Some of you are lucky enough to be heading off to more elevated climes for a spot of summer shredding (in which case check out our essential gear for summer snowboarding guide), but for most of us, the reality is that the wax is on and the boots have been hung up for the foreseeable future.
"Contrary to popular belief, team WL doesn't just sit in a darkened room 'membering Ingemar's backside air until November"
However - as if you didn't know - there's a whole host of other things you can get up to in the warmer months. Gasp. That's right, contrary to popular belief, team WL doesn't just sit in a darkened room 'membering Ingemar's backside air until November - we bike, hike, climb, skate and surf. Well, in actual reality we sit in a darkened room compiling one monster of a gear guide - coming September - but we have at least heard that people do these things.
So whilst dreaming of what might lay past our office window/bars we've come up with a list of cool bits of gear that'll make the summer months that bit pleasanter, all from your favourite snowboard brands. With many plugging the holes in their calendars with warm-weather kit these days, it's worth remembering them when you're off browsing for the odd summer purchase.
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adidas Busenitz Skate Shoes
If there's two things that unite the WL team outside of snowboarding it's that (a) we're all also a bit crap at skateboarding and (b) we all think Dennis Burnitz's pro model skate shoe with adidas has been consistently amazing for what feels like decades now.
We dig this latest scarlet and black colourway, especially the gold detailing, but this isn't just about looks. Those who've tried it know that when it comes to heel hold these are the otter's pockets. If you see 'em grab a pair - they won't be hanging around for very long.
Brethren Apparel Shredduh Hoodie
Brit-brand Brethren Apparel may be best known for their Thug Rug face decorations, but for the last year they've also been pushing these custom hoodies. With internal thumb hooks, pit vents, stash pockets and an extra waterproof butt covering they're definitely engineered for spring shredding, but when the sun vanishes at a summer BBQ you'll be glad if you've got one of these hidden away.
Burton Annex Back Pack
The old cliché is definitely true for this editor - the perfect number of backpacks is n+1, where 'n' is equal to the number of backpacks you already own. However, this particular pack wouldn't bring out the usual hives of shame upon purchase - super stylish and functional with a laptop sleeve, key hooks and those external webbing straps, perfect for stashing away a camping mat or extra layer on a hike. Burton packin' heat!
Burton Honey-Baked Hammock
Probably the best product name pun we've seen in a good few years, jokes aside a hammock is one of the most underrated summer accessories you can get your lazy mitts on. Sling it up during a BBQ or elevate your night's sleep on camping missions, if you're carrying your gear it's way cheaper than a tent.
This one's carrying pouch even doubles up as handy storage for your personal effects, or as a coozy to keep a convenient beer on hand. Hasta la siesta baby!
Burton x Phil Frost x G Pen Portal Rain Jacket
Snowboard jackets are great and all, but as soon as May rolls around you want something a bit less substantial for those summer showers, an outer layer that keeps you dry from the elements without making you sweat an equal amount under your shell.
The Burton Portal Jacket is lightweight with their patented DRYRIDE Ultrashell™ 2-layer fabric which will keep more than its fair share of rain off your back, plus the print is striaght baller.
Coal 'The Spackler' Bucket Hat
Coal have clearly cottoned on that the best place to wear a bucket hat these days is in the dark, so this one comes equipped with a built-in head torch to keep you from fumbling around where you shouldn't. Great for camping and fishing trips, finally function catches up with fashion!
Dakine Party Bucket
Nothing gets a party going like a stash of cold ones, so make sure you're always keeping the festive vibes with Dakine's party bucket! Insulated and with a bunch of storage spaces that make use of the ice compartment, this would work just as well during the winter if you filled it with snow. An investment for the whole year then.
Dragon Seafarer X Sunglasses
We can attest to the brilliance of the snowboarding version of these - the Mountaineer X - but for surf shralping Dragon have made these puppies float, meaning you can drop them off your surf yacht or into your paddling pool to your heart's content, no matter your budget. The arms also detach and can be replaced with their adaptable aqua leash system if you want to take them right into the barrel with you.
Patagonia Stretch Hydro Planing Board Shorts
While board shorts seem like the last thing a snowboarding website should be promoting, we're sold on these from Patagonia. Simple and stylish, they also dry super fast due to their DWR coating, a feature we're all very familiar with for spring riding.
Like most Patagucci gear they're sold as being super durable, but if the arse ever does fall out of them you can get a new pair thanks to Patagonia's lifelong 'Iron Clad Guarantee' - or just get all 'worn wear' on them and stitch it back up like this guy:
Patagonia Nano Puff Hoodie
Climbers like our own editor Mike love a good puffy jacket in the summer, and for good reason. Lightweight and super packable, they're always on hand if the temperature suddenly drops in the evening. Packed with Primaloft insulation instead of down, this one even keeps its warmth if it gets wet. We'd ask Mike for his thoughts, but somehow he's escaped our Fritzel-y gear cellar this week and is actually doing some climbing. Who let that happen?
Vans Abstract Horizon Authentics
Vans are so classic these days that outside of the standard block colours you'll find many a wild colour combo, but these women's shoes are somehow both wilder than most and still subtle on the eye. The palette seems to have been lifted from a David Hockey painting, so if you're after something to replace your drab and water-fucked winter footwear then look no further!
Vans Blocked Authentics
Holy Icky Thump! If Jack White skated, he'd be rocking a pair of these. Joyfully bold but still refreshingly simple, we actually did a little drool when we found these in Vans' summer catalogue.