It is common to talk about new gear and technology in every sport. This is especially true when it comes to snowboarding. Amidst all this discussion, the most enduring and reasonable questions get overlooked often.
One question that plagues many newbie shredders is what to wear as a base layer under snowboard pants. The following section will elaborate on the best material for the base layer.
The importance of wicking away the moisture
Snowboarding is an extreme sport. No matter how cold it is outside, you sweat. Your sweat will freeze in your inner-wear if the material is not conducive to moisture-wicking. Wearing jeans, sweatpants, chinos, corduroys, or basic cotton leggings under your snowboard pants is a bad idea.
Your regular clothing is not made for extreme outdoor conditions. Your snowboard pants will cover the inner-wear. But that's not the point. What's important is what is happening beneath your snowboarding pants.
Best snow jackets and pants will soak up the sweat, making you uncomfortable, wet, and cold.
What’s best to wear under your snowboarding pants
You've seen what not to wear under your snowboarding pants. Now, the best clothing you can wear under your sweatpants is made of a material that can breathe and wick away moisture.
Long underwear, also called long johns or thermals, are perfect. They are made up of synthetic materials or wool. A combination of merino wool and synthetic is best, though pricey.
Some things to consider
Snowboarding and skiing are two different sports. Snowboarding is much more rigorous than skiing. Snowboarders will generate a lot of heat while zipping down the slopes.
So, you should carefully consider the level of insulation of your clothing. Long johns are not all made equal when it comes to warmth.
They come in three different weights, light, mid, and heavy. The light will have the least insulation properties and the heavy, most.
You must carefully consider the weather and wear a base layer that is not too warm for snowboarding. Overdressing is one of the most common newbie errors.
To wind off
Your snowboarding pants are tough enough to withstand the rigors of snowboarding and keep you dry. Your base layer will keep you warm and dry as it wicks away sweat.
The correct combination of both will ensure that you will enjoy your day out on the slopes without any discomfort.