How To Dress Up For Snowboarding

Snowboarding is an extreme sport. With extreme sports comes rules. If you don’t have the right equipment and gear when you go snowboarding, you put yourself in a lot of danger. Gear and clothing is very crucial! Through-out this post, I’ll teach you how to dress up for snowboarding to be as safe as possible, and to get the best experience.

Inner clothing

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For your inner clothing, it is important to wear something tight to keep you warm.  Look for inner clothing made out of polyester-based synthetic. This will keep you warm at all times, and wick away sweat. Both top and bottom are. Stay away from clothing like cotton, as it sucks up moisture and will only make you cold.

The second inner layer should be either fleece or wool. This will keep you warm at all time. This layer is more important to wear on your upper body. It’s not as important on your lower body, as your body tends to keep on the heat here better.

Another important part of your inner clothing are socks. Keeping your feet nice and warm is very important, as your feet are one of the body parts where you drain the most heat. Still, any socks won’t work. Just as the clothing on your upper and lower body, you want to avoid cotton. Your socks should be made out of wool to keep you as warm as possible. They should also be slim and tight to avoid wrinkles.

Outer clothing

Your outer layer of clothes is what’s going to protect you from water and wind. It can also keep you warm, but this depends on how thick the jacket or pants are. If you snowboard in a hot climate, a thinner outer layer is recommended. The inner layer is mainly what will keep you warm, so don’t think too much about buying the thickest jacket you can find.

You also want to make sure that you have multiple pockets on your pants and jacket. Ideally under-arm and crouch vents. They look like pockets, but their only purpose is to act as air condition to prevent overheat. The best brand to buy for this is Gore-Tex. It is the most expensive brand, but has the best quality and guarantee. Other good brands are Marmot, The North Face and Burton. Normal snowboard clothing will also work great. You can find this in any local winter shop.

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Unlike jackets, it’s highly recommended buying winter pants at a local winter shop. Typically snowboard pants. These pants come with great insolation as well as padding. The padding is ideal for any snowboarder. Pro or beginner. The padding is found on your butt and your knees. It will prevent you from getting wet and cold if you sit down. It will also curb small drop-downs on your knees and butt. Extra padding equipment can be bought as well, which I’ll get into later.

Equipment

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Snow goggles are highly recommended to use while you snowboard. Your eyes are your guidelines so it’s important to protect them. The benefits that you get from wearing goggles are many. In tough weather, you’ll also be able to see better since the goggles will protect your eyes from snow, wind and ice. On sunny days, it will be a lot easier to see, because the goggles dim the light for you, just like sunglasses do. Snow goggles also protect your eyes from UV-rays.

Wear a helmet. When you’re snowboarding, your head is exposed to many possible injuries. It is actually your most vulnerable body part0re. If you lose control of your snowboard in very high speed and happen to land on your head, it can cause serious injuries. In many cases you can end up with a concussion. Wearing a helmet should be your number one priority!

If you’re interested in buying some goggles, click here for a review on Oakley snow goggles!

Mittens or gloves are also important to wear. When you snowboard you use your hands a lot. You’ll use them when you fasten your bindings, hold on to things, or even to curb a fall. If you don’t wear gloves or mittens (either will do) you’ll be exposed to a lot of cold. Bringing an extra par could also be smart, as they may get wet or cold during the day.

Sunscreen is really optional. If the weather is bad, then sunscreen obviously isn’t needed. Neither if you never get sunburnt. But if the sun one day is crazy strong, sunscreen 30+ is recommended. Even in the winter, you shouldn’t underestimate the sun.

Padding and protection are also very optional and depends on your riding skill. It’s mostly for beginners, but it’s also very smart to use if you go for extreme tricks and end up falling a lot. The padding works like a hard hip and butt pillow. It will protect your tailbone from damage as well as your hips when you fall.

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The protection I mentioned, is to protect your wrists and knees. The knee protectors will work almost like the padding, but protect your knees instead. We snowboarders tend to sit down on our knees a lot. If you do this over time, a lot of pressure will be put on them and they’ll end up hurting a lot. The wrist protectors on the other hand, will protect your wrist if you were to curb a fall. Your wrist bones are very vulnerable to damage and can easily snap with some pressure. Click here for a product review of the wrist protectors!

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Conclusion

Wearing proper snowboarding clothing and choosing the right equipment is crucial. Snowboarding is considered to be an extreme sport so dressing right is no joke. You should wear enough clothes to keep you warm at all times. If you’re not sure you’ll be warm enough, then bring som extra clothes just in case. It’s better to be to hot, than to cold. You should also wear a helmet, ski goggles, gloves or mittens. They are all a must! Other equipment like sunscreen, padding or other types of protection are optional. If you follow all of these tips when you go snowboarding, especially in the mountains, you’ll be very safe and  most likely have an amazing experience. Happy snowboarding!

If you have any questions left on your mind regarding this or any other post, feel free to leave a comment down below!

Cheers,

27 Comments

  1. Antonio Alessandro

    Dude, great post! There are a lot of important things to buy, which would you say are the most important ones since I don’t have a lot of money at the moment?

