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First, consider snow conditions and temperature. You also need to figure in your own threshold for the cold. Your best bet is to dress in layers. We’ve included a few pointers below.
Some things to think about with the 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, also think about pockets and storage you need in your jacket and pants.
It’s a good idea to find a beanie that works with your helmet and tuck a facemask or neck gaiter in your jacket pocket, so you’re prepared when the temperature takes a dip. And don’t forget about your fingers and toes. Both mittens and gloves have their advantages. Here again, the temperature might decide on which way you go. Don’t underestimate the power of snowboarding socks versus plain old gym socks when you’re riding all day.
Sizing your gear is critical to your ride. If your winter gear doesn’t fit well, it can dampen your mood and your experience. So take time to find the size and fit for your snowboard jackets and pants and other winter gear. Different brands can run large in sizes, so check out our sizing charts for snowboard clothes.
The key to staying warm and dry is knowing how to layer clothes for snowboarding. Here are a few quick tips:
If you’re new to snowboarding, and need some pointers on finding the right snowboarding clothes, check out our article on How to Dress in Layers.
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