HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SNOWBOARD
Buying a snowboard can be more difficult than it seems and often the biggest obstacle is not the price!
The market is really full of more or less famous brands that each offer dozens of snowboard models, labeling them with adjectives and classifications that are not always easy to interpret for a novice, or simply for a " Sunday skier" . If you are in this category and have decided to buy your first snowboard, or change your antique for something more modern to have fun with even if you are not a pro , here is a practical and very concise guide with everything what you need to know to buy the right snowboard for you.
Also take a look at our guide to the top 10 2019 snowboards for beginners and intermediates ...
N.1 WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO
Are you a beginner looking for your first snowboard? An All Mountain board is the right choice to start. These boards are suitable for all terrains and for all disciplines: going down the slopes, doing some off-piste and even doing the first jumps and fiddling around in the parks, so they represent the vast majority of the boards. These boards do not excel in any of these disciplines ... but then if you are a beginner, neither do you! So you can put off choosing a more specific board for what you prefer to do after trying a little bit of everything.
In addition to the All Mountain boards there are the Freestyle boards , designed to give the best in park evolutions, the Jibbing boardswhich are shorter freestyle boards ideal for tricks both in the park and on the track, rails etc., and finally the freeride boards made for fast descents on the track or surfing in fresh snow.
N.2 THE CAMBER
At first all snowboards had a convex profile. Then, a few years ago, the banana boards arrived with their concave profiles and since then the producers have been indulging in increasingly complex and innovative mixed profiles.
The convex or traditional Camber makes the board touch the snow in correspondence of the attacks, forming a bridge. It is the weight of the snowboarder that flattens it. The boards with this profile are very reactive, stable at high speeds and controllable in landings even from challenging jumps. On the other hand one of the main disadvantages is that of the so-called controlamina in which anyone who has been snowboarding for some years has undoubtedly come across at the beginning or even more recently in some moments of distraction. Moreover this type of profile does not help much the buoyancy in fresh snow because it is necessary to do a certain effort to avoid the tip to sink.
The boards with Camber Inverso , also known as Rocker or more simply with banana, have an exactly opposite profile. The central part of the table touches the snow while the tips are raised and the edges come into contact with the snow as you enter the curve. Snowboards with reverse camber are the best choice for a beginner because they are more manoeuvrable and versatile, easy to float in fresh snow as well as to check when cornering. Furthermore, with these boards it is almost impossible to incur the dreaded backlight. On the other hand they tend to become not very stable at high speeds and are not very reactive in jumps.
In the middle there are several variants, from flat camber to far more complex profiles that try to combine the pros of both profiles, eliminating the respective disadvantages.
N.3 Il FLEX
The Flex is the degree of flexibility of the table and is generally expressed with a number from 1 to 10. Generally the scale of values ??3-5 medium
flex 6-8 rigid
flex 8-10 very stiff flex.
A very soft flex is suitable for jibbing boards while the medium flex characterizes freestyle boards. All Mountain boards have a medium or slightly rigid flex and rigid freeride boards.
If you are a beginner geared towards boards with a soft or intermediate flex. Avoid tables that are too rigid.
N.4 THE SHAPE
Snowboards can be perfectly symmetrical or asymmetrical.
The symmetrical or TWIN TIP boards, but also simply twin, have identical tip and tail. They are the ideal boards for freestyle and for those looking for good maneuverability. If you are a beginner the right choice for you is a Twin tip board or almost.
In directional boards instead the tail, the tail, is shorter than the nose, the tip. These boards offer better track control and better off-track buoyancy.
N.5 THE MEASURE
Once you've found the table that's right for you, you can rely on the specific tables of the manufacturer to find the right size for you based on your weight, use and your level. Freestyle boards are shorter than freeride boards. In addition, in principle, to start you should choose a table of the shortest size in the range recommended for you because it is easier to handle.
Width is also important. In particular it is important that your boots do not protrude from the table. If you have rather large feet, you should choose WIDE models. Generally the Wide or Mid-wide models are necessary for those who wear boots from 43 upwards.
N.6 THE INSOLE
The slab is the part of the snowboard in contact with the snow. Snowboard boards are made of P-Tex , a polyethylene-based material. The P-Tex can be Extruded or Sintered . Extruded slabs are the most common. More resistant and easier to repair, but also slower, these insoles are the ideal choice for a beginner.
N. 7 SEX
If you believe that the difference between a men's snowboard and a women's one is just the graphics, you're wrong. Women's snowboards are optimized for a lighter rider. They have smaller sizes but not only. Flex is also different. For this reason, if you are a girl, especially if you are small, choose a specific model that will be less tiring and more manageable.
N.8 DO NOT SUB-ASSESS SCARPONI AND ATTACKS
Often those who are beginners focus on buying their new table first, leaving attacks and boots in the background. This is a serious mistake. Boots are essential. They must be comfortable, keep you dry and keep your feet and ankles well secured. The attacks are not inferior and in addition they have the advantage of generally lasting beyond the first board you will buy, if they are good.
All clear? Well.
Now take a look at our guide to the top 10 2019 snowboards for beginners and intermediates ... and have fun!