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6 Great Ideas for Kids Ski & Snowboard Gifts

6 Great Ideas for Kids Ski & Snowboard Gifts

by SHRED DOG Editor December 04, 2017 0 Comments

We can't wait to include SHRED DOG's 2018 boys winter jackets, girls winter jackets, ski pants, and more in a holiday gift guide next year but, for now, ski season has kicked off and the 2017 holiday season is in full swing so we thought we'd share some gear we like this year and that will also complement SHRED DOG apparel next year!

This list is based on the same dynamics that are driving the SHRED DOG brand. Kids have specific needs and also grow so fast that good gear can get prohibitively expensive. Direct-2-You pricing is still relatively new to the industry and we will include those brands where we find them but, otherwise, will recommend what we see as the best value possible.

Note that this list includes a few product recommendations in a handful of categories but is not a detailed buyer's guide of what features to look for and how to compare brands. We've included links to some other good blog posts for those details below. 

6 Kids Ski & Snowboard Gift Ideas

 

Kids Skis & Snowboards

It might be odd to start a holiday gift list with a recommendation to not buy anything but, especially for younger kids, our recommendation is actually to rent gear given the high prices and lack of direct-to-consumer priced options on the market. To avoid the hassle of the rental shop each time, look for a local shop that does full season rentals. Usually very affordable and you can swap out sizes mid-year if needed. But for those looking to buy, we do like these two products:

For skis, the Atomic Punx Jr III is a great all-mountain ski for kids that have advanced beyond the bunny hill.

For snowboards, it's hard to beat Burton and, in particular, the Burton Chopper is a great board to learn on. Soft flex for easy turns and their Easy Rider turned up edges reduce the chance of the inevitable edge-catch-faceplants we all loved while learning to ride!

Ski Boots for Kids

Boots need to fit, of course, but for the youngest kids, we think a lot of boots on the market can work fine. But there are two big challenges with kids boots that can start the day off, umm, on the wrong foot: forcing them onto little feet in the morning followed by the slow trudge of trying to walk in them. So, two recommendations:

The Rossignol Comp J1 offers a single buckle, rear-entry style, making it easier to get boots on and off of your little ones (their J3 is a 3-buckle but also good). And while far pricer, the Salomon QST Access 70T has a cool feature to unlock the heel for easy walking.  

Traction Grips for Ski Boots and Winter Boots

To make walking in any boot easier, there are a number of brands making traction grips for walking from the parking lot to the lift. Cat Tracks are very popular and also check out a newer brand Ski Skootys. They say one size fits all but may only work well for bigger kids. 

Ski and Snowboard Helmets for Kids

There are a number of helmet features that adults and older kids care about but, for younger kids, beyond construction (safety) and fit (even a great helmet that is too big is a safety risk), we like brands with a lot of color options at a reasonable price. For that reason, we like the Lucky Bums helmet for beginners (inexpensive and lots of color choices).  For more protection including MIPS technology, take a look at the Giro Nine MIPS. And for even more options, check out the reviews by familyskier.com here.

Best Ski and Snowboard Goggles for Kids

In addition to a flexible frames for fit and safety, anti-fogging, UV protection, and condition-specific lens tinting, one thing to look for is a good fit with the helmet you choose (not just to avoid the social faux pas of "gaper gap" but also to prevent cold air from blasting the forehead). The Anon Tracker is a cool kids goggle with lots of color options and good performance. Another brand that does not yet make kids sizes but we recommend the parents checking out is Glade Optics. Founded on the same direct-to-consumer pricing model as SHRED DOG, they make great quality goggles for a fraction of what the "leading" brands charge. And even though they're current styles are big, they do look cool on kids.

Great Ski Gloves for Kids (and Parents)

Gloves is another category where we want to see more direct-to-consumer priced options given high prices from traditional brands (as you know we co-design with families so, based on your input, gloves could be a future product from SHRED DOG). Today, though, cold, wet fingers are a problem for kids in the snow and our favorite glove on the market is Hestra Gloves. Expensive, but great quality. 

To help everyone in the #shreddogpack community, we'd love to get your thoughts on these products and other gear recommendations you have in the comments below.

Happy Holiday shopping from SHRED DOG! 

 




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Size Guides

SHRED DOG size guides are based on body size not garment measurements.

Please note that all SHRED DOG products are designed to layer, therefore each product is cut and sized to accommodate the appropriate layers underneath it. 

Fit

If you want a "true to size" fit today with minimal room to grow, order the size that your kid falls into on the charts below.

If you want a "looser" fit with more room to grow, we recommend ordering 1 size up and using the Adjust-A-Fit System to shorten the sleeves or pant legs. As kids grow, the sleeves and pant legs can extend with them (only on Hardshells, Insulators, and Pants).

How To Measure

To get the best fitting products please take a few minutes to measure your kid following these simple steps.

