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23 Best Snowboard Accessories 2015-2016

Sunglasses, wax, speakers, headphones and more accessories for the new season

UPDATE: Check out our review of the Best 2018/2019 Snowboard Accessories here

By now you’ve probably got an eye on the hardware, outerwear, gloves and goggles that you’re going to be rocking this season, but there’s no need to stop there!

“There’s a tonne of very useful things like neckwarmers, board tools, socks and wax that you should really consider picking up”

Of course, there is such a thing as too many accessories (who remembers the highback-pack?) but there’s a tonne of very useful things like neckwarmers, board tools, socks and wax that you should really consider picking up. Then there’s the payday-treat items like portable speakers, which can make your kicker sessions or evenings in the chalet that much more enjoyable.

It would be impossible to cover everything that’s out there, but we’ve cast the net pretty wide to take in everything from stocking fillers to luxury items. Take a look at what’s good this winter:

Scroll through the list to your heart’s content, or skip to your favourite brand using the links below.

AnalogAnon | Ass Industries | Burton | CoalCrabGrabDalikfoddaDragon | McNair ShirtsMizu | NixonOne Ball | Outdoor TechParkRoxySceneShredSkullcandyStance

All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi

Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi

Analog Conduct Shirt Jacket 2015-2016

Ah, the infamous middle ground – not quite shirt, not quite jacket.

The Analog Conduct is a quilted number that’ll work as an outer layer on days with better weather, as well as street sessions – or even for a casual trip to the local.

Insulated with 40g, it’s built to fit for riding and has ‘Weather Wash’ water repellent tech should you get caught by some precipitation.

Analog Crux Pullover Hoodie 2015-2016

When spring comes around, you can’t go wrong with a water repellent hoodie, and at a similar price to your average skate sweater, the Analog Crux Pullover hoodie is a more than worthy investment.

Treated with Water Repellent tech, it also features thumb loops and a drawstring/popper combo to seal you from the cold. This could be your new favourite…

Anon MFI Snowboard Face Mask 2015-2016

Offering a magnetised link up to compatible goggles (including the Anon M3, reviewed here), the Anon MFI facemask range can be chopped and changed depending on your preference.

These mid-weight options feature mouth perforations to stop steaming are about thick enough for most conditions, but you can also get full head coverage and a range of different weights depending on the protection you require.

Ass Industries Haul Ass Snowboard Wax 2015-2016

Available in four different colours (and flavours) for different conditions – All Temp, All Temp Fluorinated, Cold and Cold Fluorinated – the Hall Ass Wax range all have speed in common, and a mould shaped like a backside…

With tons of awards, and a great reputation going back to 1998, Ass Wax serves an incredible range of riders, from Pat Moore to Sage Kotsenburg, to Jed Anderson and so many more!

Burton Snowboard Starter Kit 2015-2016

Lock, multitool, scraper stomp pads, cord leash (for zones where it’s compulsory) and a handy case to keep it all in. All little extras that are handy to have when you’re getting started – hence the Burton Starter Kit.

Some you may outgrow in time, but keep good hold of that multi-tool folks, an invaluable item in your pocket stash, regardless of how long you’ve been riding.

Coal Uniform SE Snowboard Beanie 2015-2016

Scott Stevens tends to go pretty colourful with his snowboard hardware, but for this Coal Uniform SE beanie collab, he’s gone the other way.

The ultra-warm heathered wool outer comes in neutral ‘charcoal’ and ‘natural’ colourways – and it’s looking a lot like a timeless classic to us.

Lined with a soft acrylic yarn for comfort, pack it on colder days and we don’t doubt it’ll keep your head happy.

Crab Grab Crab Trap Snowboard Stomp Pad 2015-2016

Crab Grab offer stomp pads and foam grips in all sorts of shapes and sizes nowadays, and if you’re after foamy traction that’s hard to miss, the Crab Grab Crab Trap fits the bill for sure.

Its 22 hole, chicken wire inspired hexagon design measures about 7 inches squared. Whether you’re learning to scoot, or throwing one footers like a pro, it’ll lock in your boot every time.

Dalikfodda Penrose Pentagram T-Shirt 2015-2016

Everyone’s favourite deathpunk snowboard crew return this year with a new range of beanies and more – including this Dalikfodda Penrose Pentagram, revamped with gold graphics.

Bearing graphics and an impossible geometric penta design from Andy Mold, it’s a headscratcher and a pensioner-scarer all in one package, on high grade cotton that won’t lose its shape or colour over time.

Dalikfodda Rail Face Blocker 2015-2016

The Will Smith-approved Dalikfodda Rail Face Blocker might not actually shield you from a double-kink to the grill, but it will help keep you cosy and warm, and grinning ear-to-ear through the winter months.

It’s made from lightweight fleece, with a new natural rope drawstring with toggle and psychedelic Dalikfodda patch. Wrap your head in one of these  and it’ll thank you forever more.

Dragon Mountaineer X Sunglasses 2015-2016

Not exclusively for snowboarding, but undeniably designed for life up on a hill, the Dragon Mountaineer X sunglasses come with about as many accessories as one set of sunnies could possibly want.

