Can you smell it? Winter has officially landed in the Northern Hemisphere. Snow’s been flying in the mountains, and anyone who likes it deep is surely excited to seek out the closest white room and stack face shots. After all, when fresh snow’s on the ground, our noses are like basset hounds’. Take note of these gift ideas for your favorite pow hunters, and they’ll be grateful you helped them float through fresh snow this winter. Both giving and getting feel great, but riding powder feels even better.
Lib Tech Mayhem Short Fat ($700) – A serious powder-slayer with camber for control on steep hardpack, Jamie Lynn's collaboration with Lost Surfboards' shaper Matt Biolos will charge as fast as you'll let it, then maneuver tightly between obstacles. Medium flex expedites turns and adds jump-ability to the already poppy profile. And just look at that graphic.
Dakine Mercer ($450) – Rugged durability and 3-layer Gore-Tex prep the Mercer shell for winter battle. Fly straight into the storm, then soar off every hit on the mountain. The relaxed fit allows free movement but is tailored enough to not look boxy. The drop-hood falls away when not in use, and AquaGuard zippers offer technical performance and clean aesthetics.
Vans Infuse ($360) – Perhaps the most customizable boot on the market, the Infuse supports savage riding, but with a dial twist it flexes enough to satisfy dynamic freestylers. A combination of Boa adjustment, traditional lacing, a power strap and Vans' Flex Control System–stiff plastic tongue inserts–the Infuse turns up or down depending on the terrain below.
adidas Adi-Trek CAPiTA ($90) – Nothing about Kazu Kokubo's riding is soft. But his signature fleece-lined shoes are. An EVA sockliner further boosts comfort, the outsole is rugged, and the leather upper with CAPiTA branding adds extra style to these three-stripe winter kicks.
DC Code ($150) – The Code is a bomber pant insulated with 40 grams of polyester and mesh leg vents that allow quick heat release when the temps rise. The 10,000k waterproof and breathable outer fabric is seam-taped to prevent moisture from entering, and cargo pockets extra space to the already baggy fit.
Airhole Facemasks ($24-50) – An Airtube or Balaclava with an air hole to breathe through not only helps keep you warm, but also reduces the chances of facemask fabrics freezing and goggles fogging. They come in many different textures and densities, pack easily into pockets when not needed, and fit underneath helmets.