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It’s the most wonderful time of the year as snowboarders and skiers across the country are dusting off their gear and hitting the slopes. Most people only get to enjoy snow sports a few months out of the year, so you need to make the limited time count. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran on the slopes, these 12 snowboarding essentials will make this season more safe and enjoyable.
1. Winterial Snowboard Tuning Kit
The best snowboards come with their own tuning kits, but a universal tuning kit is much more valuable if you have multiple boards. Winterial’s snowboard tuning kit has everything you could possibly need, featuring a multi-angle tuner, rubbing stone, fibertex pads, all-temperature wax and wax iron. Frequent tuning will minimize the risk of board failure and maximize its lifespan.
2. Rome Katana Snowboard Bindings
Bindings can be annoying for beginners, but not this Katana set from Rome Snowboards. They have three connection points instead of the traditional two, open-edge straps for comfort and a pre-curved ladder for easy binding and unbinding. They’re compatible with all mountain snowboards and have four color schemes to choose from.
3. Unigear Snowboarding Backpack
Good backpacks are other snowboarding essentials for beginners that often get overlooked. You bring a surprising amount of gear onto the slopes — like a first aid kit, extra gloves, ski shovel and tuning devices, just to name a few. Unigear’s backpack can fit all of these items without issue and its S-shaped shoulder strap never gets in the way while snowboarding.
4. Camelbak Rogue Light Hydration Pack
Snowboarders can lose a ton of water weight in one day, so they need to stay hydrated on the slopes. A hydration pack is much more efficient than a regular water bottle. This pack from popular outdoor brand Camelbak can fit seven liters and weighs less than three pounds at full capacity, so you won’t even notice it on your back.
5. Smith Scout MIPS Snow Sport Helmet
If you don’t know what to wear snowboarding, a helmet should be the first thing on your shopping list. The Smith Store offers a perfect unisex helmet for adults of all skill levels, featuring a multi-directional impact protection system (MIPS) that reduces rotational force and eight fixed vents for constant airflow.
6. OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles PRO
OutdoorMaster is one of the best snowboarding brands for clothing and accessories, and these PRO ski goggles are a prime example. They have a futuristic design that allows you to wear glasses underneath, and the lenses are interchangeable. They’re also universally compatible, so you can pair them with any helmet and still get a clear view.
7. GearLight LED Headlamp
Ski resorts do a good job lighting up the main trails, but if you want to go off the beaten path, headlamps are key snowboarding essentials. GearLight’s two-pack of lightweight headlamps includes a pivotal head and seven different light modes. The lights are also weather-proof and shock-proof, so they can handle a snowy day on the slopes with no problem.
8. Darn Tough Merino Wool Boot Socks
Another crucial part of what to wear snowboarding is a good pair of wool socks. Nobody makes wool socks better than Darn Tough, who only uses real and responsibly sourced materials. The socks have an All Weather Performance guarantee and the dense cushions will help your feet stay comfortable in the board bindings.
9. Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
Now we’re getting into the smaller and often overlooked snowboarding essentials, starting with skincare products. Your skin can become dry, red and raw when exposed to snowy and blustery conditions. You can also sweat underneath your layers and chafe, which will ruin your whole day. Body Glide’s allergen-free anti-chafe balm will protect your skin and keep you comfortable.
10. HHETP Portable Charger Power Bank
Phone chargers are snowboarding essentials for beginners who don’t know their way around the slopes yet. If they get separated from the group, they need to be sure their phone won’t die. HHETP’s portable charger can fast-charge any recent iPhone or Android up to ten times on a full power bank. You’ll never have to worry about your phone dying on the slopes with this device.
11. Bose Soundlink Flex Bluetooth Speaker
Another electronic snowboarding essential is a small Bluetooth speaker. Snowboards love jamming to tunes on ski lifts and long runs, especially as they gain experience. There is no Bluetooth speaker better than the Bose Soundlink, and the Flex model is perfect for outdoor activities. It’s waterproof, has a built-in microphone and offers up to 12 hours per charge.
12. GearDryer Wall Mount Gear Dryer
After a long day on the slopes, your clothes are going to be soaking wet. This portable gear dryer plugs into any 12-volt outlet at home or in the car. Its customizable ports will dry your helmet, hat, gloves, socks and boots in no time. You can choose between settings of 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour, two hours and 24 hours.
Hit the Slopes With Confidence
Finding the right snowboarding essentials for beginners can be expensive and time-consuming, but this guide will help you save both time and money. With these pieces of equipment, you can hit the slopes with confidence on your first try and immediately start making progress.
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.