If you have all the ski and snowboard gear you think you need, but you still want more and you’re not sure what to put in your letter to Santa, worry not. There are always more things to add to your kit that you didn’t know you needed, until now. Here are a few gift ideas for the skier or snowboarder that has everything:
Who would have thought that something so simple could make such a big difference? If you’ve ever taken a metal buckle to the gut during a wipeout or felt constricted when you’re tucking for a double, then you’ll enjoy an arcade belt. They have plastic buckles that won’t poke you in the belly, and the bands are made from a quality elastic material, so they give you tension to keep your bottoms up but won’t constrict your movement when you’re getting after it.
Have you been trying to tweak your grabs but your board keeps slipping out of your hands? Crab Grab makes these foam stickers that you put on your board to make it easier to grab when you’re in the air, allowing for style and ease to come together.
Warm-up breaks and toe warmers are no longer needed when you have heated insoles. Don’t let cold feet stop you from shredding on the chilly days. These insoles are battery operated and remote controlled to keep your feet at the right temperature all day long.
Fine tune your tune game. If you’re a dedicated self-tuner, ask for some upgrades to your tool bench. These Swix Ski Vices and Snowboard Vices are a great accessory to help position your sticks for the perfect tune up.
If you have a ski trip planned for the future, or not, ask for a travel bag. They are incredibly convenient for transporting your gear and can easily fit all your accessories. Some even have enough room for the rest of your packing list so you only have to bring one bag. Get a travel bag and finally take that trip to Whistler or Japan that you’ve been dreaming of.
Most helmets these days are audio compatible, meaning the ear pads have some sort of zipper or pocket that can hold headphones or speakers designed for helmets. Some even come with Bluetooth capability so you can listen completely wire free. Rather than tucking your headphones under your goggle strap or using earbuds that fall out or don’t fit properly, consider upgrading to in-helmet audio. Your ears will thank you.
Lens scratches are the worst. Although most goggles come with a protective baggy to put them in, that still doesn’t protect them from external pressure which could still lead to cracks and scratches. With a goggle case, you know that your goggles are safe when you toss them in your gear bag.
Imagine bombing down a run having the time of your life when you hit a patch of ice and BOOM! You fall straight on your coccyx¹, hard. This has happened to me a few times, and it takes me a minute to get back up, wishing that I had a little extra cushion for the landing. Fortunately, they make gear for that! Padded shorts, crash shorts, impact shorts, whatever you want to call them, they give you extra protection when you fall on your rear so you can get back up and keep shredding.
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¹The tailbone – Commonly referred to as a tremendous pain in the butt when fallen upon.