Like many of us, seeing the temperature soar in Australia means it is also time to wax your boards, pack your wheelie bags and head north in chase of that Fourth Phase spec snow!
Conditions in places like Japan, North America, Canada, etc. are significantly different to Australia and New Zealand and to make life easier there is a few things you can do to ensure nothing gets in the way of enjoying that waist deep pow!
Boards - Although definitely not a necessity, getting a powder specific board will ensure on those epic days you're getting the absolute most you can out of it! Powder specific boards will always have an increased surface area, especially toward the nose of the board giving you extra drive and float through the deep stuff, ensuring you're staying on top of the snow rather than sinking into it! There is a million and one different shapes, each differing slightly to the next. Call us on 03 9470 1822 and we can help decipher which board is best for you!
Goggles/Lenses - Theres two bits of equipment I always recommend people to go the extra bit on when purchasing their gear. Boots and Goggles, if your feet hurt and/or you can't see, you won't enjoy snowboarding! Heading overseas, Japan especially, sees the need for a 'low-light lense'. Every goggle manufacturer has an option for those low light conditions, and they're a necessity when riding in low-light conditions! 9 times out of 10 we can get lenses for your existing goggles!
Thermals - Definite necessity for the north! *insert Game of Thrones meme here*
Not only do thermals keep you toasty underneath your snow gear whilst ensuring you're not overheating... they're perfect in enabling you to wear a pair of jeans out for dinner! A life saver from as little as $29!
Outerwear - I wouldn't say it is imperative that you update your jacket and pants for northern hemisphere wear, however you should ensure that they are going to provide enough protection from the cold, whether it be ambient temperature or the dreaded wind chill! 10K is an absolute minimum for most northern hemisphere conditions. Coupled with some decent thermals, 10K is fine. I wear 10K everywhere and have never had a problem, however if you're worried about getting cold, have a hunt for some 15K, 20K or higher rated pants and jackets!
Board Bags - Again, not a necessity, but makes life a whole lot easier to transport your snowboard and all your snow gear! Even the standard board sleeves like the Burton Space Sack are great for those on a tight budget, they'll still fit a board with bindings attached, boots, jacket, pants, goggles, helmet and gloves! Basically everything you need to snowboard!
Face Mask - Compulsory. With temperatures dropping as low as -30 you're mad if you don't have a face mask! Whether its a pull up neck warmer or a full balaclava, as long as you have something to hide behind when the wind picks up you'll be fine!
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