Hey all. I've always been interested in snowboarding but never had a chance due to my geographical location. Fortunately in recent years some slopes opened up within a few hours drive and I'll be snowboarding for the first time over the MLK weekend.
I've been looking at what I should wear while snowboarding and everything points at avoiding cotton like the plague. I'm a bit worried with this, because my entire wardrobe is either cotton or cotton/polyester blend and I don't have the cash to spend on proper shell pants, jackets, etc. I'm hoping I can get by with what I have.
Hi, I went for my first time end of last year, so I am by no means an expert on anything. I just wore a pair of waterproof pants that I had from camping/hiking and such, like $20 at Dicks. Under that I just had on some track pants. I just wore a t-shirt, hoodie, and a jacket. Add on a hat and some gloves, and I was good to go. I didn't have any problems and like you I wasn't going to buy stuff for something I may not even like.
I had no problems at all and I was out there for 6 hours, which was about all I could take for the first time. I was plenty warm with having to pick my ass up off the ground over and over again.
Dicks Sporting Goods has SkiGear pants for 29.99. The are waterproof warm and get the job done.
Just found those and picked up a pair as you were posting
I'm good with pants, socks, and gloves. Only thing is the jacket. The only thick jacket I have has a cotton shell with polyester/acrylic lining. If the outside got wet how would that effect the lining? Could I still keep dry and warm?
Problem is this: When learning to snowboard, you fall a lot. A LOT! When you fall, you get wet. A lot! If you really can't afford proper gear, bring plenty of changes of clothes.
I figured I would be face planting a lot Needless to say, I don't get much snow here and when I do I'm usually not rolling in it.
The first two trips I took, I only had cotton long johns, a generic ski bib, & a fluffy nylon jacket. I don't remember it sucking one bit! Now I've got sweet gear. I noticed Champions brand Under Armor knockoff stuff at Target. It's all synthetic and you could probably get a top and bottom for what I paid for a top. Just an idea.
You're gonna be miserable in cotton. After the first couple spills you will be soaking wet and cold. What part of the country do u live in? I have a burton jacket that's too small. It's a large.
I'm in West TN....which is currently at 67 degrees (definitely NOT normal for January--we usually get our 1 snow per year in late January or February)
I'm guessing the polyester/acrylic lining of my jacket won't protect me from the wet cotton outer shell then. I did see a cheap Champion 3-in-1 system outer jacket at Target. I may pick one of those up, as well as some longjohns.