Are you wondering what Christmas presents to buy the snowboarding chap in your life? Or are you a dude that likes to board looking to treat yourself?
Whatever reason you have for getting some new snowboard gear, we've got you sorted. We've scoured the internet for the ultimate Christmas gifts for anybody with both X and Y chromosomes.
1) Bataleon Magic Carpet
We’re convinced that the Magic Carpet from Bataleon is a future classic. It’s clean, simple design manages to be striking while minimal. It’s not just a looker though. It’s jammed full of tech, like the patented Bataleon Triple Base Technology, making it almost impossible to catch an edge.
The wide tip and tail mean it’ll not only float over all the powder you can throw at it, but you can also ride it shorter than a regular powder board. The smaller length means less weight, making it easier to spin in the air. In short, it’s just about the perfect board.
£410 from The Snowboard Aslylum
2) Dragon X2 Goggles
But these aren't just technological marvels. They also look amazing. However much emphasis you put on your on-slope style, it's impossible to look anything other than rad in these super-sized beauties.
£185 from The Snowboard Asylum
3) Adidas Samba Snowboard Boots
Whether you want to ride the entire mountain, or stick to the park, these Adidas Samba boots are ideal for every kind of snowboarding.
Looks wise, they're based on the classic sneaker that they share a name with, ensuring that they'll not only see you right while up on the hill, but also guarantee you carry your steeze around the winding roads of small alpine towns as you look for that burger place the dude in the chalet told you about. Perfect.
£200 from Snow & Rock
4) Burton Emblem Snowboard Socks
Second only to boots, socks are the most critical piece of snowboarding equipment you’ll own. A good pair of snowboard socks is like a good referee in football: they’re doing their job best when you forget they’re there. These Burton bad boys do exactly that.
They’re warm, comfortable, will keep you dry, but best of all, will let you concentrate on having fun on the hill.
£15 from Boardwise
5) Burton Wheelie Board Case
There are cheaper board bags on the market than this Burton Board case but, believe us, when you’re standing in Geneva airport after a solid week of riding the mountains, you’ll be glad you’ve got this wheeled warrior by your side.
It’s easily big enough for your board and all of your gear, it’s got tonnes of storage, so you can keep your stinky base layers away from your mildly less stinky clothes. But best of all, the wheels mean that you’re not carrying all that weight yourself. Your shoulders will thank us.
£190 from The Snowboard Aslylum
6) Arbor Zygote Twin
We love this all-mountain board from Arbor. It takes its cues from 80’s skateboard design that was so popular in Venice, California – the place where Arbor are based.
Despite the flat looking tail, the board is what Arbor call as “non-symertical twin" which we’re not sure we really understand, but know from experience that you can hammer this thing switch all day long without hanging yourself up.
£399.99 from Route One
7) Arc'Teryx Quintic 20 Bag
Whether you’re trekking with a full split-board set up, or you’re only taking a chocolate bar and a bottle of water up the hill, this compact backpack will... well, it’ll have your back.
It has a 20 litre capacity, which means you can fit in everything you can possibly need. There are also stacks of storage options inside, meaning you can keep all of your essentials organised and easy to find.
£140 from Snow & Rock
8) Nike Goggles
Combining performance and technical features of both Nike and Transitions Optical, these goggles feature an adaptive lens which automatically changes tine in response to changing sunlight and weather conditions.
Adjusts from a yellow tint, giving the rider higher defined views of the mountains in low light, to a dark grey tint when the sun comes back out.
£240 from Ellis Brigham
9) Burton Annex Backpack
This stylish backpack by Burton will serve you well, whether you’re spending a season in the Alps, or you need something new to put your files and packed lunch in for work.
It’s got a classic, outdoorsy vibe, but Burton know even lumberjacks need to stay connected. As such, they’re included a special pouch specifically for our laptop, and a compartment for your other electrical goods. It’s external webbing is perfect for attaching your jacket, yoga mat, or deflated bouncy castle, depending on your needs.
£60.50 from Blue Tomato
10) NEFF Daily 2 Jacket
Did you know us Brit’s have a reputation for only wearing black outwear on the slopes. Those Euro’s claim they can always spot a British snowboarder by the fact they’re dressed for a funeral.
You can buck the trend with this wild jacket by NEFF. You’d have to crash into a zoo to get lost in this jazzy number. But it’s no novelty. The Daily 2 jacket will keep your warm and dry on the slopes, whatever nature throws at you
£121.04 from Blue Tomato
11) Ice Breaker Thermals
There’s a reason we go back to Ice Breaker thermals year after year. Yes, they keep you warm. Yes, they keep you dry. Yes, they keep you comfortable. But what we really like is that, even after three days of continuous use on the mountain by even the stinkiest of boys, they still remain stench free.
Tops, leggings, and half-zip tops are all available. And the fact you can get away with only packing one pair for a trip mean that these really are the gift that keeps on giving.
£79.99 from Snow & Rock
12) Forcefield Slam Pants
Some people are a little snobby about padding up before they go out for a days snowboarding. However, you only need one bruised arse to realise that these Forcefield Slam Pants are the absolute nuts.
They’re light weight, compact, and will stop you from having to spend days on end explaining to people why you cant sit down after stacking it on the hill. Furthermore, they’re the choice of many of the UK Olympic snowboard team, and if they’re good enough for them, you know you’re in safe hands.
£80 from The Snowboard Asylum
As in every walk of life, fashions in snowboarding come and go. However, a constant in any era of sliding sideways has been camo. It’s absolutely timeless.
These Burton Drifter Pants (nee: trousers), complete with GORE-TEX construction, are warm, dry, and durable enough to last you for years. Combine that with the fashion-proof design, and know you’re on to a winner.
£178.01 from Blue Tomato
14) 686 Forst Bailey Nice Jacket
Designed and worn by one of our absolute favourite snowboarders, Forest Bailey, this jacket is an absolute winner. Given Bailey’s creative nature, it’s no surprise that this jacket’s incredible.
It mixes high performance, thanks in no-small-part to patented infiDRY construction, with timeless style to create a jacket that’s so good, you’ll never want to take it off.
£170.89from Blue Tomato
15) Vans Snow Shoes
The age old battle between skate shoes and sensible footwear on a holiday has been settled by the good people at Vans.
These combine the classic Vans hightop aesthetics, with all the weather-proofing, warmth, and – essentially – grip of hiking boots. In short, you get to look good while not falling over when you’re out chasing the après
£70 from Vans