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Top Picks Snowboard Gear December 2010

Published in Whitelines Magazine Issue 93, December 2010

Snowboard Gear December 2010 BURTON FOURSQUARE ANON AMEL K2
Snowboard Gear December 2010

1. BURTON

PISTOL PANT £150

5,000 MM / 5,000 GM

Quick on the draw? Then these Pistol pants are well worth a look. Their relatively tight fit means you’ll be bang on trend, so you can stroll into any dome like you rule the place – and then gun down any cowboy who challenges your authoritah!

2. FOURSQUARE

MELISSA WOMEN’S JACKET £150

5,000 MM / 5,000 GM

This stylish pastel blue jacket looks great, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Foursquare has always been the Program’s more tech brand, and this jacket is no exception. It’s got proper insulation beneath that shell, meaning it’ll keep you warm wherever you go on the mountain.

3. ANON

REALM GOGGLE – £130

Bringing Burton’s pedigree to the goggle market, Anon are one of the best established mask-makers out there. This classic shape sells well year after year. Looking at it, it’s not hard to see why.

4. AMEL

FAMELY BASE LAYER – £30

Amel was set up by a couple of students from Sheffield who realised that most base layers look a bit, well… gash. Combining their degree-level knowledge of materials with a snowboarder’s eye for style, the lads set out to create the raddest therm layers around. Keep it in the famely.

5. K2

DARKO BOA CONDA BOOT – £190

Flex 8

As well as looking rad (green is a great colour)this boot packs some serious punch. It’s got K2’strademark side Boa (allowing you to tighten the inner on the fly) and a stiffish flex that make sit perfect for those who demand some serious responsiveness from their footwear – decent park riders and speed-loving powder hounds will love this.

6. BURTON

CARTEL EST BINDING – £200

Flex 7

Burton’s Cartel is a bit of a classic. In fact, over the years they’ve probably shifted more of these bindings than Pablo Escobar has sold coke –people just keep coming back for more. This latest version, with their plush straps and EST easy stance adjust system, is guaranteed to get even more people hooked.

Snowboard Gear Dec 2010 NIKE 6.0 RIP CURL R.E.D. THIRTY-TWO BONFIRE GRENADE
Snowboard Gear Dec 2010

1. NIKE 6.0

MAVERICK MID 2 – £50

As anyone who’s ever seen Back to the Future II knows, high-tops rock. With their retro styling and simple, classic colour way, these sweet shoes are guaranteed to make you look the shit. Power laces? Alright!

2. RIP CURL

VADDO GOGGLE – £90

Rip Curl’s team are pretty hot shit – just check out the DVD on the front of this mag for proof! This is the goggle that a lot of the lads wear, whether they’re standing on TTR podiums or shralping around Switzerland.

3. R.E.D.

TOTAL IMPACT SHORTS – £70

How many times have you fallen on your coccyx and thought you’d never walk again? Well these may well be the answer to your prayers. Strong and well padded, but not so big that they’ll stop you looking gangsta.

4. THIRTY-TWO

DIGGIN’ JACKET – £170

20,000 MM / 10,000 GM

Thirty-Two’s outerwear collection is only in its second year, but it’s already pretty well established and pretty, well, pimp. Take this sweet black jacket for example. Plain-looking perhaps, but its serious spec suggests it’s not for poncy poseurs anyway.

5. BONFIRE

WOMEN’S GEO BOOT – £180

Flex 6

This is Bonfire’s flagship female boot, and it’s a goodie. It’s got a seriously cosy inner, a pain-free Boa lacing system and a relatively stiff flex that makes it responsive at high speeds and comfortable on pretty much any terrain. Looks sweet too.

6. GRENADE

X KR3W – £60

Grenade consistently produce some of the most stylish gloves available. Not only do these look rad, but they’ll keep your fingers toasty too, while still allowing you enough movement to skin up.

Snowboard Gear Dec 2010 QUIKSILVER OAKLEY DRAKE 686 SMARTY COMMAND VANS ADIDAS
Snowboard Gear Dec 2010

1. QUIKSILVER

CHAMBER DOWN JACKET – £185

5,000 MM / 5,000 GM

Everyone needs a good down jacket in their wardrobe – if only for those days when the cold, crisp air makes you want to take your duvet up the mountain. This one is a particularly fine specimen, with all the things you need to make you feel right at home.

2. OAKLEY

EERO ETTALA ENTIREPRO JACKET – £200

15,000 MM / 20,000 GM

Eero has long been one of the best all-round riders in the business – slaying park, pow and urban stuff with equal amounts of effortless style. Last year he made the leap into household name territory by winning the X Games slope style, and bagging this sick pro-model jacket from Oakley. As you’d expect from Eero, it’s techer than tech.

3. DRAKE

FIFTY BINDING – £130

Flex 4

Drake make some damn fine bindings. In fact long before they first put their logo on a board they had a reputation for being one of the best binder makers around. The Fifty is pretty much their flagship freestyle model, and has served many a rider well over the years thanks to its light weight and ergonomic straps.

4. 686 SMARTY COMMAND

JACKET – £170

8,000 MM / 5,000 GM

686 make some of the best outerwear in the business – just ask pint-sized pipe wizard Louie Vito. This is the one he wears as Mr Blue in the 686 Reservoir Dogs piss-take, but it’ll make you look as badass as Harvey Keitel in the original.

5. VANS

AURA BOOT – £185

Flex 6

The Vans Aura sits in the middle of Vans range, offering a medium flex that’ll suit most riding styles at a price that won’t blow the bottom out of your bank account. It’s nicely tech as well, what with that double Boa system and its ‘Impact Sorb’ sole technology – which makes heavy landings a whole lot easier.

6. ADIDAS

iD2 PURE GOGGLE – £130

With a nice, low-profile frame and a high tech lens (which is, of course, changeable for different light conditions) the iD2’s are a damn good goggle all round. Just ask Angus Leith or Dom Harington, both of whom rock Adidas.

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