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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

Selecting a Used Snowboard of Quality and Value

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Not everyone wants to invest in a brand new, high priced snowboard when they first get started in the sport. Sometimes, you just want something affordable so you can get out there and see what it is all about. This is why so many people purchase a used snowboard, only to find that they aren’t very high quality and need to be replaced very quickly.

Used SnowboardYou can find high quality used snowboards, but you have to get lucky and find something that hasn’t been used up by the first owner. It has to be the right type of board for you and it has to be in good enough condition that you still get a good bit of use before it needs replaced. If you aren’t purchasing from someone you know very well, then you should look the board up online and closely inspect the condition before putting your money down.

The first step is to think about what type of used snowboard you need. You will need a different board if you will be using it for all-mountain boarding than you will need for high speed mountain boarding with all the tricks. If you are beginner, you will choose a different board than someone with years of experience. The person selling your board should be able to tell you what type of board it is and who it is suitable for, especially if you don’t tell them your skill level or needs before asking. Let them tell you the truth without lying to make the sale.

Most women will want smaller boards that are lighter, while most men will want something wider to accommodate their bigger feet. Some women will go for a wider board as well, if she is larger or taller than most other women. There has to be enough room for the feet to comfortably fit on top without hitting the snow.

If you find a suitable used snowboard, check the condition. There should be no splitting on the sidewall or sandwich layers. If it doesn’t have a sidewall, it should have a cap construction which is actually more flexible and stronger. Check out the inserts and the edge which touches the snow. The shorter the edge touching the snow, the shaper your movements will be in action. The longer the edge touching the snow, the more stable you will feel when picking up speed.

The sheet cover on top of the used snowboard should be free of cracks and other serious flaws. Light scratches are just aesthetic, but anything more should be seen as a sign of the board being worn out already. Any part of the board that is damaged beyond the surface should be a sign to stay away. Look the bindings over and you will see if there is any damage.

When you place the board on a level surface, it should feel a bit springy. If it doesn’t have this spring, then it has lost its flex.

While you can find some great deals on used snowboards and snowboarding apparel online, you can’t inspect it for quality. If you go into your local snowboarding stores and supply or rental shops, they should have used snowboards that you can actually touch and inspect. You might have to ask, as the used stuff is sometimes placed behind the counter or in the back.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 17th, 2011 at 1:25 pm