What Gear Do I Need To Snowboard?

A list of everything you need to be comfortable when you go snowboarding

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So, you've decided that you want to try snowboarding. Now you're wondering, what gear do I need?

Here's a comprehensive list of all the things that you'll need for a comfortable day on the hill and some suggestions for optional items that you might want to consider as well.


Wearing the right clothing on the hill is important to make sure, not only that you'll be warm, but that you'll have layers you can strip off to stay comfortable if you're overdressed.

  • Thin cotton or polypro socks to wick moisture away from your feet
  • Thicker smartwool or other non-cotton socks (worn over the thin socks)
  • Long underwear (preferably moisture-wicking)
  • Long underwear is enough for most people, but if it's extremely cold or you're very sensitive to cold, you may want to wear a pair of loose pants (like jogging pants) over them
  • Tight-fitting long-sleeved long-underwear top (preferably moisture-wicking)
  • A medium-thickness fleece or wool sweater (if you don't have either of those, cotton will work)
  • A polyester or fleece beanie or toque (if you don't have one, just look for the warmest hat you can find)


  • A water-resistant ski or snowboarding jacket (if neither are available a good winter jacket is the next best option)
  • Water-resistant ski or snowboarding pants (if neither are available normal snow pants are the next best option)/li>
  • Ski or snowboarding gloves or mittens
  • Snug-fitting snowboard boots (fit is very important to keep your feet warm and comfortable)
  • A snowboard with bindings
  • Goggles (if none are available, sunglasses are the next best thing)

Optional Suggestions

  • Helmet
  • Wrist guards
  • Knee pads
  • Butt pads
  • Neck gator (a fleece tube for your neck)
  • Hand warmers
  • Glove liners (or thin polyester gloves)
  • Headband (to cover your ears completely
  • Stomp pad
  • Small backpack or sling bag
  • Camera to capture the good times. Just make sure you won't fall on it.
  • sunblock