Whether you’re new to snowboarding or a seasoned pro, you want to get most out of your riding. These handy new inventions can help you do just that.
Introducing the best snowboard gadgets of the year!
1. Action Cameras.
GoPro and other action cameras are great for capturing high-quality video on the go. The motion stabilisation technology these days is so good, you could ride a mogul field and still capture stable footage!
Make sure to also get any accessories that you may need such as a helmet mount.
- Best in class for stabilisation.
- Optimal clarity, even in snow.
- Incredibly durable and consistent.
- Wide range of add-ons available.
✖️ Expensive compared to others
- Does an excellent job for the price
- Attachments included
- Saves $100's compared to the gopro!
✖️ Can't quite compete on quality
2. Thermal Phone Cases.
The cold temperatures at a ski resort aren’t good for your phone. To protect it from the cold, why not get a thermal phone case? These pouches protect your device from impacts and the elements!
I tested mine out in super freezing conditions (think Alaska in January) and it worked perfectly.
PHOOZY Apollo II Thermal Phone Case
- Keeps your phone alive.
- Best rated on amazon.
- Even worked in Alaska!
3. Smart Sports Watch.
Sports watches have a range of features that snowboarders can use. For starters, they can help with:
- Streaming music (so you can leave your phone somewhere safe),
- Weather warnings
- Navigation if you get lost
- Tracking things like speed, amplitude, heart-rate etc.
- They even tell the time!
There are so many smart watches out there and most will do a pretty good job. At some point I’ll dedicate a whole article on the best smart watches… but I need to test them all first.
4. Hand Warmers.
Even the best gloves can struggle to keep your hands warm when the temperature drops. This is where hand warmers come in handy. They come in a variety of forms, including single-use and rechargeable options, so make sure you find one that works for you.
I find these are the best value for money and still work pretty well:
HotHands Hand Warmers
- Keep their hands (and feet) toasty on the slopes!
- A thoughtful, cost-effective gift.
- Made in the USA
5. Wireless Helmet Speakers/Headphones.
If you’re cruising alone and don’t like the idea of being stuck with your own thoughts for hours on end, then a helmet audio kit is what you need.
The Wildhorn Alta for example, is designed for helmets that support audio, allowing you to enjoy your favourite tunes or podcasts throughout the day.
As a side note, here’s some of the best tunes to snowboard to!
Disclaimer: Be safe out there folks. I’m not allowed to recommend that you listen to music whilst snowboarding. Even though it’s awesome. Do so at your own risk!
Wildhorn Alta Wireless Bluetooth Drop-in Headphones
- Great battery life
- Surprisingly comfy
- Cruise to your best tunes
6. Wireless Earbuds.
If you prefer something more versatile, wireless earbuds are the way to go. Good quality ones will even have noise-cancelling features to help you block out the outside world and focus on what you do best.
Whilst I’m not a huge Apple fan, their airpods are easily the best ones I’ve used. They don’t cut out and are pretty comfortable. The main issue is the risk of one popping out if you ragdoll.
7. Air Boot Dryer
This is definitely one of the best snowboard gadgets I bought this year!
No one likes wet snowboarding boots, especially when you get into them first thing in the morning.
An air boot dryer will dry your boots at the end of the day so they feel fresh the next time you hit the slopes.
It also helps prevent smelly snowboard boots!
DryGuy Force DX Dry Boot Dryer
- Best value for money
- Dries boots super quick
- Also dries gloves!
- I love mine
8. Wrist Protection
Now I know what you’re thinking… this isn’t a gadget!
However, the reason I included the flexmeter wrist guards is the insane amount of research that went into building them.
They have been built to mimic the natural flexion of the human arm. They increase resistance at the right points, working with your tendons and muscles. This avoids the creation of pressure points and breaks higher up the arm (which happens with some other wrist guards).
You’ve gotta admit… this is pretty cool.
The flexmeter can therefore save you from a very bad day on the slopes, making them a worthy investment.
I also included a cheaper alternative for the budget conscious.
Flexmeter Double Sided Wrist Guards
- The ultimate wrist protection
- Designed by orthopedic surgeons
- Flexes naturally with the wrist
✖️ The pricier option
Sulaite Impact Wrist Guards For Snowboarding
- Excellent reviews
- Much cheaper than flexmeter
- Low profile - fits under gloves
✖️ Less comfortable
✖️ Not as protective
9. Small Items Trackers
This is definitely one of the best snowboard gadgets!
Keys, phones, wallets, and other valuables have a nasty habit of going missing whilst snowboarding. To help find them, you can buy small stick-on trackers that help you locate lost items.
Airtags are the obvious choice and work pretty damn well, even in snow. I wish I’d bought them before I dropped my gopro on the lift last season!
(10. Avalanche Transceiver)
This bonus snowboard gadget could literally save your life.
Avalanche beacons (transceivers) are worn by snowboarders when they ride backcountry. In the unfortunate event of an avalanche, a buried rider can be located and dug out safely.
This particular gadget isn’t just nice to have, its an absolute necessity for anyone riding out of bounds!
BCA Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon
- Best bang for your buck avalanche transceiver!
- Extremely user friendly and intuitive.
- Light, durable and pocket sized.
- Extremely well reviewed.
Those were the best snowboard gadgets in my arsenal this season.
Did your favorite snowboarding gadget not make the list?
Let me know in the comments below.