Do I need a Base Layer?
There are scientific facts behind the reasons why you should NOT wear jeans and cotton t-shirts under your snowboard gear on the mountain. Here are some things to consider when shopping for proper base layers.
Why can't I wear cotton?
Cotton is fine for everyday wear but when it comes to moisture, cotton is your enemy. If you sweat, the cotton will absorb the moisture and eventually freeze, making you colder and majorly uncomfortable. This is the same reason why you should not wear jeans under your snowboard pants.
Understanding different fits
There are two main options when it comes to fit for base layers: tight fitting and loose fitting. Tighter fitting layers trap warmth better by holding your body heat closer to your body. Loose fitting layers will allow air to circulate better for a more regulated temperature.
What weight layer should you be shopping for?
Consider where you will be using the layers and what the temperature will be when buying base layers. In a perfect world, everyone would own light weight, mid weight and heavy weight layers. If you are trying to be more frugal, we recommend narrowing it down to one or two.
- For frigid temps, look for heavier, fleece weight fabrics. These will offer the best insulation and continued warmth.
- For average days on snow, a mid-weight base layer is ideal. Mid-weight fabrics will generally have polyester based fabrics for good breathability and medium insulation.
- For spring riding temps, choose lightweight layers, sometimes even available in short sleeves or capri style bottoms.
Learn more about base layers and keeping warm when snowboarding in our guide below.show related articles