If you love the thrill of snowboarding, there is no better season than winter. You can’t wait to carve the slopes on fresh powder days, and cold temperatures won’t bring you down. That is unless you aren’t prepared for them. You don’t have to suffer to look cool and express your own personal flair. You just have to get the right stuff.
Protecting yourself in frigid temperatures is all about layering, starting with a base layer and finishing off with a snowboarding face mask. Whether you’re a newbie who doesn’t — yet — know the difference between a stale egg and a stinky, or you’re a pretzel pro, knowing how to dress when you hit the runs is imperative. Don’t let your adventure get cut short. Make sure you’re prepared for what Mother Nature throws at you out there.
There is more to layering than just piling on a bunch of clothes. It’s a science, and perhaps a bit of an art. You select each layer carefully, considering its role in protecting you from the elements, but you also want to know that the finishing touches reflect your own personality. The good news is, when you are armed with a bit of knowledge, you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality and performance. The trick to smart layering is to start from the bottom and work your way up.
The layer closest to your skin serves as the foundation for keeping you warm and dry. Consider the climate and conditions you are in, as well as whether you tend to run hot or cold before you choose this all-important layer. Go for a light- to midweight synthetic, wool or silk material. These will wick away moisture while still keeping you warm.
Keeping those feet warm and dry is also important. Cold toes and blisters are sure ways to spoil a good time. Snowboarding socks are designed to fit the sport. They come up above the boot top, and they are not so thick that they cut off your circulation once you put your boots on. As with the base layer, you want to be sure you choose synthetic or wool socks, not cotton.
You might not always need this layer, but you should have one, just in case. The mid-layer is worn over your base layer top. It is there to add additional warmth on those really cold days or to wear when you don’t have on a jacket. A fleece top is a great option for this layer, but make sure that it is on the thinner side unless the temperatures or your propensity for getting cold warrant something a bit warmer.
Your outer layer is comprised of a jacket and pants or bibs. Snowboarding pants and jackets are designed to allow maneuverability so you can freestyle it with the best of them on the halfpipe. Make sure they are insulated, waterproof or water resistant, and breathable. Some jackets come with a removable liner. Snowboarding jackets and pants also often come with features such as vents, snow guards and pockets for added functionality.
Make sure your gear includes protection for your head, face, neck and hands. Get a good, insulated hat to keep your head and ears warm. Make sure that you have goggles to deflect the glare from the sun and keep the wind and snow out of your eyes. A snowboarding face mask from Fast Mask gives you the perfect protection from the cold, wind, snow and sun for your face and neck. Finally, an insulated and waterproof pair of gloves ensures you maintain feeling in those fingers all day long.
Face It With Fast Mask
For the best in functionality and style, nothing beats Fast Mask snowboarding face masks for your winter adventures. Check out our wide variety of sweet designs, and if you don’t find quite what you are looking for, you can always customize!