Thuro Snowboarding: Layering 101

Whether you're hitting the slopes for the first time or learning bs 540s, nothing ruins a nice powder day like a damp cotton tee shirt clinging to your back. With that in mind, here are some quick tips on the art of layering.

Moisture-Wicking Base Layer

Your first layer should be made from a synthetic material designed to absorb and disperse moisture. A soft cotton tee might seem like a comfortable option, but cotton drinks up water like a sponge and sticks to your skin, sapping your body heat. Unless your idea of comfort is curling up on the couch under a wet blanket, you should pick up a synthetic-based top as your foundation. It should breathe well and prevent moisture from accumulating on your skin.

Insulating Layer

While your base and outer layers are keeping you dry, your middle layer makes sure you stay toasty warm in any conditions. On a sunny spring day, you might only need a moderately warm layer, like the iNi Block pullover. For an arctic-level freeze, look to a fleece or down jacket: the iNi Sherpa fleece's dense lining holds in your body heat while still being breathable. On a day with variable temperatures, multiple thinner layers give you the option to adjust to the changing conditions. Don't make the mistake of bringing only a single thick jacket - if it warms up a bit, you'll have to choose whether to sweat or freeze.

Waterproof Outer Shell

Your final layer is your armor. Even with warm, comfy underlayers, water and wind can be a nuisance. A good outer shell keeps you protected from the elements without being stifling. The ThirtyTwo Kaldwell jacket's nylon construction and fully sealed seams will help you stay dry on a budget, while being stylish enough to wear around town. For the serious snow enthusiast, the Special Blend Fist jacket is a perfect choice - featuring vents for warm days, extra lining for cold, and a snow skirt to keep powder out when you fall, it can handle anything nature throws at it.

You can browse our outerwear selection here.

Henry OConnor
Henry OConnor