Yes, winter is over. And unless you’ve got plans to hit up Windell’s Camp this summer or that dream trip to New Zealand booked, you’re not going to be lacing up your snowboard boots for another six months.
But summer’s not so bad. It’s not like you ever stopped skateboarding, right? And then there’s all manners of camping, boating and fishing to take part in. You might even find yourself lurking around the coast this summer, looking for surf (just make sure you have the right kind of wax). Here is some solid summertime gear from the snow brands you know and trust.
Burton Riggs Snap Back hat ($30)
Ok, so after wearing the same two beanies for eight months, it might be time to wash them. And while they’re in the wash, maybe keep the sun off your dome with the Riggs, a stylish 6-panel snapback of 100 percent cotton. Its got that tight look of a flat visor and Starter Fit. Four different styles with trusted Burton style. Ladder Stitched Woven burton label reminds everyone where you’re priorities lie … even in June.
Smith Guide’s Choice Sunglasses with ChromaPop+ Lens Technology ($219)
Fresh or salt water, there are more than a few snowboarders who will find themselves smelling like bait this summer, if they’re not already chasing small mouth or bluefish. ChromaPop+ is Smith’s newest technology, providing color clarity and visual definition in a high impact resistance Trivex lens, all while reducing eye fatigue. Having a good pair of shades in the summer is essential no matter what you’re doing, but when you’re fishing, polarity is key to seeing what’s happening in the drink. The Guide’s Choice features large facial coverage and wide temples to reduce glare, premium Italian stainless steel spring hinges, hydrophilic megol nose and temple pads for a secure fit and a detachable sunglass leash (and you can even use them on the hill next winter).
Lib Tech Waterboard Ramp ($659)
Mike Olson (who founded Lib Tech Snowboards with Peter Saari) was shaping surfboards way up in the Northwest before they went on to revolutionize sidecut. For the past decade, Olson has returned to his roots and come out with a surfboard that’s true to his style, made of stuff that’s never been used in surfboards before (like woven basalt fiber, nitrogencell foam, Hexzylon fiber and other materials you’ve never heard of). They’re priced competitively, and of course, in a nod to his skate roots, Olson’s original models were the Ramp, the Bowl and the Vert. The boards are more environmentally sound than traditional surfboards in material and practice, but also because they’re considerably more durable. Snowboarders will dig the Ramp because it’s designed to make speed in small to medium surf and the twin shape mimics that of a snowboard for your spin trickery.
Patagonia Wavefarer ($59)
Boardshorts from one of the most ethical companies on the planet. Truth be told, Yvon Chouinard was just as much a surfer as he was a rock climber. But Patagonia sets the standard for quality on the hill and they extend their “Ironclad Guarantee” to replace or refund products, all the way to the coast. The Wavefarer is a well-made board short of light, quick drying nylon with a durable water repellent finish and side pocket. You have your choice between 19, 20 and 21-inch outseam with a variety of colors and prints.
Lib Tech Wharf Rat Pack ($99)
Lib Tech’s 20-litre Wharf Rat Pack is the call for summer adventures. You keep yourself and your gear dry all winter, why the heck would you fish damp clothes or a clammy towel from your bag in the summer? The Wharf Rat pack has a roll top watertight main compartment with sealing compression and drain hole, so your wet trunks or wetsuit can drain out the bottom with the option to seal up the drain in your car. The exterior front supply pocket keeps other items dry. Micro fleece lined pocket for iPod or shades and additional mesh side pockets; shoulder and waist straps are all Airmesh padded. Time on the road is time well spent.
Burton Bridgewater Short ($60)
Could there be a better conversation piece? One of three Burton Bridgewater boardshort styles, this one is a visual history of snowboarding with all your favorite Burton classic designs — Cruzer, Twin, Performer, Air, etc. Perfect for Rocky Mountain rafting adventures, paddling out or just swimming Vermont waterfalls. These feature classic 21-inch inseam fit with zipper side pocket, self-tie waistband and reinforced back rise seam. The whole trunk packs into its own pocket to take up less room in your bag.
DaKine Storm ($65)
Compared to those days you were riding the backside in a whiteout, a summer day at the beach kind of feels like … well, a day at the beach. But you still might get a little chill if the water gets under 68 degrees. And there are always those mornings and evenings with a little nip in the air. Keep your core warm with the Storm snug fit short sleeve surf shirt from the same company that makes great winter outerwear, packs, gloves and base layers. The Storm is a hybrid of a surf shirt and wetsuit top, with 2mm “DK-prene,” on the chest and back, SPF 50+ sun protection, flat lock seems and board short connector.
Burton Lil Buddy cooler bag ($70)
Keeping your cans cold in the winter is easy. You throw them in a snowbank and empty at will. It’s a little trickier for summer hikes, festivals, beach days or the trips to the skatepark. But the Lil Buddy makes it an easy haul. This 600D polyester-coated PU2 tote soft cooler is perfect for a 12-pack and keeps your other gear dry in several exterior pockets with cushioned removable shoulder straps. There’s also a handy bottle opener and koozie included (because you can never have enough koozies).
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