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All About Snowboarding Helmets

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Snowboarding HelmetsYou may think fun comes first when you head out on a snowboarding adventure, but safety must always trump fun. If you do not protect yourself from the dangers out on the slopes, the fun can end in an instant. There are serious injuries at ski resorts and terrain parks every year, and there are some deaths from time to time as well. Wearing a proper snowboarding helmet will protect you in case you are next to wipe out in a major way.

When you go into a ski resort and head down the slopes, they have already protected themselves to make sure they are not legally liable if something happens to you. Most will not require you to wear a snowboarding helmet, but you should do so voluntarily to protect your own body.

There are some advanced level trails and terrain parks that are now requiring snowboarding helmets, but beginner trails are typically unaffected by those rules. Many injuries that result in permanent damage or death involve snowboarders with unprotected heads, so it is a good idea to wear one anyway.

There are three common reasons snowboarders do not wear helmets on the trails or in the parks:

1. They enjoy the sense of danger and risk as they race through the biting winds.

2. They feel their motion and ability to maneuver turns and tricks is hampered by the weight of a helmet.

3. They are worried about looking stupid or being laughed at by others on the slopes.

For starters, no one is going to laugh at a helmet on the trails. They are becoming more popular as the dangers of snowboarding circulate. Even more advanced riders are now seen on the slopes in their snowboarding helmets. Safety must always trump fashion.

Snowboarding HelmetIf you are hitting the slopes with children, then it is essential to buy helmets for everyone. You want to set a good example and role model safety from the very first time they step foot on the trails. Even if you are sticking to the bunny trails, it is important that the entire family stay protected from injury.

Snowboarding helmets are designed with extra padding, but you have to make sure it fits securely to your head. If it is too loose, it can fly off while you are snowboarding and become a risk to your safety. You also have to make sure the fit does not interfere with your peripheral vision. You need that vision to sense when you are coming up on others out on the trails.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 28th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

How to Rent Snowboard Equipment – Get More For Your Money!

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Rent Snowboard EquipmentThe dates for your snowboard trip are all set. You have friends or family on board for the adventure and your place is reserved at the resort or lodge. All you have to worry about now is making sure you have all the equipment needed to hit the slopes. There are some advantages when you rent snowboard equipment, rather than outright buying it.

The biggest advantage is being able to try out specific equipment before putting your money on the line. If you do not like something, you are not stuck with it. If you do like something, you can purchase it.

Renting snowboard equipment is also very convenient if you are on a tight budget for this trip or you are suiting up children who will quickly outgrow the equipment. If you are traveling by airplane, you may choose to rent so you do not have to haul heavy, bulky equipment through the airport and onto the plane. If you are driving and there is limited room in the vehicle, then renting will once again be the best option.

Snowboard Equipment Reservations

There is nothing more frustrating than arriving at your snowboard destination and realizing they do not have equipment in your size readily on hand. This often happens to those who do not think to reserve their equipment ahead of time.  It is more common during peak season, but can happen anytime for snowboarding. Many gear shops simply do not have enough snowboarding equipment to keep up with the growing demand.

Where to Rent Snowboard Equipment

Depending on where you are snowboarding, you will rent snowboard equipment from a rental shop at the facility or from shops in nearby communities. Some resorts are isolated from towns and communities, so you have no option but to rent from the resort. Other resorts are located near active communities with a variety of shops to rent from nearby.  The advantage to renting on-site is you won’t have to go far to return the equipment, but the best prices are typically found at community-based rental shops.   

How to Rent Snowboard Equipment

Try to rent your equipment the day before you plan to hit the slopes. This ensures you have plenty of time to find equipment perfectly fitted to your body. If you want to hit the slopes the same day you arrive, give yourself at least an hour to find the right gear and get suited up properly. This should give you time to find alternative rental shops if the first option doesn’t have what you need.

You will need four pieces of information for everyone renting snowboard equipment:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Shoe Size
  • Skill Level

You may lie about weight on your driver’s license, but lying in the rental shop could put your life in danger. The equipment you rent will depend largely on your weight, so be honest. If you have large feet, call ahead of time to make sure the rental shops available have larger sized boots. If they do not carry your size, then you will have to go online and order larger boots for yourself.  If you ask the shop what type of equipment they use, you should be able to buy boots that comfortably fit their equipment. Otherwise, you will end up purchasing all of your equipment.

When given the option of purchasing insurance on your rented equipment, always say yes. It is an extra expense, but in the event something happens to your equipment you will not be financially responsible.  In most cases, this insurance will only add five dollars or less to your rental cost. If something breaks you could spend hundreds of dollars making it right, so it is well worth that extra few bucks for insurance.

Snow is soft and easy to move through, but remember what is underneath that soft snow. You have hard ice, rocks, branches and other things that can damage snowboarding equipment.  When moving over a thin layer of snow, you do have a chance of hitting these things and causing damage.

Now that you know what you need to do to rent snowboard equipment, it is time to enjoy your trip to the slopes!

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 22nd, 2011 at 10:21 am

Shopping for Snowboarding Gear on a Tight Schedule – The Best Gear in Less Time

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You have a snowboarding event coming up in the near future and there isn’t enough time to get all of your snowboarding gear together. Where do you start? What do you buy first? This guide will help you get it all together in as little time as possible. Get ready. Get set. Shop!

Snowboarding GearWhat Snowboarding Gear Do You Need?

1. Snowboard

This is where it all starts, because there is no snowboarding without the board. You may be a beginner, but your performance will still be affected by the quality and fit of your board. Your agility level and the speed you can accomplish will also come down to the board.

There are 3 main board styles to choose from, including:

  • Freestyle boards: short, great for beginners, very flexible, easier to control
  • Freeride boards: great for intermediate boarders, allows greater movement and style exploration, most popular on the market, easy to play with yet not dangerous
  • Alpine boards: rigid build, the choice of advanced boarders and pros, suitable for top speed, quick turns and more dangerous curves

Notice that different types of boards are suitable for different skill levels. Don’t get in over your head by purchasing a board that could put you in danger. If you are clearly a beginner, then stay away from the alpine boards. With time and practice, you may get to that level, but it isn’t worth risking your health and safety for right now.

2. Snowboard Bindings

Beginners often look at bindings and think they are flimsy, cheap and probably useless. This is very far from the truth. You need these bindings to remain safe out in the snow, so choose with care. The different options include:

  • Strapped
  • Flow-Ins
  • Plated
  • Step-Ins
  • Baseless

3. Snowboard Boots

Beginners often downplay the importance of picking out the perfect pair of snowboarding boots, but you have to take this seriously. The right pair of boots will keep your feet dry and warm so you can stay out in the cold longer, and they will protect the entire foot and ankle from injury. Your options for different types of snowboarding boots include:

  • Hard Boots
  • Soft Boots
  • Mixture Boots

When trying on a pair of boots, make sure that you can comfortably wear them for a long period of time and that they feel adequately flexible.

4. Snowboard Attire

Hyperthermia is the result when you don’t pay enough attention to your snowboarding attire. Make sure that you select an entire outfit that will keep your body protected from the intense cold and moisture from the snow and wind. Keep the following in mind when selecting attire:

  • Comfort
  • Quality
  • Durability
  • Waterproofing

5. Snowboard Goggles

Goggles are not an optional item dependant on your personal style. They are essential to allowing you to see everything in front of you when on the trails. This is important at low and high speeds, so do not pass them up. Snowboarding can be quite dangerous if you are whirring down a mountainside blind!

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 20th, 2011 at 2:40 pm