Gear of the Year – Snowboarding


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Columbia Men’s Shreddin™ Jacket

Part of the high-end Titanium line, this coat has every imaginable feature: thermal reflective insulation, waterproof zippers, pockets for goggles and cell phones, unique spacious back pocket for a hat, underarm venting, and 100% waterproof/breathable construction. $400

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Columbia Men’s Jump Off ™ Pant

Comfortable stretch construction and guaranteed waterproofness make these pants a powderhound’s favorite. Thermal reflective lining keeps them warm but light so you can move with ease. $250

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Helly Hansen Women’s Motion Stretch Jacket

While this techy jacket’s Primoloft® insulation and unique H2 Flow venting system are its standout features, we love it thanks to its stretchy fabrication and comfortable wrist gaitors that make it a delight to wear all day. $350

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K2 Source Z Goggle

Swap between two included lenses in a flash with this semi-frameless pair that fits over or under a helmet. Includes cloudy flat light and variable light lenses. For men or women who prefer larger goggles. $145

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Under Armour Men’s ColdGear Infared Baselayers

Take staying warm to the next level! These thermo-conductive-lined underlayers absorb and retain body heat for increased warmth without bulk. Sweat and stench are kept at bay thanks to wicking properties and an anti-odor treatment.
$55 Leggings, $60 Top

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Icebreaker Skyline Hat

The perfect après hat, this warm Merino beanie is blended with acrylic fabric to give it plenty of softness and stretch.

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Original Buff

Buff invented multifunctional, warm headwear, and this classic design is still our favorite for riding. Wear it 12 ways: balaclava, hat, neck gaiter, and more. $20

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Icebreaker Cascade Long Sleeve Zip

The perfect midlayer under a shell, this Merino wool top has a fleece feel inside and smooth fabric on the outside. Zips up tall to keep your neck warm, eliminating the need for a neck warmer. $190

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Dakine Men’s Fillmore Trigger Mitts

Insulated mittens are warmer than gloves, but adding the lobster claw and touchscreen-friendly leather allows for easy phone use without taking them off. $55

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Sorel Tofino Herringbone Boot

Trade your boarding boots for these warm, microfleece-lined beauties when après lounging. Waterproof with great grip for snow trekking. $160

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Ride Men’s Anthem Boots

Forget about your feet and enjoy the ride. Great feel and flex for all-day comfort, this all mountain boot has high-end features for a reasonable price: Boa with innovative over-toe lacing to eliminate pressure points, heat-moldable liner, and plush foam lining. $210

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Ride Hellcat with DVA Bindings

Beginning boarders need not apply, but this new all mountain board with rocker edges and camber underfoot is a favorite of hard-charging ladies who ride steeps, pow, and the park…often in the same day. Our favorite amongst all tested…and that
says a lot. Pair with Ride’s DVA bindings for freestyle comfort and effortless riding thanks to a new urethane back that’s
soft—yet supportive—for quick turns and steady flex. $510 Board, $210 Bindings


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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