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 Snowboarding

Tips For Selecting Snowboard Clothing for Kids

 

What Type Of Clothing Is Needed For Snowboarding?

Without proper snowboarding gear the chances of injury increase and of course, the snowboarding experience could turn out to be less than satisfying.  You need the proper gear to keep you warm and to allow for free movement.  When dressing for snowboarding you should always wear layers to compensate for changeable weather conditions and temperatures. This will require long underwear, a sweater, waterproof jacket and pants, helmet, goggles and gloves/mittens.  Safety pads are another important piece of equipment for the snowboarder.  Snowboard pads  are not necessary for beginners, but they are recommended to keep them from getting injured.  When purchasing your clothing keep in mind that a beginner spends a great deal of time on the ground and cheap clothing will wear out quickly. 

  • Insulated underwear:  You should start with comfortable polypropylene long underwear.  This material, unlike cotton, dries quickly and absorbs sweat therefore it keeps you warm. Approximate cost  is $30.
     

  • Wool sweater: After your long underwear the next step is to create an insulating second layer of snowboarding clothes. This should be comprised of at least one layer of a wool sweater A wool sweater will cost about $30 - $50.
     

  • Goggles: Goggles should have 100% UV protection.  Also, they must be compatible with your helmet.  Goggles will run between $25 and $45.
     

  • Insulated ski pants: Next, work on creating an outer layer that is both warm and waterproof.  The main purpose of Snowboard Pants is to keep you warm, dry, comfortable, and well protected. Most Snowboarding Pants will have a waterproof but breathable outer shell with a thin but efficient insulation layer.  They should be roomy because they are designed to allow freedom of movement especially for Snowboarding tricks.  Look for pants that have extra padding and protection in the areas your knees and butt.  This will help to protect you when you fall.  Pants that have an inner cuff that can be fit over the top of your boots are beneficial because this will keep the snow and cold out.  Be practical not fashionable, so you will not regret your decision later.  There are many styles and brands available so you should be able to find something practical yet with cool looks.  Kid’s snowboard pants will range anywhere from $40 to $120. 
     

  • Insulated ski jacket: It is important to get the proper jacket for your child to keep them warm and protected.  Snowboard Jackets come in all different styles: slim, baggy, and puffy. Slim jackets might not be as warm because you will not have a lot of room for layering but they are less likely to tear. Baggy jackets allow for room to layer but are usually a bit heavier. Puffy jackets are usually made of down so they are warm but they can tear easier.  When selecting a jacket also check out the pockets.  Having a lot of pockets is great for storing goggles, Ipods, snacks etc…  Another jacket feature that you may want to investigate is the ventilation system.  Having vents on the jacket is nice if the temperature gets warm.  Some jackets have lift pass holders which make it easier; gloves won’t have to be removed. Powder guards are available that prevent snow from going up into the jacket.  Also, keep in mind that many snowboarding jackets for young people are made to accommodate growing bodies. They are designed so that your child can still fit into it even if they go up a size. Even the cuffs can be extended to accommodate growing arms. You will pay between $55 and $130 for a child’s jacket.    
     

  • Turtleneck Approx. cost $10.
     

  • Gloves or mittens:  Gloves must be water resistant. The price of glove/mittens will range anywhere from $15 to $35.
     

  • Wool socks: remember they must come above the boot for comfort. Approx. cost $12.
     

  • Helmets: Helmets are necessary to protect your head in the event of a fall.  A helmet will cost approximately $45
     

  • Sunglasses: 100% UVA  protected.  Approx. cost $50.
     

  • Protective Pads: Include but are not limited to wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads and hip pads.  Prices vary. For more information click here: protective pads.