It’s barely November and yes, the season has already started! Arapahoe Basin in Colorado had its opening day on October 17 and the rest of the resorts—like Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Breckenridge, and Vail—are set for their first runs mid- to late-November. If you happen to pull your gear out of storage and are just not feeling the styles (or, you know, it doesn't fit—no judgment), don’t worry. There are plenty of new styles hitting the market that will take you from the slopes to the bars and wherever else you need to go.
Whether you need new gear or you just want it, whatever you do decide to sport needs to be highly functional, and it’s just an added bonus if it looks good, too. For optimal comfort, choose a wicking base-layer followed by a mid-layer for added warmth. Make sure your outer layer and snow pants are water-resistant but still breathable, and don’t skimp on comfortable, warm socks, either.
We’ve got the hottest items for this snowboard season that will keep you warm when the temperatures drop below freezing, cool when the skies are clear, and comfortable enough to tear it up in the trees, the park, or wherever the run leads you.
Original Snow Tool Belt by 686
Ditch your tool and buckle up. The Original Snow Tool Belt by 686 might look like any old, regular belt, but it doubles as your snowboard tool—built into the buckle is a number two Phillips head, a flathead, an eight-, ten-, and 11-millimeter wrench loop, and of course, a bottle opener. The belt is 100 percent full-grain leather, and also comes in a brocade pattern that will add to your overall look and keep your pants in place while cruising.
Voo Doo Gore-Tex Jacket by Burton
Ultrawaterproof, ultrabreathable, ultrawarm, yet still light as can be—you get everything you need with the Voo Doo jacket, and then some. The shell is made from recycled water bottles, and has removable wrist gators, a removable waist gator, a jacket-to-pant interface, and a snag-free neckline. This is an all-mountain, all-season jacket with fully Gore-Seam taped Gore-Tex and Dryride fabric that will keep you dry, plus low bulk, zone-focused insulation for a mid-warmth feel and Heat Cycle technology that reflects your heat back to you. Plus, the fit is stylish enough that this jacket works both on and off the hill—the performance fit is not quite slim, and not quite relaxed, but has a feminine look with added body length and a longer hem drop.