Suitable clothing for a day on the slopes is essential. Snow is cold. Snow is wet. If you wear the correct clothing for the slopes then you will stay warm; dry; comfortable and will enjoy yourself so much more.
So what is suitable clothing?
Onions have layers - Snowboarders need layers!
Your first layer should be a thermal layer.
A thermal layer will maintain your body's temperature, it will trap warm air between your skin and the fabric to keep you warm.
As you begin to sweat it will wick away moisture away from the skin.
Cotton is one of the worst fabrics for an inner layer as it just soaks up moisture and stays wet. A better material is polyester or polypropylene, you can get t-shirts and leggings in these materials.
The second layer is a synthetic or wool layer. A woollen fleece is ideal.
This layer will provide you with more insulation from the cold, it will also transfer moisture from your base layer out to the outer layer.
If you find yourself getting too warm during the day, then you can always remove this layer and store it in a rucksack.
An elasticated drawstring around the waist can be useful to provide a snug fit.
The third and final layer is a synthetic layer designed to keep the moisture out from snow out. So it should be waterproof and breathable to let the moisture wicked from the other two layers out.
The snowboarding jacket should ideally contain a 'snow skirt' which is an extra piece of waterproof material that can attach to your snowboarding pants. This 'snow skirt' will stop snow from getting inside your jacket if you should fall or be in deep powder.
Many snowboarding jackets will also contain a number of pockets both outside and in to cater for music systems (MP3 players), cameras, drinks and snacks.
Many snowboarding pants will have zip which open and close vents on the legs. These allow you to cool down by letting extra heat and moisture out.
Snowboarding pants should have elastic at the ankles to fit snugly over your boots, many snowboarding pants will also have press stud fastners that can be used to fasten around your snowboarding boots laces; This stops the snowboarding pants from riding up.
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