Snowboard buying tips
Buying a Snowboard is not as easy as it used to be. There are lots of different manufacturers and even more of different models. It can get very confusing process. There are many different types of snowboards all for different uses. Here are the most common types of snowboards. :Freeride :Park :Rail :Freestyle :All mountain :Powder The snowboard has evolved from a simple design to many different styles and functions.
Purchasing a snowboard requires a few key questions to be answered, but guess what! We have the answersfor you right here. Your weight, height, foot size and riding style are the main factors that will define the appropriate stiffness, height, width and shape of the board you will buy. So lets start with the first question. Note down your answers so you can take them to the shop when you go to rent or buy a snowboard. Your riding ability? If you’re a beginner, first time, newbie, taking a lesson, snowboarded 1-3 times.
Intermediate- board 3-5 times a year, ride switch/fakie catch some air, turns no problem. Advanced- buttering up those 270s on to boxes? What type of riding style do you enjoy most? Your desired riding style or the terrain you wish to ride will help determine the type of board you should rent or buy. The three main categories of riding styles are. 1. All Mountain / Freeride style snowboarder utilizes the whole mountain. You enjoy carving, catching air, making turns in fresh powder or just cruising the slopes. If you fancy a bit of everything, then all mountain is where your style is. 2. Freestyle includes mostly trick riding. Jumps, spins, grabs, jibbing, rails, basically tearing it up.
Technical freestyle riding is usually found in the parks or near the halfpipe. Freestyle boards can tend to range from very soft boards(ideal for buttering and jumps) to very stiff(ideal for pipe). 3. Carve/Alpine style combines speed and deep turns and utilizes everything the mountain has to offer. Alpine riders are continually transitioning from one turn to the next. It is all about high speed and hard carving. Next we move on to the question of your weight and height, this will help us pick the correct size of board. Length A good rule of thumb for all mountain is that the board should stand between your chin and your nose when set on its tail. For freestyle it should be a little shorted so you can make faster spins or put more pressure at the nose or tail of the board. Width Snowboard width is usually directly related to your foot size, you need a board wide enough so your heel and toes do not drag in the snow while turning.
Weight A major factor in determining the correct board size also has to do with your weight. Riders who are heavy should look for boards that have a stiffer flex. Lighter riders will need a board with a softer flex. Also if you are heavy for your size then pick a longer board this will give you more surface area. Like wise if you are light for your size pick a shorter board. As the increased size will make it harder for you to control the extra surface area of the board. CHOOSE YOUR SNOWBOARD Brand/Model There are multitudes of board manufactures, a good idea is when going into your local rental shop or ask the honest opinion of the brands. If you’re a newbie rider, go for one of the bigger brands, they tend to have better support and warranty. Price A new snowboard costs between U. $99.00 and $600. Most Snowboard companies offer a selection of boards at different prices. The higher end boards are usually pro models or have a high technical built to them. Graphics Snowboards are a great way to get a message across. Most buyers choose a snowboard because of its graphical nature. This is a way to show the world your inner spirit, or not.
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