Equipment List for Snowboarding Keystone Colorado

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.

Protection

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!

Protection

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.

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.

EMS Neck Gaiter

I used to bring a balaclava with me. But My helmet is really warm, so I usually just take a thin skull cap and a neck gaiter. Any one will do. This is the one I picked up.

I took this neck gaiter this trip and it really came in handy on that last powder day. You really only need it on the lift up the mountain, but if you don't have one, you'll be really cold.

I prefer to use the gaiter than the mask because it's more flexible and comfortable and easy to move up and down, which you want to do.

Burton Support Gloves

As much as I love my Gore Gloves, I typically use the Support Glove more often, because I am afraid of breaking my wrist again. I usually bring my wrist guards with my, but the fact that these are built in really makes it simple to strap up and go.

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.

North Face Momentum Shirt

I needed a microfleece and this one was cheap and felt softer than a baby's a$$. Plus I really wanted a fleece that was a pullover rather than a full zip for a mid layer so that I could tuck it in.

This synthetic fabric wicks moisture away from the skin, dries quickly, and resists wrinkling, tearing, and unraveling—a must for the adventure traveler. A lightweight, high performance microfiber fleece with a luxurious finish, TKA microfleece provides lightweight warmth next to the skin or in a layering system. This 100% polyester fabric is engineered to be both durable and resistant to pilling. It offers warmth when wet, launders well and packs easily.

This is now one of my more favorite shirts. First, the material is breathable. Second, the shirt is warm. Third, the shirt is quick drying. And last, the half zip is highly functional.

5 Boro Bike Tour Notes: This is usually all you'll need on the five boro because it's usually spring like conditions. I like this one because it looks good no matter what you do to it.

Snowboarding Notes: This is my number 1 favorite Shirt for boarding. I now longer go on a snowboarding trip without it. It's warm, but has a half sip for hot days in the sun. It doesn't need ironing and doesn't get wrinkled so you can go right from the slopes to the bar and be good to go. It has thumb holes that make it easy to layer and not get you're sleeves all bunched up. Perfect shirt.

Accessories

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.

"I know a lot of people that used to ski, but I don't know anyone who used to snowboard."
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