8 Best Beginner Snowboards (2020)


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 pics for the best banner 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 maneuver at lower speeds and easy to pop ollies and bend into a tailpress. Its True twin shape make this a great choice for any beginner looking to get into freestyle

2.Ride Agenda


$380

This twin hybrid rocker board. Reverse camber in the tip and tail makes it easy to initiate turns on, camber between the feet gives a little bit more pop and liveliness, medium flex

3.Burton Instigator


$400

This board is designed 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. All this makes for a perfect board for linking your first turns on. Flat between the feet with 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

Catch-free rocker at the tip and tail, flat between the bindings and a soft flex make for a perfect board to learn on. It’s slight directional shape make it a real all rounder, at home on the groomers or the powder

6.Salomon Sight X

$350

A more traditional camber shape and directional twin shape makes this a great all mountain choice. Its soft flex makes it easy to ride at low speeds whilst learning. The board blends four different curves along the length of the edge making for easy turn initiation.

7.Arbor Foundation

$320

The only board in this list with a full length rocker, which can often make a board feel too loose and 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, perfect 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