Remember when you were 12 and saw Allen Iverson wearing his Reebok Questions or Tracy McGrady wearing his Adidas T-Macs and it became your one mission in life to secure a pair of those bad boys? Well guess what? Now you can do the same thing with TGR athletes’ ski and snowboard gear. But unlike those shiny ball shoes that you would never ever wear playing ball lest they get scuffed, these are choices you can actually use and put to the test on your favorite mountain. So scroll down to take a look at what some of the top chargers in the game use on a daily basis, learn why they use it, and think about that special someone who will go absolutely mental when they unwrap their new favorite gift.
Atomic Count AMID Benchetler Helmet $199.95
Worn by the 2013 Powder Magazine’s Skier of the Year, Tim Durtschi has starred in such films as TGR's Way of Life and most recently Far Out. He is one of the hardest charging pros in the game, has been for some time now, and had this to say about his helmet of choice: "The fit is perfect and it feels like I am wearing a hat when I have this brain bucket on."
Goggles: Oakley Line Miner $120.00 - $150.00
Sean Jordan is, among many other accolades, one of the stars of the Crested Butte segment in Far Out, you know, the guy who jibs the lift line cable? Yeah... that guy. He had this to say about his favorite goggle; the Oakley Line Miner: "With a Prizm lens, these are my choice of goggles. Good for both sunny and cloudy days so you never have to worry about what lens to use."
The North Face Purist Jacket $549.00
In 2015 Sam Smoothy broke the internet when he completed what many called the "best comp line ever" in the FWT, and in 2018 he went to Alaska in his North Face Purist Jacket to film Far Out. "I love the lightweight minimalism thats still super functional and keeps me warm and dry, perfect for creeping around in the backcountry."
The North Face Brigandine Bib $549.00
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa is a 19-year TGR veteran with one of the most decorated resumes in the game. From numerous first descents to starring in over 25 ski movies, the three-time winner of Best Male Performance at Powder Awards is probably qualified to help you pick out your gear. Lately, Sage has been using the the North Face Brigandine Bib. Here’s why: "These durable, warm and well-vented pants are my go to everyday pants and can hold up to a full season of wear and tear like a champ."
Look Pivot 18 $399.95
Clayton Vila may have grown up dreaming of a career in pro surfing, but as we know, not all dreams come true. In a cruel twist of fate, the East Coast islander only grew up to be a top professional skier and award-winning filmmaker who is responsible for the 2015 urban ski film, for lack of better. He now splits his time between LA and whatever mountain range he’s filming in. Clayton charges hard, so he needs the gear to match it. He uses the Look Pivot 18 bindings because “there’s no other option for doing what I do. They’re the only all metal binding that can withstand my style of skiing.”
Faction CT 4.0 and the Dictator 4.0 $849 & $799
Johnny Collinson climbed the ‘Seven Summits’ when he was 17. At 20 he was on the cover of Powder Magazine. Two years later he came in 2nd Place at the Red Bull Cold Rush. Today, he’s one of the most progressive skiers in the game, and he’s only getting better. Johnny has a fast, bold style and he uses both the Faction CT 4.0 and the Dictator 4.0 to showcase his unique abilities. “I have to bring both because the CT turns the whole mountain into a playground, and I feel like I can charge anything on the Dictator- straight and fast!”
Dalbello Lupo Factory Carbon $999.95
38-year-old Canadian shredder Ian Mcintosh knows a thing or two about climbing and skiing big mountains. He’s been in the ski game for longer than some of the young guys have been on this Earth. He’s won multiple line of the year awards and as his career has progressed he's taken more to the foot power approach than the classic heli-jump to crazy Alaskan-line method. Because of this, he’s tried most of the boots on the market. He landed on the Dalbello Lupo Factory boot, because to Ian, they're “hands down the best boot [he's] have ever had. Skis like a dream and when you pop the tongue out the range of motion for walking is incredible.”
The North Face SNOMAD 34 $159.00
Former carpenter and current legend Nick McNutt broke onto the scene in TGR’s award-winning 2014 feature, Almost Ablaze. His superlative aerial acrobatics and butter smooth switch landings earned him top honors at that year’s Powder Video Awards, where he took home the award for Top Breakthrough Performance. Recently he dropped out of a helicopter into the Purcell Mountains in BC to film Far Out. His favorite piece of gear from that trip is the Snomad 34, because to him it's "the perfect ski pack in my opinion. So many years of refining, this is the result. It’s filled with heli straps, mini first aid kit, space blanket bivy, lighter, fire starter, headlamp, and leatherman."
Jones Nomad Pro Skins $249.95
Jeremy Jones has been professionally snowboarding for basically his whole life. He likely has more first descents than anyone else. He founded the Protect Our Winters organization. His career has led him to the Himalayas, Alaska, The Sierra Nevadas and just about everywhere else that has mind-bending mountains to shred. And he's done most of that exploration on skins. That's why he created his own line; the Jones Nomad Pro Skins.
