Those of us in the TransWorld family have very different riding predilections, but we all love gear. So we put the call out to the staff to submit their favorite picks of the year, and this is what we got. We weren't sure of the replies we'd get, but as we sorted through, a common theme of durable, quality items burly enough for all types of on-snow antics emerged. This hand picked selection of products is what our crew will be running this season.
PHOTOS | Mike Yoshida
Our office gathers more dust in the winter than your grandma's house, as the crew is off chasing storms and stories. Life on the road means living out of your board bag. This beefy roller from Rome has space to stash it all, straps to withstand baggage handlers, and smooth-rolling wheels. Our world-traveling filmer Theo Muse swears by it.
LibTech MC Step Tail
Matt Cummins has 25+ years of board design under his belt, and MC says of the Step Tail, "The initial designs were so floaty I had to narrow up the tail to keep the board from catching air after landing an air," It's now perfectly shaped for the deep off-piste powder days we're all dreaming of and senior photographer Mike Yoshida is likely currently getting at Baker.
Coming in with a price tag well below other splitboard bindings these Unions offer ease of changeovers and solid connectivity for the descent. Most importantly, they feel more like a traditional binding than any other ascender we've tried. Our photo director, Chris Wellhausen, and managing editor, Taylor Boyd, have been using these when going uphill and down.
Mammut 8.0 Phoenix Dry Rope
For glacier travel and rappelling in and out of spicy zones, this 8mm rope is light and packable, with a small diameter and low impact force. It's available in three treatment categories, so it can withstand the elements. Our special projects manager, Heather Hendricks, has her sights set on big-mountain maneuvers with this thing.
Smartwool Anchor Line
Made from performance-grade merino wool, this classically styled shirt jacket is an appropriate piece of attire while huddled over a Jetboil on overnight snow camping missions or while waiting for a table in town. We had to take it off our managing editor, Taylor Boyd, in order to get it photographed.
Yeti Tundra 45
This thing has been receiving a lot of attention since it showed up at the office, and for good reason. With the ability to withstand bears and keep beer and food frigid for days on end, it's the last cooler you'll ever need. If you can hold onto it, that is. One of our staffers had his stolen. See, everyone wants one.
Nexen Roadian AT ProRA8
$116, Per Tire
You've got to make it to the mountain to snowboard. This all-terrain tire excels in a variety of conditions but mobs through snow thanks to its burly tread pattern and micro groove siping. We all love new tires. Now if only we could get our hands on the remaining three…
Burton Skeleton Key
Sitting between the Con Artist and Flight Attendant in Burton's Family Tree lineup, the Skeleton Key is wider than the latter but not as stubby as the former. It's a directional hard-charger that infuses camber with a slightly increased waist width for the deepest of carves, something our whole crew can get down with.
Adidas Response ADV
One ($50/12 pk.)
A life spent either on the road or on a deadline can take its toll. Formulated using a blend of Ayurvedic herbs and available in a jar or convenient on-the-go packets, our staff uses HANAH from the office to the backcountry to balance out the bad that comes with the job. It’s nice to see a healthy product marketed to snowboarders for once.
Bent Metal Transfer
These responsive freestyle bindings have a relaxed persona like the guy whose art adorns them, Mr. Forest Bailey. With unique features like the cube-operated forward lean adjustment and baseplates engineered similar to a snowboard's topsheet, Bailey's binders are good for hot lapping with homies and handling featues of all sizes.
Gnu Free Spirit
This powder-oriented shred stick built with input from Jamie Anderson has a short-wide shape for unreal freeride float. The pointed-nose and slightly tapered profile allow this pistol to pop in and out of pow stashes. Of course the ladies on staff havebeen eyeing this one, but a couple of the dudes have flexed it out as well.
Nitro Yamanouchi Bib
Is there a perfect bib? These offerings from Nitro might be close. 2.5L weatherproofing, articulated knees, leg vents, adjustable shoulder straps with quick clip entry, a convenient chest pocket, reinforced hems, and fully tapped seams. Factor in the not-too-tight and not-too-baggy fit, and you're hard-pressed to find another overall this good.
Coal Fleece Hood SE
This cold weather head accessory is the ideal piece of cozy equipment when it's extra frigid. Water resistant paneling on the top and down the back set it apart from the pack, and a drawcord reels it in. Our intern Julia Spadaro runs this thing at Brecken-fridge and maybe even on her way to class in Boulder.
Volcom Pat Moore Fleece
Designed as a crossover piece that will layer under a jacket in the cold or wear on its own when it warms up, the Pat Moore Fleece boasts a storm resistant lower hem and forearms, thumb holes, and welded hand pocket zippers. This one pairs well with the metal music blaring from our digital content manager, Justin Cafiero's office.
DC Women’s Evan Hi WNT
When the ground is snow-covered, your normal skate shoes just won't cut it, but sometimes heavy snow boots are a bit much. Keep light on your feet while staying warm and dry with these winter-ready versions of your favorite kicks, known to be a favorite of our senior writer, Mary Walsh.
Crab Grab Man Hands
Don't let the name fool you; these mittens are androgynous. They're also low-profile and classically styled. Designed with one thing in mind—grabbing—if you treat them right, the durable leather outer will hold up to seasons latching onto anything and everything. You might catch our art director, Dave Steigerwald, in a pair on the mountain, not in the Adobe Suite.
Dragon NFX2 Danny Davis
The NFX2 has been a favorite of Managing Editor Taylor Boyd for a few seasons now. The Danny Davis signature colorway? just an added perk.
GoPro Hero 6
The ubiquitous action camera, GoPro has become a synonym for every single camera that tries to infiltrate the market. We always keep coming back to our trusty go-to. Pair it up with a Karma Grip, and we’re all our own one-person content producing machines.
Oakley Wind Jacket
Look at these glorious shades. Just look at them. No further questions.