11/02/2014 | by Sam McMahon
Only in the deepest backcountry is gear more important anywhere in snowboarding; when you turn up to spot having the right stuff to move and shape the snow is essential. Shovels are obvious, but you’ll want big sturdy ones that can carry a lot of weight rather than the avalanche variety that are designed to dig down fast, plus a couple of bins to carry the snow in.
Equally important is enough water, as much as you can physically get to the spot. This is used to ice and firm up take offs, vital as you want something to pop off rather than plough through. This might explain my you’ve been seeing your favourite pros spraying water out their faces on urban jib-flicks for years on end; if you’re super keen you could even invest in a gas canister and blow torch, melting the top layer of snow speeds up the freezing process.
Over the past few years bungees have revolutionised street riding, and with a bit of practice there’s no reason why you couldn’t split the cost of one between a few of your dome buddies; make sure you know of a few spots where it’ll actually be useful before you invest though, they need a long run up to work properly. Finally, it can’t hurt to have a few tools such as files for stubborn burs on rails, and maybe even a set of bolt cutters, not that we’d ever condone using them though…