If you are going snowboarding for the first time it is useful to hire all your snowboarding equipment at the resort. You should be able to phone or email ahead to book your equipment then simply pick it up when you arrive.
If you think it is a sport you will want to take up or you really want to buy your own equipment then here is some advice.
Snowboarding boots are probably the most important bit of equipment you can purchase. You could theoretically snowboard in your trainers, but your feet would be soaked through and frozen before you finish your first run. Snowboarding boots are designed to be warm, waterproof, and supportive.
If you want to buy a pair go to a shop that sells them and then try on every single make and model of snowboarding boot in your size. Every boot will fit you differently and what might be right for your friend with the same size feet, may be wrong for you. A good shop will also be able to give you good advice on the boots. Don't buy a pair of snowboarding boots that are too tight hoping that they will 'give' as you wear into them.. They wont ! Similarly don't buy a pair of boots that are too loose thinking by the time you get your thick winter socks on they will fit fine.. Why aren't you wearing your winter socks now for the fitting session !?
Most snowboarding boots 'should' fit most makes of snowboarding bindings. I say 'should' because there are dozens of makes and models of snowboarding boots and dozens of makes and models of snowboarding bindings, and some are inevitably will be incompatible. But if you get a new pair of boots and hire your equipment I would be 80% sure that they would be compatible. But again, you can always phone the hire shop before hand to check.
Putting some boots on and standing on a snowboard may seem logical, but how do you stop the snowboard from sliding away from you and how do you control it ? Snowboard bindings!
Snowboard bindings are responsible for keeping your snowboarding boots strapped to the snowboard. You 'could' use some string and tie your boots to the snowboard, but you would probably get laughed at the string would fray and you would fall off your snowboard... A lot!
So... Bindings... The main point to look out for when buying bindings are.. Do your boots fit in them! If so then you're 50% of the way there, if they fit your snowboard as well then that's great!
Normally when people get bindings they get their snowboard as well. Simply because it doesn't make sense to buy bindings without a snowboard. Similarly it doesn't make sense to buy a snowboard without bindings. Which brings us nicely onto..
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