Pieps DSP Pro Beacon $419.95
There are few things more important than a beacon for when you head into the backcountry. And when you're dealing with life and death situations, the last thing you want is something with too many buttons you forget how to use it. So we decided to ask a seasoned vet like Ian Mcintosh which transceiver he brings when heading deep into the backcountry. Here's what he had to say: "This beacon is one of the best on the market. Works great for single burials with a large 60 meter range, also has great multi burial and close proximity burial features."
Smartwool Socks and Underlayers $29.95
Mark Carter was a professional cowboy before he was a professional snowboarder. He grew up on a ranch in Wyoming where he would sneak off to the mountains between duties for a quick sesh, which soon led to a full-blown career on snow. This winter Carter joined Jeremy Jones and Robin Van Gyn on a mission to explore Montana’s Crazy Mountains on a foot-powered trip. The trio camped, climbing and riding dozens of big lines in an obscure range close to home. The ex-cowboy knows a thing or two about socks, that's why we asked him for his advice: His answer? Smartwool: "The most comfortable of all. I live in the socks and baselayers all winter."
Scott Team Issue Ski Pole $109.95
Poles are often overlooked as the last piece of ski equipment to dish out the big bucks on. In some ways that's fair, but anyone who has gone through a few pairs in a season knows how annoying it is to have your pole break on you mid-run. Elyse Saugstad knows this all too well, that's why she uses the Scott Team Issue Ski Pole. According to her it's "super light, great swing weight, and the straps will pop out when you crash for safety purposes."
Scott Guide AP 20 $756.95
If you're going to head into the backcountry like Fabian Lentsch does, you'll need the right supplies. Fabian spent two years of his life in a van packed with skis traveling all over Europe and the Far East hitting the raddest spots. For extra peace of mind, he brought along an airbag, so he did some testing and landed on the Scott Guide AP 20 as his favorite. Fabian says "it's really light and small avalanche pack which is perfect for days in the resort but also gives just enough room for day tours on skins. It feels like a normal backpack which is awesome."
Line Skis Pandora 110 $419.99
Hadley Hammer only became a professional skier a couple years ago at the age of 25 and since then she's taken the ski world by storm. Hadley spent her winter last year in Canada filming for Far Out. She crushed it. Hadley skis big lines, lands sick tricks, and crushes pillows all on her Line Skis Pandora 110, because they're her "favorite ski every day no matter the condition. Carves, handles the crud, floats in powder-what else do you need?
Travel: The North Face Cali Wool Jacket $399.00
Angel Collinson has been all over the world in search of snow and adventure, but more importantly, she's traveled in style. When Angel travels, she makes sure to bring her North Face Cali Wool Jacket. Angel had this to say about it: "It's made from sheep raised in California using sustainable land management techniques that help trap carbon dioxide and enrich the soil, so there's a lot of cool things going on behind the product, as well as it is large enough to go over sweatshirts, classy and still comfortable for traveling and being both in cities and camping trips, as well as durable. It's my newest go-to."
Skullcandy Barricade Bluetooth Speaker $59.88
Colter Hinchliffe turns a lot of heads when he travels. That's not just because he's one of the gnarliest skiers in the world, it's because wherever he goes he brings his Skullcandy Barricade Bluetooth speaker and bumps it. "I seriously won’t travel without it, it has bluetooth and I control the vibe whenever I want."
Atomic Bent Chetler Mini Skis 153 $299.95 - $349.95
There aren't many 12-year olds who shred as hard as Kai Jones does. In fact, there are probably no 12-year olds who shred like Kai. It's pretty insane to watch this kid huck cliffs and land backies at the same age most of us were just really getting into the sport. He's got a ridiculously bright future and he's showcasing it all on his Atomic Bent Chetler Mini 153's. "The Mini Bent is a super fun playful ski that is perfect for all mountain skiing, big lines, and deep powder."
The North Face Camo Campshire Pullover $149.00
Griffin Post is all about ripping big mountains at ungodly speeds and chilling the heck out in his North Face Camo Campshire Pullover. "I literally chill in this every morning…it’s the most comfortable thing I own." What else do you need to know?
Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II $349.95
Cam Riley had a big winter filming Far Out. He traveled to Kamchatka, Russia, which if you don't know, and you probably don't, is in the middle of nowhere. And en-route to the middle of nowhere he had a lot of time to kill, so he plugged in and jammed out on his Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones. "I don't really have anything I typically wear traveling, but I have to have the music."
Scott Vertic Tour Jacket and Pant $450 & $420
Dane Tudor grew up big mountain skiing in Alaska and BC. He's been a standout skier in multiple TGR films including Almost Ablaze, Rogue Elements, Tight Loose, and most recently Far Out. He loves backcountry spine walls, slopestyle competitions, climbing, camping and sleeping. But most importantly, he loves his Scott Vertic Tour Jacke and Pant "This has been my favorite kit for the past 3 years as it blends sturdy and lightweight materials."
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