What do you get the snowboarder that has it all?
Stuck for ideas? Well here's one from the folks at G-Shock and Burton - a custom version of the Rangeman wrist watch, complete with all the premium features you could ever want or need in the mountains.
Japanese pipe boss Taku Hiraoka's taking the lead on this particular piece of kit (as you'll see in the video below) and it makes perfect sense for riders who find themselves hopping timezones frequently, and submitting themselves to high altitudes and tough conditions, with an inbuilt compass, thermometer and altimeter helping you to analyse your environment, without having to scramble around your bag looking for kit.
Here's the official word from Burton and G-Shock:
Fresh off the slopes, watchmakers G-SHOCK and leading snowboarding and lifestyle brand Burton Snowboards created a custom timepiece using one of G-SHOCK’s highest-performing models, the Rangeman to create their second edition collaboration watch. The limited edition G-SHOCK x Burton GW9400BTJ-8 Rangeman is built for survival and designed to withstand the harshest environments whilst looking at home, both on and off-piste as well as the bar during après ski.
A key motif for both G-SHOCK and Burton, camouflage was incorporated into the design in winter shades of light blue and stark white on the watch band. Burton Chief Creative Officer Greg Dacyshyn elaborates on the inspiration behind the collaborative timepiece:
“I was super excited to work with G-SHOCK on another watch collaboration, and for this round the theme was 'survival in any situation'. The Rangeman model is designed for just that, which is why it created the perfect platform. For the Burton X G-SHOCK project, we focused on "digital winter camouflage" as the key aesthetic. I have always had a fascination with camo, not only because it has a really cool look but it is also key to survival in a lot of “real world" situations. Following G-SHOCK’s 'Absolute Toughness' brand ethos, all the amazing technical features were developed to perform in the harshest environments, including a sensor button and other function indicators on the black dial highlighted in safety orange, for high visibility against a snow conditions background. The result is an amazing performance product that looks great on and off the mountain."
The Burton Rangeman comes fortified with G-SHOCK’s legendary Shock Resistance and 200M Water Resistance and is fully loaded with V3 Triple Sensor Technology allowing for altimeter, compass and barometer/thermometer readings. A dedicated sensor button, developed specifically for the Rangeman to withstand harsh impacts via its unique cylindrical structure, delivers single point access to critical information. Additional features include Sunrise & Sunset Data, Time Stamp (40 Records), Tough Solar Power, Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping allowing for automatic time changes in any time zone, Full Auto LED (Super Illuminator) Light, World Time 31 Time Zones (48 Cities + UTC), 4 Daily Alarms + 1 Snooze Alarm, 1/100th Sec. Stopwatch (1000Hr), Countdown Timer (24Hr) and 12/24 Hour Time Formats.