Depending on what kind of stunt sledging you see yourself doing, you’ll want to focus your attention on picking product that’s designed specifically for getting the most out of riding in a particular way. Here’s a rough guide to the kind of gear you should look at for the main snowboarding subcultures, starting with:
Jumping, spinning and sliding - be it in the park, in the pipe, downtown or in the backcountry - all come under the banner of freestyle snowboarding.
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You’ll tend to ride switch a bunch so a true twin shape, or a twin shape with a directional flex, should be a priority. This category encompasses the broadest range of styles, so if you’re looking to crush minishredding or the jib line, look for softer models with reverse camber, while if you want to huck off the pro line, backcountry wedges or slice the pipe apart, look at stiffer boards - usually with regular camber for added precision.
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Should you be into jibbing and the smaller kicker lines, softer boots that allow more tweaking and poking, and give more of a skate-like feel, will be good to look at. If it’s bigger jumps or the pipe, you’ll benefit from the extra support and response of a stiffer model. Regardless, a good amount of cushioning for taking the spank out of stomps is important, as is having a lightweight boot.
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Depending on what you'll mostly ride you should either aim for softer bindings if jibbing is your thing, or stiffer ones for more response and support charging big booters or the pipe. Either way, good dampening and cushioning is advisable to lessen chatter and your bone-jarring impacts.
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If it’s pure performance, you want look at technical outerwear, though as it’s doubtful you’ll be out in the worst conditions you can look at the mid-range gear with no worries. But if the weather's good there's few things better than park laps in a hoody or a shirt (you can get water-resistant ones).
Jeans? If you must...
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Long days in the park? Get yourself a good backpack to cart up your water, snacks, spare lenses and sunnies.