Collected: Built To Last
Styles in snowboarding come and go like storms, but gear’s not cheap, so when you drop in on something you want it to be well-made and crafted to last. We’ve rounded up a selection of products designed for the long haul, that will look as good next season as they do this one, regardless of which way the winds are blowing.WORDS by Heather Hendricks, PHOTOS by Mike Yoshida.
[ 1 ] Union Force ($229)
Through its longstanding no-nonsense approach and straightforward aesthetic, the Force has become the flagship in Union’s line. It’s a sturdy staple built to last. This workhorse binding offers a lifetime warranty on the baseplate, paired with minimally stitched straps and simple, rugged highbacks. There’s a reason you see this binding at every mountain, mounted to every type of snowboard.
[ 2 ] O’Neill Decode Hybrid ($180)
This street-inspired jacket features 10K waterproofing and breathability, critically taped seams, medium insulation, underarm vents, and zippers hidden by secure snaps. The style is available in a wider range of colorways subtle enough to wear off-hill. Whether you’re riding the resort, riding the streets, or just walking down the street, the Decode works.
[ 3 ] Arbor Clovis ($500)
Designed with mountain man Mark Carter, the Clovis’ shape is inspired by an arrowhead. Its topsheet is made of black walnut, and the pointy nose is scooped to plow pow quickly and methodically. Parabolic camber lessens the amount of pressure at the already raised contact points, making for a catch-free ride that knows how to freeride.
[ 4 ] Burton Free Range ($90)
Ready for rugged missions, the classic styling on these burly gloves is timeless but packed with tech. The leather shell and palm boast Burton’s exclusive DRYRIDE Membrane 2.0 for maximum warmth and waterproofing, and touch-screen sensitive material on the thumb and index finger lets you get digits on your device without possible frostbite.
[ 5 ] 686 Cosmic Overall Up ($230)
Designed with the artful eye of Forest Bailey, these hardy bibs highlight Forest’s style and laidback yet hardworking nature. Dual-layer fabric in the knees and thighs reinforce strength and longevity. Easily adjustable shoulder straps and a removable belt with Forest’s art keep the fit customizable and comfortable. There’s even a zip-down chest tray to aid all your rolling needs.
[ 6 ] Never Summer West ($570)
Agile, yet powerful, the West is an animal that can roam all terrain with ease. Featuring a directional twin shape, the hybrid camber profile puts rocker in the center and enhanced cambered areas underfoot through the contact points, and its medium-flex is comfortable sending airs in the park, edging steeps, and slashing pow. This versatile board also comes in a wide model for big-footed boys.
[ 7 ] Adidas Samba ADV ($260)
Much like the iconic shoe by the same name, the Samba boot has become a reliable staple. Without any unnecessary frills, the Samba is ideal for those who prefer a mid-soft boot that allows natural movement and maximum board-feel. Its Continental rubber sole and newly added cuff articulation will hold up through multiple seasons of lapping park and laying soul carves.
[ 8 ] Dakine Clark Vest ($68)
This workwear-style vest is durable and versatile. Its canvas is rugged but not rigid, and the light insulation makes it ideal on its own in cool weather or as an additional insulator when it gets cold. Zippered front pockets can hold small essentials, and a “party pocket” on the back keeps your beer upright and your hands free.
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