Snowboarding Equipment

Written by Sierra Rein
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The main piece of snowboarding equipment is the board itself. This must be sized properly to the individual rider, depending on his or her height and weight. There are two main types of snowboards to choose from: long boards and short boards. There are also several different boards meant to help different riding styles; for example, freeride boards for powder, freecarve boards for quick edge turns and stability, and freestyle boards for beginners.

Sometimes, buying proper snowboarding boots will make all the difference in the world. Snowboarding boots allow the rider to stand securely on the board and help him or her control it with more skill and security. They also protect the rider's feet from damage and cold. Because the physical activity of snowboarding makes one's feet swell up a half-size, it is essential to fit snowboarding boots later in the day (or after performing some sort of physical activity), when the feet are more likely to be at their largest.

The third most important piece of snowboarding equipment is the set of snowboard bindings, which are designed to attach one's snowboarding boots directly onto the board itself. Different boots require different types of bindings, which come in three separate sizes (small, medium, and large). Bindings must be fitted for the exact boots they will be used with; if they aren't, the boot may become dislodged from the board and cause the rider to lose his balance.

Snowboarding Equipment for Safety and Comfort

Other types of snowboarding equipment include snowboarding clothes (pants, jackets, gloves, and hats) to keep the rider warm, protected, and insulated by several layers of breathable, waterproof, insulated fabrics. Snowboarding goggles are designed to protect the eyes and upper face from the sun's damaging UV rays, as well as the stinging effects of ice, twigs, and other possible contaminants. Beginners and young children should equip themselves with snowboard helmets to reduce the chance of trauma to the head during a hard fall.

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