Kit Check: Mark McMorris
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There are very few snowboarders who have the list of accolades that McMorris does. While natural talent and hard work are obviously the main drivers, having the right gear is certainly important.
When it’s all said and done, Mark McMorris will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the best all-around riders to ever strap into a snowboard. That’s not to say he’s close to calling it quits—in fact, in some ways he’s just getting started. The two-time Olympian landed on the cover of the latest issue of Snowboarder Magazine with a smooth rodeo five cornice drop in Alaska, and we’ve heard whispers of some bangers in the Burton One World flick, just a few hints at his growing portfolio in the world of freeriding. From dominating the competition scene to building backcountry booters, McMorris can do it all—and he needs a kit that performs in every condition possible to match his style. What’s he rocking? Keep reading to find out.
For park laps and competition runs when the pressures on, Mark goes with Burton’s old faithful—the classic cambered Process 157. When he’s heading to the backcountry to land the cover of Snowboarder Magazine, he hops on the Deep Thinker. Twin-tipped, but slightly tapered for maximum float in deep snow, it allows Mark to throw his classic tricks, but still put it to his feet when the conditions change.
Burton’s do-it-all binding that Mark can trust when he’s swapping boards, the Malavita EST handles everything—from handrails to park laps, and backcountry booters to AK spines.
When Mark’s travelling the world hunting for fresh snow and competing for spots on the podium, there’s no room for two pairs of boots—luckily, the Burton SLX does it all.
Stance: 10 -6
Stance width: 21.5
After a heavy crash a few years back in the Whistler backcountry, Mark know the value of protection when you bail better than anyone.
The best peripheral vision in the goggle game, and designed by McMorris himself—an easy choice for the 2-time Olympian.
The AK Hover offers best in class waterproofing, durability, and it’s built with a stretchy material that allows freedom when you’re spinning to win and tweaking one out for the cameras—perhaps the most important feature for the oft-photographed McMorris.
Two things Mark looks for in his baselayers? Comfort and style. The Baker Power Wool wicks sweat, keeps you warm when the temps drop, and looks good enough to wear to apres.
Whether it’s the deepest day of the year or he’s sessioning the park, the AK Freebird Bib gives the added protection and warmth that Mark needs. To put the icing on the cake it’s made with top of the line waterproof Gore-Tex.
The Burton AK 30L is big enough to carry all the safety gear and extra layers for a day in the backcountry, but small enough to offer plenty of freedom when Mark’s sending it big.
One of Oakley’s classic models, Mark keeps it simple with the unbeatable Frogskin frame and Prizm lens technology.
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