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Picking the right snowboard for you can seriously affect how much fun you have on your board. The size and shape of board changes what kind of riding you can do on it and at what level of expertise . This guide will help you measure up the perfect snowboard for you!
What size snowboard should I get?
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Picking the right size snowboard size depends on a number of factors, but a good starting point is your height and weight.
Riders who are taller/heavier should choose a longer snowboard, riders who are shorter/lighter should choose a shorter snowboard.
The next consideration should be your level of riding. Snowboards which are shorter tend to be easier to turn. This is because shorter snowboards have shorter edges which have less contact with the snow, so it is easier for the edges to release and let the board pivot at low speeds.
Snowboards which are longer have longer edges which have more contact with the snow and provide more grip and control when you are turning at higher speeds.
So beginners who are just learning to turn should go for a snowboard on the shorter end of the spectrum and riders who are more experienced and need more control at higher speed should go for a longer snowboard.
If you have large feet you might need to look at getting a wide snowboard
Men’s/Women’s Snowboard size chart
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Different Types Of Snowboard
Whilst the most important factors are your weight and height when picking a board, you should also think about the style of riding that you are most into.
Snowboards can be loosely categorized into 4 different types of board.
When you are learning you want something relatively short with a softer flex. This type of beginner board are easy to turn at low speed, and won’t get need the extra stability offered by a stiffer, longer board. Beginner boards are also fine for park riding, until you start hitting the bigger jumps. They also tend to be cheaper to buy.
All Mountain Snowboards
All mountain boards are a good choice for riders who want do do everything on one board. All mountain boards have a directional shape and/or flex meaning they ride better in your normal stance than switch. This means they can can charge through all snow types from hard-pack to powder and you can take them over the jumps in the park.
Similar to beginner boards, freestyle boards tend to be shorter and softer. This makes them easier to throw around in the park and for pressing on rails and boxes. A good freestyle board will have plenty of pop and a twin tip shape so that riding switch feels the same as your normal stance.
If powder is your thing then you need to have a freeride board in your quiver. With a longer nose and normally with a tapered shape, freeride boards give extra float in the powder and stop you from catching the nose.
In recent times snowboard companies have started developing more and more shapes and sizes of board. With so many to chose from, there is the perfect board for every type of rider and ability. The tricky part is finding the right one for you. Even if you have a board that you are happy with, take every oportunity to demo new boards or swap with you buddie for a few runs. You might find something thats suits you’re riding better.
This guide hopes to lay out and explain the factors which can influence what board you choose. All this may seem daunting, and a whole lot of information to take on board. But if you choose a board in the right ball park, then you will probably be fine. In my experience when I get on a new board 9 times out of 10 I love it! After all its new, with nice new graphics, clean base and edges and loads of pop.
Its only really when you swap boards on the same day of riding that you really start to get a feel for how these differences affect the ride.
What ever board you’re on make sure you have fun!
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