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Essential Snowboard Apparel

Aug 17, 2007
The most basic piece of snowboard apparel will be your jacket. Your jacket needs to perform two basic functions: keep you warm and keep you dry. To that end, make sure the shell of the jacket you choose is waterproof. Snow and ice can turn into water very quickly when near close to body heat. As for lining, you need to make sure it is adequate to keep you warm, but also does not inhibit your ability to move. Pay special attention to the cuffs and the way the jacket fits around your hips. You want a fit that is snug without cutting. As for the style, go with what you like, as long as the jacket will do the job. Many serious snowboarders prefer a parka that includes a fitted hood; others prefer the easier movement they get with a ski jacket. Try a couple out and see what works best for you.

Pants are another major part of your snowboard apparel wardrobe. Just as with the jacket, you want the pants to be waterproof. Some manufacturers make snowboarding pants that include suspenders or a full body, similar to waders that are made for fishing. Others resemble a regular pair of slacks. Whichever style you prefer, make sure the softshell material will repel liquids and help to hold in the heat.

Gloves are another essential. Your hands need to stay warm and capable of moving, just like your arms and legs. Your gloves should be insulated so provide that warmth without limiting your mobility a great deal. Make sure the gloves will fit well with the cuffs on your jacket, to ensure a good seal against the cold weather. Since we all know how easy it is to lose a glove, consider picking up two pair when you find a style that works for you.

Scarves are not really considered necessary to snowboarding, but they do have a couple of good points in their favor. First of all, they can be used to cover the nose and mouth should the weather turn nasty. Second, some people consider scarves to add a touch of class to your outfit. If you do choose to wear a scarf, make sure it is water-resistant and is made of a material that will provide some protection from the elements.

Unlike scarves, a hat or helmet is very important from a safety perspective. Some snowboarders choose to go for a molded fit with some sort of liner. Others prefer a helmet that resembles a beanie and fits snugly over the hood of a jacket. The helmet is meant to provide not only protection from the elements, but to prevent serious head injuries in the event of an accident.

When choosing your snowboard apparel, make sure you choose items that will keep you warm and protected.
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