Snowboard Buyers Guide

Snowboards

You’re excited and want to buy a new snowboard. They all look good but which one should you get? Two basic questions first. How good are you? And where do you want to go?

Honesty will get you further here than your mum and dad ever promised! A beginner about to head out on a season will grow out of a beginner board very quickly compared to a beginner going on holiday for a week, so think about how much snowboarding is waiting around the corner for you.

Beginner

Less than 3 weeks on a stick, turns are just about there, friends are digging you out of deep snow after each powder turn!

Intermediate

You’re everywhere on the hill, turns are good, shredding lines between lifts, trying to tickle out a bit of switch, straight airs are your holiday snaps.

Advanced

You forget you’re actually going switch, cliff drops are intentional, and you use hand plants to attract the opposite sex.

Sorted out what level you are? Now it’s deciding where on the hill you want to be?

Jib sticks

Rail riders look here. Butter that crumpet. These boards are short, twin shaped, forgiving, cheap and strong. Beginners should also look here as this is perfect first steps snowboarding wrapped in fun!

Freestyle

Anything in the park is yours for the taking. Slightly stiffer than a jib stick, with more pop for when you go big. Still short and easy to spin, true twin or directional twin, this is for the rider in the park and out.

All Mountain

The whole mountain is yours. Directional shape hard pack, laid back powder turns and that odd trip into the park when your mate drags you there.

Freeride

You scoped your line, hiked it, dropping into steep couloirs, stomping cliff drops and long lazy cut backs. If no one else is there, you are.

WHAT SIZE

The usual thing you are told when sizing up for a board is that it should be anywhere between your collar bone and nose. If you’re a Giraffe then you’re stuffed! But don’t worry. You’ve decided what type of snowboard you want, which is good because depending on what you use it for you will want different sizes. Everyone has a range of sizes they can ride, dependent on height, weight, foot size, ability and what type of riding they want to do. A freestyle snowboard or an All Mountain board will be sitting more in the middle of that size range because they are the most versatile boards for all kinds of riding styles. A pure jib stick will be short, because you want to spin quicker than a tumble dryer. Powder boards can be as long as you want depending on if you’re Heli-dropping in Alaska or hitting lift lines in the Alps. Shorter snowboards will turn quicker but longer boards will float more in softer snow. By choosing what you want to do on your snowboard, you can check you have the correct length.

Work out what sort of build you fit into. Then what sort of board you want. Find it on the chart, because 60% of the time, it works every time. If you don’t know how to use a chart you shouldn’t be allowed a credit card.

Napoleon (55-65kg) – short but still trying to conquer the world

Average Joe (65-75kg) – police line ups don’t worry you

Green Giant (75kg ) – buildings look small to you

Snowboard Sizing

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