Snowboarding is one of the most popular winter sports going these days. And with this popularity there has been an influx of various snowboarding gear to make the sport more enjoyable, safe and convenient. Technically the only thing you truly need to snowboard is, well, the board. But there is tons of snowboard gear available to make the sport a great winter activity.
Snowboard Gear Essentials
The first thing you should consider when making your snowboard gear purchases is a helmet. Today’s snowboard helmet is comfortable, warm and obviously very safe. With kids pulling all kinds of crazy stunts and beginners simply learning how to snowboard, a helmet is the most important piece of snowboard gear you can get. Another cool benefit of helmets is that some have built in ear phones for mp3 and cell phone uses. Now, I’m not sure you should actually be listening to music as you slide down the slope, for safety’s sake, but it might be nice to have to listen to as you take the lift up to the top of the mountain.
The next piece of snowboard gear is the goggles. Sure, many will do just fine with sunglasses on those bright sunny days. However, if it starts snowing you most definitely want the protection and comfort that only snow goggles can provide. The goggles will also help protect your face from the elements. If the weather is really extreme you will find that a balaclava will keep your face very comfortable in extreme conditions.
Gloves are required pieces of snowboard gear. I do not know anyone who thinks about heading to the slopes with them. You can use mittens or gloves. It is really a matter of preference. But whatever kind you decide to get just make sure they have some means of water-proofing. There is nothing worse than having wet gloves while trying to enjoy snowboarding.
These days, most people are wearing special types of snowboard jackets and pants. The younger set particularly likes to wear the baggy style snowboarding clothes. This type of snowboard gear is comfortable, stylish and can keep you very warm and dry.
This leaves us with the snowboard. There are so many designs and different makes and models that it can be very confusing to decide which one would be best for your snowboarding experience. It is usually best to rent for a while to decide which snowboard you would prefer to purchase. One you dial in the perfect snowboard for your type of riding then you can make the best purchase decision.
Snowboarding is like most enthusiast sports. It takes a good bit of money to obtain all the gear that is required to participate. Snowboarding gear does make the ride more enjoyable and convenient. Choose wisely and you can find good products and good prices to make snowboarding a great experience.