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I'm brand new to snowboarding. I'll be in the Appalachias, mainly or completely in North Carolina for now. My considerations also include the fact that I probably will use some or all of the clothes when hiking and backpacking. I'll use them probably just as much in the backcountry as snowboarding or more. So the jacket for sure will be dual purpose. I love wake boarding so I'm confident I'll like snowboarding so I don't care to spend the money on the gear.
I think I'm going to pair a Arc'teryx Stingray in orange with Burton Black Jeans. I'm getting a good deal on the Stingray, so I'm kinda set on that. Picking a different Arc jacket will cost me more than the normal price differece. I also like the Jeans a lot (also getting a deal on them). They seem very packable and looks good with the bright jacket. All Gore-Tex.
What should I expect form Carolina slopes? Wet? Warm? How much insulation should I expect to need? I'm afraid I'm going to over kill the layers and burn up and have to buy even more stuff.
I need sudgestions on baselayers. I know there a lot out there, but I don't know what would match the conditions I'll be in.
Ideas on Mid layers? gloves? Or headwear?
Thanks for the input.
Well... you better be getting a good deal as the Stingray and the Burton Jean pants are like the priciest stuff you can get on the market (yes, there is most expensive stuff like Norrona, but at that point you have to be trying to buy the most expensive stuff). Arcteryx is great gear though (a little over-built for regular snowboarding... and regular winter hiking for that matter). My wife hates being cold (she doesn't like any weather below 70 Fdegree) ... so to keep her happy on the slopes I have her in arcteryx bib pants and jacket.
I wouldn't use the Burton jeans for regular hiking though as you are liable to rip/damage them. They are also not particularly packable compared to something like Sierra Design Hurricane Rain Pants.
which is what I use for hiking.
Don't know what the weather is like where you are at... but for mid-layers I liked Patagonia Capilene and Smart Wool base layers. For mid layers, I like The North Face micro-velour stuff although typically I don't often wear a mid-layer when riding (just a base-layer) because the sun is so strong here in California (it gets noticeably warmer in the sun, and noticeably colder in shade and cloudy days).
Last edited by lonerider; 11-18-2012 at 12:55 PM.