Appropriate Clothing for Snowboarding

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If you are just beginning to learn how to snowboard, you probably aren’t sure what you should wear. You haven’t had any experience on the mountain or on the board. Here is some advice on dressing appropriately for snowboarding and what type of gear (besides the snowboard) that you need.

While it’s tempting to snowboard in your Levis, don’t! They are made of cotton. Cotton absorbs water and will freeze This will make you cold So, avoid wearing clothing that is made out of cotton. Find pants that are made specifically for winter sports. They should be waterproof.

Dress in layers. The first layer that you put on needs to be made out of a material that will wick your body’s moisture away from your skin. Wear a long sleeved top, long underwear bottoms, and socks all of which are made out of materials such as polypropylene or Polartec.

Your mid layer (sweaters, shirts, vests) should also be out of a wicking material such as fleece and wool. If you have a good pair of long johns, you will only need one sweater or shirt.

The outer layer (or the shell) is what keeps out the bad weather. Snowboard pants and jackets should be waterproof yet breathable. Many jackets have vents, which are beneficial to help you regulate your body heat.

There are a few other ‘accessories’ that are important. Most of your body heat is lost through your head so wear a hat. Purchase gloves or mittens that are specifically made for snowboarding. They will have added insulation to keep your fingers warm.

Be sure to use accessories that will protect your body. Wear a helmet, knee or shin pads, and possibly a pad for your buttocks. Wear a good pair of sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes against the UV rays of the sun. And, be sure to slather on sunscreen so that you will be protected against getting sunburned!

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