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Old 02-19-2014, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hola! Complete newbie here.
I'm due to hit the hard slope for a taster/beginners snowboarding day so am currently thinking about what suitable clothes I have. regarding any padding, what do people think about using some old American Football stuff I've recently found (and they still fit me, yay!)- by that I don't actually mean the shoulder pads and helmet
I'm more thinking about the 5 pocket under armour girdle with the hip, thigh and tail pad inserts. And possibly wearing my old football shorts and fitting in the knee pads.

As I said I'm a complete noob, so don't know whether this kind of padding will be too bulky - but of course it's designed for 'football athletes' to be able to run and operate smoothly.

Well I'm thinking some of you guys will know best (and possibly even have played/play football).

Thanks a lot.

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Assuming you are for real and not a part of the recent influx of trolling, I would say that football impact shorts will work fine as long as they are the newer lower profile type. I actually used an old tailbone pad that I found laying around from my playing days until I bought some actual impact shorts designed for snowsports. It worked well enough but not as good as the newer shorts. Really, just using a tailbone pad will go a long way to helping you as a noob.

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I'm not sure what you mean by lower profile, but the specific one (girdle) I have is this

Under Armour 5 Pocket Reverse Girdle EP Sports
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those and maybe some wristguards are a good idea, don't exaggerate though, everyone takes their licks in the beginning
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yea that girdle should be fine.. its definitely better than nothing. expect to be falling alot..specifically on your butt and your hands. wrist guards and a tailbone pad will save you a ton of agony later on
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What I meant by low profile was the more modern type pads and shorts. As in other sports, the technology in football has changed over time. When I played in the 90's we were still using the larger, bulkier hip and thigh pads than the kids do these days. Obviously those would be a hindrance to your mobility under a pair of snowboard pants, not to mention overkill since you are not tackling/being tackled repeatedly.
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You can also use hockey shorts and even baseball sliding shorts with padding.

It was hard to find snowboard butt pads for my 8 year old son. He started playing hockey last year so I just had him wear the hockey shorts and I added little more football padding to it when he's riding.
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i'd recommend tailbone pads + kneepads... everyone has to pay their dues when learning so you might as well wear some protection
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You can also use hockey shorts and even baseball sliding shorts with padding.

It was hard to find snowboard butt pads for my 8 year old son. He started playing hockey last year so I just had him wear the hockey shorts and I added little more football padding to it when he's riding.
i considered wearing my hockey pants & shins when i was learning but decided that would look way too ridiculous for an adult
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I would also say wear a backpack if you are beginning. Protecting your back is pretty important.
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