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First, consider weather conditions and temperature. You also need to figure out your own threshold for the cold.
Some things to think about with winter outerwear is waterproofing, breathability and insulation. If you choose to get a “shell” jacket it can be worth it to purchase extra base layers for those really cold days. When shopping around, think about pockets and storage.
It’s a good idea to find a beanie that works with your helmet and don’t forget about your fingers and toes. Both mittens and gloves have their advantages. Don’t underestimate the power of snowboarding socks versus plain old gym socks when you’re riding all day.
Sizing your gear is critical. If it doesn’t fit well, it can dampen your mood and experience. Different brands can run large in sizes, so check out our sizing charts.
The key to staying warm and dry is knowing how to layer. Here are a few quick tips:
If you’re new to the sport, and need some pointers on finding the right snowboarding clothes, check out our article on How to Dress in Layers.