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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