I'm relatively new to snowboarding but have recently become hooked. After having my lessons to enable me to recreational ride at Xscape I have been considering buying some gear.
As I am still a novice, i would really like to start with some protective gear. Can anyone reccomend the kind of thing i should be looking for? I have been told about a type of shorts with padding that you slide into pockets? Can anyone shed any light on this?
Last season I loaded up on protective gear since I moved to Michigan from Tahoe and started riding the park more. Some people might give you sh*t for wearing protective gear but it allows me to ride all day and still go to work the next day. My key components are a helmet, wrist guards and some crash shorts if it's an icy day.
Helmets - look for something that fits well and has good venting, comfort is the most important thing here. A helmet is the difference between nothing and a concusion, or a concusion and serious brain damage.
Wrist guards - Probably my most utilized piece of protective gear. I use the burton RED guards because they are the only ones I could find that comfortably fit under my gloves. The protection is minimal but helps avoid sprained wrists for small crashes. If you crash hard you could still mess yourself up though.
Crash Shorts - Great for icy conditions. After slipping of a box or rail I no longer have to leave the hill early due to a sore tailbone. Again it won't save you in a hard crash but might be worth it for general soreness.
I also use a set of kids size soccer shin guards above my boots for rails and boxes.
Yes, crash pads are essentially shorts with padding. Lots of different companies make them, usually they are a combination of some sort of foam, or foam layered with some hard plastic. I use skeletools shorts, basically just spandex shorts with pockets containing 1/2 inch foam rubber shapes. In hind sight I might have gone with the pads that are layered with plastic but just the foam does OK.
Clenching your fist has helped me before..Althou im looking to get some wrist guards this year. Ass pads are a must, nothing like a bruised tailbone to ruin your week. I had a pair of reds and those are good not bulky and you can remove some of the padding if you feel you dont need it. Knee pads are also good, not the hard skate type,but the foamy ones from (triple 8).Helmet a must.