We often go for the shiny objects like a snowboard first when we think of our priorities for kit purchases but having that pro model board won’t mean a damn when you’re freezing, cannot see anything and your feet feel like you’ve been walking over hot coals. Here’s a realistic hit list of what you should prioritise when making those snowboard purchases.
Boot purchasing is a minefield. Numerous years of boot fitting has taught that there are some ugly ass feet out there and they’re all different. To get the most out of your boots and feeling comfortable you need a professional fit. That means take an hour out of your life and go to a store and chat to someone. Try on a selection of boots, as different manufacturers have different widths and lengths irrespective of what it says on the box. Plus don’t be a tight ass and get the boot fit and buy the boots online for £5 cheaper. Invest the time and invest the money as well.
Try the boots with a footbed. Unless you have specific arch issues don’t bother with a custom footbed. In my opinion they’re too much expensive vs the benefits for snowboarding. You’re not a ski racer. Get something like a Superfeet Green. They will support your arch better than the Ritz cracker already in the boots. That means less foot pain and a better fitting more comfortable boot all round.
Once you’ve found a pair of boots that work for you. Stick with them. Check on ebay and pickup a slightly used or fresh pair once the season is complete. Most guys ride a week or two max, and that means gentle slopes and bar crawls. The boots will most likely be brand new.
You know they work, so don’t leave next season to chance. Remember typically most boots are engineered to last 5–8 weeks of riding, so when’s thats done think about a new pair before they become too soft and cause ankle injuries or start letting in tons of moisture.
Guys that constantly deliver are The Snowboard Shop. They also offer Maverix customers a 10% discount with the code ‘maverix10’
Googles are the number one issue on all my winter camps. They cause constant complaints. People either don’t spend enough money or spend too much trying to get the latest tech and it doesn’t deliver after one faceplant.
You don’t need to buy some wacked out ski racer glove that goes half way up your arm to be warm, comfortable and look dope. The key is don’t be fooled by the styling of many snowboard specific brands out there. Most will look cool, but actually absorb water quicker than a dish cloth and fall apart even faster.
A lot of guys will spend a shed ton on a top of the line jacket as it looks dope and will keep them toasty warm, but in all honesty their snowboard pants are way more important in keeping them dry and comfortable. You can easily add a few extra layers on top, but if your snowboard pants don’t deliver you’ll be cold and wet in no time.
If your snowboard pants have a low waterproof rating or are made of random fashion focused material you’re going to look like a snowman in no time. Buy a decent pair of pants that will last and keep you warm and dry season after season.
I recommend at least a 15kMM/15KGM2 when looking at snowboard pants.
You can find out more about outerwear with this handy infographic I’ve created.
Brands that have delivered for me include Volcom, L1, Bonfire, and Burton AK.