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How To: Choose a Snowboard
Transcript of How To: Choose a Snowboard
A Snowboard Darius Dumitrescu Snowboard Flex Sandwich Construction Extruded Base Cap Construction Longitudinal Flex Torsional Flex All Mountain Wide Freestyle/Park Snowboard Type All mountain boards perform anywhere
on the mountain- from halfpipe to groomed runs to backcountry powder. These are good especially for beginners who are still deciding what kind of terrain they like. These boards are light, short and flexible
with a twin-tip shape that excel other types of boards for grinding rails, jibbing, jumping, and tricks. They usually have heavy-duty edges and bases that can withstand abuse and abrasion from park features. Torsional flex is the flex across the width of the snowboard. This flex defines how well the board holds its edge/ how easily the board's edge stays in contact with the snow. A softer flex will allow you to turn sharper and manipulate the board for park features. This is the flex of your snowboard from tip to
tail. This allows you to lean forward/backward on your tip or tail. Between the top and base of the
snowboard are layers of wood, fiberglass,
and other materials. Sandwich construction has slanted sidewalls that enclose the layers. An extruded base is a polythylene (plastic) that is: Cap construction excludes the sidewalls and simply wraps the top sheet around the sides.
This makes a cheaper board but also cheaper results. The type of snowboard you
need is based on what you
want to do on the mountain.
There is a board type for
every terrain type. Freestyle snowboards are not good for stability or cruising at fast speeds, but offer good maneuverability. A wide board is the extra-wide version of any type of board. It's designed for riders with larger feet. Men: Size 11+
Women: Size 10+ Freeride These are designed for backcountry terrain, clumpy snow, and powder. They also ride fast down groomed runs. Freeride boards are stiff, provide good stability, and are for directional (downhill) riding only. No tricks/ terrain parks. Splitboard These are backcountry-specific boards that split in half like two skis to allow you to climb up backcountry slopes. you later reattach the halves and ride downhill. You will need to buy climbing skins and a split kit separately to use your splitboard efficiently. Powder Powder boards are for riders that spend most/all of their day in fluffy snow among trees and backcountry bowls. They have a wide waist (center) and a wider tip/tail to keep the board from sinking in the snow. Powder boards don't fare well on regular slops or the park. A snowboard's flex is
determined by how easily
it bends. There are
of flex. Snowboard Shape A snowboard's shape affects
how you ride, what direction
you ride, and what you
can do on the
mountain. Direction Directional boards are designed to be ridden in one direction: downhill. True twins are symmetrical in both directions and have the same performance in either direction. These are favored for halfpipes and park riding. Directional twins combine the shape of directional and twin boards. They are good for people who ride all over the mountain. Camber Camber provides a stable ride with plenty of pop and responsiveness for groomed runs. Experienced, speed-oriented riders favor camber boards. Camber is also called positive camber. Rocker This design creates an upturned nose and tail. Rocker boards excel in powder because it keeps the board from sinking into the snow. It is also good for rails. Although rocker boards are softer than camber boards, experienced riders can get excellent rides out of them. Hybrid/Mixed Camber Hybrid boards combine rocker with camber, allowing you to have the functions of both. There are many variations of hybrid cambers besides the one shown. Different companies have different names for them. Sidecut Radius The sidecut is the metal edge you turn on. The depth of the sidecut determines how quickly you turn. A deeper sidecut allows for faster turning and is preferred by beginners and park riders. Shallow sidecuts are good for high speeds. Construction The construction of the board
affects its quality and price. Less expensive
Easy to repair
Low maintenance ( doesn't need wax)
Vulnerable to warping (If polythylene was cheese, an extruded base would be spray cheese.) Sintered Base A sintered base would be the equivalent of a fine block of cheddar cheese; basically, a higher quality base. Faster on snow
Needs waxing Bibliography Rei.com
Dogfunk.com (The best
website ever!) Sizing The board length you need should be between your chin and nose. If you prefer more maneuverability and control, go for a slightly shorter board. If you prefer speed and stability, get a longer board. Know that you learned how to choose a snowboard, get our there and try it yourself. Weather you buy it or rent it, you'll have the perfect ride. Snowboard World Best Snowboarders Today Travis Rice and Shaun White Best Snowboard Movie The Art Of Flight Skip to 1:47