8 Best Beginner Snowboards (2020/21)


Whilst you can learn to snowboard on pretty much any board, picking the right kind of board is going to make the learning process a load more fun and enjoyable. Here I’ll explain what makes a great board to learn on and outline my picks for the best beginner boards in 2020.

How to choose a beginner snowboard

When you are starting out snowboarding you want to choose a board that is as easy to learn on and forgiving as possible. In this way you’ll be able to progress quickly with a minimum of falls and build your confidence

when choosing a beginner snowboard there are 4 things you should look for:

  • the length of the snowboard
  • the shape of the snowboard
  • the camber profile
  • the flex of the board

Snowboard Size

Conventional thinking is that a snowboard should come up to your chin, however this is obviously based solely on your height and a more important factor Is your weight. If you are a little bit heavy then try going for a board that’s a bit longer and comes up to your nose, if you’re a bit later go for a board that is below your chin.

Try our Snowboard Size Calculator to quickly find the right length board for you.

Camber

The camber of the board is how the board is manufactured to bend along its length, and has a large effect on how it responds. I would recommend steering clear of traditional camber boards when you first start riding as these tend to be the most responsive and poppy. Instead go for either a flat camber board or a hybrid camber with rocker at the tip and tail. These types of board lift up slightly at the tip and tail making them more forgiving when performing skidded turns. The raised profile is less likely to catch in the snow allowing you to get away with more little mistakes without catching your edge and ending up hitting the deck.

Shape

There are many different types of snowboard shape, but beginner snowboarders it’s good to stick to a pretty traditional shape. For many first timers it is not immediately clear whether they are regular of goofy riders. For this reason it is a good idea to pick a board which you’ll be happy riding in both directions. A true twin or a directional twin board allows you to experiment with riding regular/goofy as well as being better and side slipping your way out of tricky situations and steeper slopes. These boards are also the most versatile, meaning you can try out all kinds of riding from freestyle to groomers to powder.

Flex

It’s important that you are able to bend your snowboard. When you turn you need to be able to bend your board torsionally (twist it) and when you ollie you need to be able to flex it longitudinally (bend it). As you start to progress and ride faster and harder you want a board that is more stable and that means stiffer. So I would recommend starting off with a soft flex board but not too soft as you’ll soon out-perform it, especially if you are a heavier rider then you’ll want to go for something not too soft.

So whether you’re looking to buy your first board or buying for someone else as a gift, these are my top picks for beginner snowboards in 2020:

1.Rome mechanic


$350

Rome’s beginner snowboard is flat between the bindings with a slight early rise rocker for a loose and playful feel, whilst minimizing the risk of those pesky edge catches. A flex rating of 4/10 means it’s easy to manoeuvre at lower speeds and easy to pop ollies and bend into a tailpress. Thin rods of bamboo run from the boards binding mounts out toward the tip and tail. These Bamboo HotRods give the board its pop and playful feel without making the board too torsionally stiff to keep it easily manoeuvrable

Its True twin shape means it rides the same in either direction, so switch riding is a cinch. This makes the Mechanic a great choice for any beginner looking to get into freestyle, and pop their first 180.

2.Ride Agenda


$380

The Ride Agenda is twin hybrid rocker board. It has positive camber between the feet for pop, and reverse camber toward the tip and tail. This early rise in the tip and tail gives a shorter effective edge which helps easy initiation for turns whilst making it less likely that you’ll catch an edge.  The camber between the feet gives a little bit more pop and liveliness, but the board keeps a soft to medium flex making it easy to ride at low speeds. It has a quadratic turn radius which combines three radii to improve turn initiation/exit at the front of the board, whilst providing the best grip possible between the bindings.

3.Burton Instigator


$400

Burton have designed this board to get you up and riding as soon as possible. It has a slight directional shape with a longer nose than tail as well as a 5mm taper, which means a slightly wider nose. These features help for a smooth turn initiation and make this  a perfect board for linking your first turns on. The Flat camber between the feet helps distribute the pressure along the edges at low speed, and the early rise in the tip and tail gives a catch free ride so you won’t be spending too much time on your butt

4.Bataleon Fun Kink

$430

This board is a great choice for a choice for any beginner looking for a board which will last them through the learning curve. With a medium flex rating It’s slightly stiffer than other boards listed here, and its camber shape gives plenty of pop and snap. However, because of Bataleon’s triple base shape it’s also suitable for beginners. The triple base technology means the base curves up at the sides in the tip and tail making it much less likely you’ll be catching edges.

5.K2 Standard Snowboard

$360

The K2 Standard is another board designed to get you up and turning as soon as possible. Early rocker at the tip and tail will help prevent catching your edges and give you confidence in the turns  The board is flat between the bindings and a soft flex make for a perfect board to learn on. Its slight directional shape makes it a real all rounder, equally at home on the groomers or if you want to venture into the powder.

6.Salomon Sight X

$350

A more traditional camber shape and directional twin shape makes this a great all mountain choice. Perfect for beginners and intermediates who want to start exploring the whole mountain. Its soft flex makes it easy to ride at low speeds whilst learning, but also has a nice bit of pop provided by the Biaxial fibre core. The board blends four different curves along the length of the edge making for easy turn initiation. The board features a durable extruded base that holds up to the hardest levels of riding, so you don’t need to worry about clipping a few rocks

7.Arbor Foundation

$320

The only board in this list with a full length rocker. Arbor’s progressive parabolic camber means the camber continuously changes along the length of the board, with less rocker under the feet which increases towards the tip and tail. Full length rocker can often make a board feel too loose and make the board spin out at the end of turns. Arbor counter this with their grip tech edges which offer up extruding contact points for extra grip and a pivot point for each turn

8.CAPiTA Horrorscope

 

$400

This board is another twin flat camber with rocker in the tip and tail giving it a nice playful feel. Capita’s Flat Kick freestyle shape is featured on many of their freestyle range, so its a great board for aspiring freestylers. It has a medium flex so will maintain stability a speed and a good choice for riders looking for a board they can progress on or heavy riders.