Equipment List for Snowboarding Killington, Vermont

Board, Binding and Boots

The board, bindings and boots are the major purchase of snowboaring Gear. They are also the 3 absolutely essential pieces you must have in order to snowboard. While all of the other items may be "desireable" these three things you must have in order to board.

The biggest question is do I rent or buy. As always, I suggest first timers rent at lease the first one or two times they go out. Why? First of all, who knows if you are really goig to like the sport! If you don't you wonlt feel bad about dropping a G note on stuff you will never use. Second, the first half a dozentimes you snowboard, you spend more time falling and banging up the equipment than you do standing up and riding. So why crack up your stuff when you can bang up somebody elses? Third, you really should try out a few differnt board styles and brands beofre ponying up for your own.

You are also going to need bindings and boots. The bindings are used to hold your boots to the board. They are actually attached right onto the board itself, and then you step into them when you are ready to snowboard and fasten them. To put the bindings onto a board they have to drill holes into the board and use small bolts to connect the bindings.


Until you decide that you want to get into this sport, I suggest renting or borrowing as much of this stuff as you can. And even when you do decide to get into it completely, try and buy used. You can get a lot of this stuff at steep discounts and you really want to try out a lot of different equipment before you start to buy. As the sport becomes more popular, the equipment is getting better and better. Go to a shop, aska million questions, read as many cataloges as possible, repeat until you feel comfortable spending one or two grand on a full "kit"!

if you have this stuff already, by all means bring it. It's much better to lean on your own equipment if you have it.

Outter Wear

When it comes to shopping for snowboard apparel, there are quite a few different factors that you are going to want to keep in mind and a few things to think about. For one, you have to remember that there are certain pieces of snowboard apparel that are going to be essential, and others that are optional.

Snowboard boots, pants and a jacket are all necessary snowboard apparel, and basically everything else on top of this is simply optional and you can pick and choose as you wish.

There are literally hundreds of different snowboard apparel brands that you can choose from, and although this is obviously a very good thing, at the same time it can make the purchasing process very confusing and even at times seemingly impossible when you are standing looking at a shelf filled with hundreds of different brand names and styles staring back at you.

For your outer snowboard clothing, the pieces you will need are jacket and pants that have both waterproof and windproof properties. You will need to decide whether the need for additional venting or even more waterproofing details are required based on the climate. Your pants should have a gaiter (inner cuff) that conforms tightly over the top of each boot. This is a necessity and will protect your feet from snow spilling into the boots.

Base Layers

Mid Layers

Optional Accessories

Board, Bindings and Boots

Burton Baron Board

Being a big boy, the first thing that the guy at the snowboard shop said was, "You're probably gonna need a Baron." it's an all Mountain Board and is pretty wide so somebody with big feet and going 6'3" and 230 can actually fit on it without dragging toes.

So far, my experience with this board is good. Although, since it's my first board, I have no other experience to compare it against. In general, its great for freeriding and carving. It'g not so responsive though, so I would not recommend it for freestyle.

Burton P1 Bingings

The P1™ is developed to satisfy the needs of progressive riders like Romain De Marchi and Trevor Andrew who demand response, dependability and comfort. The all-new, patented Living Hinge™ hi-back is engineered to flex at a living hinge point, eliminating the need for excess hardware. This new design reduces the hi-back’s overall weight by 25%, while delivering greater durability and an equal level of adjustability. For all-out versatility and comfort in any condition, on any terrain, the medium flexing Living Hinge hi-back offers tool-free Forward Lean™ independent of hi-back rotation, so you can tweak and modify on-the-fly.

Man. I thought I liked the bindings until I went to Tremblant and took a lesson and realized that not only was I snowboarding all wrong, but also my set up was all wrong. My coach showed me that the backs should be adjusted to line up with the board and mot the back of my calves, no matter the angle my foot points. That was great.

Then, he set my backs forward two clicks. At first, it felt uncomforatble and tired my legs out in minutes. But then, I felt the responsiveness and it changed the feeling completely.

