My daughter this year decided that she wanted to get into snowboarding. As a nine year old and someone that I know has a lot of growing still to do, I needed to do a lot of research to be able to make sure that she was going to be safe in this venture. I can remember as a youngster getting into skiing and having my fair share of spills, but today, it seems that we need to be more and more careful as equipment gets better and to safeguard our children. This is especially true with snowboarding.
I should probably start off by saying that I am not a snowboarder, but I enjoy watching them on television. The snowboarders that I have seen on television do amazing things and I think that is where my own daughter got it in her head to get into this sport. My eldest Diva-J is our daredevil, she jumps right in and has no fear and I knew that this would be a similar experience. Yet, the more and more that I read and the more people that I spoke to kept warning me about the danger of allowing my daughter on the slopes without the proper safety equipment, thus my research began.
In talking to experts at stores and people that have been snowboarding for years, I was informed that I needed to make sure that my daughter had not only a good board and bindings, but also a good helmet, goggles and wrist guards. I did my research and Giro kept coming up as a brand that was touted for their safety and reliability as well as comfort and style (as you have to look good on the slopes right?).
In looking at their website I was impressed at the breadth and depth of snow gear that they had available for consumers. In the helmets alone for youth sizes they had four distinct helmets. The one that we chose to try was the Giro Slingshot, as this was suggested to us. My first impression of the helmet was that not only was it lightweight, but also very well padded. On top of this the lever in the back of the helmet allows you to easily adjust the helmet for the child that is wearing it. The straps are easily adjusted and my daughter can easily place the helmet on her head and get it strapped on (which is a plus for a parent).
The goggles that we tried were ones that we felt well matched the Pink Stars Giro Slingshot that we tried (See above for pictures). They were called REV Goggles and they were definitely a great match! What I loved about these is not only how well they fit my daughter but also the anti-fog coating as well as the great UV lens that was a part of it as well, as I truly wanted to protect my daughters eyes from not only the snow, but even more so the UV rays from the sun that can be damaging as they bounce off the snow. In looking through the goggles I have to say that I had a great field of vision and could tell that they would be comfortable when on as well.
We also did find some wrist guards from another company and luck for us they were built into mittens so one less thing to worry about.
All-in-all I learned a lot abut what to look for and what to purchase in my conversations and research and I am very impressed thus far with the quality, as well as the variety that Giro offers its customers and I think that you will too!
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