Snow Boarding Gear Tips?

going boarding, need some clothes. im guessing mainly snow pants are most important?
any suggestions? i am mainly looking for cheap (<50$?), but decent quality. amazon did not prove helpful.

any tips and suggestions on anything is helpful, thanks

The best (cheapest) time to buy winter clothes is…

Not in the winter…LOL

Keep in mind that the less you spend on gear, the more miserable your going to be when you ride. Spending a couple extra bucks on good pants, socks, and a jacket is worth it, unless you enjoy being we and freezing on the mountain. is where I get all my stuff, check it out.

[quote]kickureface wrote:
going boarding, need some clothes. im guessing mainly snow pants are most important?
any suggestions? i am mainly looking for cheap (<50$?), but decent quality. amazon did not prove helpful.

any tips and suggestions on anything is helpful, thanks[/quote]

When I board I usually drop a pair of sweatpants under some jeans covered up by some sorty of windpants. It is warm once you get moving but not balls hot.

I’m a firm believer in the whole getting-what-you-pay-for philosophy, but nothing feels worse than wasting a good chunk of cash. I’d say that the most important items you can buy, depending on where you snowboard, are snowboard pants, and goggles. If you can’t afford or find snowboard pants, get a pair of completely waterproof baggy pants, and wear a pair of thermals underneath them.

If it’s really cold, then you could wear sweatpants and thermals underneath. Goggles, to me at least, are very important as well. On top of those things, if you have more money to spend, buy a good pair of gloves and a balaclava or something to keep your head warm. Snowboard socks are not necessary, although I have a few pairs myself. Regular tube socks should do the trick, so long as they go up to like the middle of your calf.

A good website to buy stuff is, and Both sites are literally the same thing, but with two separate names. They completely replaced my $600 jacket when the washing instructions didn’t remove a tiny stain I’d gotten on it which was my fault. It happened like 2 weeks after I got the jacket, and they cross-shipped too. Great company, imo. I’m sure they have great things said about them on Good luck and have fun!

Didn’t read all the other replies, but having gone several times myself and not owning my own gear…quality is the route to go. In other words, you will get what you pay for. Any relatives you could buy stuff off of/ borrow from?

For what it’s worth, the best ski pants I’ve owned were an old pair of fleece lined thick nylon pants I got from Abercrombie and Fitch about 4 years ago. That was a fluke, though…

My cousin owns a 700 dollar north face ski bib said it’s the best piece of skiing equipment he owns. He says it’s worth every penny… They’ve lasted him close to ten seasons, now.

Obviously, you don’t need to go out and spend that much, but you do pay for what you get.

thanks guys,
for board/boots i will be renting.
as for head gear- i have a beanie lying around
as for eye gear- never knew this was important–why though? i have some chemistry goggles :slight_smile:
as for jacket- anything to look for or is some standard sweater/jacket good enough?
as for pants- i looked into here so far, will look into the above links soon.

there are some under 50, but are those decent quality? i have no understanding how good 5000/5000 is, hopefully you guys do.


I bought my second snowboard from I’ve only ordered from them once, though. As far as waterproofing goes, I think that anything made for snowboarding or skiing should be fine. Eyewear is very important to me. Aside from getting snow up your back and being wet for the rest of the day, having wind blow relentlessly in your face can really ruin your day. I’d definitely also get a waterproof jacket. Where are you going to be snowboarding and when?

I also think this question would get a WAY better answer if you posted it on a ski/snowboard forum. Just sayin’.

I pretty much swear to Ride (the brand)'s shit. Top of the line stuff, have been using it for the 10 years I’ve been snowboarding. Find some discount pants or something online from them.

lake tahoe on saturday-monday?

good idea, do you have any suggestions?

[quote]kickureface wrote:
lake tahoe on saturday-monday?

good idea, do you have any suggestions?[/quote]

I don’t have any suggestions for a ski/snowboard forum. But I will suggest you pick me up on the way there. Just sayin’.

[quote]kickureface wrote:
lake tahoe on saturday-monday?

good idea, do you have any suggestions?[/quote]

As a general rule, Tahoe’s slopes are pretty packed in that week’s window of time. Try to go mid week if possible; empty slopes are a purist’s dream.

I prefer (in order):

Heavenly Gondola (great slopes, conveniently located…makes this compete with kirkwood)
Stage Coach

If you go to Squaw and stay at any hotels/lodges in that little strip of town, there should be a sushi restaurant at the END of the strip. It’s almost sunken so you’d take a few stairs down from street level. Some of the best, freshest sushi I’ve ever had. Squaw is in North Lake Tahoe.

If you go to South Lake (casinos, Heavenly resorts) there is a place called the Naked Fish. Amazing sushi. Also, I believe it’s in South Lake: check out this little Italian place called Scusa! Great place. Intimate.

And I am pretty sure it was Kirkwood that had The Fox and Hound lodge/diner. Good food.

If you’re planning to go again it’s worth spending the extra monies to get some quality gear. If this is your first time snowboarding and you are not 100% certain you are going to enjoy it then do the smart thing and buy some cheap stuff, you can always buy better stuff later if you decide you do like it.

Don’t be a cheap ass, save up, don’t go drinking, and buy good gear.

Here are some random tips from years of mistakes:

Layering is key.

You won’t be comfortable if you limit yourself to $50.

You really don’t need goggles your first time (unless it’s really cold) because you won’t be going fast enough. If it’s sunny, you can wear sunglasses.

If you can, get a pair of snow pants.

If it’s going to be cold, get a fleece hat.

Mittens are warmer than gloves.

Try to get as much water-resistant clothing as possible, since you’ll be spending most of your time on your ass and/or face. A raincoat over a sweater/hoodie/fleece over multiple t-shirts is better than one thick jacket. Ideally, you’d have a shell, fleece, and one or more layers of thermal underwear. Same goes for pants.

Snowboarding + cheap gear usually dont go together - as it seems most everything decent associated with winter sports = expensive. However, I would definately put a helmut at the top of the list - even a cheap one at that - has saved me a few times…

If you don’t know that you’ll be doing it again, why not rent or borrow gear? Home | That place rents pants, jackets, and helmets.

When I ski, my bottom is tights + wind/waterproof snow pants (never had them get too hot), and my top is bra, tank top, long sleeved t-shirt, fleece, waterproof shell (fleece and shell are a North Face Titanium coat). A good hat and gloves are key. I always wear very thin socks because thick socks make my feet cold for some reason. I prefer goggles to sunglasses.

Cheap places for gear:

Sierra Trading Post

Snowboarding (or skiing) is not the hobby you can be stingy with. I’d say:

Good pants (w/ shoulder straps) $150
Good ski jacket $200
Gloves $80
Goggles $130
Helmet $100

All that shit will last you forever and having good gear makes the experience much better. keeps you warm, comfortable, and dry.

Goggles and helmet are a must though