PHOTOS: JP Van Swae
There's nothing like a hot soak after a long day of riding. When the body's worked, crank the temp and fire up the jets. But we don't all have the luxury of a spa just out the door, so before traveling to the nearest poachable pool, load up these hot-tub essentials and once wet, you'll feel right at home.
NIXON WATERLOCK 2 BACKPACK ($75)
A nylon mat for quick wardrobe changes isn't the only handy feature included with this pack. A laptop sleeve and suede-lined media pocket keep valuables safe, and the durable exterior can withstand scrapes with rocks, griptape--it also features skate straps--or fences you might encounter en route to your soak.
K2 BOTTLE ROCKET ($500)
With a true-twin shape and a profile that allows for downsizing in length, freestylers can rock a wider waist and shorter running length to achieve a loose, surfy experience in the park. Arc tight turns with minimal toe drag and feel less surface area weighing you down without reducing floatation in soft snow.
DAKINE PARTY BUCKET COOLER ($55)
One of the coolest cooler concepts we've tried, the main compartment slides into a five-gallon bucket without blocking its handle, while insulated pockets keep things chilled in the queue outside. Stuff snacks and other essentials in the zip-up external pouch or inner mesh pocket, and pop tops with the attached bottle opener.
VANS SLIP-ER ($55)
Not your average slipper. The liner feels like a thin down comforter underfoot, and the tough outsole provides grip to help prevent falls on slick decks. The heel collapses for quick entry and exit, and a pair of these puppies packs down easily for transport. Can't go wrong with the classic Vans checkerboard style, either.
GOAL ZERO ROCK OUT 2 SOLAR RECHARGEABLE SPEAKER ($130)
No AC or USB outlet near the tub? No worries. This speaker lasts up to 10 hours with an eight-hour charge and doesn't require a plug. Bass is strong, and it pairs with phones for wireless Bluetooth playback. Don't sweat the splashes or nuking snow; the exterior is weatherproof.
TWSNOW HOODIE ($50)
K2 LIEN AT BINDING ($290)
PACKTOWL LUXE (BODY- $30, BEACH- $45)
BILLABONG TRIBONG LO TIDEBUNGALOW BOARDSHORTS ($60)