Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re a procrastinator stuck with forking out overnight shipping charges or just haven’t yet found the perfect gift for the skier or boarder in your life, these ideas might help. They are also good ideas after Christmas for yourself using that money your rich uncle sent.
Who says safety can’t be fun? Nutcase does make plain black ski helmets, but the brand sets itself apart with funky designs. The Stumptown Woody ($80) looks like a bowling lane down the middle with “NUTCASE” stamped on each side.
TREW Kooshin Jacket
The Kooshin Jacket ($199) from TREW features a three-dimensional synthetic insulation with stretch known as 3DeFX+. The jacket is available in both men’s and women’s models.
Smith Colson Sunglasses
Especially in bright sunlight, Smith sunglasses with Chroma-pop lenses make the world so vibrant that it’s a little like going from standard-def to HDTV. The new Colson model ($209) is just one offering that can be ordered with the Chroma-pop lenses. A photochromic Chroma-pop version (actually “polarchromic” in Smith’s lingo) that darkens in brighter light is another option for $239.
Alps & Meters Alpine Anorak
Alps & Meters apparel has a definite old-school look fused with modern features. The Alpine Anorak ($695) was modeled after the clothing worn by the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. The jacket is made of traditional waxed canvas that will actually patina over time for a cool textured look. A modern 10k/10k waterproof membrane is hidden underneath.
Forsake Clyde Boots
Forsake was started by a pair of ski buddies looking to make better after-ski boots. Clyde boots ($120) are what they call “sneakerboots.” The name obviously signifies their design objective of combining functionality and comfort.
DMOS Stealth Shovel
The Stealth Shovel ($99) by DMOS Collective is specifically designed for building kickers. The shovel head moves, packs, and rakes snow for the perfect jump.
The Kinderlift Vest ($48) is popular in children’s ski schools, because the strap on the back helps instructors lift fallen little ones back on their feet. On the chairlift, holding onto the strap also provides peace of mind. Considering it works for professional instructors, the vest is certainly a great idea for parents.
Based in Oregon, Bosky uses recycled materials for its MK.2 goggles ($140, $69 on sale). The goggles feature a fine-woven hemp ventilation system to prevent fogging.
Refrigiwear makes work clothing for cold temperatures. Think guys who work in meat lockers. The company is now venturing into the recreational ski market. Products like the Insulated Soft Shell Jacket ($125) bring to mind the durable workplace cachet of those Kinco gloves that are so popular with ski patrollers.
Flylow Ridge Gloves
Speaking of Kinco gloves, Colorado-based Flylow has refined the idea of work gloves on the slopes. The Flylow Ridge Gloves ($40) have traditionally been sold in only a natural leather color, but the model now has three color options.