Snowboarding Socks and Locks

Two things to look at/think about this week – snowboarding socks and locks.

Sterling snowboard socks

I’ve known about Sterling Socks for a while now. I follow Jamie Nicholls on twitter and he mentions them from time to time. I followed the links and took a look. Not heard of them before? Here’s the low-down:

“A snowboard sock company bought to you by Dan Wakeham and Nick Atkins with help from Jamie Nicholls, Ben Kilner and Aimee Fuller”

With people like that involved, I feel compelled to support them. I haven’t tried any of their socks yet, but they do look pretty sick. I’ll hook some up before the Breckenridge trip. Who knows, I might get some socks that I want for Christmas…


The three examples above, from left to right are the Nicholls Pro, the Fuller Pro and the Rasta Sock. They’ve got 6 of the 7 different designs/socks available…

Anyone tried them?

Snowboard locks?

The place we’re staying in Breckenridge – one of the reasons we picked it was so that we can go straight from the hill to a bar, then walk back. Leave your board outside, have a few beers, maybe some food…



I don’t hesitate when it comes to leaving my snowboard outside of the bar or restaurant. That’s one of the great things about snowboarding, the culture, the community, being in the mountains – the people tend to be ok. Trustworthy.

But you do hear about boards being stollen from time to time, which sucks.

The thought of buying a snowboard lock kinda annoys me. Once I do that, I’ll be thinking about it. “Well, I brought this lock with me in case some dude tries to steal my snowboard…” I kinda prefer being ignorant to it. If it happened I’d be mad for sure, but I won’t sweat it in the meantime; act like it wouldn’t, and shouldn’t happen.

Naive? Maybe. Or perhaps it helps contribute to a positive environment?

What’s your take on the subject? If a snowboard lock seems to make perfect sense, you can pick them up for £10 or less.


  • Reply November 2, 2011

    Ian O

    Last year I got a lock as a xmas present so took it away with me in Feb, I was kinda the same with not wanting to use it so i didn’t feel as though ” if i don’t lock it, someone would nick it!..

    Over a week i only used it a couple of times, I was in classes and at one bar/restaurant we went to a couple of time the instructor said for everyone to pile the boards together so it was easy for us to keep a eye-on as a couple of boards had gone from the area in the previous few weeks.. So I used my lock there, was nice to know my board and the others I locked it to should be safer than those without locks.

    The lock I have is pretty much the same as the one pictured but a different make, light easy to put in my pocket and no hassle to carry, but the main thing was HAVING to use a lock in the first place (this could be mainly due to the lunch stop in question could be accessed by road so just could have been passing crooks who know that they could get a couple of quid for a board and bindings)

  • Reply November 3, 2011


    Hey Ian,

    yep, I know what you mean. And about the locks themselves – they do seem pretty light weight, but when it comes down to it, they would be more secure than other, non-locked boards. It’s just another thing to put off the opportunist…

    In your example – we’ll put it down to passing crooks, not other snowboarders 😉


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