What to Wear When Snowboarding

What to Wear When Snowboarding
In looking at snowboard clothing, one might see some similarities to ski wear. In many cases, the requirements are the same. Both ski and snowboard clothing should wick moisture, supply warmth and allow for freedom of movement. Clothing that does not do these things can make for a rather uncomfortable day on the slopes. However, because snowboarding movements differ from ski movements, there may be some variation in snowboarding clothing.

Snowboard Underwear

Snowboard underwear should be made from a synthetic, moisture-wicking fabric. Because cotton does not fall into this category, it should be avoided. Polyester or polypropylene materials are best.

In the past decade, serious snowboarders have been experimenting with performance underwear. These compression tights are designed to support and stabilize certain muscle groups while activating others.

Fleece Turtlenecks

The turtleneck is responsible for insulation. Fleece is the most popular material for this type of snowboard clothing. In colder climates, some people find that they need another pullover to wear over the fleece.

Snowboard Jackets

Your snowboard jacket should have a waterproof and windproof membrane. Make sure that it is large enough to fit over your base and insulating layers. Because snowboarding might take more upper-body motion that skiing, snowboard jackets tend to be a bit baggier.

Snowboard Pants

Like the snowboard jacket, snowboard pants should also be made from waterproof and windproof materials. Because many snowboarding movements might cause your pants to shift while riding, look for pants with belt loops. You might also want to consider snowboard pants with padding around the knee and gluteal areas. This will make life more comfortable when kneeling or sitting.

Snowboard Gloves

Because snowboarders don't use poles, they can wear mittens. However, because wrist injuries are common among snowboarders, it might be worth looking into gloves or mittens with special wrist guards.

Snowboarding Socks

Snowboarding socks are made from a special moisture-wicking material. This type of fabric helps prevent blisters. Be sure to avoid cotton, because it absorbs, rather than wicks, moisture.

Snowboard Helmet and Goggles

Your snowboard helmet can prevent head injuries. It can also keep you warm. Your goggles will protect you from the damaging rays of the sun. Be sure to choose a helmet that has a goggle attachment.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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