A very small shopping list
You got your board, your bindings, your boots and your helmet. But is that enough? Here I like to enumerate a few more items that can make your snowboarding life easier. It is not a definitive list. It is just comprised of a few items that, in my opinion, can be life savers.
On this list, I will discuss three items and I’ll split them into three distinct categories: to have at home, to have on your board and to have with you.
So, let’s get started!
To have at your home
Having a board at home requires at least a minimum of maintenance. Aside from wiping it dry after use to avoid rust (as I mentioned in this article), one item that I would recommend to have at home is a Philips screwdriver size #3. This tool can be used to adjust your bindings’ angle and positioning on your board. While you’re progressing on your snowboarding, you might want to experiment or to tweak your stance a little bit, adjusting your feet positioning, distance and angles. Also, they can be used to tight them up before every day of use, since they can get a bit loose after a few days of riding without adjustments (mentioned in this article). Just check your local hardware store and surely you’ll find one. If you prefer something to carry it with you to the slopes, just in case you need some adjustments on the go, you can also search for snowboard pocket tools on Amazon.
To have on your board
I can’t recall on my mind how many times I fell while trying to skate out of chairlifts because of a slippery board. To help with this, I would definitely recommend having a stomp pad, mat or studs glued to the top of your board. It adds a lot more traction to your back foot’s boot while skating with the snowboard, and by “a lot” I mean “going from zero traction to actual traction” because nothing is more tractionless than a smooth board covered by a thing layer of ice and snow. There are a few different types of stomp pads, mats and studs in the market. You can opt for rubber looking ones, spiky ones, round ones, cartoony ones, you name it. Just search around and get the one that matches your board the best. In my case, I decided to take a set of Burton aluminium studs because of their low visual impact on my board’s design. You can find a few options on Amazon or on your local snowboard shops.
To have with you
During some days, specially during the peak of the season, the mountains can be crowded and leaving your board loose anywhere while you’re not using it can be a bit risky. After investing so much money in your equipment, it can be really frustrating to see it disappear while you were away. Having a cable lock to secure your board adds some peace of mind during your days of riding. It is small and can fit easily in your pocket. And comparing the price of the cable lock to the price of a new board, it is a very small investment. By having a cable lock you can feel more secure that your board will be there waiting for you in the case you need to take a break to grab something to eat or to use the toilets. As I always like to say, better safe than sorry. You can find it easily on Amazon or other websites that can deliver it straight to your home.
What do you think about the list of items above? Do you have any other suggestions that you also consider important? Write them down on the comments section below.
Cheers and have a good ride!