Gifts for the Adrenaline Junkie: The Snowboarder
Hestra Ergo Grip gloves
When Hestra started selling gloves in the 1930s, its designers had a singular vision: make a great product. Eighty years later, little has changed. The goat-leather Heli Ergo Grip gloves ($175), with precurved fingers for maximum dexterity, are mandatory for cold-weather skiing.
Spark R&D Splitboard Skins
Climbing skins don't have to look good to work well, but there's no reason they can't have a little panache. Spark R&D's splitboard skins ($190) sport a distinctive argyle print, high-traction fabric underneath, and our favorite feature: board-specific tail clips.
Ibex Woolies 150 long underwear
In ski season, few items of clothing see more use than long underwear. The mark of a good pair: you forget they're there. A ribbed stitch on Ibex's Woolies 150 ($75) helps them hold their shape even after days on the slopes.
Mountain Hardwear Powzilla backpack
The 30-liter Powzilla ($980) has your back on both sides of the rope. There's plenty of room for lunch and essential safety tools—shovel, beacon, and probe. It's also air-bag compatible, so you don't have to buy a new pack to step up your backcountry game.
Atomic Troop helmet
Got a loved one launching off cornices? Even if they're just hoping to, Atomic's 17.6-ounce Troop ($100) helmet will protect their noggin. Ample padding makes for all-day comfort and brain protection.
Bamboo Skateboards Tidal Rider
Because the snowboarder in your life can't surf powder year-round, there's the Tidal Rider ($182). Sustainably farmed bamboo is layered with maple for maximum flex, making it perfect for cruising around town or bombing steep hills.
G3 Blacksheep snowboard
G3 has made some of the best climbing skins for splitboards for several years. It now makes a damn fine board, too. The reverse-camber, carbon-fiber Blacksheep ($750) was inspired by the brand's most popular skis, and while G3 says it's an all-mountain board, it definitely performs best in soft snow.
Spy Doom snow goggles
Forget built-in cameras. An exceptional pair of goggles needs to deliver only one thing: tack-sharp, fog-free-vision. Spy's new Doom ($185) goggles offer superior venting and come with easy-to-swap lenses.