Salomon Dialogue Boots

When you pick up a pair of boots, make sure you buy a pair that will work for th particular type of boarding you do. As a carver, who probably has no real desire to do many tricks, I am looking for a stiffer boot.

I love these boots except for one thing. I hate the lacing system because they come loose, and I need to tighte them once or twice a day. Not a big deal, but for the next pair I buy, the lacing system is what I will be concentrating on more than anything.

I did figure out a way to get the laces to stay tight. Now if I can get my right foot to keep from going numb and freezing, I'll be all good!


Oakley Crowbar Goggles

The first pair of goggles you buy should probably be amber or yellow colored lenses. And make sure to get a pair with good venting, because you will be huffing and puffing and that will fog up your lenses without good ventilation.

I really liked these goggle. They have great venting, good cushioning and good peripheral vision. They also have removeable, and more important, replaceable lenses.

On this trip, I needed to buy a new lense for the low light conditions. The guy at the shop pointed me towards the HI Intensity Yellow. They worked really well to bring out the contrast between the shadows so you could see those little bumps hiding in the trail, waiting to trip you up. I will never go on another trip without them again.

Triple Eight Wrist Guards

Gotta have the wrist guards. Especially the first few times you ride. And then once you get good, because you'll be trying all that stupid stuff thats likely to get you hurt. And when you are just intermediate because every once and a while, you'll catch an edge and ... Look. Just wear them all the time.

I use a bunch of different wrist guards, but these are my favorite beides the ones that are part of the gloves. They aren't too intrusive or bulky, but they are very supportive.

On this trip, I didn't actually use them, because I used my gloves with built in wrist guards.

R.E.D. Protection Helmet

My head is the most valuable part of my body. I don't want it getting broken just because I'm too cool to wear a helmet. That might work on my bike, but not on slippery surfaces like snow and ice!

I love this helmet because its warm, but has vent holes to let out the heat on those warm spring days. But I have to admit, I had to trade it iin for the Giro, becuase it has built in ear phones and i've got to listen to "Blurry" on my first run and "Lucifer" on my last.

Serius Masque

Any mask you get should work for you, but a neoprene mask will keep you a little dryer.

The mask has the nose hole and the mount ventilation to prevent goggle fog. Works well, however, I prefer something with neck covering. I typically just bring this as my backup in case I experience some wardrobe malfunctioning.

This trip, I didn't use a mask, but instead used my neck gaiter, which i find to be more flexible. But I always cary this as a backup in the car.

Patagonia Stretch Balaclava

This stretch balaclava has a baggy mouth area so that you can pull it ove your face or down over your chin. It's made of a stretchy synthetic material so your sweat, spit and snot don't need to turn into and ice block after 5 hours on trail.

Iliniza Notes: I didn't end up using this thing too much. But I was happy I at least had it with me just in case. It wasn't windy or cold enough to warrant using it so I just pulled my jacket over my lip and sucked it up!

Keystone Notes: This stretch balaclava works ok for snowboarding. I bought it originally for mountaineering, for which it works wonders. For boarding however, it's not as usefull because the hole for the face tends to get in the ways of the gogles and interfere with the seal. I prefer to just use a thin skull cap under my helmet and a long neck gaiter or mask that just covers my nose, mouth and neck. That's always worked for me in the past and I'll continue to use that method until i find something signiifcantly better.

Mt Adams Notes: I brought this along purely as a backup and didn't have to pull it out.

Burton Gore Gloves

These gloves are bananas. I love them for two reasons. first, they have that rubber type material on the finger tips that Burton uses that makes it really easy to grip and manipulate things, which is the whole reason I use gloves over mittnens in the first place. second, the back of the palms has a zippered vent which allows your hands to breath on the warm spring days when you're melting like the April NJ snow.

Board, Outterwear

Burton Field Jacket

Love this jacket. Really stiff and sturdy material (Storm-lite 5.0-C Fabric 20,000MM, 10,000G). I bought the "black" which is actually a dark ash, which is pretty slick. I'm sure the waist gaiter may work for some, but for me, my jaket is so loose because of my height, it's really not too much a hinderance to the snow shooting up there. Lots of ventilation with the mesh lined pit zips.

