Gift Guide For Skiers & Snowboarders 2016

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Airhole, Arc’teryx, Buff, Burton, Dakine, GoPro, Helly Hansen, Icebreaker, Oakley, Outdoor Research, Ski & Snowboard, Smith Optics, The North Face, Wigwam. Gift Guide For Skiers & Snowboarders 2016

There are two types of Christmas shoppers; the early birds who get all their shopping done before December 1st and the last-minute shoppers who are scrambling on December 22 and 23 trying to find the perfect present for all the special people on their shopping list. Sometimes all it takes for those last-minute shoppers to get going is a series of good deals or just some good ideas so they don’t end up buying everyone on their list toiletry gift baskets that they find at the department store.

When it comes to Christmas shopping, some people are just simply hard to shop for. There’s nothing in particular that they really need and they don’t have any gift ideas other than the extravagant objects that aren’t exactly realistic for your price range or this lifetime. For those tricky receivers, gift guides are a charm!

If you’ve got a skier or snowboarder you need to purchase a gift for this season, this gift guide will give you plenty of ideas in a variety of budget ranges so you can keep your shopping sanity and have some happy gift receivers.

Gifts for $200 and More

Oakley Flight Deck goggles

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For the ultimate field of vision and a wide range of helmet compatibility, the Flight Deck goggles are an essential piece for those skiers and boarders looking for the best field of view on the hill. Equipped with PRIZM™ SNOW lens, you get enhanced visibility and colour contrast so you can see all the grooves and bumps around the mountain for an epic day of side hits and fun lines. The Oakley Flight Deck is available in a variety of colour combinations so you can find your ideal goggle band-helmet duo and the perfect lens for your home mountain conditions.

GoPro Hero5 Black

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The latest technology in hands-free recording and photo taking, the GoPro Hero5 Black is a gift to remember for those mountain warriors on your Christmas shopping list. Recording in 4K video, equipped with voice-control, a touch display screen to check out your captures and a waterproof design. There will be no shortage of these cameras on Christmas wishlists around the world this season.

Outdoor Research Unisex Capstone GTX Heated Gloves

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Keep the cold-fingered folks on your Christmas shopping list happy this season with a pair of the Capstone GTX Heated Gloves. The gloves are heated with two ALTIHeat™ batteries per glove which heat the glove surface throughout the back of the hand and the fingers so you can enjoy everyday in the snow even when it’s unbearably cold. Outdoor research also offers other models of heated gloves and mitts and other heated accessories are available from other brands too. Cold weather will no longer hinder backcountry plans and epic days on the hill.

Gifts For $150 and Less

Smith Optics Squad Goggles

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Get crystal clear vision on the mountain all day thanks to Smith Optics’ Fog-X technology and TLT Optics. The Squad goggles have a Cylindrical carbonic-x lens making them tough and durable for your most radical adventures. Keep the skiers and boarders on your Christmas shopping list happy with a pair of the Smith Optics Squad goggles. There’s a variety of lens tints and goggle strap colours so you can match the rest of the snow gear.

Outdoor Research Luminary Windstopper Sensor Gloves

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 Outdoor Research’s Luminary Windstopper Sensor Gloves are the perfect 3-in-one glove to keep your hands warm, dry and happy on multi-day adventures. A GORE® WINDSTOPPER® soft shell outer keeps your hands protected from the elements while the removable wool blend liners keep your hands warm when the temperatures drop. The removable liners make these gloves perfect for more multi-day adventures because they can be dried out overnight if needed so they’re ready for the following day’s adventures.

Icebreaker Winter Zone Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip

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Stay warm on the coldest days on the mountain in the Winter Zone Top. A heavyweight base layer zip shirt designed for highly active days in cold conditions and optimized fabric for active performance. Strategic fabric choice and placement make this shirt a great technical top for those who want gear and warmth that they can rely on. Lightweight, 180gm eyelet merino mesh is used in the underarm panels to control body temperature when you’re working hard. The merino wool also works hard to control odors and keep you feeling fresh all day.

