The most crucial tool for snowboarding is obviously your snowboard. But after that, there are a number of other items that can come in very useful when you are out on the mountain. They aren’t always essential, but if you need them, they are worth bringing along.
I’m an avid snowboarder who has spent countless days chasing fresh powder and getting out in the snow every chance I can. I’ve used many tools over the years and have plenty of experience to know which are the best for other snowboarders to use.
In this post, I’ll show you the best snowboarding tools you can get your hands on. From items that can help you in an emergency to things you might have never thought of before, you’ll find it all listed below.
Let’s get after it.
1. Burton Bullet Tool
The Burton Bullet Tool is a solid little item that every snowboarder should consider having with them. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket when you ride and can come in handy if you want to adjust your bindings on the fly.
This tool was created by snowboarders for snowboarders and features some incredible innovation that makes it very easy to use in the snow. It’s lightweight and small but also is easy to use without taking off your gloves.
The Bullet tool gives you the power of a couple of different tools in one compact package. It has a #2 and #3 Philips head screwdriver, alongside a flat head, to give you the ability to tighten or loosen nearly any screw you’ll find on a snowboard or bindings.
It also comes with a 4MM Allen key and a 10mm wrench for added versatility and use. The Bullet has a fold-out design that gives you extra leverage so you can get things tightened up and make sure it stays in place.
2. Dakine BC Multi-Tool
The Dakine BC Multi-Tool is another one of my top recommended choices for the best snowboarding tools. If you want to head into the backcountry, you should seriously consider having this tool along for the ride.
You’ll get a larger number of tools packed into another compact package with this option. It’s not quite as small as the Bullet tool, but it’s still small enough to keep in your pocket or throw into a backpack.
It comes with several bits that can be used for snowboards, bindings, other tools, skis, or anything else that needs tweaking when you ride. You’ll get #1, #2, and #3 sized Phillips drivers for easy binding adjustment alongside a flat head bit.
The multi-tool also gives you 2mm, 3mm, and 4mm Hex bits for a more specialized use that can come in handy in certain situations. The #3 Pozidrive bit is also specialized, but it will surely pay off when you need it.
If that’s not enough, the tool has an 8mm and 10mm wrench for fastening or loosening bolts. And this one isn’t just for work, it’s also for play. You get a bottle opener to crack a cold one after those long days on the slopes.
3. Saker 18-in-1 Snowflake Multi-Tool
This is a tool that looks cool while still being highly functional. It has a snowflake design that might seem silly, but the round design actually makes it pretty useful when you are on the mountain. It’s highly convenient and effective at getting small jobs done right.
The name says it all, and this multi-tool by Saker will give you 18 different functions in a single compact unit. The entire thing measures just over 2 inches in diameter and 2.3 ounces, so it’s easy to carry in a pocket or even around your neck.
It comes with a number of different drivers to quickly adjust your bindings or their mount to your board. You’ll get Phillips drivers, flathead ends, Allen screws, and even a ¼ inch box cutter. This one is useful, to say the least.
I also like this snowflake tool because it is very affordable. You can easily give it as a gift or get this in addition to another larger tool for the sake of convenience. Eighteen tools are more than most of the more expensive smaller options have to offer.
4. XCMAN Ski Snowboard Side Bevel File Guide Edge Tuner
Another excellent tool for every snowboarder to have is an edge tuner. And this compact tuner by XCMAN is a recommended option that is effective, lightweight, and easy to use. You can get a quick tune-up on the fly using it and stash it in a pocket or bag when not in use.
This high-quality edge tool gives you the ability to grind your side edges to a precise degree while you’re out on the slopes. The included file guide gives you the means to make 87,88,89 and 90-degree edges with ease.
I like this one because if you hit a rock, stump, or anything else while riding, you don’t have to deal with a burr or break in your edges. You can whip this out and get everything sharp again in a matter of seconds.
It comes with an extra file, so you’ll be sure to have plenty of grinding power to get that edge dialed in perfectly for extra hold and power. The entire tool is well-built to last quite a while under heavy use as well.
5. Black Diamond Deploy Shovel
A shovel is a recommended tool for any snowboarder to carry who expects to be in any sort of avalanche danger. They can help you dig yourself or anyone you are riding with out of the snow and save their life. The Black Diamond Deploy Shovel is one of my favorite shovels out there.
It may seem like a simple tool, and it is, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less valuable than a tool that gives you more than one function. While this is primarily a safety tool, it’s still viable in other situations on the mountain as well.
The Deploy Shovel is made of a lightweight material that is easy to pack on your back while still having enough strength to dig into the snow when you need it to. You don’t need to worry about this one breaking or bending under a heavy load.
It also has a telescoping handle that allows you to adjust the length when you want to pack it or use it in the snow. This is a great feature that will give you a little extra leverage when you need it, but button up tightly to not affect your riding.
6. Dakine Torque Driver
The Dakine Torque Driver is another fantastic tool that gives you the ability to adjust your bindings or anything else that needs a little bit of tweaking when you ride. Thanks to a torque-style design that fits easily into your hand, it’s very convenient to use.
This one has a bit of a different build than some of the other standard snowboard tools you’ll find. It has an entire compact handle that lets you get a good grip before you start to tighten things down. You’ll be able to make sure everything stays safe, secure, and in place.
The Torque Driver also has many different tools you can use for whatever you need to be handled on the mountain. You get a #2 and #3 Phillips head driver plus a flat head and #3 pozidrive for versatile use. It also includes a separate wrench.
If you don’t want to worry about taking off your gloves or want extra torque that normal muli-tools just can’t provide, this is the way to go. I had one of these for years and always loved using it.
7. Gerber 07530N
This Gerber multitool isn’t explicitly built for snowboarding, but it’s such a good tool that it will work for just about anything, and it earns a well-deserved place on the list. I take one of these wherever I go, rain, snow, or shine.
The tool will give you several drivers so you can adjust screws and tweak your bindings just right when you ride. But it has another 14 tools to take advantage of that can come in very useful in all sorts of situations.
I’ve used this tool to cook dinner in the backcountry, scrape snow off the windshield, and straighten out a broken avalanche shovel. If you are creative and handy, this tool will prove itself time and time again.
It’s also made of solid stainless steel to withstand the rigors of consistent use in cold weather. The one-hand open design is also awesome and makes it very simple to use when you are snowboarding.
All of the tools on this list can prove to be useful for snowboarders of all kinds. I recommend that you get at least one of these and have it with you at all times when you ride.
They are all small enough to be highly convenient and can save your day if you need adjustments or something breaks.About Lorraine