Not done your Christmas shopping yet? Fear not - the internet is here to take care of your last-minute needs. Not that it's a new thing, of course; we see the same dark clouds gather over the employee's entrance to the Amazon warehouse before every festive season.
As ever, we've scoured the virtual shelves of some of the web's best retailers in search of some nifty gift ideas from people who know their onions. Essentially you can buy with a click of a button, and skip all that enabling-tax-avoidance iffery in one fell swoop.
"For quick and easy stocking-fillers, look no further than these beauties"
You can of course check out much, much more in our Snowboard Buyer's Guide, which reviews the latest snowboards, bindings, goggles, jackets, pants and more. But for quick and easy stocking-fillers, look no further than these beauties.
Patagonia P-6 Trucker Hat
This fancy cap from Patagonia is often spotted on the head of our esteemed Editor-in-Chief. He often raves about how well it blocks the sun's glare as he peers into the mountainscape, hoping to plot a safe course for his trusty drone before it smashes into a nearby gondola.
Don’t let the fact that he wears it put you off, though; the Patagonia P-6 trucker hat has sufficient quality to shake free from even the most damning of associations. The embroidered logo is bang on trend, and the mesh at the back means that you can even wear this on the mountain during the warmer months without ending up medium-rare.
The bulk of the hat is made of organic cotton, naturally, and the classic panelled structure and snap-back adjustability mean that you’ll always stay comfy.
Arcade Sierra Belt
As for Arcade belts, the whole bloody lot of Team Whitelines rocks one of these, and yet somehow they’ve still retained their appeal. Perhaps the presence of Bode Merrill and Austin Smith on the pro team has granted them protective cool powers.
We’re singling out the Arcade Sierra belt for its winning embrace of the camo constant, but you can’t go wrong with any of their ‘adventure’ belts. The stretchy fabric has a durable water repellent coating, so it’s as tough as it is comfortable.
It’s absolutely bang on for travelling too, with no metal parts to set off airport detectors, and it’ll make your jeans feel like pyjama bottoms. When you’re on a long flight or transfer bus, the Sierra is worth its weight in gold.
Little Hotties Hand Warmers
If you know someone who suffers particularly badly from the cold, then these air-activated hand-warmers are a must. With minimal fuss you can enjoy up to 8 hours of heat-boost, which can make all the difference between good days and bad ones.
With ten packs (each containing two warmers - you know, one for each hand…) this stash of Little Hotties Hand Warmers should keep you going for a couple of peak-winter trips. The price is right too, especially when you consider how much you’ll save on mountain-restaurant coffees.
Skullcandy Jib In-Ear Wireless Headphones
Riding with tunes remains a personal preference issue, although we’d hope that no-one’s daft enough to ride in a busy resort with Mastodon turned all the way up to 11. Or Ed Sheeran at any volume.
If you need the music, even if only for solo chairs while your mates are still sleeping off their demi of Jupiler, then the Skullcandy Jib wireless headphones will definitely come in handy. The integrated music controls are much handier than actually footering with your mp3 player or phone on the hill, and connecting with Bluetooth is a piece of cake.
There’s also a built-in mic, allowing you to make and receive calls on the move. So when the rest of your squad finally drag themselves up the hill, you can arrange a meeting point with ease.
Or instead, with a quick press of buttons you can dinghy the call, pop on some Sheeran (let’s not kid ourselves - statistically speaking, that’s the most likely scenario), and scope your next line.
Anon Primo Clava
With their highly-regarded range of magnetic goggles, it’s no surprise to see Anon also take a deep dive into compatible facemasks that click into place just underneath the frame. If you own a pair of their Magne-Tech goggles, then it’s definitely the best option for keeping your face covered.
If, on the other hand, you use more conventional frames, then Anon have got just the thing for you too. The Anon Primo Clava has the same moisture-wicking qualities and ventilation as the magnet-enhanced versions, but come in at a lower price.
Any pair of goggles will sit comfortably over this balaclava, with no bunching. Win, rain and sleet won’t stand a chance against it, so if you’re after an extra level of face protection then the Anon Primo is it.
DaKine Goggle Stash Case
With goggles getting ever more tech, it’s important to keep ‘em as safe as possible. Despite not making any goggles themselves, the clever bods at DaKine know this, and that’s why they’ve come up with this handy goggle case.
The fleece lining of the DaKine Goggle Stash Case will keep your lens safe if you don’t already have them in a goggle bad, and the padding is great too. A simple zip system grants you access to the chamber, where seperate lenses can be safely stored in individual sleeves.
Like most DaKine stuff, the outer casing is tough enough to handle years of travel abuse, and there’s even a venting system to keep your goggles fog-free at all times. That can give this the edge over a backpack’s goggle bag, especially on long tours when you want to stash your frames for the ascent.
Oakley Factory Park Gloves
Wherever possible, a rider should have a decent arsenal of gloves to match the possible conditions. These low-profile hand-clothes from Oakley are best suited for warmer conditions - think end-of-season slush-bashing.
The palms of the Oakley Factory Park Gloves are made of ridiculously grippy silicone material that lets you tweak the grab until your bindings beg for mercy. The touchscreen-compatible gloves make getting the ‘gram easy and hassle-free, and the durable nylon can cope with all the hand-drags you can muster. Trust us - wearing a pair of these beats slush-burn, every time.
They’re easy to slip on and off, with a velcro fastener to make sure they stay put when you want them to. Once your hand is in, the ergonomic shape is cosy without being too restrictive.
Given their small size and low price, it’s worth getting a pair of these even if you only head for the mountains at the coldest time of year. They’d be great for wearing to the pub in the evening, allowing you to leave your chunky mitts back at the chalet.