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11-03-2012 10:07 AM
Lamps A bandana is a good cheap solution to cover your face to start, or fleece neck gaiter, also something that's not a big investment.

Maybe knee pads?
11-03-2012 10:03 AM
Donutz If you're male, check that the jacket you're buying has a zipper that can open from the bottom as well. Saves you a few seconds on pit stops
11-03-2012 09:30 AM
blz1 ^^^ . I see it every year on my mountain. Dropping a few gs to ride the bunny slope and hating it.
11-03-2012 09:09 AM
davidj For rank newbs, first time on the slopes, IMO they can't be sure if they even like the sport to invest in it. Sooooo... simplify everything. Do what my friends did when they took me out on the slopes for the first time.

Told me to spray my jeans and winter jacket with waterproofing for camping gear, wear a set of thermal underwear (regular dept. store kind) under my jacket and jeans, get long wool socks and gloves. Rent everything else at the resort (get a lesson fo sho). That way you can change things out (like boots) if they don't fit quite right. Learn to ride. Then, if you like the sport, go get kitted out. If you don't like the sport, you still have your jeans, socks, thermals and gloves to wear around town.
11-03-2012 12:07 AM
RockyMTNsteeze I wear wool and acrylic sweaters as a mid layer. I buy them at thrift stores and wash them. I let them dry overnight in freezing cold temperatures. They are so much better than a cotton hoodie. I don't get some of the fashion trends on the mountain like wearing a long tee-shirt and having it hang out of your jacket. That is gonna soak up the snow into your core. Sweaters are breathable. Wool and acrylic is moisture wicking and water resistant. They are great for warm spring days when worn with out a jacket.

You should buy waterproofing spray for your outerware. After you wash it, some of the finish will come off and make it less water proof. This is when you should treat your outerware. Use powdered detergent and follow the care label.

the OP is giving great advise on how not to freeze. You should follow this even if you are not riding in the backcountry.
11-02-2012 01:52 AM
Sassicaia If you want the best for clothing then its Marino wool base layers and goretex. Most days I wear a Marino wool pant/shirt and my goretex shell and thats it. So maneuverable, dry and comfortable. On REALLY cold days i throw on a thin prema loft vest mid layer...ive never needed more.
11-01-2012 10:25 PM
cm4short I'm a newbie and bought all my first time gear last winter. I ended up not needing a middle layer at all. I did fine with the basic pants and 3-n-1 jacket + my base layer. I would also like to add that some type of face mask really made my riding more enjoyabe. I used a scarf the first day. But ended up buying a facemask later in the season.
11-01-2012 08:10 PM
onthefence Thx Jeffrey & Knox, I added some of that info to the post. Also edited the format to make it more readable and whatnot.

anyone got any other info/suggestions? There is a ton to cover...
11-01-2012 08:33 AM
KnoxBoarderX Comfortable boots are definitely the most important part of your gear as far as hardgoods.

For the outerwear, like you said, everything needs to be the best waterproofing you can afford.

As for mid layer, I wear a mix. Sometimes I wear technical hoodies, designed to be breathable. As long as it won't hold in moisture if it gets wet or sweaty.

The same goes for base layer. You need a material that will wick away moisture from the skin. Wool, is a choice for base layer, or any technical base layer from any major snowboard company will do. The base layer is really important in keeping you warm. A lot of snowboard pants are shells only with very little insulation, so the base layer is very important.

Socks, again, moisture wicking, not cotton.

It's extremely important to have a good pair of gloves also. It's absolutely miserable if your fingers or hands get cold. I have a pair of gore tex mits and they are awesome! Just spend the extra money and get a good pair from a trusted snowboard company, it's worth it. Don't expect pipe gloves to keep you warm, they will not for extended periods. If your hands are prone to getting cold easily, get mittens. They will keep your fingers warmer than gloves.
11-01-2012 06:35 AM
JeffreyCH As far as out wear goes, you can get away with about anything for resort riding. Main thing in that category is waterproof pants. If it comes down to budget go cheap on the outwear, and spend the most on boots. Even if you plan on renting, still get your own boots.
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