Gear Roundup: 11 awesome collaborations for 2012/13

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Bonfire x Pendleton

Pendleton has been around for a long time; your dad probably has a Pendleton flannel. Your grandpa might have one too. In case you haven’t noticed, they’ve gained quite a popularity among the age group that frequents this site as well. Bonfire’s also been around for quite some time, in snowboard terms, since 1989 to be exact. This season the two Oregon-based brands teamed up, utilizing waterproof flannel, to create some stylish, classic-looking outerwear.

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Union X Cobra Dogs Bindings

Union makes quality bindings. They’ve got a stacked team, and there’s a reason so many riders without a binding sponsor ride ‘em as well. Cobra Dogs makes tasty weiners, and weiner-man Cory Grove has managed to turn a hot dog stand into a staple of the snowboard world. Coming out of Union’s Custom House, The Union x Cobra Dogs collab are Scott Stevens’ signature binding. They are a “Frankenbinder” of sorts, featuring Union’s Contact baseplate, a multi-layer strap core, and the minimalist team highback, in combination with some sweet graphics. Now you can order your bindings the same way you order your dog – Cobra Style.

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YES x Globe Après Boot and Cruiserboard

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Yes. It’s a collaboration. YES is the definition of a rider-driven, quality snowboard company, and Globe is no stranger to producing quality footwear. This season Romain De Marchi, DCP, and JP Solberg teamed up with the folks at Globe to produce a collaboration that brings Globe to the mountains and YES to the streets. The YES team travels the globe (pun intended), riding deep snow and large mountains, and they’ve been known to party along the way. The Apres boot is exactly what you need when it’s time to change out of your soggy snowboard boots, and tromp through a few inches of fresh on the way to the bar. It features a Vibram sole to keep you on your feet, not on the ground, even after a few beers. It also has a high grade, waterproof, pebbled leather upper, which will keep you dry and looking good. YES and Globe also made a cruiser board you can ride to the bar if there happens to be no snow on the ground (let’s hope that’s not the case).

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Volcom x B4BC Clove Women’s Jacket

Volcom was founded in 1991 on the idea of creating high quality, good looking apparel for young people in action sports. Boarding for Breast Cancer was founded in 1996 with the idea of making breast cancer awareness and breast health a topic among young people, especially in action sports. So the collaboration between these two seems logical. The Volcom Clove Jacket is a slim-fitting, insulated, 10K waterproof piece available in four colorways that lets you show your support for a good cause on the hill or in the street. A portion of the proceeds from the jacket go to Boarding for Breast Cancer.

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Holden x Stussy

If you haven’t heard, Holden moved to LA. Building on years of experience making waterproof, street-style outerwear in the Pacific Northwest, they’ve teamed up with Stussy, who’s all the while been making stylish surfwear in Southern California. The M-51 Fishtail Jacket has cropped fishtail styling with a 2.5 layer washed vintage ripstop fabric that will keep you dry and breathable in downpours and windproof on blustery days. There’s also another Holden X Stussy jacket, vest, and flannel.

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ThirtyTwo TM-Two DGK Boot

Sure, it would be easy to argue that most snowboarders are not “dirty ghetto kids,” but if a snowboard company deserves to collaborate with a skate company, it’s probably ThirtyTwo. The TM-Two is the choice for most of the ThirtyTwo team because it’s a durable, solid, mid-flexing boot. This boot does a great job of staying tight all day long, thanks to a velcro closure on the tongue of the liner, an effectively working clasp on the internal lacing, and traditional lacing. The DGK signature styling will keep you looking tight all day long. Zing! There’s also DGK X ThirtyTwo jacket, pants, socks, t-shirt, hoodie, and even a snowboard if you know where to look.

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Burton x Full Bleed Joystick Snowboard

Since day one, Skateboarding has had a huge influence on snowboarding. Both are exhilarating and extremely fun; the reason we keep on doing it day after day. As a tribute to this connection, Burton’s 2013 Joystick graphics are inspired by the New York City skateboard book Full Bleed – the first-ever, comprehensive skateboard book that spans 30 years of legendary skaters and renowned photographers. With unique images for each length, the 2013 Burton Joystick is a must have for every snowboard collector.

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Spy x Keep a Breast Foundation Zed Goggles

For 2013, Spy and the Keep a Breast foundation teamed up on a goggle that not only benefits your eyes, but you boobies as well. The Spy Zed retails at $110, of which $3 per sale will be contributed to awareness programs aimed at eradicating breast cancer through prevention, early detection and personal assistance. Who doesn’t want to support a cause like that? Hooray for boobies!

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Burton x Filson Outerwear

With a philosophy that has never changed: “Might as well have the best,” it’s no wonder Burton teamed up with Filson, who, since 1897, has been making high-quality, rugged clothing. Carefully designed so the “the best” is always evident, each piece offers tech and fit that incorporates timeless fabric and function and is offered in the Hellbrook Jacket, Squire Jacket, Sentry Jacket and Hellbrook Pant.

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Spy x Herschell Goggle

Collaborating with Herschel Supply Co., Spy Optic has designed a technical, one-of-a-kind goggle with a timeless, vintage aesthetic for those who love the outdoors. Offered in both the Platoon and the Marshall goggles, the collaboration comes with a custom-crafted goggle bag fashioned in classic Herschel Supply Co. style.

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GNU x Pendleton B-Pro C2BTX Women’s Snowboard

This winter GNU and Pendleton combined efforts to bring the ladies a fresh take on snowboard design with the Limited Edition B-Pro snowboard. Featuring GNU’s B-Pro technology, each package is outfitted with either a 149 or 152 snowboard with Day of the Dead inspired graphics and a Pendleton Day of the Dead (64″ x 80″) blanket to keep cozy after a long day of shredding pow.

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