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TGR’s 2018 Gift Guide – Early Season Steals

The snow is starting to pile up, you’re starting to take the gear for long walks in the woods, and you’re slowly realizing some of it needs some updating. With some of the best gear deals of the season running right now, why spend more than you need to? Whether it’s a new pair of skis, replacing some of that old outerwear from four years ago, or fixing up your mountain bike for some off-season shredding, here is a list of big-ticket items at prices you’ll want to tell your friends about.

Skis: 4FRNT $499 - $599

Get 4FRNT Skis here.

4FRNT skis has been on, well, the forefront of ski design for the better part of the history of freeskiing. With powder designs like the iconic Hoji, freestyle shapes like the Devastator, or high-performance women’s skis like the MSP W, 4FRNT makes skis for rippers. The best part? Jason Levinthal, 4FRNT’s new owner, realizes that skiing can be expensive, so the company’s factory-direct sales model keeps prices down. Buy directly from their website, and every new ski is under $599, which could be the best deal in skiing. Our pick are the Hoji and the MSP W skis.

Snowboards: Women’s Jones Dream Catcher $450

Get the Jones Dream Catcher here.

When it comes to high-quality snowboards, look no further than Jones. Engineered in conjunction with the riding of Jeremy Jones, their snowboards continue to push the limits of design and performance. For those lady shredders looking for a directional freeride board that’s not too stiff, the Women’s Dream Catcher might be the perfect match. Thanks to a spoon shape in the nose and tail and directional rocker, the board is designed to float through powder like none other, but can still carve and hold an edge. The best part? All Jones boards are made with a commitment to environmental responsibility, featuring recycled plastic sidewalls, recycled steel edges, and a bio-plastic topsheet. Jones is also a proud member of 1% For the Planet and POW.

Snow Safety: Black Diamond Recon BT Avy Safety Set $420

Get Black Diamond Avalanche Safety Gear here.

When it comes to backcountry safety gear, Black Diamond is a brand that TGR has been trusting for years. Whether it’s beacons, rescue equipment, snow study tools, or simply packs, Black Diamond keeps the quality high and the prices affordable. With the release of their own line of beacons this year, Black Diamond puts the latest technology right in your hand at a price your wallet can handle. We get it, backcountry skiing is expensive, and you don’t want to skimp on safety, so check out the new Recon BT Avy Safety Set, which comes with a beacon, shovel, and probe to get out hunting pow turns.

Outerwear: Volcom Gore-Tex Bib Overalls $320 - $370

Get the Men's Rain and Women's Elm Overalls here.

Volcom has long been a leading force in the skate and streetwear industry, but has always quietly held its own on the snowsports front, featuring stylish, durable, and affordable outerwear for skiers and snowboarders. With the release of a new tech-heavy Gore-Tex line of pants and jackets, Volcom is ready to take it to the backcountry. Check out their men's Rain Gore-Tex Bib Overall and women's Em Gore-Tex Bib Overall, stylish and bomb-proof bibs that will be at home everywhere from Tram Laps to the skintrack. Highlights include reinforcements in high-stress areas like cuffs and the butt patch, as well as stretchy material in places like the side waists. Oh and did we mention that these are some of the highest performing and least expensive Gore-Tex bibs on the market?

Eyewear: TGR Sunglasses

Get TGR Sunglasses in the TGR Shop.

When TGR broke into the eyewear game last year, we realized that most sunglasses were way too expensive, and that you could get the same performance, comfort, and style from a set of shades for far less cash. All TGR sunglasses feature lightweight but durable plastic frames and are available with polarized lenses. Pick between six styles for men and women, and rock these everywhere from the skintrack to those epic après sessions.

Fishing Gear: Denver Outfitters Rod Vault and Flies $499

Get Denver Outfitters Rod Vaults here.

Did you get into fishing this past summer? Or are you a life-long flyfisher who knows all the best spots to find steelies? Denver Outfitters has a holiday special for you. The makers of the Rod Vault, a rooftop-mounted solution to carrying fly rods that saves you time by storing three rods fully rigged, are offering the 3-rod Vault along with your favorite hat and a box of location-specific flies from Ascent Fly Fishing.

Bike Parts: Marzocchi Bomber Z1 $699

Get the Bomber Z1 Fork here.

Face it, after all those epic jump sessions last season, your mountain bike’s fork is looking a little worse for the wear. Need an upgrade to something that can actually handle your newfound ability to charge? Look no further than Marzocchi’s Bomber Z1 fork. Read the full TGR review. Available for both 27.5- and 29-inch wheels up to 180mm of travel, with performance equal to anything from other brands, this freeride-ready fork is also significantly less expensive than its competitors. We’ll let you in on a little secret: it actually has the exact same FIT GRIP damper internals as the Fox 36. Slap one of these on the front of your trail bike, and hit the singletrack hard once the snow starts to melt in the spring, or better yet, get one last desert mission in before ski season hits for real.

Ski Pass: IKON Pass $749 - $1049

Get the Ikon Pass here.

For anyone who’s been following the newest developments in the multi-resort pass world, it’s become pretty obvious that the IKON pass is the best deal in winter sports. With two options available, you get access to a list of 38 (and growing) resorts all over the world. Save the money on ski passes and plan a trip to your dream destinations.

The $749 Ikon Base Pass gets passholders access to unlimited skiing at Winter Park, Copper, Eldora, Big Bear, Snowshoe, Crystal, Tremblant, Blue Mountain, Squaw Valley, Mammoth, June Mountain, and Solitude, with 5 days Aspen, Steamboat, Taos, Deer Valley, Brighton, Alta/Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Boyne, Stratton, Killington, Sugarbush, Loon Mountain, Sundary River, Sugarloaf, Summit at Snoqualmie, as well as international destinations like Ski Big 3, Revelstoke, Cypress, Thredbo, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt, Niseko, and Valle Nevado.

Travel: Alaska Airlines Alyeska Deal

Ever wanted to channel your inner TGR athlete and ski some velvety Alaskan pow? Make that dream a reality this winter with a trip to Alyeska on Alaska Airlines. Put in the PTO notice at work and fly to Anchorage midweek to take advantage of Alaska Airlines’ ski free deal. Present your same-day boarding pass at the ticket window and get a free day of skiing at Alyeska. Better yet, book a place to stay midweek on the mountain and get two free midweek lift tickets.

Environmental Responsibility: 1% For the Planet My Planet Pass $200 - $400

Get the My Planet Pass here.

The current news cycle is a confusing, confusing place, especially when it comes to anything environment or climate related. Want to help, but at a loss as to what to do about it? We know you voted on Nov. 6, so what now? The global organization 1% For the Planet has a simple way to go a step further with their new My Planet Pass. Think of it as the season pass that keeps on giving. It’s like an Ikon Pass for environmental causes, giving passholders membership of Protect our Winters, The National Forest Foundation, the Save the Waves Coalition, Tree Sisters, and Slow Food.

Get one for yourself or turn it into a holiday gift for an environmentally-conscious loved one. 1% for the Planet aims to connect money directly with those working to rectify global environmental issues. It’s added up to more than $175 million already. In other words, this is the perfect way to put your money where your mouth is.

About The Author

stash member Max Ritter

I manage digital content here at TGR, run our gear testing program, and am stoked to be living the dream in the Tetons.

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