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      A helmet and goggles are most important. You probably have a fleece, jacket and pants at home. 🙂

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      1. Antonio Alessandro

        That’s what I thought, thanks for replying!

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        1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

          No problem:)

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  2. Jenny

    Would love to try snowboarding one day. Love the jacket.
    Have always been weary of snowboarding, even though I think it would be an amazing thing to try.
    After reading about all the things you need to buy it makes snowboarding seem safe with all the padding and helmets to wear. Definitely on my to do list.

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    1. admin

      Sounds awesome. Glad to help! 🙂

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  3. Sondre

    Hi Tore

    If I were to change from twintip to snowboard, would that be expensive? Or can you pretty much use the same equipment and clothes?

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Yes, You can use the same clothesmy friend:)

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  4. Ruth

    Very informative. I’m not interested in snowboarding as I hate the cold but this article is spot on for dressing for cold conditions.
    That said I did notice a number of misspelled words. I realize that that isn’t always crucial but a couple of the words left me wondering what you were referring to.
    Otherwise the article was very good.

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    1. admin

      Thanks for the feedback, fixed my spelling mistakes:)

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  5. Andrew Hicks

    I’ve always heard of snowboarding being some serious fun because its so extreme. Sort of a good way to let loose and have the freedom you need. This is a beautiful site, and definitely important to anyone looking to become a boarder. Would you happen to know a few good spots in the USA?

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Yes, actually Jackson Hole Mountain resort and the snowbird in utah. I don’tlive in the states though, so those are the only ones I know about.

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  6. lifebeginswithyourhealth

    Cool article on snowboarding clothing, I have always wanted to give snowboarding a try. I am maybe too old now to snowboard, I am over 50 getting close to 60 in just a few years now. I do not feel old, really good information how to dress for the sport. Those clothes look very warm, I have heard those jackets are light weight but extremely warm and keeps you dry. Thank you for the great information, I will keep that in mind if I ever get the nerve to give it a try.

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      You’ll never get to old my friend! My father recently tried it and he is about your age! Don’t limit yourself, because he had a great time.

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  7. Julie

    This is very sound advice. Strangely it echoes a lot of the stuff I write on my site about riding motorcycles. The correct gear for such activities is an important investment and the cost should be taken into account before or at the same time as taking lessons and buying the main piece of kit – whether that is a snowboard or a motorbike!

    I think it’s true to say that the best equipment can also be insured against damage in a fall. A fact which many people overlook.

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Very true indeed, I bet it’s very similar as you say!:)

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  8. Kaz

    Hey Aarsand,

    I’ve left a comment on your page titled ” Practice Snowboarding At Home”. I initially thought that the article would help me improve my balance through activities at home, and not snowboarding tricks as such. In saying that, your article is interesting and also dovetails perfectly to the amazon products. One question though, what are the physical limitations per trampoline that you’ve mentioned on the article?

    Keep up the great work.
    Kind Regards,
    Kaz

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      On the rebouncer trampoline I’d say that the limit for tricks would me regular flips. Doubles would be hard, but on the two other trampolines (springless and skywalker) the limits would be triples or quads as the bounce on those trampolines are really insane. Thanks for the feedback anyway! 🙂

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  9. kelechukwu22

    Hey Aarsand,

    I just read your post on how you should be dressed when snowboarding. It would be funny to me if your post was titled “become an igloo” since the clothes needed covers your whole body. I knew when snowboarding you had to have a lot more on you but I didn’t know to the extent. It was a good post, very informative and well structured. Nice job and keep up the good work.

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Thank you very much! 🙂

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  10. Rebecca

    This is excellent advice. I don’t snowboard but I do ski. I’ve generally neglected dressing in layers, and when I do dress in layers the bottom layer is usually a tank top under a sweat under a coat. Not sweat wicking at all! (I’m a total amateur, weekend casual skier.) I am totally going to do this next winter. I think it’ll make skiing much more enjoyable. 🙂

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Good luck on your first time then! 🙂

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  11. John Rico

    Hey dude thanks for this article. This is so informartive and enjoyable to read. I don’t know anything about this stuff. And I’m interested in trying snowboarding. I have some questions about snowboarding though. Do I need to buy expensive clothes for this kind of sport? Also, is this sport hard?

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      You can use normal winter clothes, but snowboard clothes are recommended. They aren’t very expensive either as they are often on half price. The sport isn’t the hardest either. Just practice and you’ll get it

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  12. ian

    Good information about the clothing you need, like you mentioned the helmet is the most important, I never go boarding without my helmet and goggles and a good pair of gloves, and when I buy a jacket I always make sure it has a waist gaiter to stop the snow going up inside your jacket if you fall in soft powdered snow.
    I also use a neck scarf to stop the cold air going down my neck.
    The sunscreen is definitely a good tip, ive been burnt a few times now after a full days boarding that i now carry a sun block stick in my pocket.

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    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      It sure is important! 🙂

      Reply
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