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Old 01-05-2012, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.

Enjoy your first time.
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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.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dicks Sporting Goods has SkiGear pants for 29.99. The are waterproof warm and get the job done.
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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?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Kapn I meant with a cotton outershell.
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