The future of snowboarding is largely dependent on the up-and-coming generations, so why not set them up for success? Sure, those local department stores may have some tempting prices tags on their jackets and gloves, but can you count on that off-brand gear to keep your kids dry and stoked when the weather gets nasty? Here are nine pieces of 2019 kids gear from the annual snowsports tradeshow in Denver that are sure to keep you and your kids psyched on snowboarding for years to come.
Whether you’re an adult, a child, or even one of those adults who still acts like a child, Dakine understands that keeping your hands dry and comfortable is a necessity. Which is why they’ve incorporated the same quality construction and waterproofing from their most popular adult mittens into their youth collection. Plus, with bright colors and a plethora of fun patterns, you won’t have any difficulty convincing the kiddos to put their gloves back on.
Just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they need any less performance out of their snowboards. With DC’s Mini Ply, you’ll know that your little guy or gal will be ripping down the mountain with confidence thanks to this deck’s catch-free flat camber and medium flex pattern. And thanks to a design that supports progression while still offering plenty of forgiveness, it won’t be long before you’re the one trying to keep up.
Getting your own boots on can be a struggle enough sometimes, so lacing up someone else’s – let alone a toddler’s – is quite the task. But thanks to Salomon’s Whipstar boots, getting your little one’s boots on is as easy as one, two, three…velcro straps that is. Plus, with a kid-specific, full EVA outsole, these boots promise to keep those days spent on the snow warm and cozy, while still offering the support and performance needed.
While Vans certainly doesn’t want your kids to end up as juvenile delinquents, that doesn’t mean they still won’t look good in black and white stripes. The Juvie collection brings the same style, function and dependability that you’ve come to expect from Vans’ adult models, while being offered in a range of styles and sizes to fit everyone from the first time shredder to the seasoned grom.
While some companies resort to making a single youth-oriented board, Nitro understands that a one-size-fits-all deck is actually a disservice to the future of our culture. Which is why Nitro has an entire line of boards geared toward our next generation. From the young ladies’ Arial, to the Ripper and the Future Team, there truly is a reliable deck for any sized grom out there.
It’s never too early to get them on the snow, and with Quiksilver’s Little Rookie Suit, your next-generation boarder will be dry, comfortable, and hopefully temper-tantrum free thanks to the warm and cozy teddy fur and taffeta lining. Add in Quiksilver’s own DryFlight Technology 5K waterproofing, and you’ve got a piece of simple, easy-to-put-on outerwear that your friends and family will be begging you to hand down as soon as possible.
Rome has long catered toward the core snowboarder, and they are well aware that this individual is far from dependent on age or style. Whether it’s the sized-down Gang Plank that features FreePop Rocker, the Minishred designed to “Keep Kids on Shred,” or the progression-focused Label that features their No-Hang-Ups Rocker, Rome has a deck geared toward every core rider at every stage in the game.
Kids aren’t much different from us – they want their gear to not only look good, but to perform well, too. Thanks to the folks at 686, this isn’t just a fantasy. Sure, you can still opt to pick up whatever gloves from the local department store, but we can guarantee that they won’t come anywhere close to the technical performance packed into these kid-specific gloves and mitts.
You certainly don’t want to be cold and miserable when the snow starts falling, so why would your kids? From neutral colors to wild patterns, Patagonia has an abundance of snowsuits to ensure that even the smallest and youngest of winter sport enthusiasts stay dry, warm and comfortable when the weather gets frigid. Now, the only thing left to know is, do these come in adult sizes?