The snowboarding sport has followed other sports such as skiing in becoming an object of fashion. And unlike basketball, where the players wear shorts and jerseys, a snowboarding athlete wears alot more to protect themselves from the cold. A typical snowboarding apparel outfit will include goggles, helmets, polyester fabric clothing in turtleneck or vest designs, a pair of moisture-wicking socks, a pair of boots and of course the snowboard fitted completely with bindings.
The helmet is a very important piece of apparel since it can prevent serious head injuries to a snowboarder in cases of accidents, and let’s face it accidents do happen. Studies have shown that helmets can help reduce brain injuries from recreational sports like motorcycling, snowboarding, or skiing by as much as 75 percent. Though some snowboarders do not like to include the helmet in their snowboarding outfit, laws have been passed requiring snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts to wear a helmet while enjoying the sport.
Goggles are the a very fashionable and functional piece of snowboarding apparel, and some say can even define the social status of the one wearing it. Popular goggles are made by Burton, Boeri, OVO, Salomon, or Giro. There are types of goggles that can be fitted right under your helmet; so you must be sure to fit them properly before buying a pair. There are non-polarized and polarized models available that are fitted with 3 sets of interchangeable lenses.
An athlete needs to be comfortable and warm when spending alot of time in the snow. The best clothing to be included in his snowboarding arsenal must be made from polyester fabric rather than traditional cotton fabric. Cotton fabrics usually freeze when drenched in sweat while polyester fabrics simply will not. Choose a moisture wicking polyester fabric to prevent wetness and moisture.
Snowboarding apparel, including boots must fit very snugly. To test your boots, the heel should remain in place whenever knee and ankle are bended forward. In tandem with the boots, wear moisture-wicking socks to avoid the feeling of wetness in the feet. A snowboarding enthusiast must at least wear a pair of medium weight or lightweight socks before trying out the boots.