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Choosing The Right Snowboarding Apparel

Updated on August 8, 2010

Choosing The Right Snowboarding Apparel

 Before you can get out, hit the slopes and start having some fun with snowboarding you are going to need to pick out the right snowboarding apparel.  There are thousands of different stores worth checking out and where you can find men’s and women’s snowboard apparel but first you need to know what you are looking for.  Getting a pair of thermal pants and a thermal top will be the first step.  This is the bottom layer of your snowboarding outfit and is what will help contain your body heat and keep you warm.

 Depending on where you are planning to go snowboarding, the temperature can get well below 0 so you need to be warm.  Make sure that you use thermal tops and pants instead of just piling on the clothes under your snowsuit.  This is a common mistake that newcomers to the sport make and it will actually put you at risk of hypothermia because you are going to end up sweating in the cold.  When choosing your snowboard boots, always go with a half to a full size larger than the size you would normally buy.

 You can choose whatever brand and design of boots you want, but be careful with the sizing.  This ensures your feet have ample room to move around, especially considering that you are going to be wearing at least one thick pair of socks underneath.  You do not want them so loose that they are falling off but if you do not get at least a half size larger of boot your feet are going to end up being cramped and squashed.  When you are buying snowboarding apparel you will also want to get a pair of goggles.

 Look for a pair that has SPF protection so they will be tinted and guard against the harsh rays of the sun.  They will also help if it is snowing out so you can see in front of you and not end up in a collision.  With SPF tinted goggles you can also wear them during sunny days on the hill and keep your eyes guarded from the rays of the sun.  Gloves are used to keep your hands warm and you should always tuck the ends of your gloves in under your coat to prevent snow from getting on your hands.

 You can expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $400 to get all the snowboarding apparel you are going to need.  It will be worth it to spend a bit more money if it means you are getting better quality stuff.  It is always best to get your tops, pants and jacket a bit looser.  Especially if you are planning to do any tricks on the hill you need to have that bit of extra room so you are not stuck in your clothes and unable to move around.

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