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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

Five Snowboarding Jacket Selection Tips – The Perfect Jacket for Comfort and Style

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Snowboarding JacketWhy is your snowboarding jacket important? You can just purchase any old jacket from a clearance rack somewhere, right? Many beginning snowboarders would agree with this, but those who have been in the sport for awhile know that it is important to select the perfect snowboarding jacket.

For starters, without a high quality snowboarding jacket you will freeze to death out in the cold. You need the protection for your own health and safety, but you also need it for your sense of style and self confidence. You don’t want to blend into the crowd out on the slopes, do you? Of course not!

Following are some tips to steer you in the right direction of finding the perfect jacket for snowboarding safety, comfort and style.

Put a Sticker on It

The problem with basing your snowboarding jacket purchase on price alone is that lower priced jackets tend to be less waterproof. They also tend to have less venting, so they are not going to be as comfortable or safe. You will pay more for the best jackets with added ventilation and increased waterproofing, but you will stay dryer, more comfortable and safer out in the snow. When you see a jacket with a very low price, question why it is priced so low.

Let It Breathe

Ideally, your snowboarding jacket will be the perfect pick for an extremely cold day as well as days with a little more warmth. The same jacket can be used regardless of weather, as long as it has adequate ventilation features. In most cases, ventilation comes in the form of zippers that can be pulled down when you need to release some body heat for comfort. The zippers are typically along the arms, chest, and/or back.

Keep the Water Out

Waterproofing is extremely important, since you cannot stay dry without it. Without staying dry, you won’t be fit for the cold, wet snow for very long. The problem with cheap snowboarding jackets are they typically have low quality waterproof coatings, which wear away in a short period of time. You will have to replace these jackets a lot more often, which means they really aren’t cheaper than more expensive jackets that last longer.

Look for a jacket that doesn’t rest only on a coating. The fabric should be waterproof itself. Some jackets may also have taped seams and insulated zippers, but prepare to pay a bit more for that added protection.

Insulation is Key

Preventing hypothermia is one of the primary concerns when purchasing a snowboarding jacket. This comes down to insulation. The fit should be adequate to accommodate a few layers of clothing underneath the jacket, but it should be comfortable without those layers as well. This allows you to adjust the layers for the weather. If you are going be in extreme cold or have a low tolerance for cold, make sure the jacket also has built-in insulation. Just make sure that the insulation doesn’t prevent you from moving around comfortably.

Snowboard JacketMiscellaneous Features

Some jackets will come with some added features that aren’t on others, such as:

  • Extra Pockets
  • Detachable Hood
  • Cuffs

Pockets can vary in sizes and are good for holding gear or even just a bottle of water or a snack for long afternoons of play in the snow. The hood is great for those days out when the snow is actively pouring and the cuffs help you keep out more wet snow and cold wind.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 17th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Buying Snowboarding Pants? Tips to Make Selection Easier

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Snowboarding PantsYou can’t hang with your snowboarding buds for long if you aren’t equipped with a great pair of snowboarding pants. This goes far beyond looking cool out in the snow. Without a good pair of pants, you won’t remain dry and comfortable enough to snowboard for long periods of time in intense cold.

The best way to ensure your core temperature remains stable and your body does not go into hypothermia is to use a strategy known as the “three layer system.”   The three layers you need to create include:

  • Base Layer
  • Insulation Layer
  • Outer Shell

Since the base layer rests directly on your skin, its main purpose is to ensure moisture does not come in contact with your skin. The insulation layer goes on next and is charged with the duty of trapping in as much body heat as possible. This middle layer will also help keep moisture from reaching the skin. The outer shell is put on last and must be waterproofed and windproofed. It should also have adequate ventilation.

Snowboarding pants will have at least two layers, but some have three layers. They should be waterproofed in some fashion on the outer layer, with a thin outer shell and then a layer of insulation. 

When the weather is moderate, you can get away with just wearing your snowboarding pants. When the temperature takes a drop for the worse, you should create a base layer with your own clothing. This base layer goes beneath your snowboarding pants. When the cold is at its most extreme, you can add another layer between the base layer and your snowboarding pants.

Now onto the important tips on how to actually pick out the right snowboarding pants:

1. The less experience you have snowboarding, the more you need pants designed just for the occasion. What do blue jeans do when they are pushed down against moist snow and ice over and over again? They get wet. They get cold. They leave your skin unprotected. If you want to stay out in the cold and learn to snowboard, you have to start with a good pair of snowboarding pants.

2. You may be able to get away with ski pants when you first start out, but once you start turning some tricks you will want to purchase pants designed just for snowboarding. Ski pants just are not designed with the flexibility needed for tricks. The fit of your snowboarding pants in the crotch is also important, as pants that are too tight in that area will make performing tricks uncomfortable. 

3. Look for pants that are designed with extra padding on the rear end and knees, since those are the areas that will hit the ground the most when you fall. Yes, you are going to fall! Don’t kid yourself by thinking you won’t fall down.

4. The lower priced pants are not going to last very long, so only go for them if you will only be snowboarding one or two days. If they rip right away and you are snowboarding a lot, you will end up purchasing them over and over. It is better to spring for a higher quality pair right from the start.

5. You can purchase pants that are your favorite color or that match your style, but functionality is far more important.

Following the above tips will help make selecting your snowboarding pants a lot easier and ensure that your next snowboarding trip will be much more enjoyable.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 16th, 2011 at 8:57 am