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Women’s Snowboarding Gear: What Should I Wear Snowboarding?

Buying women's snowboarding gear can be a total minefield. What should you wear? We've got the ultimate guide here

When buying women’s snowboarding jackets and trousers it’s important to look for discounts, but also good quality gear. Photo: Matt Georges/Whitelines

Going snowboarding this winter, but not sure what to wear? Finding the right women’s snowboarding gear for you is tricky – there can be an overwhelming amount of choice in the UK.

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Ideally if it’s your first time snowboarding, you want discount gear on clearance, but sometime cheap isn’t always best. Canada has a huge array of women’s snowboarding gear, which you can buy online. So, where do you start?

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you understand what to wear snowboarding and where to find the best women’s snowboarding gear on the market.

Women’s Snowboarding Jackets And Trousers

This Roxy Snowboard jacket is a classic example of good women’s snowboarding gear. Photo: Roxy

Let’s start with the basics: you’re going to need a proper women’s snowboarding jacket and pants.

These need to be both warm and waterproof to ensure you are comfortable snowboarding all day. Obviously it helps if they look good too!

You might be tempted to borrow your brother’s old snowboarding gear (which is totally fine), but there are companies that design specially for women.

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Roxy is one of the world’s favourites for women’s snowboarding gear. They make special longer length jackets and slightly baggier trousers for female snowboarders.

If you are looking for discount women’s snowboarding gear, H&M do snow gear as do Topshop.

Even Aldi have their own snowboarding range, which is worth checking out if it’s your first time on snow and you don’t want to fork out for expensive gear.

Women’s Snowboarding Boots

It’s worth investing in women’s snowboarding boots if you are going more than a couple of times. Photo: Cream & Coal

It’s really important to get a pair of well-fitting snowboarding boots. There are three things you need to think about when choosing boots: flex, features and fit.

Ideally you should go to a snowboarding shop to try a few pairs on. Every brand is different and some might suit your feet better than others.

They will measure your feet properly in the shop and heat-mould them to your foot to make sure they’re nice and comfy on the hill.

It’s also a good idea to buy proper snowboarding socks. Thin socks mean your feet will get blisters very easily, so again it’s worth investing.

Women’s Snowboarding Base layers

We love these women’s snowboarding base layers from Mons Royale. Photo: singletrackworld.com

If there’s one thing people should be more aware of when dressing for snowboarding, it’s layering.

It’s far better to be properly layered up when you go riding, otherwise you’ll end up sweating like a pig or freezing your ass off.

Base layers or thermals are a good place to start. It’s good to wear a technical base layer next to your skin. This shouldn’t be made from cotton as when sweat dries on cotton it stays there and makes you cold.

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Merino wool base layers are the best as they are made from sweat-wicking fabric, which keeps you warm even when damp. Mons Royale make super cool merino base layers.

For a discount option, try Aldi. Their thermals are cheap and really effective.

You can buy thermals for your top and bottom half – there are even thermal knickers out there!

Women’s Snowboarding Helmets, Gloves And Goggles

Photo: Oakley

You’ve got your outerwear and your base layers sorted. Snowboard boots are bought. Now it’s time to think about accessories.

The debate about whether you should wear a helmet or not while snowboarding has been raging for years. At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice. More and more people are choosing to wear them as a safety precaution.

There are some really good-looking snowboarding helmets out there. You’ve just got to pick the right one.

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Goggles are a must when you’re on the mountain. The snow is blinding when the sun is shining and sunglasses aren’t great because they easily smash and could injure your eyes (ouch!)

Oakley are famed for their high-end snowboarding goggles, however smaller companies like Melon are making slightly cheaper but still top-notch goggles.

It’s also really important to invest in a decent pair of gloves when you go snowboarding. Cheap gloves = cold hands. Hestra are the kings when it comes to super warm, high quality snowboard gloves. Burton are also renowned for making good mitts.

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