If you want to spend an enjoyable day on the slopes, apart from having snowboarding skills, you need to stay perfectly comfortable and warm in your clothes. Nothing is more miserable than becoming wet because your trousers or jacket are not suitable to wear in the snow and this undoubtedly affects your performance as well. The ideal clothing would be the one that fits you well and allows you to move freely while keeping you warm and dry. On the other hand, you still want to look trendy while snowboarding, so you want a look that is trendy and fashionable. Even so, you shouldn’t overlook the features that offer comfort and dryness as you can be wearing the coolest-looking kit but at the same time freezing and struggling to ride well. So, what should you do in order to choose a combination that will ensure your comfort and make you look IN on the slopes? Read on to find out.
Materials and Fabrics
The base fabric for all kinds of clothing is polyester. It is strong, quick-drying, mildew-resistant and resistant to shrinking and stretching. Most snowboard thermals are made of polyester due to their water-resistant and durable features. However, polyester should be treated with some type of durable water repellent coating or laminate in order to heighten the features. Microfibers are super durable, breathable, lightweight, highly water-repellent and wind-resistant outwear and the best quality, high-tech jackets and pants are usually made from this fabric. Furthermore, nylon is an extremely strong material with low-absorbency and elastic features. It is woven into different material weights.
First and foremost, the snowboard shell should be water-resistant in order to protect you from the rain or snow. Usually, fabrics (such as the before mentioned polyester and nylon) are coated with porous membranes, each with a certain amount of waterproofness. The seams are sealed to prevent moisture from entering and this is usually done on the most exposed areas of the clothing – the shoulders, arms and side seams of jackets and rear-end seams on pants.
Then, the snowboard shell should be breathable in order to cool you down when you sweat. The breathability feature is measured in grams which gives the information of how much water vapour can pass through a square metre if the fabric during 24 hours. The higher the breathability rating is, the less humidity will build up inside of your outwear. Furthermore, the fabric should be wind-proof and this feature is achieved by weaving the fibres of the material extra tightly to prevent wind from penetrating the piece of clothing.
When it comes to keeping warm, the snowboard thermals should have insulating layers attached to the outer shell. The insulating layers are attached on the articulated elbows and knees, the cuffs, the gaiters and the seams.
Style and Fit
Finally, you create your own style and depending on your preferences you choose your fit. You can go for a baggy fit which allows for a complete range of motion and is free of restrictions or you can opt for a slimmer fitting apparel which shapes the body. Whichever you prefer, it is important to keep in mind that comfort comes first, and while you are being comfortable in your apparel, you can make any fit look trendy.