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TGR’s 2018 Gift Guide: 14 Must Haves for the Snowboarders

Editor's Note: Check back for more TGR gift guides in the coming days, covering everything you need to please the gearhead in your life.

The holidays are quickly approaching and we'll hazard a guess, you probably haven't locked in that perfect gift for the snowboarder in your life. All hope is not lost, we've curated a list, ranging from boards to boots, that are sure to score extra brownie points with any snowboard enthusiast. Plus, if you've been hankering for a few new things, peruse through the list and treat-yo-self to something nice while you're at it. 


Weston Backwoods Splitboard - $900

Buy the Backwoods Board Here.

The Weston Backwoods Splitboard, which is made from featherlight poplar wood and bamboo, is the perfect method of transportation to find all those hidden powder stashes. The board’s flex was taken up a notch with carbon stringers, adding stiffness with little additional weight. With a directional rockered tip, it’s a pow slayer through and through but also doubles as an exceptional all mountain board. Don’t be afraid to explore a few tight couloirs or a huge pillow field with this guy, it’s got you covered. Beyond its performance, this board was the product of a unique collaboration between Weston, REI, and the National Forest Foundation. 10% of the profits from the board’s sales will be donated to the National Forest Foundation, which is celebrated with the board’s incredible graphic that was hand carved and stamped by John Fellows before being digitized. 


Jones Apollo Bindings - $400

Buy the Jones Binding Here

The Jones bindings sure know how to fit your boots like a pair of gloves. Intended to transfer each and every movement to your board impeccably, this system is the crucial link your board is missing. For the more technical and high-speed carvers, the Apollo is the way to go. What’s especially unique about the Apollo is the Carbon Flax Highback, which is the perfect composite of eco-friendly Flax and Carbon fiber. The highback has been integrated with NOW Skate Tech technology, which responds to every minute movement you make. Since trying the NOW Skate technology Jeremy Jones hasn't looked back. The major difference he's felt has been more control, less chatter, and less foot pain. For the more surfy riders, the Apollo can be easily swapped into surf mode for increased tweak-ability. 

Poacher R.A.S. 26L Backpack


Dakine Poacher R.A.S. 36L Pack - $210

Buy the Airbag here.

The Poacher is a refined version of Dakine's larger airbags that is much more ideal for snowcat, heli and lift assisted laps. The snow version of Mary Poppin's bag, it's got a slot or component for everything and anything: your board, radio, goggles, and avalanche toolkit. Compatible with the bag is a Mammut RAS Airbag System (sold separately) that's a quick and easy install for when you need it, and comes out just as easily when you don't. The airbag is deployed through the bag's unique rolltop feature which is fast, reliable, with peace of mind out in the backcountry.


Jones Thirty-Two MTB Boots  - $450

Buy the boots here

Who better to know how a boot should perform in the backcountry than Jeremy Jones, who carefully crafted the ThirtyTwo Jones MTB Snowboard after years of testing in terrain all over the world, including putting it through the wringer on his nine-day Ode To Muir expedition. Features like a waterproof zippered gaiter or the Walk Mode with Boa cuff which give you longer strides while touring to make the whole experience of splitboarding that much more enjoyable. An added bonus is the recoil flex control, which gives you the ability to adjust the stiffness of the boot to match the kind of terrain you’re riding. Through and through its a durable boot, and if it’s sufficient for Jeremy you know it’s sturdy. 


Union Expedition Bindings - $500

Buy the Union Bindings here.

The last thing you want is a poor connection with your board when you’re ripping big lines deep in the backcountry, and the Expedition Union Bindings will eliminate that worry. It’s a hassle-free all-in-one binding system that transforms from tour to ride mode with one pin—that’s it. Say goodbye to complicated binding systems by simply pulling the pin to change modes. On top of the sleek design, the binding is made with super stiff carbon fiber, which makes for a lightweight and durable system that loses no power when ascending and descending. 


Outdoor Research Mt Baker Mitt - $145

Buy the Mitts here

The Mt Baker Mitts are like little warm havens for your fingers when you’re in the middle of a whiteout. Aptly named for epic ascents in the mountains, the Gore-Tex waterproof membrane will not only keep you dry but it also breathes effortlessly as you get sweaty. The PrimaLoft One insulation will be your best friend on the coldest of days. It traps in warmth and keeps your extremities functioning in conditions as low as -15 degrees. But if the temperature plummets any lower there’s even an extra hand warmer pocket for additional heat. 


Jones - Splitboard Poles - $150

Buy the Poles here:

The Explorer Carbon Poles will assist you on your quest to that next ridgeline and can be quickly collapsed down when you’re ready to shred down it. The upper sections were made with carbon fiber to keep the poles featherlight, whereas the bottom section is super strong titanal. The combination makes for a durable and lightweight pole that won’t be a hassle when you’re breaking the skin track.


Smith IO Mag Goggles - $240

Buy the Goggles here:

Say goodbye to awkwardly fussing around with your lenses when the weather suddenly shifts. Smith makes a chairlift swap uncomplicated with their magnetic connection that quickly releases lenses with an easy push of a lever. Additionally, the Spherical ChromaPop lenses are useful in a variety of lighting conditions, so much so that there might not even be a need to change them.


VANS+The North Face Verse Blake Paul Boot - $390

Haven’t you always wanted a pair of Vans to match your snowboard boots? Wells thanks to an epic Vans and The North Face collab, that dream is a reality. The snowboard boot has a custom liner that when molded, fits your foot to a tee. On top of this, the Vans Flex control system gives you the freedom to adjust the flex just how you need it throughout the season. But that's not even the best part, just like the sneaker, it's got both the iconic stripe and waffle tread. These, of course are also integrated in the matching sneaker, which you can throw on after a long day spent on the mountain.


The Snowboarders Journal Annual Subscription - $40 

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The Snowboarders Journal is like the National Geographic of snowboard publications. With an annual subscription, you’ll get four magazines filled with high quality written and visual content that’s packaged together with a clean and timeless design. The coffee table journal has been documenting some of the most unique personalities and places you’ll find within the snowboard community since 2000, and here’s an added bonus: the magazine makes a great stocking stuffer.


Drink Water Big Black 40oz insulated bottle - $40

Buy the water bottle here.

A vessel from Drink Water, which is lightweight and keeps liquids either hot or cold, is the perfect addition to your pack. Not only does your purchase invest in a great product, but you also get to support a worthy cause. Drink Water was started as a backlash to the growing presence of energy drinks within the industry. Founders Austin Smith and Bryan Fox encourage others to drink water as an act of protest to beverages filled with generous amounts of caffeine, sodium, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and a long list of chemicals we can’t even pronounce. Through this movement, Smith and Fox discovered something even more troubling: over a billion people on Earth don’t have access to clean drinking water. Now with every Drink water purchase, 10% of profits are donated to the nonprofit water.org, who drills wells to fight the water crisis.


SunGod Custom Vanguards- $160

Buy the Goggles here:

Goggles with a lifetime guarantee feel too good to be true, but that’s SunGod’s whole M-O. If something happens to your pair, simply send them back and SunGod will repair them free of charge. The likelihood of actually needing to use this service is low, considering that these goggles are scratch resistance and built with an ultra-flexible TPU frame. You'll be noticing the goggles on a few of your favorite Freeride World Tour athletes this season since SunGod became the official goggle sponsor for the competition. Each pair is also fully customizable with a variety of color options for the frames, lenses, and even the straps. 

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