The Best Gifts for Snowboarders

Panic shopping? Don't stress. We've got you covered with 12 gift ideas for the ripper on your list.

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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.

 

Snowboarders tear through goggles quick, 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

 

First Chair GTX Jacket - Women's First Chair GTX Jacket - Men's

REI Co-op First Chair GTX Jacket

Best Jacket

Women's $299 Men's $299
  • Fabric: Polyester (bluesign® approved)
  • Windproof: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Type of waterproofing: 2-layer GORE-TEX waterproof/breathable laminate

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

 

First Chair GTX Bib Snow Pants - Women's First Chair GTX Bib Snow Pants - Men's

REI Co-op First Chair GTX Bib Snow Pants

Best Bibs

Women's $249 Men's $249
  • Fabric: Polyester (bluesign® approved)
  • Windproof: Yes
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Type of waterproofing: 2-layer GORE-TEX waterproof/breathable laminate

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 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. $34.95

 

Gauntlet GTX Gloves 2.0 - Women's Gauntlet GTX Gloves 2.0 - Men's

REI Co-op Gauntlet GTX Gloves 2.0

Best Gloves

Women's $79.95 Men's $79.95
  • Palm material: Synthetic leather
  • Fabric: Nylon (bluesign® approved)
  • Lining fabric: Polyester brushed tricot
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Insulated: Yes

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

 

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 middle-of-the-pack 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

 

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.

Our tip? 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.) $649.95

 

On the softer and more affordable side of the spectrum, the Capita Pathfinder 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. $419.95

 

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. Every detail of this boot is primo: We’re talking about 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 this bad boy come the holidays. Looking for a high-performance, all-mountain boot for women or riders with smaller feet? Go scope Vans’ Viaje. $419.95

 

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

 

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