The Best Gifts for Snowboarders

Panic shopping? Don't stress. We've got you covered with 21 gift ideas for the ripper on your list.

Updated October 27, 2022

6 reviews with an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars
A snowboarder wearing the Giro Grid helmet is A-OK after a powdery crash.

Unverified research suggests that holiday shopping for snowboarders can lead to a range of symptoms, including vertigo, anxiety, sweaty palms and abject despair. But before you throw in the towel, stuff cash in an envelope, and call it a day, allow our editors to alleviate undue stress and guide you in the right direction. Our team of diehard gear nerds hand-selected the best boards, boots, bindings, outerwear and accessories for any boarder on your list. So say sayonara to those symptoms — these are the gifts that keep on ripping.

 

The Defenders of Awesome, lovingly referred to as the “D.O.A.,” belongs in the snowboard hall of fame — and we’re not just saying that because it’s Capita’s best-selling board of all time. Nope, the critically acclaimed D.O.A. has won a “Good Wood” award, one of the most coveted prizes in snowboard design, a mind-boggling and utterly unprecedented seven years straight.

What makes this board such a champ? First off, the true twin shape and classic camber underfoot enable the D.O.A. to ride, stomp switch and throw down freestyle tricks in and out of the terrain park. Kevlar sidewalls and carbon fiber strips running nose to tail bolster the new P2 Superlight paulownia and poplar core, a combo that reduces weight, adds pop and delivers reliability on high-speed descents. All told, this board is a do-it-all beast for terrain park regulars and all-mountain crushers who hightail it towards any hint of hangtime. $499.95

 

There are plenty of goggles that look stylish and plenty that offer excellent optics. Yet few crush both categories like Dragon’s ever-popular PXV. The wide cylindrical lens sits flush in a minimalistic, flexible and foam-lined frame, providing both top-notch peripherals and easy comfort from first chair to last. The lens itself sports Dragon’s Lumalens tech, which supercharges clarity and contrast, and the goggles come with a spare low-light lens that’s easy to swap out if the forecast fluctuates.

Optimal optics and comfort aside, our favorite aspect of the PXV is the killer collaboration with legendary snowboarder and artist Bryan Iguchi, whose iconic interpretations of a moonlit mountain range grace the canvas of the dark blue strap. No doubt about it, the PXV is a functional work of art — one any rider would be stoked to see stuffed in their stocking. $200

 

Snowboarders tear through goggles quickly, so a fresh pair is always a welcome gift. Designers from REI Co-op collaborated with Smith, one of the most trusted names in on-snow optics, on this special edition of the ultrapopular, affordably priced Squad. This version comes with two lenses: a darker, glare-reducing option for bluebird days and a lighter one for overcast conditions. Both lenses are scratch- and fog-resistant and feature Smith’s signature ChromaPop tech, which enhances clarity and contrast. A cylindrical shape supplies an expansive field of view and classic style. Most importantly, the semi-rimless frame makes it easy to swap lenses in between laps. $120

 

Every snowboarder knows that the early bird gets the turn on a powder day, so that makes the First Chair GTX jacket from REI Co-op a thoughtful gift for riders who live for frosty mornings and storm warnings. Durable, dynamic two-layer GORE-TEX fabric defends against precipitation and wicks away unwelcome perspiration. Fit is generous enough to accomodate a mid layer, and features like pit zips, a lift pass pocket, a goggle pouch and a helmet-friendly hood make the First Chair our first pick for any rider chasing first tracks. $299

 

If you can only bring one jacket on a snowboard trip, Burton’s Prowess Insulated Jacket is hard to beat. Between the breathable, DRYRIDE waterproof fabric and the partially recycled THERMOLITE insulation, the Prowess can withstand stormy days on the slopes. Plus, the fleece-lined collar, chic yet practical pockets and contemporary cut with an amplified droptail hem make it perfect for rocking at après in the lodge or strolling snowy mountain town streets. Factor in mesh-lined pit zips, a helmet-compatible hood and a reactive liner that helps dump moisture and trap heat, and this coat is a solid addition to any stylish snowboarder’s closet. $81.83 - 279.95

 

Shredding a secret powder stash is the ultimate covert op, and there’s no better jacket for the job than Burton’s Covert Insulated Jacket. The DRYRIDE waterproof and breathable shell fabric is lined with THERMOLITE insulation—extra in the body to keep the core warm and a little less in the sleeves for on-mountain mobility. The combo keeps boarders warm and dry, no matter the mission. A tech taffeta lining is soft against the skin, boosts warmth and helps wick sweat, too. The Covert is available in a kelp khaki, bog heather gray and true black for flying under the radar—or go with the sundried tomato red if you’d rather blow your cover with a pop of color. $219.95

 

