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Buyer's Picks: Burton Snowboarding Gear

With snowboarding season just around the corner, you just might have new gear on your holiday wishlist. That’s why we asked Jim C., one of our buyers for the Zappos Rideshop, to recommend some of his favorite gear from Burton.

Now all you need is some fresh powder, and you’re ready to shred!

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Guys: 1. Burton Custom 160 Snowboard, 2. Burton Malvita EST Bindings, 3. Burton Imperial Boots

Girls: 4. Burton Feelgood Flying V 149 Snowboard, 5. Burton Escapade EST Bindings, 6. Burton Mint Women's Boots

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Look Fresh With Forum Gear On Your Next Shredventure

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Forum Snowboards is one of the most well-recognized and respected brands in the snowboarding industry today. As Forum Snowboards celebrates ten years on-snow one thing stays consistent, relying heavily upon their team of world class pro riders for invaluable on-snow performance feedback. This season they also made their Forum high-performance boot range lighter, smaller and more comfortable than anything in their class.

Forum Snowboards prides itself in being a leader of innovative Forum boots, Forum hoodies, Forum bindings and fitting you in everything you need for a day on and off the slopes. Forum Snowboards is geared toward raising the bar for snowboard equipment, now it's up to the other companies if they can keep up.

Fully loaded and built for nothing less than adventure, the Forum Holy Moly 155 is ready for any trick in the book. The Combo Platter profile combines the pop, edge grip and stability of the camber with the forgiving and playful ride of the rocker. This completely new profile has 3.75cm wide platters running 25cm along each edge, located just under the toes and heels of your feet. By lifting the edges up off the snow 2mm in those key areas, the board has a less catchy feel but still maintains smooth grip and control when you put it on edge. This profile is rounded out by a powerful nose and tail for big takeoffs and landings. The Holy Moly 155 sports Really Light Core (he lightest, strongest, and poppiest core. Built using 64% sustainable lightweight wood with beech inlays to beef up underfoot stability and add a bit more spring), Light Triax™ with Carbon (xtra spring and tip-to-tail response was added by layering this strips of carbon fiber over the Light Triax laminate) and Swinger's Club technology (makes the board spin faster and float with less effort).  Add on the Forum Republic bindings and you’ll be pounding the slopes with your bros in no time.

Before you head out on your shred weekend, pick up the Forum Giard Jacket to keep your style as fresh as the powder on the mountain. The DWR-treated shell repels moisture while the zippered underarms give you extra ventilation. If any company is committed to the integrity, thrill and perseverance of the ride, it's Forum Snowboards. Not only does it show in the highest quality of snowboard boots and bindings, it shows when you hit the mountain. Let Forum Snowboards be the one you choose, from start to finish. Get your gear on at the Rideshop on Zappos.com.

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Gnarly New Stuff From Gnu

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Based out of Carlsborg, Washington, snowboarders at Gnu have been carefully hand building high performance snowboards for the past twenty-five years. The nearby Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges gives them ample opportunity to try out their latest innovations. "We Build Our Own Damn Boards" isn't just a slogan for Gnu snowboards; it's a way of life.

Manufactured by Mervin Manufacturing, which is the longest running and last major snowboard factory in the USA, Gnu snowboards continue to keep its pulse close to the snowboarding community. And since Mervin’s "build, ride, refine" philosophy has created many important developments in snowboard evolution. The use of sidecuts to create edgehold and turning ability were first introduced by snowboard pioneer Mike Olson. The latest technology has been the creation of the Magne-Traction that makes snowboards easier to ride and improves overall performance. Their Banana technology continues to create better rocker control, tip-to-tail contact and improved gripping so the snowboarder controls the ice and not the other way around.

Gnu continues to move forward to be the leading snowboard company with a clean environmental conscience. Do your part for the environment and for your snowboarding career - get some Gnu gear at the Rideshop before your next snow trip.