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Finding the Right Types of Ski and Snowboard Protective Equipment for You

Now that you know a bit about the various types of protective equipment needed for skiers and snowboarders, it's time to delve a little bit deeper. While simply having good protective gear is an important move, it's far better to be able to make an informed decision about your needs and pick the gear that is right for you and your specific needs.

Helmets

Helmets are the number one piece of needed protective gear. There are many to choose from. All helmets should meet the USA safety standard of ASTM F2040. This means the helmet has been tested and certified to match the safety requirements needed for a ski and snowboard helmet. Comfort and style are your options when looking into helmets. It's quite easy to measure the circumference of your head and determine the correct size helmet for you. Also if you like music you'll want to add built-in earphones so you can listen to tunes while you shred!

Undershirts

The undershirt that you choose is a very important consideration, as it will provide warmth and insulation against the cold. It will also help wick away moisture from your skin and keep you dry. Both thermal and polypropylene undershirts can be found, and both work quite well. In addition, these undershirts can be found with padding sewn into the shirt. This is extremely helpful to avoid injuries and keep comfortable throughout the day. The padding can be found on the spine areas, kidney, ribs basically any area that might be exposed during a fall.Prices range from $20 to over $100 for these garments.

Thermal Underwear/padded shorts

Like an undershirt, thermal underwear provides insulation and protection from the cold. If you are not comfortable with traditional thermal underwear, you'll find polypropylene options that are much smoother and more comfortable. The pants are also available in shorts and provide much needed padding on the tailbone, thigh, hips, and buttocks. Like undershirts, prices range from just under $20 to more than $100.Sport-Specific Socks

While you might think that donning any old pair of socks is fine, so long as they are thick and warm, you would be mistaken. It's actually better to opt for sport-specific socks. This will help pad your feet, provide a comfortable fit in your boots and keep you warm and dry. You can expect to pay between $12 and $25 for a decent pair.

Fleece Jackets and Sweaters

Over your undershirt, you'll want to have a fleece jacket or sweater. Wool will also work well, though fleece is lighter. This garment helps keep you warm but allows your body to breathe, as well. Prices range from just $50 to more than $200 in some cases.

Thermal Pants

Thermal pants are worn over your thermal underwear and provide additional protection and warmth. Your pants should be slightly roomy and fit loosely in the crotch area. In addition, these should have padding in the knees and buttocks. Prices range from about $60 for a basic pair to over $300 for professional gear.

Your Boots

The boots that you choose should be sport specific. Look for a pair that works well with your board bindings or with your skis. These should be purchased by shoe size, but keep an eye out for fit and support. Snowboard boots can be relatively affordable, with some options around $50 or $60. However, ski boots are more expensive, with prices ranging from $150 to $450 and more.

Your Helmet

Protecting your head is important. Again, it's best to have a helmet over a beanie or hat that covers your ears. To find the right fit, you need to measure the circumference of your head and choose the matching hat size. Helmets range in price from about $65 or $70 all the way up to $200 or $300 for a high quality, professional helmet.

Outer Jacket

Over your fleece jacket, you'll need to wear an outer jacket. This should be thick and padded, and it should also be waterproof and resistant to the wind. Finally, it should also be breathable so that perspiration can escape. Jackets can cost anywhere from $150 to $500 depending on the quality and materials used.

Goggles

Eye and face protection is important, and the best way to do that is with a pair of goggles. These will also protect your face and eyes from UV rays, as well as cold, snow and other hazards. A good pair of goggles can cost between $40 and $200 depending on the brand and style.

Gloves

Protecting your hands on the slopes is vital. You'll need a pair of gloves that are waterproof and windproof, but also allow perspiration to evaporate. Also you can find gloves that have wrist guard built into them. This is essential because most ski and snowboard injuries come from falls on your wrists. This can be minimized and preventing by taking precautions with wrist guards. A decent pair of gloves will run you between $40 and $110.

With your ski and snowboard protective gear, you should be all set for an exhilarating time on the slopes!

Elbow/knee pads

In addition to the items listed above your elbows and knees could very well get bruised without proper protection. This is especially important for beginners or those who like to spend time in the 'park' working on tricks and rails. Soft, flexible padding is available for both knee and elbows and drastically help enhance the experience of skiing and snowboarding.

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