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As we all know, buying the snowboarding gear that is right for you is very important, but its not just about the snowboard, bindings and boots; getting the right clothing is equally as important and as much time needs to go into choosing the right layers is as important as researching the board you'll be riding. Being too cold on the slopes and being uncomfortable can ruin your day riding. So make sure you get it right.
To ensure comfort and warmth you should always dress in three distinct layers.
The first layer should be what is called a "Moisture Wicking Base Layer" and is the first item of clothing which is next to your skin. A wicking layer is designed to control the moisture levels of your body whilst out in the cold on the slopes. Usually comprising of long legged underwear, long sleeve top and socks the base layer should be made of a materials such as synthetic polyester or even a very thin layer made from wool, never use cotton as your base layer (such as a regular t-shirt) as this only retains and absorbs water and will make you chilly all day.
The next layer which is worn on top of the base layer should be a thin insulating layer such as a fleece or thin woollen top, again avoiding cotton materials as this can absorb moisture and give you a chill. A middle layer is not required to be worn on your legs and is only applicable to the upper body. Remember, you can have multiple middle layers if the day is chilly but can always remove individual items if the day (or you) warm up.
The outer layer should be waterproof and wind proof to give protection against the wintery elements. You will find that this layer is often the more expensive layer as it provides the highest levels of technology and protection to ultimately keep you dry and warm. Snowboard pants have boot gaiters which are layers of material at the bottom of each leg that are elasticated to stretch over your snowboard boots, this gaiter prevents any snow being pushed up your legs. Some bottoms will also include features such as zip vents (to cool you down if you need it), pockets and some times ski pass loops. Snowboard jackets are usually packed full of features with different fabric weights and waterproofing levels. A good jacket will include a hood, plenty of pockets and often a powder skirt which acts in the same way the boot gaiters do by wrapping around your waist preventing snow entering your upper body.