How To Dress for Snowboarding

One important thing to consider when snowboarding is the proper attire. Since you're dealing with sub-zero temperatures, the warmth and comfort of what you are going to wear will have a bearing on your performance. Mainly you have to dress in layers of clothing. Also you have to consider the weather conditions before getting dressed; whether it is a cold day or a relatively warm day.

On cold days:

  • The first layer - The base of your clothing must consist of long underwear, with long sleeves and long underpants. Put on thin gloves before your normal gloves, and put on thermal socks to keep your feet warm and dry. These are helpful in keeping body heat from escaping.
  • The second layer - Wear some comfortable pants. A light- to medium-weight long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt with a neck zip would be nice. Basically this would consist of your normal everyday clothes during cool weather.
  • The third layer - This is the outer part of your clothing. Your jacket or coat must not be too small for you, so that you can move freely, but also not too big that it could get caught on something. There are jackets and pants that fasten together at your waist, so that you won't get too much snow in them if you fall. Some jackets have detachable sleeves that can be removed anytime you feel too warm--you can just wear it as a vest.

The best pants to wear for your outer layer are those that are water-resistant. These keep your legs warm, and can also help cushion a fall. The third layer also includes your helmet and gloves. Wear a wool hat or bonnet before wearing your helmet, as this would keep the head warm.  The gloves should be water-resistant, as well, and flexible when worn. Stick to gloves that are comfortable to wear, given the layering. Throw out gloves that cut off circulation to your fingers, or those that are so loose that they fall off from your hands.

As the day goes on, and as you do more work snowboarding, you also tend to get warmer. Do not over-dress, in order to avoid heavy sweating, as this will only make you feel colder once perspiration gets caught inside your garments.

On warm days, dressing is a bit different.

  • The first layer - If it is a warm day, skip those long-sleeved shirts, and just wear short-sleeved shirts and shorts for your base layer. Wear thermal socks to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • The second layer - These are also like normal everyday clothes when going out of the house. This should consist of medium-weight, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • The third layer - Replace those full snowboarding jackets with light windbreaker jackets. But keep the waterproof snowboarding pants for cushioning, and to keep your legs warm. Wear a helmet to protect your head and wear thin or lightweight gloves (pipe gloves).

Your boots and your protective eyewear must be worn even on the warm or cold days. The boots must be waterproof and comfortable. Your boots must provide you comfort and provide support to your ankles and feet. Goggles, on the other hand, are recommended to help protect your eyes from falling snow and from the wind.

Now that you are all set for your snowboarding, have fun and remember that safety should come first before anything.


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