarding and rare—only 2,000 copies—get one while you can!—N.H.

GoPro Hero 3+ ($300–400)
gopro.com

Everyone knows how awesome GoPros are for video, just check the Nation movie for evidence. What people don’t necessarily realize is how sick these little cameras are for photos, too. When I’m riding I always keep mine in my top jacket pocket, set on burst mode, ready to document anything that goes down at 30 frames a second in 12mp files. For shooting powder wheelie selfies to posting up under the biggest cliff in town, you wont miss a moment.—N.H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoPro

Hero 3+ ($300–400)

gopro.com

Everyone knows how awesome GoPros are for video, just check the Nation movie for evidence. What people don’t necessarily realize is how sick these little cameras are for photos, too. When I’m riding I always keep mine in my top jacket pocket, set on burst mode, ready to document anything that goes down at 30 frames a second in 12mp files. For shooting powder wheelie selfies to posting up under the biggest cliff in town, you wont miss a moment.—N.H.