Any guy looking to hit the slopes for an exciting snowboarding trip will first need to hit the equipment shop for a few key items. The list of must-have gear is short but showing up to the mountain without it can produce some desirable results.
Men’s snowboard boots and bindings are absolutely necessary to being able to snowboard. Boards themselves are sold separately but unless they come in value packages they will not contain any of the footwear. Boots keep the feet snug, warm and dry while boarding whereas the bindings are what secures them to the board itself. Once on the board the foot and ankle area will be tightly strapped into place so they cannot move. This allows for stability and control of the board even at high speeds. For this reason the boots must be tight on the foot and come up rather high on the shin. This provides cushioned support when using the feet to turn a snowboard. Boots can be a huge expense in the grand scheme of snowboarding gear so beginners should wait for a snowboard boot sale before finding a pair they like. Most name brands use the same materials and general design so unlike other items the importance is on finding a comfortable size at a good price.
Snowboard bindings work about the same and no matter the brand will generally look and fit the same. These are what the boots strap into and what is bolted onto the snowboard. Bindings will feature a base with a series of straps forming the frame the foot is inserted into. The straps will hold the boot in place everywhere from the toes up to the ankle. Like the boots bindings should fit snugly and allow no shifting of the feet inside.
Finally snowboard jackets help round out the must-have items that can be purchased at any gear shop. These special-use jackets are designed to keep the body warm and dry even when falling in the snow or traveling at high speeds down the mountain. Their outer shells are made of water and windproof material while inside are several layers of warm fabric that wick moisture away from the skin. It’s the perfect way to safely prevent frostbite and irritation even on those runs that last all day long.