Shaun White of the Winter X Games
There are two types of people in the world: those who love the snow and those who see it as a giant shoveling headache. Olympic gold medalist Shaun White is the former. The carrot-topped snowboarder, who helped make couch potatoes appreciate snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics, returns to the 12th Winter X Games Friday, Jan. 25, on ESPN.
Of course, you don't need to have any actual talent on the slopes or the superpipe to dress like a superstar in the white stuff. No, sir and/or madam. This time of year, outerwear such as board pants and winter shells is a great way to express yourself in the snow because whatever you're wearing underneath probably won't see the light of day. In fact, this is one of the only times when you can be fashionable with a red, runny nose.
At just 21 years old, White has already accomplished more than many people get done in a lifetime. Aside from the gold medal, the acclaim, product endorsements and world travel, White now has a clothing line bearing his name from Vermont's Burton Snowboards. The White Collection -- "straight from Shaun's brain" -- features everything from socks to snowboards and has the attitude you'd expect from someone who's experienced so much success at an early age.
Our favorite is the Asym jacket. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns from black and white to roasted brown with faded gray plaid to kryptonite with faded green plaid. Pockets are asymmetrical with piping and each jacket features mesh-lined pit zippers and a microfleece liner. To aid in waterproofing, each seam is fully taped. All jackets also have fully contoured hoods.
And while jackets are nice, they won't do a lot without matching board pants. The Asym pants come in the same color combinations and tech features as the jackets -- with the added pleasure of mesh-lined inner thigh vents. Why don't all pants have inner thigh vents? Bellowed cargo pockets and signature Shaun White belts complete the look.
In addition to the Asym, White's line also includes Heaven's Reward jacket and pants, a more subdued Cargo jacket and pants and a truly subtle slim-fit number called Puff the Magic Jacket in solid colors. The more hard core Heaven's Reward is rated to 10 degrees below zero with Thermacore insulation and features printed satin lining and hand-warmer pockets, hidden shirt cuffs and a removable contour hood. According to the Burton Web site, the style was "dreamt by Shaun, sent by God and baptized in style." It's hard to argue with that.
Another great item from Burton is the Sleeper Hoodie. It is the very definition of boarder chic and techie geek with cuff thumb holes, custom zipper pulls, hidden stash pockets with earplugs, a removable, inflatable neck pillow, a sound pocket with headphone cable port, and an inner passport and ticket pocket. Did we mention it also looks cool?
Suddenly snow seems like a good idea.