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
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.
Women's Snowboarding Boots
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
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.
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
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.
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.