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Snowboarding – Shopping for Gear

Snowboarding is a fun sport so long as you have the right gear to warm you up and protect you at the same time. This article will help you pick the right kind of clothing and protective equipment for this sport.

1. Boots

Snowboarding boots may different from the typical boots that you wear when you walk into the snow. Depending on the boots that you choose, you can alter how you can control the board when you ride it. Of course, the type of boots and how you choose to attach it to your board would also affect the convenience of riding and dismounting from the board.

If you choose step-in boots, you would be able to attach to your board right away. Since the boot is fixed to the board already, you can also immediately transfer all your body movements to the board. However, if they become lodged in with snow, you would have difficulty maneuvering or removing them from your feet.

Be warned though that step-in boots would limit the choices of boots that you can get, and the locking mechanism in the soles of these boots carries additional weight. That can prove to be a hassle when you have to hike long distances to look for a good snowboarding slope.

If you want more boot options, pack lighter when heading out, or simply enjoy softer feel on your feet, you would definitely want to just deal with the cumbersome attaching of strap-in soft boots. Like how its name suggests, it would allow you to just wear your boots before you ride the board, but it offers you great flexibility.

Traditional boots also goes with any board bindings, compared to the step in that requires you to buy the boot and the strap together. The only sacrifice that you have to make is that you need to bend or sit on the snow to strap it well.

Tip: If you want to prevent snow from getting inside your boots and to make sure that they are snug, you may want to also purchase heat moldable liners. If you want to make space for your toes so that you can wiggle them once in a while, you may also put toe caps before you place liners in your boots.

2. Jackets and pants

Snowboarding is a physical sport, and for that reason, toughness and durability are major considerations when it comes to choosing your jacket and pants. Also, you need to make sure that your clothing is waterproof, so check for waterproof ratings by manufacturers.

While snowboarding is a winter sport, keep in mind that you would still sweat and your body will eat up as you move, so make sure that you check out the ones with breathable fabric in order for you to keep your body cool while wearing them as you ride out.

3. Gloves

Your gloves would be subject to a lot of punishment, so make sure that you choose gloves with durable and waterproof materials, with an inner lining that would keep your hands warm. You would also want to choose a pair that allows you to reduce the impact of the terrain to your hands – you would realize that you would not only be touching snow, but sometimes, stones and trees as well.

4. Goggles

A good pair of goggles serves a lot of purpose, but the main point is that you need to have a pair that would help you see perfectly when you hit the terrain. When selecting your goggles, always choose the ones that have great fog control and allows you to still make use of your peripheral vision.

You would also need to get a pair that protects your eyes from UV rays and can adjust lens color (transition lenses) to deflect harsh light.

5. Helmet

Well, there is a lot of argument on whether a snowboarder needs a helmet or would he just get away with his goggles on. The answer would always be this: yes you need a helmet, and to disprove the other argument that it is uncomfortable and that it would impede the line of sight, then choose the helmet that fits you well.

That is still the reasoning that you need to keep in mind even when you are planning to just take slow rides. Make no mistake – the possibility of crashing and hitting your head badly on a rock is very, very high in this sport. However, an ill-fitting helmet can cause you more bad than good when you crash.

In order for you to prevent discomfort, choose a helmet that allows you to wear your goggles comfortably. Make sure that it also promotes ventilation and warmth to help you endure long snowboarding sessions without having to feel that you need to take it off to make your head breathe once in a while and then put it back on again.

6. Stomp pad

A stomp pad is a snowboard accessory that is commonly attached just a little before your back foot. This accessory is used to free the soles of your boot from snow so that your boot gains traction. Having this can also help you glide quickly from other snowboarders approaching via chairlift so that you can get to your bindings quickly.

Note that some boards already come with a stomp pad, but if yours doesn’t, you can just buy it separately and attach it to your board.

7. Snowboard leash

This leash is a strap that you attach to your front foot so that your board will not slide away from you. Keep in mind that your board will launch down in a slope fast and can collide with other people in a slope, and for that reason, this accessory commonly comes with the board, but if you don’t have it, better purchase one.

Take note that a snowboarder without a leash normally appears to be responsible, and you do not want to have anyone hurt in the slope because of you.

Gia Zavala Damon

Completely getting immersed in outdoor activities, I learned to discover the nature in many aspects, namely, in the countryside, at the seaside or in the mountains. He wants to inspire any backpacker the climate, fishing, abundant wildlife and natural beauty.

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