nOOb here...need help/advice - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nOOb here...need help/advice

Greetings all! New guy here...both to the forum and to snowsports. Wanted to introduce myself and ask a few questions.

When I was a kid, we used to go skiing every year in Colorado (Breckenridge, Steamboat, etc.), but we stopped going when I was around 10 and I hadn't been since until this past February. I'm 29 now, and the wife and I just finally got a chance to go back and WOW...we loved it!! Furthermore, my pops just bought his retirement home in CO very near the slopes, and we plan to "visit" frequently . We're just skiers for now, but I intend to try my hand at snowboarding as soon as I get a chance. It looks like something I would love!!

When we went up in Feb, we had borrowed gear & rented skis/boots b/c I wasn't sure if my wife would like it, but it turned out she did, so now we're looking to buy some stuff since it looks like we'll be going up a lot. For now, we're just looking at the basics (undergarments, jackets, pants, socks, gloves, & goggles), and will probably rent the rest until we get a feel for what we want. I've never snowboarded, but i want to buy gear such that I can if I ever want to without having to buy new stuff. That being said, I'm interested in things that I can ski in now, but snowboard in eventually.

All this being said....I know ZERO about what to look for, other than what I've been told by my 1 buddy who is a big boarder. Here is what I know and don't know:

Jackets/Pants - Breathability/Waterproof rating are important. He says he won't buy less that 15K each, but says 10K ought to be OK for me. Other than that, I know ZERO. Apparently there are cores, shells, 3-in-1s, hooded vs. removable hood, gore-tex, other materials (don't know what to avoid and what to go after), slip-on vs. zip-up, good brands vs. dumpy brands, etc. I don't even know where to start, nor do I know what most of it means. Any advice?

Gloves - I've been told to shoot for mittens as they keep your hands warmer, but I had mittens this past time we went and they were a pain. My buddies gloves looked much more comfortable and workable. That being said, my fingers were the first thing to freeze, so I don't want that. Is there something I can look for in gloves that will help keep my finger temperature well-regulated, or should I just go with mittens (Remember...I intend to snowboard eventually with this same gear)? Also, I was told to spend the money on gloves & get Gore-TEx.

Goggles - Spy, Smith, Dragon, & Oakley have been recommended (I keep hearing Oakley A-frame is the way to go). What do I need to get to make sure they don't fog up (which the Spys that I borrowed this last time did constantly).

Any other general advice?

I really appreciate it guys. If there are some stickied threads in this forum that will answer these questions, I'd appreciate a nudge in the right direction.

Thanks, and I look forward to enjoying the forum!
PenguinNinja is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome