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What to Wear Snowboarding

Dress for Success

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What to Wear Snowboarding

Image courtesy Chris Del Sole

Being properly dressed is one of the most important things one can do when going snowboarding. Staying warm and dry often makes the difference between an enjoyable day and a miserable day on the slopes. Following these simple steps will go a long way towards ensuring an enjoyable day of snowboarding.

Base Layer

Start with a synthetic, moisture-wicking base layer. Avoid cotton at all costs; cotton absorbs moisture and ends up cold and wet. You'll want to wear long underwear pants and a long sleeve top as well as socks made from the same synthetic fabric. Look for polyester or polypropylene materials; common names include Coolmax®, Polartec®, or Capilene. Also, make sure to wear only one pair of socks. Wearing two pair can result in bunching or pinching that can cut off circulation and cause severe discomfort.

Second Layer

Your second layer acts to insulate you from the cold, so you're going to want to look for a nice fleece jacket or vest, depending on temperatures. Again, a synthetic fabric like Polartec® is your best bet due to the durability and ease of washing. When temperatures allow, this second layer is often enough to keep you warm and dry, but when riding in the dead of winter, you'll want to have a third layer to protect from the wind.

Third Layer

When looking for a jacket and snowpants, make sure to try them on while wearing your base and second layers to ensure freedom of movement. Since the third layer protects from water and wind, you'll want to spend enough to ensure you stay warm and dry. Jackets and pants that use waterproof/windproof membranes such as GoreTex® are lightweight yet durable, and will provide years of protection. Finally, look for pants that come with belt loops. The constant movement of snowboarding can pull even the best-fitting pants down. A belt easily solves this problem.

Accessories

Add mittens or gloves, a hat or helmet, and goggles to go along with your first three layers. Make sure to pull your jacket cuff over your gloves or mittens to keep out snow and keep in your body heat. During colder periods, a facemask or neck gaiter may also be added to protect your face and neck.

Dressing properly for a day of snowboarding allows you to ignore the elements and focus solely on how much fun you're having!

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