The holidays are here, and with them, fresh snow and another excuse to ditch the city and head into the mountains. We know that you’ve likely been busy this holiday season, and sometimes picking the right gifts for your loved ones can be challenging. That’s why, this week in Collected, we chose to lend a hand. Continue below for a round-up of some of the TransWorld SNOWboarding’s staff picks–a compilation of products hand-picked by the TransWorld team, that keep us on the move and stoked all winter long. With gifts ranging from big to small, and accessory to necessity, you can be sure to find something in this list that will suit those on your shopping list. As always, make sure to check back next week for another collection of our favorite goods, and for insight into how you plan to spend all of that holiday money. Happy holidays from everyone at TransWorld SNOWboarding.
Salomon Super 8
Honestly, is there anything better to find under the tree than a fresh deck? Designed with Wolle Wyvelt and Josh Dirksen, Salomon’s Super 8 is sure to keep you full of that holiday cheer–and smiling from ear to ear–whether you’re slashing pow or laying down some surf-inspired carves. While the Super 8’s backseat camber ensures authoritative edge hold, the wider profile and tapered shape keep things loose and afloat on the most epic days. Pus, with a price tag of $450, it’s a high-end holiday gift that won’t completely break the bank.
Airblaster Ninja Suit
Undoubtedly a better option than the pink nightmare onesie that Ralphie received in A Christmas Story, Airblaster’s Ninja Suit is a must-have for any boarder or outdoor enthusiast on your holiday shopping list. Constructed with 4-way stretch Air Tech fabric, and complete with a 350-degree zipper to ensure efficient #2 access, the Ninja Suit is a versatile, performance-driven layering piece that is just as essential on mid-winter splitboard missions as it is on chilly, midsummer camping trips–the gift that keeps on giving.
Dakine High Roller Board Bag
Fully loaded, the High Roller is Dakine’s most feature-packed and versatile snowboard travel bag. Removable interior pockets keep your wet gear separated and stowed securely, while exterior pockets stow essentials in an accessible place. Oversized urethane wheels plus a compatible handle system for attaching to additional luggage allows for easy airport cruising. It’s the holiday season, and the time is ripe to get out and travel with your snowboard, make the adventure easy on your loved ones and grab them a High Roller bag today.
James Brand Chapter Knife
It's the classic single-blade folder re-imagined. The Chapter from James Brand is one of the simplest, and most practical, single-blade folders out there. The titanium body has minimal moving parts for ease in maintenance and cleaning, and the semi-stainless steel blade stays sharp while resisting corrosion. For those that carry a blade, this will be the last knife you ever need to buy.
Burton Ruler Boot & Step-On Binding Bundle
There really isn’t a simpler binding to boot interface out there. Ideal for ripping resort days with the fam over the holidays and also for our staffers who are on-hill shooting photo and video, needing to get an in and out of their board quickly, the ease of this strapless system is a welcome one in a variety of circumstances.
Crab Grab Josh Dirksen Pro Model Snurf Trigger Mitten
Warmth and convenience are important factors to our staffers when it comes to handwear, of course. Whether it’s shooting photos or making binding adjustments on-hil, the Snurf Trigger allows a bit more ability than a traditional mitt to keep the index finger happily covered while making photos or adjustments on the coldest of shred adventures.
f-stop Suhka with Pro X Large ICU
The f-stop Suhka paired with the Pro X Large ICU allows our staffers to bring a massive selection of photo equipment and backcountry gear on big adventures to keep the scene organized, protected, and safe. The Suhka’s massive 70 liters of volume, in addition to its proven comfort, are welcome on heavy days of splitboard treks or moving from location to location, keep our team smiling in hectic and tiring scenarios.
Volcom Puff Puff Give Jacket
Exceptionally warm, yet not overly bulky, the Puff Puff is perfect as a midlayer on stormy days, on its own for the warm ones and around town. Everyone on our staff seems to find a jacket each season that they have a hard time taking off, and this is that for a lot of the TransWorld crew.
Union Falcor Bindings
We think that if Goldilocks was a snowboarder she’d like the Falcor as much as we do. With forged carbon in its highback and a baseplate with minimal hard-surface-to-hard-surface contact between board and binding—aided by a mini-disc interface—Travis Rice’s pro model binding from Union isn’t too stiff, and it isn’t too soft; it’s just right.
Skullcandy Crusher 360 Noise Canceling Headphones
A job in snowboard media is one part sitting in an office, one part traveling, and one part in the mountains. These are ideal for tuning out chatty co-workers during deadlines and crying babies on crowded flights, and if you’re going for turn-of-the-millennium Danny Kass stee you could probably even run ’em on-hill.
Dragon PXV Goggle
There are three traits the TransWorld staff seems to unanimously prefer in a goggle: clean aesthetics, optical clarity, and a lack of fog—probably the same thing everyone wants. With a minimalist look, massive peripheral vision provided by the toric lens, and solid ventilation and anti-fog coating the PXV is quickly becoming a favorite around here.
Thule Force XT Sport
When the rig is packed to the brim with homies, there’s only one place left for the extra cargo to go: on the roof. And as nice as a traditional rack is, the ability to keep everything from bags to snowboards away from wintertime road grime is a welcome attribute on any adventure. The Thule Force XT sport has ample space to achieve just that when the squad is rolling thick.
Vans Ferra Pro
Vans makes a solid, durable product that lasts and looks good. What more can you ask for? With little details considered and delivered in a gimmick-free and efficient package, the Ferra Pro is a go-to boot for TransWorld’s female contingent. It’s a boot that’s as good this season as next.