What do I need to go snowboarding? What are some tips for planning a snowboarding trip? How to tips on learning how to snowboard? Venturing into the park for the first time? Safety tips for going off trail. If you just started snowboarding or want to get into it, there are a lot of basic questions people have. Such simple questions, but all beginners and people starting out snowboarding are typically afraid to ask. Welcome to Flow Snowboarding School, a series intended to answer your most basic how to questions of snowboarding. Class is in session.
Flow Snowboarding 101: What do you need to go snowboarding?
Flow Snowboarding 101 is designed as an introduction for beginners as a reference source for all the equipment necessary to enjoy your trip sliding on snow. In this section we will be covering what to wear, equipment needed and luggage for your voyage up the mountain.
1. What do I wear snowboarding?
Staying dry and warm when you are on the hill. You need to make sure you have outerwear. A warm combination of a waterproofed jacket and pants are vital. Being wet makes a day snowboarding more annoying. Snow jackets and pants come in varying waterproofing and breathability ratings. Layering up with liners under your outerwear can help increase your comfort and warmth level.
Gloves come in many variations. Like outerwear, they are used to keep your hands dry and warm. Depending on the time of year, there are warmer thicker gloves for fall and winter, as well as lighter and more breathable gloves for the spring and summer months on the mountain.
You need to be able to see. Sure sunglasses block the sun, but if you fall once… will they survive the impact? There’s a reason why most of us use goggles. We recommend you have two types of lenses; one High Visibility lens that has a good tint to them to block the sun out. These have the fancy iridium and darker colored tint to the lenses. You also want a low visibility lens to help accentuate the terrain in low light and stormy conditions. These low visibility lenses typically come in a yellow or rose tint.
Finding a comfortable beanie and helmet are recommend. Sarka Pancochova demonstrated the importance of a helmet. If you want to roll the dice without a helmet, make sure your beanie is warm and fits well with your goggles. Try to avoid what is known as a gaper gap, make sure your bindings are tight to your beanie, or you will have a funny looking sunburn and wind burn on your forehead
If you need more warmth and comfort you can always add a scarf, facemask or gaiter to keep your head extra warm. These are optional, but will help add to the comfort level. If you have all of the above and are still dealing with battling the cold, we’d recommend hand warmers you can store inside you gloves or even the pockets of your outerwear.
2. Snowboarding Gear
There are a vast array of shapes and sizes of snowboards. People typically ask if they should buy a starter or beginner snowboard versus a more technical snowboard. Flow Snowboarding offers a few options for those looking to get started. The Viper, Merc or Silhouette are perfect choices for those looking to start linking their toeside and heelside turns. To keep things simple there are two types of boards, rocker and camber. Feel free to browse through our entire line of Flow snowboards.
For more information on the different types of boards, watch the Flow snowboard overview video: HERE
Whether you choose our traditional lace boot in our Vega or step up to the next level with our selection of BOA closure boots, Flow boots are the best fitting boots out of the box. Find the boot that fits you best and for your riding style. New boot technology such as BareFoot Technology, as well as advances in closure systems and insoles & outsoles offers you a perfect fit. Please browse through our entire line of Flow boots.
For more information on boots, watch the Flow boot overview video: HERE
When selecting a bindings, Flow offers a variety of options from beginner bindings, to bindings that vary in response & stiffness depending on the needs of the rider. Our Flite, Five or Haylo bindings are a great option for an entry level binding. Flow’s Fuse, Fuse_GT, Minx or Minx-GT bindings are a great option for riders looking for a responsive feel with flex. Our higher end NX2-GT, NX2 & Isis bindings are our most responsive and stiffest bindings in our line. To find the correct bindings for you, please browse through our entire line of Flow bindings.
For more information on bindings, watch the Flow bindings overview video: HERE
Whether you are just hitting the local resort, or heading off into the slack or backcountry, you need to make sure you have a backpack to carry all the essentials. Check out our variety of different Flow backpacks.
Board Bags & Luggage:
A great way to keep all your hard gear and soft goods organized is to grab some snowboard specific luggage to store all the gear you accumulate. When travelling via car or plane, having everything organized and packed is essential. A boardbag is also a great way to protect your snowboard gear, as well as the inside of your car. Check out our variety of different Flow luggage bags.
Flow Snowboarding 101 is a basic outline of what is needed to go snowboarding. Do you think we left anything out? Let us know, we are trying to educate. We will be continuing on this series in order to help bring the new generation of snowboarders to the next level.We all started riding somewhere.
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