Snowboard Safety Equipment

To be safe in the slopes there is many things you need to keep in mind and think about. Watching the environment, keeping your eyes up and paying attention to the direction different people are heading to avoid crashing. This is basic stuff that will keep you safe in the slopes. Let’s look at some equipment then, that will keep you much safer and from getting hurt.

I have excluded equipment like clothes, gloves, helmets and goggles as it is very obvious to wear all of this when you go snowboarding. For further information about how you can dress up for snowboarding to be safe, click here!


Back Protection


Back protection is the most important type of equipment for a snowboarder to wear. The back protector covers most of your back like the spine and ribs. Most of the back protectors are made out of solid hard plastic with soft foam to make it comfortable to wear. They are also very flexible so you won’t have any trouble while bending and turning your body.

I personally use the back protection all the time in the slopes. It is super useful. It has saved me from a lot of harm and I would never go one day without it. As I mentioned earlier, it’s the most important piece of safety equipment, but for a beginner, this wouldn’t be the most needed one. For skilled snowboarders that tend to take more risks, the back protection will often come in hand.

Knee pads

The knee protection is actually a great piece of equipment for any snowboarder to have. We snowboarders tend to sit down on our knees a lot, or even fall down on your knees. If you fall down on your knees a lot, the knee pads will save you from getting those sore and hurt knees. But also if you sit down on your knees a lot, the knee pads will make this comfortable and also keep you from getting wet. In both cases the knee pads will serve you good.

Padded shorts

The padded shorts is the ideal beginner snowboard safety equipment. The padded shorts looks like a regular shorts, except they’re very tight and with padding on the hips and butt. The padding is made of soft foam which makes any fall a lot more comfortable. As a snowboard beginner, falling might be a big part of your day in the slopes. Wearing the padded shorts will nor only keep you from hurting hurt or wet, but also give you a better and safer feeling about snowboarding.


Wrist protection

Assuming falling might be a big part of your day. When you fall, you are probably used to curb your fall with your hands. Doing this over and over can case huge pressure on your wrist(s). If it one time were to break, you would find yourself in a lot of pain. Even if they don’t break, curbing your falls still can hurt your wrists a lot. As the wrist protectors are very hard and stiff, they’ll stops this from happening.

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The elbow pads work just as the knee pads do. They are made out of the same material (soft foam) and will prevent your elbows from getting hurt of you land on them. With the elbow pads, you can also learn to curb your falls. Especially if you fall backwards, you can land on your elbows first and make the landing much smoother. Out of all the equipment, the elbow pads aren’t very

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Which one is more important?

Waring all these pieces of safety equipment might me a little too overwhelming. You’ll probably feel very uncomfortable and not very agile. You then might be wondering which two or three pieces of equipment are the most important ones.

For any snowboarder, the back protector will be the most important one. It gives the most protection, and protects the most important part of your body. For a beginner, the padded shorts would be the most ideal peace. I would also recommend using the knee pads. Many snowboard pants do actually have padding within them, but if yours don’t, then padding is great to use.

As a pro, I’d mainly recommend the back protection. For any beginner, the back protection, the padded shorts and the knee protectors are the most ideal ones.

Hopefully you now know how to be a little safer in the slopes. If you have any questions left on your mind, feel free to leave them below.



  1. Antonio Alessandro

    Wow great post again! I’m loving all the valuable information you are sharing on your website, keep it up!

    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. George

    I have always been fascinated by snowboarding but have never dared to try it.

    I went through the information in your article and I must say that I am intrigued to give it a go!

    How long have you been snowboarding?

    I will definitely bookmark your site and when the time comes I will make sure to come back for more info and equipment recommendations.Thanks!

    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Sounds amazing brother! 🙂

  3. Eric

    Good article. Protecting your body is super important when snowboarding. In the past I have injured my wrists snowboarding, So I bought some wrist protection. It helped quite a bit and I didn’t have to worry about hurting my wrists anymore. One side effect I noticed was that the wrist protectors I had would dissipate the impact and sometimes it would hurt my hand because that’s where the end of the plastic piece was touching.

    Anyways, great post! 🙂

  4. Larry

    Tore, I love your site.
    It’s bright, full of life and by the text we get a great feeling for the type of person you are. I like what you did with the theme too – you’ve made it your own – and your photos are gorgeous.
    Good job.
    I was surprised that you size snowboards by weight. When I bought my first one 15 years ago, I thought they measured size (like you would skis) based on height. Very interesting.
    I also liked your reviews – short, with a recommendation – and that you took the time to review tramps, tramp boards, and even wake boards.
    I liked that you made the reader assume (if they’re smart) that they’re using the basic safety gear, and that the additional gear like the back protector is also vital. Good going.
    One question I had throughout was what is a twin shaped board?
    Great website Tore. It’s obviously something you love.

    1. Tore Aarsand (Post author)

      Thank you for writing this great comment! Really appriciate it a lot! 🙂

      A twin shaped snowboard is a board that looks the exact same at the nose as on the tail. These boards are usually for park riders that likes riding switch. Other all mountain boards are like this too. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by again!

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