Your snowboard clothing can be basically broken down into
three separate layers. Dressing in layers will give you the
flexibility of adapting to cold or sunny conditions by adding
or removing layers as required to ensure a high level of
safety, fun and comfort.
Inner Thermal Layer
The inner-most layer should pretty much cover your whole body.
This will include a long-sleeve top, long thermal underwear
pants (or longs johns) and socks. When choosing clothing for
this layer, don't worry about fashion or big brands since
they pretty much all perform the same function and nobody
can see the weird looking colors and patterns on the set you chose to buy
Look for synthetic materials such as polyester
or polypropylene which will help to wick moisture away from your
body to the outer layers to keep your skin dry.
Avoid garments made from cotton as they have a tendency
to absorb water which equals a wet, cold and miserable
It isn't really necessary to wear more than one layer of socks.
A good thin pair of socks will keep your feet warm by facilitating air circulation
around your toes. You can also get socks specifically designed
for snowboarding which are thinner around the toes and
have a forward lean built into them.
Middle Fleece Layers
The middle layer (or layers) consist of one or more layers of
a quality synthetic fleece or wool (not cotton!) top. These are primarily
used for providing insulation and keeping you warm by trapping air
next to your body.
The thickness of this layer will vary depending on the
temperature conditions. On cold days, you may like to
wear several layers or a single heavy thick layer while on
warmer days, you could possibly even get away with just
a simple t-shirt.
Outer Shell Layer
This layer will provide protection from the extreme cold and
winds and will include you outer jacket and pants. Ideally,
the attire for this layer will be durable, waterproof, windproof and
breathable, allowing perspiration to escape while shielding you
from the winds, snow and rain. For more information, please
see our article on Jackets and Pants.
To complete your snowboard clothing setup, you'll need goggles to protect
your eyes, gloves for your hands
and preferably some type of beanie (hat) or helmet to keep
your noggin warm. For more information on how to find the right accessories, please
see our section on