Your first-time snowboarding can be both an exciting and daunting experience. The anxiety that comes with trying out a new activity can sometimes be overwhelming. It’s crucial for you to make sure that you’re prepared for your first snowboarding trip and have everything to ensure you have a great experience.
Our article discusses a list of snowboarding essentials that will have you looking like a snowboarder and ensure you are safe and feel comfortable while on the snow.
Snowboard and Bindings
There’s no snowboarding without a snowboard. At a snowboard shop, you’ll find different types of snowboards to choose from depending on your preferences. As a beginner, choose a snowboard that is on the shorter side of your size range. This way, you’ll be able to control the board with ease.
Bindings are used to fasten your boots to the board, and they usually come with the board. They come in different sizes to fit different boots. Choose bindings that are comfortable and are compatible with your board.
Snowboard Boots and Socks
These are unique boots that will connect to your snowboard through the bindings. Snowboarding boots come in different flexes, lacing systems, styles, and fits. Choose boots compatible with your bindings, fit perfectly and comfortably, and offer a little resistance when you lean forward and flex.
There are socks designed to ensure comfort and prevent frozen feet, poor boot fit, irritation, fatigue, and general discomfort. Choose snowboarding socks that are thin, high, waterproof, and made of synthetic material.
According to a study, 49% of injured snowboarders are beginners. It’s important that you have appropriate safety gear. The brain is an essential organ in the human body. You must protect it by always wearing a helmet when you’re snowboarding.
As a beginner, you’ll struggle with control and balance, and you’re likely to fall a few times. Wearing a helmet gives you some protection against having a concussion by lessening the impact of your fall and protecting you from potential skull fractures.
Choose a helmet that fits snugly, firmly and comfortably, and has a tight chinstrap. Check out our article on how you can fuse protection with style.
Snowboard Jacket and Pants
Snowboard jackets and pants should have a waterproof outer shell. They should be breathable to allow sweat to escape and keep you warm. Your jacket should also be insulated and large enough to allow room for layering underneath.
You may want to choose long jackets or those that have a jacket-to-pant connection. This way, you’ll be able to connect your pants to your jacket and prevent snow from getting into undesirable places.
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Gloves should be waterproof, insulated, durable, breathable, and made from synthetic material to protect your hands.
Goggles help counter glare and protect your eyes from the wind, debris, and snow while you snowboard. The type of goggles you choose should depend on the kind of lighting you’ll be riding in.
With proper clothing and gear, snowboarding can be an enjoyable and exhilarating experience. You’ll often find yourself enthusiastic about getting out there again. Do you have everything on this list? Grab it all to make sure you are protected and ready to have fun hitting the slopes.