2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Outdoor Gear

Winterstick Split Swallowtail snowboardWinterstick Split Swallowtail ($1,040)
For decades, the ever-evolving Swallowtail has been the choice of uncompromising powder chasers from Vermont to Utah. (As you might guess, it’s not exactly designed for park rats.) Now Winterstick introduces a split version — throw skins on the bottom and you can hike, skier-style, into the backcountry in search of the deepest champagne flakes yet. We like how its rockered nose, cambered body, and streamlined shape send you flying over soft snow. But we love how the forked back end shoots a perfect rooster tail into the face of any who dare to challenge your mountain mastery. Suckers.