Gifts For $100 and Less

Arc’teryx Phase AR Zip Neck Long Sleeve

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When cold days can’t keep you from your backcountry explorations, the Phase AR Zip Neck Long Sleeve is a midweight base layer you can count on. Designed for performance in colder temperatures, the Phase AR Zip Neck Long Sleeve is made from next generation Phasic™ AR material. Polyester yarn structures on the inside and outer layer of the fabric rapidly wick and disperse moisture so you remain dry and warm while you’re exerting yourself. A tall collar adds warmth and a deep front zipper provides ventilation when needed. The Phase AR Zip Neck Long Sleeve is the perfect gift for the technical skiers and boarders on your Christmas shopping list.

Dakine Heli Pro 20L

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When the snow is great and the lift lines are backing up, the Dakine Heli Pro pack can be your savior to catch a few fresh turns before all the best runs are tracked out. Unbuckle your board bindings or pop out of your skis, gear up your pack and head for the boot pack. The Heli Pro is the perfect backpack for short hikes and is equipped with a vertical snowboard carry feature as well as diagonal ski carry feature so you can spend more time enjoying the snow and less time standing in lines.

The North Face Montana Etip Glove

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For those skiers and boarders in your life that are constantly pulling their gloves on and off to play with their phone and get the best selfie on the chairlift, these Etip gloves are the answer. The Etip feature on these gloves works with touchscreen devices and will save you from wasting precious time on the mountain when the snow is at its best. The North Face Montana Etip Gloves are also highly waterproof and insulated to provide the best warmth so you can enjoy long days on the hill and never miss a single photo opportunity.

Gifts for $50 and Less

Burton Burke Hood Face Layer

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For those days when the sun is shining and it’s too warm for a full jacket while hitting laps of the park with your friends, the Burke Hood Face Layer is the perfect accessory. You get the comforts of a hoodie hood and can pair it with any hood-less top you own. Made with Burton’s DRYRIDE Ultrawick™ Fleece, the Burke Hood Face Layer is both quick-drying and highly breathable so you can enjoy the comforts of a hoody all day on the hill.

Helly Hansen Dry Top

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The original technical base layer top from Helly Hansen that is chosen by many athletes for a variety of sports. Made with Helly Hansen’s HH®Dry fabric and Lifa® Stay Dry technology, the Dry Top lives up to its name and will keep you dry for the duration of all your activities. Thanks to its extremely breathable and super-lightweight features, the Dry Top is a must have for all outdoor activities, aerobic or not.

Air Hole Airtube Cinch – 2 Layer

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Add a little personality and warmth to your on-the-hill look with the Air Hole Airtube Cinch. You can pick from a variety of patterns and designs to really let your personality, or alter ego shine on the mountain. The ergonomic shape is designed to fit your face perfectly and protect your from the elements and this particular style is equipped with a 2 layer fabric so you get maximum warmth while you’re out shredding the mountain. Selective designs such as the Steve (pictured above on the right) or the Five-Zero allow you to play with your identity and appearance and trick your fellow mountain goers.

Gifts For $30 and Less

Dakine Goggle Stash

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Keep your goggles from getting scratched and damaged with the Dakine Goggle Stash. The fully padded and fleece lined goggle stash offers a protective sleeve to store an extra lens and also has mesh vents.This is the perfect gift for the skiers and boarders in your life that are constantly complaining about scratched goggle lenses or are known as the one always cleaning their goggles until they’re completely streak-free.

Buff High UV

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Buff products are some of the most versatile neck warmers you can find. You can transform your neck warmer into a toque, a headband and even a balaclava in a matter of seconds. They’re also available in a variety of fun patterns so you can add some colour to your mountain wardrobe so your friends and family can easily spot you in the lift line. The Buff High UV is great for sun protection on blue bird days on the hill too so you can enjoy the sun and the snow and avoid spending your evening soaking in an aloe vera bath to ease the sun burn pain.

WigWam Unisex Snow Hellion Pro Socks

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The Wigwam Unisex Snow Hellion Pro Socks are the perfect sock for ultimate comfort on the hill. You’re sure to have dry, blister-free and odor-free feet all day long thanks to the use of Merino Wool. Remember, happy feet will keep you on the hill longer so don’t forget to pamper your tootsies and while you’re at it, add some colour to your first layer and opt for one of the bright colour options.

What Are You Waiting For?

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales may be coming to an end but there are still plenty of products available for your Christmas shopping convenience. With Christmas in less than a month, this gift guide is sure to ease the stress of your Christmas shopping and ensure everyone on your list gets the present they’ll love.

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