10 Awesome Gifts for Snowboarders

One of the truly great things about being a snowboarder – at least in the northern hemisphere – is that they have the biggest gifting day of the year toward the beginning of the season. It’s the perfect time to spread (and receive) some holiday cheer in the form of new ride gear, clothes and accessories. We believe in picking out our own boards, boots and bindings, so we’ve focused on the best gadget, accessory and clothing gifts for 2012. May your days be merry and white!

GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition

GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition
The latest version of the action sports world’s favorite cam, the HD Hero3 Black Edition adds 4K filming capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi and an improved hardware design. You can find out more in our original coverage of it. Or, since it’s GoPro, and you know it’s good, just buy it now for $400.

Sierra Designs DriDown TOV Jacket

Sierra Designs DriDown TOV Snowboard Jacket

What’s warmer than down? How about down that stays warm even in the sopping wet conditions that sometimes can’t be avoided in the mountains. Sierra Designs’ DriDown hydrophobic down is water resistant, so it stays warm even when wet. $259
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Smith I/OX Goggles

Smith iox goggles

The latest in Smith’s interchangeable line, the I/OX gets even bigger and bolder. Your view of that distant couloir or jump line has never been crisper or clearer. $175
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The North Face Powder Guide ABS Vest

powder guide abs vest

The Powder Guide ABS gives you the event protection of an airbag, along with excellent storage capabilities, without the backpack. Read more about it in our in-depth preview. $1,200

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Nargear Toolbox

Nargear originally built backpacks for parachuting firefighters, so it knows how to make a burly pack that will survive anything that’s thrown at it. The Toolbox has a flip-open compartment and all the pockets, lash points and holsters you’ll need for a day in the backcountry. $220
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Voile Split Kit

What snowboard gift could possibly be better than thousands upon thousands of acres of fresh, silent powder? Add an old board that’s collecting dust in the garage, and the Voile Split Kit is the ticket. $160

Airblaster Ninja Suit

You’ve seen how good onesies look on the outside, why not put one on underneath? The Airblaster Ninja Suit covers your entire body in warm, cozy poly or merino but gives you all the right outs to take care of pressing business. Starts around $100.

 

Dakine Deluxe Tune Kit

The essentials you need to fix up your base and tune your edges packed into a folding carry case, the Dakine kit gets it done at home or on the road. $60

 

686 Original Snow Toolbelt


Left your multi-tool in the car? Fix-up bench on the other side of the mountain? No worries, rip off your belt and get to work. The 686 Toolbelt packs wrenches and screwdrivers for an emergency fix. $45

Jeremy Jones’ Further


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Deeper was just the beginning. The second installment of Jeremy Jones’ gripping backcountry slay trilogy, Further takes you up and down some of the most remote peaks in the world. $30
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Written by Chris Weiss

Chris Weiss has been snowboarding, mountain biking and otherwise tempting death for nearly 20 years. After a few stints in go-nowhere mountain bum jobs, he asked himself, "Why not eek out a living doing something I love?" Since sports sponsors tend to ignore applications from late-20s dudes with mediocre skills and beer flab, Weiss jumped on the other side of the media fence to cover industry happenings. He now writes about sports innovations, technology, travel and automobiles for a number of leading Web properties.

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