Basic Rules for Purchasing Snowboarding Gear
Okay, so you've snowboarded once or twice with borrowed or rented gear and now you're addicted, and since experience is the best teacher, let SnowboardCompare help you save some aggravation and a lot of money.
The first thing you need to figure out is how frequently you plan on snowboarding and where.
If it's just for a few days a year and only when it is nice out – there's no reason to purchase expensive equipment and you can opt for thin and light snowboard wear with basic waterproof protection, a simple board, ordinary bindings and good shoes. Quick tip- it's important for the snowboarder to be comfortable in the equipment and then the biggest achievement will be that you won't have to rent or borrow it anymore.
Those of you who are thinking about some serious snowboarding in more challenging environments should take into consideration capricious weather changes, low temperatures and unpredictable snow conditions. In such places you can snowboard with the basic equipment but those who wish to improve and snowboard on the more challenging slopes will soon find out that the basic equipment, that is good for beginners, doesn't work if you want to truly improve your skills.
The basic clothes also won't hold up and in wet weather conditions and you will find yourself ending the day much earlier than expected. Someone who snowboards for more than ten days in a given season should think ahead at least about the clothing, which has nothing to do with your snowboarding skills but rather your exposure to the cold, and you should invest in one good set of clothes instead of two later on.
High quality clothing will allow snowboarding in any weather condition and on hot days you won't come back to your car/room with a wet butt. We recommend thin and light clothes with high waterproof protection. On cold days you can layer up under your coat and while on hot ones you can wear a t-shirt under it.
For those who have already decided that they will snowboard as much as possible, let's say twenty days plus during the season, will naturally improve very fast. In this case there is a greater importance not only to the clothing but to the board, bindings and shoes. An experienced snowboarder snowboards fast and hard meaning he/she will need higher quality equipment. The equipment will wear out over time and quality equipment is more resistant and keeps its shape even after several years of use.
On the topic of clothing, if you are a truly committed and will try to snowboard in any weather condition you should have top of the line clothes. It may be a little pricier- but it's worth it in a long run.
You should also remember that snowboarding is a very dangerous sport and it would be a shame to ruin the vacation with a foolish fall- so buddy, don't try to save on helmet and pads.
In conclusion, besides your physical measurements, weight and shoe size, the considerations are:
- One - level of your dedication
- Two - where and how frequently you will be snowboarding and your level
- Three - budget
At any rate, it's important for the gloves, pants and shoes to be of good quality because they come in contact with the snow, and they can't allow them getting wet and freeze.
One last tip - in a world full of competing brands with many similar or almost equivalent products, each brand will have dozens of different models – basic ones for beginners all the way up to the top line for true snowboarding professionals. All those will be offered at different prices at various outlets. Therefore, it is important to compare prices of products you like (brands, models, collections) in various stores and to make sure that the price is fair. While snowboard or ski equipment isn't a basic product, there is no reason for it to be more expensive than its actual value.