Leather sun shields offer extra side protection, while a removable nylon rope lets them hang low when not in use without going missing. For even more ear grip, you can swap the the arms out for curved temple cables. Did we mention they’re super impact resistant too?

McNair Snowboard Mountain Shirt 2015-2016

The McNair Mountain Shirt seen here is their Heavy Weight Recycled Merino version.

There are other variations, and you can even get one made to measure, but they’re all top quality shirts that can be used both on and off the hill.

We’ve reviewed McNair Mountain shirts in the past, and their winning formula continues largely unchanged, so check that out for the full run-down.

Mizu M8 CAPiTA Skull Water Bottle 2015-2016

You’ve got to stay hydrated when you’re out riding, so you might as well do it in style – and Californian bottle experts Mizu have teamed up with CAPiTA to bring you the Mizu M8 CAPiTA Skull bottle.

Jussi Oksanen‘s post-riding project uses food-grade stainless steel with a grippy outer finish. It’s a single wall reusable container which won’t take hot liquids, but will keep cold liquids in your pack quickly at hand in a grippy unit for Defenders of Awesome.

Nixon Blaster Speaker 2015-2016

As big a speaker as Nixon make – and secondary in volume only to the Blaster Pro – the Nixon Blaster speaker is a tough, stashable unit that provides wireless audio on the go.

Available in heaps of colourways and boasting all-day usage off a single charge, it’ll also take calls from your phone.

It even comes with an auxiliary cable, should you find yourself needing to blast a track through your pre-Bluetooth era Walkman…

One Ball Snowboard Wax 2015-2016

One Ball do far too many wax variations to possibly go into detail on them all, but safe to say, if you’re in need of speed, they’ll have something that’ll work for you.

From all temperature options in radical shapes, to two-part systems, to rub-on versions for quick boosts, they’re all made in the USA – and they even have 100% sustainable versions for guilt-free performance too!

Outdoor Tech Helmet Audio Chips 2015-2016

Ever wondered what those little pockets are in your helmet’s ear-warmers? That’s right, they’re a handy pouches for audio systems – like the Outdoor Tech Chips.

These are the Bluetooth wireless version, so you won’t have to deal with any wire-tangling issues, and they’re even compatible to make calls without taking off your lid.

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 2.0 Speaker 2015-2016

Coming in with a rugged construction and a water resistant design – presumably in tribute to its namesake – the Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 2.0 speaker is a Bluetooth unit that promises 96db of noise.

That’s  comparable to a noisy power mower, or a motorcycle at 25ft (thanks internet!).

Pack it in your bag to get people pumped at the next mini-spot jam or impromptu barbecue.

Outdoor Tech Yowie Facemask 2015-2016

More than just a fabric tube for your face, the multi-use Yowie – and its part fleece cousin the Arctic Yowie – make a highly breathable facemask thanks to their polyester microfiber construction.

What’s more, they’re promising freeze-free wear thanks to breathable and wicking properties.

Park PARKLINE Bucket Hat 2015-2016

Headwear comes in all shapes and sizes these days, but there’s always something to be said for using that logo on your noggin to support the folks that help snowboarding on the ground where you live.

Manchester-based Park are all about helping grassroots riders and doing it for the love.

If you’re in the market for a bucket hat that’ll do for riding on warmer days, the Park PARKLINE comes in 100% cotton for comfort when the spring shred comes around.

Roxy Lana Collar Women’s Snowboard Neckwarmer 2015-2016

Not the most heavyweight protection against the cold admittedly, but for a versatile all-season backup it’s hard to go wrong with the Roxy Lana Collar neckwarmer.

Made from Dry Flight ultra-wicking polyester, it will provide an extra layer for when the wind chill starts to kick in, and your facial features need some protection.

Shred Belu$hki Sunglasses 2015-2016

There are sunglasses (you know, the free ones they give out at events…) and then there are sunglasses – and the Shred Belu$hki is most certainly not the former.

Carl Zeiss lenses are paired with a multi-layer acetate front, and wooden arms with embossed Shred metal inlays – these definitely give the impression of a quality bit of eyewear, so don’t go leaving them at the bar.

Skullcandy Grind Headphones 2015-2016

A fresh set of cans from Skullcandy for this year, heaps of development and design time has gone into the Skullcandy Grind.

We’ve gone into detail with our launch review, so we’ll keep it short here. If you’re after low profile headphones – with outstanding audio for their price point – the Grind is in place to show you how it’s done.

Skullcandy Air Raid Speaker 2015-2016

Tested against light rain and spilled drinks, the Skullcandy Air Raid has taken military inspiration and put it in a rugged package with premium audio.

Made to last all day, it claims 14 hours of wireless playback when you’re on the move, and has a power adapter and aux cable too for when you need them.

With two 50mm drivers, you shouldn’t be struggling for volume either.

Stance Beavis & Butthead Yellow Snow Snowboard Socks 2015-2016

We probably don’t need to give too much spiel here – especially for Beavis & Butthead fans. But safe to say these Mike Judge colabs will go down a treat this season.

There are two designs available; the ‘Beavis and Butthead’ Sock and the ‘Yellow Snow’ sock.

Both offer an anatomical fit for each foot, and strategic compression for all-day comfort.



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