Here are our Christmas Pick's around the shop this year. We play around with this stuff, we order this stuff, and if it makes it home with us or is under threat of walking out with us one evening then you know it belongs in a separate category.
Gnu Street Artist Series - Banana Tech changed the industry, magne-traction for us icy east coasters, and the classic hardcore art of Edward Colver... come on now, i'm only human. My defenses are useless against such an attack of goodness. Model only available at core snowboard shops.
Vans Encore Snowboard Boots - Classic Vans styling, very flexy, and the Boa system (i'm getting old, not having to pull laces means i can sleep in and extra half hour). 20 years of snowboard boots can't be wrong.
Banshee Bungee - You don't have one already? What's wrong with you? They're getting scarce, and we have one more left.
Anti Hero Hoodie - i don't believe in heroes, but i sure believe in this hoodie. Can't wear your Long's Board Shop hoodie all the time, and this one is so comfortable.
Remind Insoles - i now put them in EVERYTHING (except my coffee). They have been saving my knees and lasting longer than my sneakers.
Grenade Bad Religion Gloves - i became a spring boarding glove fanatic a few years ago (Rome's great version was on my list last year). i use them as my winter driving gloves and more throughout the winter as i await the joys of spring riding. They threw in a colab with Bad Religion and i fell for it. Do you see a trend here? Damn hardcore music.
The Yowie - i realize that not all of you can grow a beard and even the beard can't keep my gigantic nose warm. The Yowie is lightweight, warm, versatile, and even comes in a bandana print option - 'cause you shouldn't EVER be wearing that cotton thing. Looks great holding the ladies' hair back as well.
Vans Cabrillo Mountain Jacket - This lined, water resistant, flannel styled jacket is intended to bring the street look to the mountain (which it does well) but fuck, it is so much more. It's become my daily wear so far this winter. Teamed up with the Anti Hero hoodie above this was riding outfit of choice for late fall motorcycle trips right up until freezing temps threatened ice, salt and sand. Motorcycle to mountain, this thing stole my heart.
Honorable mentions - One Ball Jay Biogreen soy snowboard wax (environmentally friendly and smells like a soy latte when heating up), Rome Mob Boss bindings (a fav last year and soo good looking this year), Ride Manic (timeless board look that's going fast).
Outdoor Technology Chips - Outdoor Tech makes all kinds of wireless audio, I've also put their Turtle Shell speaker on my list (see below), but these are specifically for helmets. 90% of the helmets we sell for the slopes have audio liners with earphones already in them. The earphones run a cord that you feed down through your jacket and connect to your phone or iPod. BUT there's a better way. These chips are wireless and slide right into any audio liner. I use the OT tags constantly for everyday, especially for phone calls. They have great sound quality and are completely reliable. Now OT has taken it one step further and made these Chips that fit comfortably into your helmet and allow you to listen to your music AND call your buddies to brag about the great conditions.
Spitfire Formula Four Wheels - We cannot keep these in stock. Half of our team (that half that have tried them) skate these wheels now and swear by them. Team rider Adam is convince they're made with magic - allowing him to slide & ride fast BUT never slipping out. He's skating the 101s and says they grip better at Rye Airfield than any other wheel he's tried. Click here to watch the best video I've seen reviewing these wheels.
Vans Skate Duffels - Got a skater in your life that travels back & forth to school or to see his or her buddies? Are you a skater that travels? These duffels are perfect for any kind of travel - bus, plane, automobile. Fit your board and your other necessities all in one back and never have to check your baggage again. Adjustable straps on the bottom for your skateboard and tons of room inside for everything else. Grab handles & adjustable over the shoulder strap.
Glassy Sunhaters - A sunglasses company started by skateboarders for skateboarders. Mike Mo & his brother Vice keep putting out some great styles and for a totally reasonable price. Glassy's start at 14.95, and I'm not talking just plain black (although we do have those) - there's turtle shell, camo, wood grain all for that price. Or opt for 29.95 for polarized pro models! Polarized for 30 bucks. Oh Mike Mo, when will you make a Batman edition.
Vans Sk8-Hi - Takin it back to where it all began. This was Vans first high top and today they remain in their original form. Sure, you want to skate in your Chimas or Westgates or Astas but throw these on for kickin around - instant style.
Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell - Here we are, back at OT, but the Turtle Shell has been one of my favorites from the start. Everyone who has walked out with one loves it! Use with your device that has Bluetooth and get great sound (the bass on these things is amazing). Just like the chips, you can use it for phone calls too. The best part - it's water resistant, shockproof, dustproof. An indoor, outdoor speaker that you can use in the shower, go ahead. There are plenty of these wireless speakers out on the market, but if you're looking for one that will stand up to the elements the Turtle Shell is your pick.
Honorable Mention - The newest videos from Fallen & Zero are out and we have copies in store. These are both so great, for very different reasons. Fallen Road Less Traveled is more documentary style with some amazing sites & skating, and of course some Jamie Thomas. Zero Cold War - Tommy Gun's part is worth picking this up for, oh and then add Burman's part, no skater would be disappointed to get this under the tree or in their stocking.