Make sure the shredder on your list follows the unspoken powder-day dress code with the First Chair GTX bibs from REI Co-op. The bottoms pair with the jacket above, but you don’t need the set to appreciate the details of these bibs. The two-layer GORE-TEX shell fabric is treated with a water-repellant coating—a must for wetter regions like the Pacific Northwest. Adjustable suspenders, belt loops and articulated knees and hips enable riders of all shapes and sizes to fine-tune fit. Thigh vents, ample pockets and elastic boot gaiters with reinforced hems make the First Chair a solid choice for resort riders and splitboarders alike. $249

 

Kitting out three shredders this holiday season? You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more stoke-worthy stocking stuffer for a snowboarder than the Burton Recylced DND beanie. The DND is a classic mountain-town essential thanks to a warm knit and versatile fit, as it can be pulled snugly over the ears or folded up for an edgier look. Each three-pack includes a variety of colorways—none will be the wiser if you keep your favorite hue and gift the remaining two. $39.95

 

A longtime favorite, the REI Co-op Gauntlet GTX 2.0 gloves will earn two thumbs up from any rider. Warmth and mobility are mission-critical on the mountain, as cold, numb hands can send a would-be shredder straight to the lodge for a cup of cocoa and a case of FOMO. With that in mind, hook the snowboarder on your list up with these windproof, waterproof paw protectors. Fleece linings supply woolly warmth, high cuffs keep powder at bay, and leather palms minimize abrasions—consider the gift gauntlet thrown. $79.95

 

Some gifts are as much for the giver as much as they are for the receiver. Case in point? A safe and stylish cranial case from POC, which will help protect your loved one’s head in the event of a crash and grant you peace of mind. The Swedish brand’s brand-new Meninx RS features MIPS, a low-friction plastic layer that offers industry-leading protection against potentially catastrophic rotational forces. POC also outfitted the Meninx RS with a hybrid liner of energy-absorbing EPP and weight-cutting EPS to handle multiple impacts. Factor in a durable ABS shell, detachable ear pads, breezy ventilation, an easy-to-operate buckle and a Medical ID chip, and this brain bucket is a no-brainer of a gift. $250

 

For riders who want to jam out to their favorite tracks while making fresh tracks, Smith's Aleck 006 Audio Kit is the way to go. Designed to fit inside audio-compatible helmet ear pads, these Bluetooth headphones offer the best on-slope sound we’ve heard yet. The controls are easy to operate with a gloved hand, allowing you to quickly pause music or answer a call on the chair (an especially helpful feature when playing hooky on a powder day). The headphones are also compatible with the Aleck GO! app (available on iOS and Android), which enables walkie-talkie-like communication — although it’s worth noting that there have been complaints around the app that Aleck has been working to address. For now, though, they’re still our favorite headphones when heading to the hill. $130

 

Burton’s Cartel is one of the most popular bindings in the history of snowboarding, and for good reason, too. The Vermont megabrand has constantly refined its recipe, and today’s version of the medium-stiff, all-mountain binding is better than ever. Best-in-class toe and ankle straps balance all-day comfort, playfulness and high-speed performance. Ergonomics are on point, thanks to canted highback and cushioning, which help angle the feet and knees inward to reduce stress on joints—and encourage bell-to-bell riding.

If the shredder in your life rides a standard four-hole pattern, opt for the Re:Flex (pictured above). If, however, they rock a board equipped with The Channel—a narrow slot instead of a four-hole binding pattern—get the EST version. Shopping for a smaller-footed, lighter-weight ripper? Check out the comparable Burton Lexa. $274.95

 

Jamie Anderson, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the best to ever strap in, has been known to crush slopestyle competitions one day and film banger backcountry segments the next. Her go-to binding? The Union Trilogy, a versatile binding with a responsive flex, secure straps and supportive highbacks. We love its ratchets, which are strong, light and reliable, as well as Union’s lifetime warranty on heel cups and base plates. For hard-chargers who are hard on their gear, the Trilogy is ready to rip. $279.95

 

Forget talking to Alexa… On the hill, all you need to say is: “Lexa, prepare to send it.”

All jokes aside, these well-cushioned, medium-flex Lexa bindings are ready to shred serious terrain.  Thick EVA and B3 gel padding adds suspension to any ride, and Burton’s best-in-class asymmetrical ankle straps and grippy toe straps lock boots into place, cranking up both comfort and performance. The ratchets are easy to operate with mittened hands, even in the midst of a bitter blizzard — and who doesn’t love a pop of leopard print? With dialed-in style and a versatile build that can handle the terrain park one lap and technical steeps the next, it’s no surprise that the Lexa is a favorite amongst Burton pros, advanced all-mountain riders and intermediates looking to progress. $329.95

 

While the vast majority of binding builders follow the same basic formula, British Columbia-based visionary Now Snowboarding colors outside the lines.  Without nerding out too much on the snowboard science — something we admittedly love to do — Now uses skateboard-inspired bushings and a pivoting design to efficiently transfer energy from the boots directly to the edges of the board. In practice, this innovative tech helps riders make more commanding turns while reducing common foot fatigue and ankle pain. Long story short? Ride harder and longer.

