Let's face it, boardin' isn't exactly cheap. Its pretty f—king expensive, actually. At some point, you'll have to fork over your hard earned cash to replace or upgrade parts of your kit, so here are a few quality products that are a little easier on the wallet.
Union Cadet-DLX Bindings, $150
This bare bones binder has all of Union's high-end luxuries without the high-end price tag. It's got an extruded, anodized aluminum heelcup that adds strength and durability while staying super lightweight, and the Stage I baseplate has a lifetime warranty against breakage. Plus, it's the pick of Union riders Joe Sexton and Jon Kooley, so you're in good company rocking these.
Burton Poacher Boots, $150
The Poacher is a soft, ultra-tweakable park boot designed in part by Trevor Andrew. It's got "shrinkage technology" that'll reduce your footprint by a full size without having to cram in to smaller boots; you can say goodbye to toe drag. Burton's been making boots for a long time, so you can put faith in that.
Stepchild Everything Sucks Board, $360
This board won a Good Wood title in the 2009 board test as a true twin park slaying machine. It's a traditional camber board with a forgiving flex that is consistent from tip to tail. This is a no frills park board that won't slay your wallet. Available Sizes: 149, 152 (Shown), 155, 158, 152 Mid-Wide, 155 Mid-Wide.
Oakley O-Frame Goggles, $55
JP Walker approved. The beauty of this goggle is that you'll have leftover cash to drop on what really counts—the lens. The frame has moisture wicking triple-layer polar fleece foam, and any lens comes with Oakley's F2 anti-fog technology. Upgrade to an iridium coated lens, which reduces glare and balances light transmission and color recognition in all types of weather.
DaKine Impreza Gloves, $55
This low-profile Gore-Tex glove will keep your grubby hands dry. The waterproof neoprene cuff seals out the elements, and the precurved box finger construction creates a correct fit.
Billabong Sharpshooter Jacket, $175
Scotty Lago's signature shell features 10K waterproofing, fully taped seams, a stash away facemask, and a hidden music pocket. It also comes in an insulated model for just ten bucks more.
Feast your eyes on more product when the new Transworld Gear Guide drops on 8/25.