It’s great having children; they give you unconditional cuddles, wrinkle their noses in a really cute way and have dimples on their bums… all of which can make you forget that they land you with a crippling financial burden for at least twenty years, are advanced sleep-deprivation agents that make Red Bull look like Camomile tea, and will really, really mess up your snowboard holidays for the best part of a decade.
If you have reconciled yourself to the downsides of procreation, and have embarked on the long and arduous journey towards making your kids competent snowboarders, you have to face up to the prospect of kitting them out.
“Here are some pointers on buying gear, now that I have made it out the other side and have three kids who can shred better than me”
There’s a pretty strong argument for renting gear in the early years; the kids grow so fast that you’ll inevitably be changing kit every season, and buying stuff just creates more shit for you to hump around airports or fill up the car with… but this ignores a couple of important points.
Firstly, if you have multiple kids you can get good value from your gear by handing it down. We had three little toe-rags, and between them they squeezed every last ounce of life out of the gear we bought, which saved us money in the long run. Secondly, and definitely more importantly, it’s fun buying little snowboards and they look really cool on your garage wall.
Here are some pointers on buying gear, now that I have made it out the other side and have three kids who can shred better than me.