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Old 12-09-2011, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I went snowboarding last season, and I had a pretty bad experience - more to do with the resort than snowboarding itself. However, I want to be prepared when I go this season, I've even decided to buy a season pass at a different, much better resort. I need recommendations for four pieces of gear.

1. I wear glasses, so I've been searching around for OTC goggles, I found theseOTC Goggles, but one reviewer states they're not good with a Helmet.
2. Looking for a cheap yet reliable helmet that would fit with OTC goggles, haven't been able to find any.
3. I've been searching around for butt pads, I'm stuck between DS 1450, DS 5155, and Hillbilly Butt pads . . . I'm leaning more towards a DS pad but not sure!
4. Lastly, can anyone recommend good gloves? Ones that protect the wrists? I fell on ice pretty hard a few times last season, despite my efforts to fall on my forearms . . its inevitable to happen.

Let me know what you guys think. Any feedback would be appreciated for a novice like me, please spare me the countless hours of research I'll have to do otherwise.


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Old 12-10-2011, 08:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As someone who wears glasses I understand the challenge of finding a pair of goggles that fit well with your glasses but also don't fog up those glasses.

You mention you are buying a season pass to a "better" resort. The best thing you can do is go to a local shop and try on helmet and goggle combinations. Pretty much any helmet that is sold at a reputable shop will be "reliable". I've been looking for a new helmet and many that have been recommended simply don't fit me well. Like boots, it is a try before you buy kind of situation.

As to gloves I started riding with Level's Fly gloves Level Mens Fly Gloves at Levelninesports.com. Comfortable and with a swallowtail wrist guard. So far I haven't had to test them out but I am confident.

Good luck.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have Hillbilly buttpads myself. They are not as "nice" as the others, the pads are not removable, but they work just as well IMO and cost a bit less. Whichever pads you buy, make sure they fit just right or the protection is compromised. Looks like all your choices include tail bone protection... that's good. Wouldn't buy one without that. Looks like you're on the right track. Have fun!
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As someone who wears glasses I understand the challenge of finding a pair of goggles that fit well with your glasses but also don't fog up those glasses.

You mention you are buying a season pass to a "better" resort. The best thing you can do is go to a local shop and try on helmet and goggle combinations. Pretty much any helmet that is sold at a reputable shop will be "reliable". I've been looking for a new helmet and many that have been recommended simply don't fit me well. Like boots, it is a try before you buy kind of situation.

As to gloves I started riding with Level's Fly gloves Level Mens Fly Gloves at Levelninesports.com. Comfortable and with a swallowtail wrist guard. So far I haven't had to test them out but I am confident.

Good luck.
Yeah thats a great suggestion. I'm thinking about just buying the OTG goggles and then just trying on whichever helmet fits best.

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I have Hillbilly buttpads myself. They are not as "nice" as the others, the pads are not removable, but they work just as well IMO and cost a bit less. Whichever pads you buy, make sure they fit just right or the protection is compromised. Looks like all your choices include tail bone protection... that's good. Wouldn't buy one without that. Looks like you're on the right track. Have fun!
Yeah tailbone protection is my main concern. I'm just curious if anyone has tried the newer DS pads? I've seen some older topics with older models and they got somewhat mixed reviews. I'm leaning more towards DS 1450.

Thanks for the suggestions, keep em' coming!
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