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Do I Need Snowboard Pads?
Snowboarding is dangerous. So practicing safety first is the smart way to go to get the most out of the sport. The best way to ensure a successful day on the mountain is with the right amount of pads and protection. Whether you are heading out for your first lesson, or a seasoned rider, we can all benefit from a safer day on the snow. This little list will help point you in the right direction when shopping for pads and protection.
Are you still learning?
If so, wrist guards, impact shorts and helmet are a must. Wrist guards will offer you some support when you put your hands out to break a fall and the impact shorts will pad the inevitable continued crashes on your butt. Knee pads are a nice addition but not quite as important as the others. However, a nice knee pad does offer soft support for any of the older guys/gals out on the hill that don't have the knees that they had in their 20s.
Experienced and looking to hit the park?
If you are heading to the terrain park we recommend wrist guards and high impact shorts. High impact shorts will usually have added tail bone protection which is necessary on rails and other terrain park features. Everyone that has tackled a rail or similar feature has likely taken a tumble on the tail bone area. This is the most common (and pretty painful) wipeout on that type of obstacle. Knee pads are also a must if you are hitting the half pipe.
How should my impact gear fit?
Nice and tight. You should be comfortable but keep in mind that this gear needs to protect you during a crash so you don't want anything moving around too much. Shoot for a snug fit and everything should stay in it's place if you do have a wipeout.
Don't forget to pair your new snowboard pads with a nice snow helmet to make sure you are fully protected. For more tips on snowboard accessories, take a look at the guide below.show related articles