Snowboard Clothing Buying Guide
Please note this guide is very general and you will need to make informed choices based on your personal requirements, destination and the likely weather conditions. If you have any specific questions, please give us a ring for advice 7 days a week on 0191 413 6848.
There are many different styles of snowboard clothing on the market. Some people like to go for the loose fitting baggy style while some of the new younger breed of boarder are going for that skin-tight look. No matter what kind of style your going for the basic principals remain the same and that is to stay warm, dry and to have a fun day on the mountain.
One of the best ways to control your temperature is to wear layers instead of just one big thick jacket. The idea behind layering is that if you’re too hot you can take a layer off or if you’re too cold you can add a layer.
Baselayers are basically underwear. The man function of a base layer is to draw moisture away from the skin and wick it towards the outer layers, helping you stay cool or warm. The two main types of base layers are synthetic and merino wool.
Synthetic baselayers are excellent at wicking moisture away from the body they are great for high activity sports and are very quick drying. The only down side to synthetic base layers is that they can get a little smelly so it can be a good idea to have more than one set.
Merino wool is not a well known as its synthetic cousin but it s rapidly gaining popularity with the snowsport and outdoor world. Merino garments tend to be a little more expensive than synthetic ones but because they don’t stink after a couple of day’s use you don’t need to buy as many.
Avoid wearing cotton t-shirts when snowboarding because they don’t wick moisture away from your body and aren’t quick drying. Putting a cotton t-shirt over the top of you base layer just defeats the point of wearing a base layer in the first place.
There are many different types of midlayer on the market and you’ll need to decide which type of mid layer is best for you. Mid layers provide you with a good versatile form of insulation because you can remove them when you overheat and stick them back on when you cool down.
Fleece or Micro Fleece tops are a great mid layer they are made of synthetic materials and help wick moisture away from your body and are very quick drying.
Softshell jackets can be worn as a midlayer or as an outer jacket on those warmer spring days. They are water resistant, highly breathable and are fleece or mesh lined which helps to wick away moisture.
Avoid wearing hooded tops on the hill. They look cool as but they get very heavy when wet and tend to ice up round the bottom from sitting in the snow. They also take an age to dry so if you take a tumble in the snow or get sweaty hiking for that powder run you’ll have that damp feeling for the rest of the day.
Your outer layer is what keeps the elements out. It is always a good idea to spend as much as you can afford on a good jacket and pants as these are what is going to keep your mid and base layers dry. When buying your outer layers you need look for the following features:
All waterproof clothing has a rating from 5,000mm up to 30,000mm. Now we’re not going to bore you with geeky tech but what you need to look for is buying a jacket and pants is a rating somewhere in between 5,000mm and 30,000mm depending where and what kind of riding you plan on doing.
In order to get rid of the moisture that you produce when you’re working hard you outerwear needs to be able to breath. This is measured in m/24 (grammes per square meter in a 24hr period). The higher the rating the more breathable the outerwear.
These days outerwear comes packed with all kinds of features all depending on how much you want to spend and how high tech you want it. Other features to look out for are powder skirts, media/mp3 pockets, goggle pockets, vents/pit zips, and taped seams. If you are unsure of have any questions give us a call or pop in to our store.
Outdoor sports are potentially dangerous. This guide is offered for guidance only and you should seek advice from a qualified person if you are unsure about any aspect of your equipment or outdoor skills.