Though Father's Day is celebrated on different dates depending on the country you live in, for most it's the third Sunday of June where the dads get the fist bumps and an extra hour of lazing in bed. Maybe even with breakfast, if they're lucky. And this year that's June 17.
With more and more snowboarders each year becoming paid up members of the Rad Dad gang we thought we'd offer you some ideas of snowboard-related gear you could bestow on the father of you/your child as a reminder that, while it might appear that you never listen to them, they have a special place in your heart nonetheless. And what says this better than rampant consumerism? Nothing! That's what!
So, without further ado, allow us to present to you an assortment of ideas for gifts you could consider bestowing upon the dad of your household this Fathers Day. With items ranging from the affordable to the extravagant, you should be able to find something that will work for the depth of your pockets...
Bataleon Magic Carpet Snowboard
If the family are feeling particularly deep of pocket this Father’s Day, then why not reward the old man with a brand new snowboard? This time of year there will certainly be some bargains to be had as stores look to clear out that last bit of remaining stock before the new swag hits, so you’ll no doubt be able to pick one up at a tasty price.
If the dad in question bleats on about how hard he used to send it in the park, but these days seems to have mostly retired from leaving the ground, get him a tasty powder shape and tell him all the cool kids ride park on them anyway.
A slightly looser, mellower-flexing board would work well for his withering muscles and for riding slowly while helping the nippers learn the ropes - this hack has been having great success introducing his heir to snowboarding on a Bataleon Magic Carpet which ticks a lot of boxes: forgiving at low speeds forwards and switch while still fun blasting hardpack, great for powder, and the twin shape allows the old git to deceive himself into thinking he could pull stunts beyond a Method if he really wanted to.
Burton’s much-discussed re-entry into the world of step-ins - or rather StepOns - is another gift well-suited to the shred-stoked fathers of the world - assuming you have that kind of disposable income to blow on a day like this.
If you’re teaching your groms how to ride you’ll be doing a lot of getting in and out of your bindings, and the StepOn is certainly the quickest solution to this, plus once they’ve got the hang of snowboarding you’ll be grateful for any means of keeping up with the young scamps.
You most certainly will have to get the old man this setup on tick, though. Burton only seeded a scant few pairs across Europe, but more will come (including a new boot model) when snowboard stores get their first stock of the 2018-2019 snowboard gear.
Burton Merino EmblemSocks
From ideas for the well-heeled that are superior to another set of diamond-encrusted cufflinks, to the most dad gift of all time: socks. Your dad/father of your child is a special fella, though, so push the boat out and get him some merino wool ones like these from Burton. While they’re more expensive, the whole family can reap the rewards of not having to endure the stench of Papa Bear’s 'lucky acrylic pair' anymore. You know, those ones that he’s used every day since he did that season in the mid-90s.
Jones Snowboards Further 24l Backpack
Rarely will you ever have to cart more shit up on the mountain than when the fam are all riding together. While it would naturally make more sense to split the load between Ma and Pa, for the days that dad is flying solo he’d definitely appreciate a great backpack that both holds a ton of gear and is comfortable to ride with.
This Jones Snowboards Further backpack ticks all those boxes, having as it does the perfect volume for carting a day's worth of gear around, a comfortable back and harness system for when the load gets weighty, and features like an avvie tools pocket that you'll appreciate when heading off piste. Even better, the baby mamas will have an easier time convincing him to mule for the whole family “what with that rad new pack we got you and all".
DaKine Stance Driver Snowboard Tool
Dads love tools, right? Even if your old man isn’t prone to weilding a circular saw in his man cave on a wet Saturday, he still needs to adjust his snowboard bindings. If he doesn’t, perhaps you’re reading the wrong list.
The DaKine Stance Driver has all the bits and pieces you need for getting your binders mounted just right, with the added bonus of a craftily concealed tape measure for getting your stance width perfect every time.
Anon Raider Helmet
Like who's got the best Method, the debate around using a helmet rages on with seemingly no end in sight. One thing we’ve noticed, though, is that increasingly riders who previously wouldn’t have entertained the thought have - especially as they start having their own rugrats - begun considering the merits of getting one.
If Pops is in this bracket but still hasn’t pulled the trigger, just get him one and wrap your concern up as a gift of love. Thanks to the lightness and comfort of many of today’s models, the chances are he won’t even notice it when it’s on. Something like this Anon Raider helmet ticks those boxes, plus it's low key and minimalist so he can pretend he's an old school vert skater...
Lessons for the Groms
Teaching your kid how to snowboard is right up there with one of the most rewarding things you can do. It can also be one of the most frustrating and, in many cases, take much longer than if you handed your grom over to a bona fide professional. This is especially the case for families who don’t live close to the mountains and have less time to convince the smartarse kid that their parents are actually worth listening to.
Thankfully more and more resorts are home to instructors that not only will teach kids to snowboard, but will arguably do a better job than you ever would - such as our friends at Mint Snowboarding in Morzine/Avoriaz (and Les Gets and Chatel). Dad can therefore have a few hours of child-free shred time, which though he might protest at, he’ll enjoy more than he’ll ever let you know.
GoPro Hero6 Camera
Back to the realms of deep pockets for this one but, you know, capitalism. Yay! Of course, the dad in question will no doubt have some kind of telephone capable of capturing excellent footage already, but for on-hill shred documentation - of yourself, your kids, or the whole family - nothing really beats the the durability and sheer quality of a GoPro.
The most recent incarnation - the GoPro Hero6 - boasts mind-blowing specs (4k at 60fps, 1080 at 240fps) mixed with in-built stabilisation to smoothen out the shots, all held within the familiar small waterproof, shockproof grey housing. If you're thinking this is a little pricey then there are also less high-spec offerings like the new entry-level GoPro Hero or the minimalist GoPro Hero5 Session that will nonetheless have you stacking footy of the fam in no time.
Mizu Life V8 Enduro Insulated Flask
Being able to take a good, hot brew on the hill (and having is stay warm all day) is all something snowboarders - parents or not - can benefit from. Happily this can also be a practical gift for your household’s Mack Daddy, and one that won’t break the bank like some of our other picks. This Mizu Life V8 Enduro model - the company was founded by legendary ex-pro and rad dad Jussi Oksanen - would be a solid pick: it's made of double-walled stainless steel to keep your drinks hot or cold all day, and holds 800ml of liquid so you can be sure to get the hydration you need.
Finally - although we'd never advocate getting smashed on the hill, and certainly not with kids in tow - few things scream 'dad' than a good hip flask. A wee post-shred nip as the day winds down never did any harm, and even if he never uses it you can be sure he'll bathe in the glory of all those dad points that owning one will bring him.