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.