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13 May 2016

Essential Sports Clothing: Snowboarding


Boarding is second only to downhill skiing on the list of winter sports that people tend to try before any other. For this reason, a lot of people come into it before gaining any real understanding of how to dress for cold weather sports. They might not even have ever experienced the kind of cold you get in the mountains before.

It’s a dangerous mistake to make, one which could turn your first boarding trip into something so uncomfortable that it could put you off the sport for life. With that in mind, take a look at this handy guide for the best boarding gear to keep you warm while you shred.


Base Layer

It’s tempting to try and pinch pennies here, but not advisable. If your base layer is too thin, you’ll feel the chill, if it’s too thick, you’ll feel uncomfortable, which will tamper with your focus. Wool, for this reason, is unwise unless you’re completely immune to itching. By far though, socks are the most important part of this layer, as you have to get purpose built ones.





Mid Layer

At this stage, wool factors into the conversation again. Having a well woven mid layer that keeps you insulated, but also enables you to move freely, is the cardinal rule here. Snowboarding is all about balance, so you don’t want to opt for anything too thick as it will affect your weight distribution.




Headwear

The most important thing with snowboarding headgear is, obviously, keeping your skull protected when it hurtles into the drift, and believe me, it will. There is more to it than that, though. Keeping your ears well covered is highly important, but you might also want to keep your neck and chin covered if it’s especially cold, and a helmet will still fit snuggly over a hat or balaclava
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Beanie - Salomon Beanie



Jacket

This is one of the most important things to consider, barring the actual board and boots. Your outermost layer makes all the difference between comfort and discomfort, practicality and burden. You’re looking for a combination of breathability and water repellence, something which will stand up to all the snow which may or may not by flying at you while you board. You’ll find that a lot of the jackets are brightly coloured, which is something you want to capitalise on; people need to be able to see you coming.




Gloves

You don’t need to worry about purpose built gloves in boarding quite as much as you do for skiing, but it’s still important to know what to look for. Padding and fabric are vitally important here, and you want to look for something either made from either fleece or synthetic insulation.






Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop.