Extreme sports are taking the world by storm as sports enthusiasts are always trying to push the limits. Winter sports have grown in popularity, offering enthusiasts snowboarding as an adventure sport. But before you can take the slopes, you need to have essential snowboarding equipment for the adrenaline junkie in you!
For some, snowboarding might appear quite easy; however, it requires a lot of skills, experience and expertise to reach the optimum level of perfection. This is one sport where you need different types of protective gear and equipment to make sure you are safe, while doing something you love.
Why wearing the right gear is important:
In every sport, you are required to dress a certain way. This helps to distinguish between different sports and different teams.
The importance of sports gear is to help keep you protected – safe from injuries, prevent injuries and ensure that the sports equipment helps you perform at your best.
Not only does wearing the right gear keep you safe, it always helps to put your mind at ease when you have one less thing to worry about.
Essential Snowboarding Equipment:
There are a number of pieces of equipment that you will require, but we will only be listing the essential snowboarding equipment for the adrenaline junkie in you.
The list goes as follows:
Snowboard bindings are important because they allow you to fasten your feet into the board.
Bindings help to keep your feet in position; your feet need to remain steady to help you balance on the board.
One of the first things you will require is a snowboard.
When purchasing one, you need to make sure that the size of the board is proportionate to your weight and height. This is very important as it helps to make sure that a proper balance is maintained while you are on the board.
Splitboards are a good example of value for money buys because they double as snowboards and cross country skis.
Snowboarding boots are well-fitted – not too snug, with some wiggle room. Toes should be snug in the end of the boot, when standing upright, and slightly away from the end when in the snowboarding position.
These boots are designed in a way which helps your body move efficiently, while on the board. The boots are meant to balance your body while you are gliding through the ice.
Make sure you get the right boots, to prevent snowboarder’s ankle.
Ski gloves help to keep your hands from freezing and offers great grip.
One of the most important things ski gloves should have is wrist guards. Wrist guards help to prevent the most common type of snowboarding injuries.
Wrist injuries are so common because snowboarders will try to break their fall by using their hands. Having a great pair of ski gloves is crucial.
Snowboarders should rather learn to fall without trying to b break their fall. They should rather land with their arms outstretched like a wing and slapping the slope with the entire arm is an effective way to break a fall.
“Around 60% of snowboarding injuries are to the arm, wrist, hand or thumb.” – Worldwide Insure
Pants and Jackets
Ski jackets and have insulation, which helps keep the cold at bay.
The insulation also helps to break your fall, while padding should be worn to prevent injuries.
Some jackets are lined with extra fleece to keep you nice and toasty, and snowskirts to prevent snow from getting into your salopettes.
Ski goggles act as protective eyewear. It helps to keep the snow and other things (leaves) out of your eyes.
Most importantly, it prevents snow blindness which is caused by ultraviolet light reflected from the snow (or the sea or land).
Ski Masks or Balaclavas
Ski masks or balaclavas help to keep your face and nose warm, while out on the slopes.
You will not be able to enjoy skiing while your face is freezing. The best ski masks or balaclavas help you protect you from the elements and frostbite prone areas.
When buying all your essential snowboarding equipment, be sure to look for bargains. Don’t make hasty decisions just to get out there, the snow will be waiting for you. Make sure you know about all the safety measure you can take to ensure a thrilling time on the snow.
Hi, I’m Jo – A passionate globetrotter, wildlife enthusiast, thrill seeker and writer. I love to explore new places and inspire others to travel.
I like to travel far and wide (Well, Africa counts, right?) and then come back to this blog to share my escapades.