About Women's Snowboard Packages

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Women's snowboard packages include wicking material for the top, a cotton or fleece blend, and a jacket and pants. Discover the important of socks in women's snowboarding packages with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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And in this clip, we're going to go over what makes a women's snowboard package. First things first, the first layer. Wicking material for the top and the bottom is going to get your moisture off of your body and keep you warm. Again, this is the first layer. Second layer, on the top, normally a cotton/wool blend or a fleece blend, this again is going to keep the moisture away from your body. Second layer, keeping that warmth in, protecting you, keeping you warm on the hill. Next, the last thing that basically protects you from the elements. The jacket and the pants. Five thousand, ten thousand, fifteen thousand, twenty thousand MM, again protecting you from wind, moisture, the elements. Also, keeping your heat in but wicking the moisture of your body away from your body. Socks... socks are extremely important. If your feet aren't dry and warm, you're not going to last any time whatsoever on the hill. Socks again wicking the moisture away from your feet, keeping your feet dry and warm. Very important piece is the beanie. 90 percent of your body heat escapes from your head. If your head is exposed to the elements, you're going to get cold in your hands and your feet faster. Gloves... gloves are very, very important. Snowboarders tend to have their hands on the snow much more than skiers do. So, a well made glove... Gortex... something that's going to wick the moisture away from your hands--cause your hands will get sweaty--but protecting you from the elements. Keeping your hands dry, warm, you can last a lot longer on the hill. Then we're going to key hard good components. Women specific snowboards are not just a snowboard painted in a nice graphic. They're milled thinner for a lighter weight, they're also narrower. Women tend to have smaller shoe sizes than men, but not always. The next thing that's important is a female specific binding. Bindings again are just not a men's binding painted pink, or painted green, to make it look more feminine. They actually have a narrower tray, because women again tend to have narrower feet. Women's calves are also in a different location, so they tend to have a lower high back, so that you don't get the pinch point on your calf. Standard cap straps are the new thing, they've been around for probably three years, but every binding is doing that. Keeps your heel sucked into the heel cup, reducing the amount of heel lift. This is it, guys, the number one thing on the hill are your boots. If your boots are not comfortable, if you're not, again, staying warm, you're not going to last on the hill. A nice waterproof boot, again, ergonomically made for women, tend to be a little bit narrower around the middle section, also narrower in the heel, and a lower piece for the standard. Women's calves are in a different location, so again this is not a high boot to get the pinch. Boots are very very important. Try on as many as you can in any snowboard shop. It's one of your key components to staying on the hill and staying happy.

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