Shin & Knee Pads
If you are going snowboarding, you NEED Knee pads, especially if you are a beginner. Elbow pads are less essential but useful for when you wipe out backwards. The best kind are either specialist snowboard protection knee pads or guards or those used for skateboards, roller skates or blades. When stationary a snowboard is like a bike - unstable - so you need to either sit of kneel down. The trouble is your feet are bound to the snowboard so you end up dropping onto your knees. Do this repeatedly and your knees quickly become bruised, especially if you take a few hard wipeouts. Then, every time you touch down the pain can be criminal. Roller blading, skating and skate boarding all use very similar knee guard protection.