Snowboard Gear - What You Must Have To Enjoy Snowboarding

By: Adrian Whittle

Snowboarding is a fun sport that requires skill, technique, energy and a bit of courage to get the most enjoyment out of it. In saying this, while you are learning the technique of snowboarding and then testing your skills by perfecting jumps or flying down a slope you need the right snowboard gear. Snowboard gear essentially is there to protect you from falls and other mishaps that you will experience as you progress in your snowboarding adventures. This article will discuss some of the gear you need and some that is not as essential.

No Bumps On The Head

Starting from the top of the body, you need to protect your head. You will see many snowboarders that don't have helmets because they don't like the feel of a helmet or maybe they are just free riding down a hill and don't think it is necessary. It is probably a good idea to start off with a helmet and then make your mind up as you get more experienced. If you are doing jumps or contemplating black runs or off piste snowboarding then it is a good idea to wear a helmet.

You want a helmet that fits snugly without being too constrictive. It may also provide insulation against the cold.

Goggles may not be a priority for you but they also provide protection from the sun and the glare of the sun off the snow. They help your eyes when it is snowing or windy. This is vital when you are going fast down a slope and need to be able to see where you are going. Many people start off with sunglasses as they are similarly effective but goggles are best in the long run as they create a seal around the eyes and stop snow getting between your eyes and the lenses.

Keep The Body Warm But Not Too Much

For the body you need warm, water proof clothing that also allows air to circulate so that you don't become too sweaty. There are countless choices when it comes to a snow jacket. You can go with the standard jacket or a smock or even a snow suit. Apart from the look of the jacket you need to consider how well it insulates and keeps water out and if it is designed to let air circulate. You may want additional features like number of pockets or storage places. Some jackets come with ipod or cell phone storage but this would be considered nice but not necessary to have.

In terms of protection against falls you may consider padding for the knees and elbows. These are the most likely areas to be affected if you fall. Snowboard pants also have padding in the knee area and around the rear to protect against falling on the tail bone.

Gloves are also essential. Your hands will feel the cold the most and they will need to be protected against the cold and snow. You will also be carrying your board from time to time or lifting barriers or holding onto t-bars. If your hands are cold they will lose feeling and can be easily damaged. Gloves are essential if you are planning on snowboarding for the day. If you are just messing around for a few runs then you might be ok but I'd always advise to wear gloves.

The boots and board go together and is another topic that is concerned with performance rather than protection. There are other things to consider in terms of the board. This involves the type of snowboarding you want to do and the level of experience you have.

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For snowboarding tips and reviews of snowboarding gear then visit . The site features reviews of gear including no fog snowboard goggles. Adrian writes on skiing and snowboarding.

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