The Pilot sports middle-of-the-park flex, contoured toe and ankle straps, and pre-rotated highbacks to help intermediate and advanced riders bring freestyle flavor to the whole mountain.  A solid choice for any freestyle or all-mountain setup. $329.95

 

Travis Rice’s signature powder-crushing, groomer-gobbling stick from Lib Tech, the Orca is deserving of its status as one of the most hyped boards in history. A common sight in lift lines from Hokkaido, Japan, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Orca’s stubby platform and hybrid base contour enable it to hover on top of the deepest powder, while a short, serrated sidecut holds an edge in firm snow. If this tech talk sounds like gobbledygook, all you need to know is this beast is surprisingly versatile and endlessly fun for intermediate and advanced riders. Plus, the new black and white graphic from artist Andrew Schoultz is undeniably badass, and Lib Tech donates a portion of proceeds from each sale to the Orca Conservancy. 

A note on sizing: Due to the width of the Orca, you’ll want to size down. An editor who generally rides a 159 cm all-mountain board, for instance, was happiest on the 150 Orca for all-mountain pursuits and the 153 Orca for powder. (The Apex Orca is a premium, carbon-reinforced version for boarders who want the best of the best, and the Orca Splitboard is a great choice for backcountry riders who love to ride deep snow and throw tricks whenever possible.) $699.95

 

On the softer and more affordable side of the spectrum, the Capita Pathfinder Cam is an on-target option for first timers, plateaued beginners or casual riders who are tired of renting. The twin shape rides intuitively both regular and switch, and a standard camber profile allows beginners to grow fundamental skills. But the Pathfinder isn’t a one-trick stick — it’s also a top choice for freestylers on the hunt for forgiving flex, a blunted nose and tail, and ollie ability. For beginners, this means that the Pathfinder isn’t just a board to learn on — it’s a ticket to progression, too. $429.95

 

K2’s Landscape Collection — a futuristically built, precisely tuned quiver of shapes engineered for good times on the hill — is more stocked with heat than a hot sauce shop. We’re big fans of the Alchemist: a superlight, directional big-mountain missile best reserved for experts. We’re also loving the Excavator: a wide, surfy shape that’s got a rockered, floaty nose up front, a cambered, stable platform underfoot and a carbon-reinforced tail holding it down in the back. The Excavator lays sultry carves in powder and corduroy alike and brings radical ripping from the surf to the slopes. Most intermediates and up will dig this deck. $549.95

 

The Vans pro team is stacked like a plate of pancakes at an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, and many of those experts rely on the all-mountain Infuse day in, day out. Case in point? Arthur Longo, the French sultan of side hits and prince of pop dropped this well-earned forest-green-and-black pro colorway for the 2022/2023 Infuse.

Every detail of this boot is primo: We’re talking a customizable flex system, a quick-drying liner sourced from The North Face, and triple-density footbeds. Our riders applaud the Infuse’s hybrid lacing system, which includes traditional laces up the boot, Boa® around the ankle and a responsive hook-and-loop strap around the calf. For boarders who like to go full send, there’s no half steppin’ with the Infuse, and any advanced all-mountain rider will be amped to unwrap these bad boys come the holidays. Looking for a high-performance, all-mountain boot for women or riders with smaller feet? Go scope Vans’ Viaje.

 

Not all boots are comfortable straight out of the box. In fact, the majority of them aren’t. The Limelight is an exception to the rule thanks to a mid-soft flex, cushy gel padding and plush, fleecy liner. (Rumor has it the Limelight is so comfortable that skiers who slip these boots on immediately list their skis on Craigslist and convert to the Dark Side.) But the Limelight is more than an approachable, comfy boot. It’s also a jack-of-all-trades that’s playful when you want it and reactive when you need it. Between the boot’s all-mountain abilities and insulated, heat-retaining shell, the Limelight is a fitting gift for women and smaller-footed riders who get cold feet literally but never figuratively. $309.95

 

Looking for a stoke-worthy stocking stuffer without breaking the bank? Look no further than Crab Grab’s Mega Claws. These iconic stomp pads have amassed a cult-like following in snowboarding over the years, and for good reason. The foam Claws add a playful energy to any snowboard topsheet and provide welcome grip for getting on and off chairlifts, skating through the flats or even working on one-footers in the park. Our advice? Grab a few of these for any and all snowboarders in your life. $18

 

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