SIA 2015: Style Trends

Gabby Rainville

We already talked tech, now it’s time to break down the style trends we saw for 2016—from outerwear to board graphics to accessories. While function is most important when it comes to your setupr, many of us live in our snowboard gear—and looking good is a huge plus.  The overall looks we saw for next season can be broken down pretty simply: floral, animal prints, and space. From facemasks to boots we saw these over and over again in different forms. Some done well, others a little over the top.


Coal’s floral facemask.

Union was not the only company with floral bindings.

Phunshun Wear jumps in on the animal print on some of their facemasks. Photo: Kira Martinez.

Lots of leopard in the Burton L.A.M.B. collection


In outerwear we also saw a big trend toward making functional pieces that could transition to streetwear—and we liked it. You no longer need two jackets for riding and for everyday use (if you were ever fashion conscious enough to bother have both, anyways). Overall bright colors and patterns were out and more muted colors were in. I do have to say though that if this continues we’re going to see a lot less riders popping out in pictures. We also saw military influences in many pieces.

DC’s lineup was heavily influenced by streetwear look, with some animal print mixed in. Photo: Kira Martinez.

We loved the DC Downtown jacket. Photo: Kira Martinez.

Grenade bringing some of their military style to their women’s outerwear.

Roxy jumping on the casual wear trend, by making baselayers that can be worn off the hill as well.

Although Roxy’s lineup looked similar to previous years with more feminine looks, they did have some jackets that echoed some of the casual wear and military trends. This was our favorite from their outerwear collection.

We liked this Smartwood baselayer. It’s made to be a technical baselayer, but you can’t tell from looking at it.


Even Nikita toned down some of their bright colors and bold patterns for a more sophisticated look that still represents their core style:


Nikita’s Mayon Jacket Washed Look

Nikita Hel Jacket. Photo: Kira Martinez.


Of course there are always exceptions:

Subtlely was lost on Burton’s collaboration this year with L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, and the outcome was a bit horrifying.


But Burton also had one of our favorite street-style jackets, the Mystery Gore-Tex Jacket which is brand new for 2016. We liked not only the casual look but the fact you didn’t have to sacrifice waterproofing for style.

On the left, the Mystery Jacket. Right, the new TWC Maverick Jacket.


Board graphics. These are certainly not the deciding factor in when you’re purchasing a board, but few women would complain if they actually liked the design on their boards. Fortunately this year we saw a positive trend away from “shrink and pink it” not only because most boards are being tailored specifically to women, but the graphics are a lot less pink and frilly. Although neon and bright colors went out on the outwear side of things, it certainly was not on boards. We saw lots of space and psychedelic graphics, and use of bright colors on boards, as well as some tropical influence sneak in there also this year, reminding us of exactly the opposite of everything snowboarding is. There were also many artist collaborations that impressed us, and had interesting backstories.


The designs on Nikita’s Heida collection come from the watercolor painting of founder Heida.

Japanese surf shaper “Takuya “Tappy” Yoshikawa created the designs for the Family Tree line of boards.

Space kittens on the Jess Kimura pro model.

The 2016 Capita Birds of a Feather.

Smokin’ had a mix of animal print, psychadellic in their graphics for the women’s 2016 line.

Never Summer’s women’s board collection.


DC was doing something a little different:

Just because I enjoy eating cupcakes, doesn’t mean I want it on my board


So this next trend may not be a style trend, but it’s certainly big. Eco-friendly products have been popping up for a while, but we saw more and more of it, and increasing creativity when it came to making sustainable products.

Zeal optics was getting right into it with their sunglasses line, in which they tried to use mainly plant based products, for not only frames but also for lenses. The Ace sunglass frames are made entirely from Cotton. Amazingly, they will biodegrade after a few weeks in water, but don’t worry they’re durable and feel just like plastic:

Photo: Kira Martinez.

Every Burton core is now fully certified by the Forest Stewardship Council—an independent non-profit that promotes environmentally sound management of forests.

Photo: Kira Martinez.

INI Coop was founded on the principle of recycle and sustainability, and it’s throughout their whole line from outerwear, to hats, to backpacks. Everything is at minimum 75% recycled or sustainable material. Their women’s outerwear line is brand new and will be released for 2017.

INI Coop is creating women’s jackets that will be released in for winter 2017. Photo: Kira Martinez.


Posted by Gabby Rainville on 02/09/15

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