Shop the pros: Grab the gear that you'll find Kazu, Ståle, Chloe, Marcus, Bryan, Elena & Danny rocking on the hill this season
The season is in full swing, comps are kicking off, edits are dropping and the backcountry is firing. The big names are out in force, creating magic for our viewing delight on the pipes, pow fields and slope courses of the world. But what brands are they rocking? What’s the gear you’ll find them in? What sweet hardware is gracing their feet? We’re lucky enough to stock the brands and products that you’ll find on a whole host of our favourite riders, so we’ve put together this selection of pro models and rider-inspired choices to help you find the gear that’s got that super-shredder stamp of approval.
Kazu is one of the steeziest riders in the game, bringing that Japanese freestyle heat from the pipe to the backcountry and beyond, spicing up movie parts like a pound of wasabi and leaving your mind officially blown. His signature board on Capita is a pow-slaying weapon that’s built to bash the whole mountain but excel in the soft stuff, thanks to a compact backcountry-friendly shape, floaty nose, and generous helping of rocker up front. Looks dope too!
Kazu is a huge fan of the updated A Frame 2.0, having had his own signature series version in the past. The original A Frame was a bit of a game-changer – so popular that it achieved almost iconic status amongst shredders the world over. The second generation is bigger than before, giving you more peripheral vision with the same comfort, performance and inimitable Oakley style.
Every Ståle clip or edit that makes its way onto the internet is a must-see. His crazy technical skills, combined with the balls-out, up-close filming exploits of his camera man, Gimbal God, make them a thing to behold indeed. A man with those superhuman skills needs a setup to match, and the supercharged Mod Ståle RK1 is more than up to the job. This lightweight, stiff, traditional camber all-mountain board is built to go huge and it doesn’t disappoint.
Of course, there’s no point in rocking a big-hitting board like the Ståle Mod and not pairing it up with a binding that can hang. Super light and packing plenty of stiffness, the Targa is ideal for providing the power transfer you might need when torqueing-up a multi-cork off the lip of a super-booter at 50kph. It’s pretty handy for mere mortals too, mind you.
Chloe Kim was born in the year 2000. Just let that sink in for a minute… She’s only 17! Mind you, that probably makes her a bit of a veteran of the scene already when you consider she’s been snaring X-Games gold medals since she was 14. Whichever way you look at it, you don’t need to be much of a talent scout to see the monumental future she has in the sport if she stays healthy. Burton are lucky enough to have her on the team and the only Talent Scout either of them need right now is the one that you’ll find strapped to her feet. As you might expect, for a rider of Chloe’s calibre, the Talent Scout isn’t messing about. It’s light and incredibly fast, with a powerful flex that will stand up to the sort of punishment that confident intermediate and advanced female shredders will put it through. With some clever asymmetrical business in the core and edges, it’s a truly premium product.
It’s official, for winter 17/18, parkas are IN. And if there was a parka that you were likely to find Chloe Kim in, it’d be the Hazel from Burton. it’s super cosy, with 80g of Thermolite insulation in the body and 60g in the sleeves, plus that awesome faux fur hood. And the 2L Dryride fabric, with healthy 10k/10k waterproofing & breathability stats, is more than up to the job of keeping the elements at bay.
While we’re on the subject of wunderkind, it would be downright rude not to mention the quad-corking, comp-destroying Norwegian style-monger, Marcus Kleveland. Just one year Chloe’s senior at 18, Marcus has also achieved an obscene amount in his young career, with a slew of world-firsts to his name. If we had to describe him as anything, it may well be a beast! Which is, funnily enough, precisely what you’ll find him riding. Nitro’s Beast is designed and ridden by the likes of Marcus, Eero, Torgier and Sven, so you know what you’re gonna get – a lightweight and fast camber board with unbeatable durability and pop that’s built to devour pro lines and parks the world over.
Whether you’re hunkering down to throw a quad or tweaking out a steezy style move, you need a set of pants that’s going to give you the freedom to move. Markus is a Volcom kid, and if their gear is good enough for a monster like him then it’s more than enough for you or I. These Articulated pants are built to move, with an anatomical fit that lets you get loose, wherever you find yourself on the hill. 15k/15k stats, meshed vents and a bunch of extra features make these a truly pro-level pant.
Friend of Freeze, Bryan Iguchi, is a true gent and one of the nicest rippers we’ve ever had the pleasure of welcoming in our Edinburgh HQ. He’s been on Arbor for a while now, and it’s easy to see why when you dig into their ethos and check out the quality of their products first-hand. The camber version of Guch’s pro model is a directional all-mountain machine that’s got a penchant for pow, much like the man himself. Catch-resistant tech in the tip and tail prevents hangups, while the special grip-tech sidecut keeps you solid on the hard stuff. Quality gear that looks great, thanks to some understated graphics from Bryan’s own fair hand.
While not quite on the scale of Bryan Iguchi, Elena Hight is a seasoned veteran of the world snowboard stage, having turned pro in 2002 and attended the 2006 Olympics. She’s lost none of her skills over the years though – quite the opposite in fact – she’s matured like a fine wine, grabbing gold in the superpipe at X Games Aspen 2017. Elena’s a stylish rider, and that’s why you’ll find her rocking Volcom on the hill. These insulated Selwyn pants are a solid choice for anyone looking for that optimum blend of warmth, fit and tech performance at a great price.
Nixon is another brand who made the eminently sensible choice of bringing Elena onto their team, and their watches are perfect for adding a little of that steezy style to your look, both on and off the hill. With street-friendly looks and on-hill durability, watches like this Nixon Kensington are an awesome addition to any outfit.
Danny Davis is another rider who’s got style for days, and as our man Lewis was lucky enough to witness in the flesh recently, he’s pretty damn handy in a halfpipe too. The Free Thinker is one half of Danny’s duo of decks on Burton this season. It’s aimed at the park, pipe and piste – a lightweight and spinnable true-twin with a powerful traditional camber profile. Oh, and it’s rocking some pretty sweet Gonz graphics too – what’s not to like?
We finish our round-up of pro-preferred gear with Danny’s choice of Dragon, the awesome NFX2. That cylindrical look is back in style in a big way, and the NFX2 is one of Dragon’s finest examples. It’s got advanced lens technology that ensures superior visual clarity, and if conditions change, they’ve made it super quick and easy to switch lenses up too. Grab yourself a set now, before they disappear!