Why Do Snowboarders Wear Baggy Clothes?

Published by Harry Sowers on

Just because wintertime is cold and dark, that doesn’t mean that you should not express yourself in your favorite clothing. And if you’re a snowboarder, there are quite a few fashionable looks for you to embrace. One common style that snowboarders, especially the younger crowd, like to wear, are baggy or loose clothing. But many people don’t understand why snowboarders would choose to wear baggy clothes when they are in freezing temperatures. It goes against common sense because a snowboarder who spends hours out on the slopes and in the snow needs to have fitted clothing that acts as a second skin in order to preserve their body heat. But after a little research, I was finally able to discover why the youth of a snowboarding world like to dress as if they accidentally purchased a bunch of clothes that are a few sizes too big.

Why Do Snowboarders Wear Baggy Clothes?

snowboarder in baggy clothes

More room for layering

Wearing layers is an absolute necessity during the wintertime. There’s no way for someone to wear a T-shirt, a pair of pants, and a coat when they are skiing or snowboarding. But if you like to wear more layers for extra insulation, it can be difficult to do so because your clothes don’t have any give. Winter clothing is tight because it is supposed to retain all the heat that your body produces in order to keep you warm. Purchasing clothing that is one to two sizes bigger allows the wearer to add more insulated tops and bottoms underneath their outer layer. 

Fitted clothing is too tight

Because winter clothing needs to retain as much heat as possible, the clothing is often tight and insulated. But snowboarders who don’t mind experiencing a bit of cold once in a while will wear large warm winter clothing on their bodies, so they don’t feel so crammed into their outfit. This very sentiment has been expressed by actual professional snowboarders who are trying to fight a few snowboarding competition’s rules and regulations around clothing. As long as the baggy clothes don’t give them an advantage, snowboarders argue that they should be able to wear whatever they want. 

Even during the spring, summer, fall, there are many people who don’t like to wear fitted clothing or clothes in their exact size. They feel like clothing hinders them from their full range of movement, or they don’t like to have their body completely outlined by their clothes. 

It’s fashionable

Which among us has not done something strange or odd in the name of fashion? I’m looking at you, giant hair perms of the 80s and early 90s. The grungy baggy fashion styles from the streets are now moving its way into winter sports fashion. Most likely, people who wear baggy clothes every day also prefer to wear baggy clothes when they’re out on the slopes. Baggy coats, tops, and pants are a staple of their clothing style, and they don’t want to deviate from it just because the temperature is -5 degrees. 

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Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.