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The right snowboarding gear can make the difference between a good ski trip and a great one. Find out what snowboard gear is best in this free video.

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In this segment we're going to talk a little bit about gear, what you wear to the mountain. We're going to start off with goggles. Goggles are pretty important, because they protect your eyes. It's pretty bright out here. We're at a high elevation, the sun is bouncing off the snow. It's really intense on your eyes. If you don't wear eye protection, sunglasses, sun goggles, you could damage your retinas, you could lose your night vision, see spots when you close your eyes, that kind of stuff does happen. I like to have a pair of goggles that are wide enough so I can have peripheral vision. Also you don't want any air coming in near your nose and you don't want them to pinch your nose. There's many different types of goggles, many different brands. The best thing to do is just try them all on and see what fits your face. The next piece of equipment we'll be talking about is your boots. They're pretty important and sizing is very important as well. As you can see, they look very comfortable, they look just like shoes. But you want to make sure that they are real snug when you put them on around your ankle and around your foot area. When you try on different boots in a store, you want to make sure that your toes are touching the toe of the boot. Not crunched up in there but just resting against them. If they're not touching, when your boots back out as you ride on them, they're going to be too big. If they're squished up, it's going to be really uncomfortable. So it's, again, just about finding that gray area between too much and too little. Remember, as long as your toes are touching the front of the boot, you're going to be fine. As far as your pants and jacket are concerned, just make sure that they're waterproof. Your first couple of days you're going to be spending a lot of time on your butt in the snow. It's a fact of what we do. Just make sure that they're waterproof. Whether or not they're tight or baggy is up to you. That's the basics of your gear.

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