Crazy amounts of pockets to stach goods and the hood is removable which for me is a must since i typi8cally wear a helmet so hood is extraneous. The pockets are microfleece-Lined to keep the digits toasty. There is an inside pocket with a cable port to pass your ear buds through, which is well designed (excpet that the special mp3 player pocket is too small for an ipod so you have to just let it stay in the big pocket. But thats not a problem.

Mt Bachelor Notes: On this Trip, I only used it on the last day when it was really cold. I put it on the first day at bachelor, and was sweating like a beast and had to change.

Burton Field Pant

Pants are a keeper too. Again, sturdy material which in my humble opinion is a must for snowboard pants since we spend a good amount of time on butt and knees resting up and strapping up. The boxers i though were kind of stupid until i used them and found them to be highly functional. Good ventilation. And they are long enough for a 6'3" ogre!

Burton Phantom Jacket

The Phantom Jacket is my inexpensive, lighter weight jacket. The material (Storm-lite® 1.0 Fabric 5,000MM, 4,000G) is a nice lighter weight for those Spring days. Nicest feature is the Pass Pocket so you don't have it dangling anywhere. Taped seams in critical areas and enough pockets to carry what you need but no more.

Thank God for this lightweight jacket. On the first few days, when it was really warm, I felt completely comforatble and wasn't really hot at all.

Burton Phantom Pant

The Phantom Pant is my inexpensive, lighter weight pant. The material (Storm-lite® 1.0 Fabric 5,000MM, 4,000G) is a nice lighter weight for those Spring days.

I wore these on every day except the last, when it was cold.

Base Layering

Smartwool Snowboard Socks

I like these socks because I love the feel of smartwool material (78% merino wool, 20% nylon, 2% spandex). In addition, the 1x1 rib cuff keeps them up over my calves which are somewhat big. The light full-cushion leg does help some, but not really that big of a deal.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later top

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later pants

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

Madawaska Notes: I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Grand Canyon Notes: I decided to only bring a pair of bottoms for bnightime since I was already bringing my North Face Flash Jacket for the night. I was glad I did too, because it was cold each and every night.

Underarmor Boxer Brief

These are the best underwear I have ever used. Because i have a problem with my legs rubbing to together as i walk, which causes my pant to ride up on me, I decided to change to biker shorts (slick material) rather than a cloth material to see if that would alleviate my problem. They worked better than I ever would have expected. I will never go back to cloth boxer briefs.


Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

I really like this balm. Its very much like "Unpetroleum" that i took on Alaska trip and loved.

Grand Canyon Notes: Do not forget to bring lip balm on this trip. You will regret it if you do.

Mt Rainier Notes: If you have never been on a glacier in the middle of the summer, you can't really understand how important it is to have lip balm. I buy these 6 at a time every time I go to the camping store. I avoid chapped lips at ALL costs.


Gatorade Packs

Gatorade is one of the best tasting electrolyte replacement drinks. I't probably not necessary when mountaineering because you are not sweating, but it can't hurt. But if you're out there in the heat, you need to replace those electrolytes.You can get them in 1 quart packages which are perfect for your nalgene liter bottles.

Mt Washington Notes: Adding gatorade to your water on a freezing cold mountain helps to keep it from freezing. It's high salt and sugar content will add at least a few degrees to your drinks max freezing temperature.

Grand Canyon Notes: You should definately bring at least one liter per day. It gets really hot in the canyon.

Fruit Bars

Fruit bars are my favorite food. And you can get them pretty much anywhere.

Pure Protein Bars Chocolate Deluxe

This is the best tasting protein bar on the market in my opinion. I always bring protien bars on my trips because it's very difficult to keep your protein levels up on trips. Most camping geared dehydrated foods are really low in protein and high in carbs, so i always bring some protein bars to supplement my dehydrated meals.

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