For all measuring use a flexible tape. If you do not have a flexible measuring tape, you can you a piece of string etc. to take the initial measurement and then hold it up to a construction style measuring tape.

1) Chest - Measure horizontally around the fullest area of the chest (underneath the arms) with the arms down
2) Waist or Hip – use whichever measurement is bigger to select your final size
a) Waist - Measure horizontally around the narrowest part of the waist, (which is about 2 inches above the belly button)
b) Hip - With feet together measure around the fullest point of the hip,  keeping the tape measure horizontal
3) Sleeve Length - With arms in their natural position down by the side, start at point where the spine meets the base of your neck, measure out to the shoulder, then down to the wrist bone
4) Inseam Length - From crotch, along inside of the leg, to the floor.

 

*NOTE - All outerwear pieces (Hardshells, Insulators, and Pants) can have the sleeves and pant legs reduced up to 2" with our Adjust-A-Fit system. As kids grow, the sleeves and pant legs can grow with them.

Pre-Order & Team Uniform Products

Elevated Kids' Hardshell, Element Kids' Insulator, Elevated Kids' Bib / Pant, Essential Kids' Mid-layer Fleece.

All measurements are in inches.

 SIZE 4 5 6 8 10 12 14 16

CHEST

22 - 23 23 - 24 24 -25.5 26 - 27.5 28 - 30 30.5 - 32.5 33 - 34.5 35 - 37

SLEEVE LENGTH

22 24 26 27.5 29 31 33 35

WAIST

21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23.5 - 24.5 25 - 26.5 27 - 28.5 29 - 30 30.5 - 32
HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 28 - 29.5 30 - 31.5 32 - 33.5

34 - 36

INSEAM LENGTH 21.37 22.37 23.37 24.87 27.37 28.87 30.37 31.87

 

Foundation Kids' Baselayers (Exclusive Pre-Order)

All Measurements are in inches.

 SIZE S (4-6) M (8-10) L (12-14) XL (16+)
CHEST 22 - 25.5 26 - 30 30.5 - 34.5 35 - 37
SLEEVE LENGTH 22 - 26 27.5 - 29 31 - 33 35
WAIST 21.5 - 23 23.5 - 26.5 27 - 30 30.5 - 32
HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29.5

30 - 33.5

34 - 36

INSEAM LENGTH 21.37 - 23.37 24.87 - 27.37 28.87 - 30.37 31.87

 

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    Boys T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    XS (4-5)

    S (6-7)

    M (8)

    L (10-12)

    CHEST

    14

    15.5

    17

    18.5

    HEIGHT 19 20.5 22 23.5

    Girls T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    XS (3-4)

    S (6)

    M (7-8)

    L (10-12)

    CHEST

    11.5

    12.5

    13.5

    15

    HEIGHT 19 20 21 23

    Mens T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    S

    M

    XL 

    XXL

    CHEST

    19

    20.5

    22

    24

    26

    HEIGHT 28 29 30 31 32

     

    Womens T-Shirts

    All Measurements are in inches.

    Height is measured from highest point of shoulder to bottom hem.

     SIZE

    S

    M

    CHEST

    16.25

    17.25

    18.25

    HEIGHT 25.375 26 26.625

    Girls Xena Hardshell, Swissie Convertible Bib Pant

    All Measurements are in inches.

     SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
    CHEST 22 - 23 23 - 24 24 - 25.5 26 - 27.5 28 - 30 30.5 - 32.5 33 - 34.5
    WAIST 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23 - 24 24.5 - 26 26.5 - 28 28.5 - 29.5
    HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 28 - 29.5 30 - 31.5 32 - 33.5

     

    Girls Seamless Baselayers

    All Measurements are in inches.

     SIZE XS/S (4 - 6) S/M (8 - 10) M/L (12 - 14)
    CHEST 22 - 25.5 26 - 30 30.5 - 34.5
    WAIST 21.5 - 23 23 - 26 26.5 - 29.5
    HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29.5

    30 - 33.5

     

    Boys Duke Hardshell, Ridgeback Convertible Bib Pant, Malamute Insulator

    All Measurements are in inches.

    SIZE 4 5 6 S (8) M (10) L (12) XL (14)
    CHEST 22 - 23 23 - 24 24 - 25.5 25.5 - 27 27.5 - 29.5 30 - 32 32.5 - 34
    WAIST 21.5 22 22.5 - 23 23.5 - 24.5 25 - 26.5 27 - 28.5 29 - 30
    HIP 22 23 23 - 24 24 - 27.5 27.5 - 29 29.5 - 31 31.5 - 33

       

    Boys Seamless Baselayers

    All Measurements are in inches.

    SIZE XS/S S/M M/L
    CHEST 22 - 25.5 25.5 - 29.5 30 - 34
    WAIST 21.5 - 23 23.5 - 26.5 27 - 30
    HIP 22 - 24 24 - 29 29.5 - 33