Your noggin protection is the most crucial piece of gear you can buy. And we’re not trying to sound like your mom, but wear a helmet, dude. K2’s Rival Pro ($130, k2snowboarding.com) has all the safety features you need, plus the bells and whistles of added channel venting, a full-wrap liner to keep your head warm (no hat needed here), and Level 3 Baseline Audio so you can plug in your tunes and cruise. Crank it tight to the base of your skull with the dialed fit system and push off. Trust us, after the NFL buzz this year, we don’t think it’s worth it to risk concussion.