Buying Guide - Snowboards

Snowboards Buying Guide

The range of different snowboards available on the market today can make buying a board, especially your first board, can be a bit of a daunting task.  For our buying guide we have cut down on the snowboarder speak to keep it straightforward.  

4 Key things to know when buying your board

  1. Your riding ability
  2. Your Preferred Style of Riding
  3. Your Height/Weight/boot size
  4. Your Budget

Riding Ability

Beginner/Intermediate

Beginner and intermediate riders are most suited to a softer boards that is more forgiving to ride and easier to initiate turns.  With modern rocker profiles a lot of entry level boards are swept up at the nose and tail that helps prevent edge catch in the early days and will aid float it powder as your riding begins to progress.  

Intermediate/Advanced

Intermediate and Advanced riders will be looking for something a little bit more technical in a board.  The snowboard you choose will very much depend on the style of riding. If you prefer park riding or spend most of your time in a snow dome you will be looking for something soft flexing that is forgiving but still has plenty of pop, if you prefer to be in the back country you will be looking for something stiffer and more responsive or even a split board.  If you like a bit of everything which to be fair is most recreational riders your probably looking at an all mountain freestyle board.

Riding Style

Sliding downhill on a piece of wood, metal and plastic, snowboarding has evolved over the years and lots different terms have evolved for different styles of snowboarding , to keep things simple we have split our board stock into 3 styles.

Park/Freestyle

Freestyle riders tend to spend their time mainly in the park or snow dome, hitting up jumps rails and boxes. The boards are generally shorter, lighter and with a symmetrical nose and tail shape known as a twin as freestyle requires manoeuvrability.  Freestyle boards are still versatile enough to ride the whole mountain and with a softer torsional flex is often suited to entry level riders as it makes the board more forgiving

All mountain

All Mountain riding involves, as the name suggests, the whole mountain as your playground. Whether your riding groomed slopes, powder, off-piste and even the snowboard park or half pipe.  All Mountain boards generally have a more directional shape and will be stiffer and more responsive to ride. 

Freeride

Freeriding is the term used for off piste or back country snowboarding where boarders carving fast down the mountain seeking out virgin powder lines and as the term defines, riding free as opposed to the confines of the piste. These boards often have a stiff flex, have a directional shape where the nose is longer and has a higher profile than the tail. 

Height/Weight/Boot Size

Choosing the length of Snowboard for you depends on a couple of factors:  your height, weight and what you ride. Back in the old days if the board came up to your chin that would do the job and can still is used as a rough guide today.  If you are a freerider opting for a longer board will offer more stability at speed, whilst freestyle riders will find that a shorter board grants them better manoeuvrability.  Heavier riders may be better off with a longer board whilst big footed riders should consider going for a wide board to avoid any toe or heel drag.

Snowboard Size Chart
Rider Height (in)Rider Height (cm)Rider Weight (lb.)Rider Weight (kg)Snowboard Size (cm)
4'10"147110-12050-545128-136
5'152115-13052-59 133 - 141
5'2"158125-13557-61139 - 147
5'4"163135-14561-66144 - 152
5'6"168140-15564-70149 -157
5'8"173150-16568-75154 -162
5'10"178160-17573-79159 -167
6'183170-18577-84160+
6'2"188180-19581-88160+
6'4"193190-20586-93160+

For further advice with snowboard buying please feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff either by telephone or email, 01912323561 ext2 or web@ldmountaincentre.com 

Snowboarding is a high risk activity but by seeking advice and training from a qualified professional you can greatly reduce the risk.

Snowboard Bindings

Your bindings act as the interface between you and your snowboard, and affect the transmission of power through your legs to your board. A stiffer binding will provide quicker reaction times and greater response, making them suitable for riders that like higher performance and ride hard and fast. A softer binding will be forgiving so more suitable for beginners or riders looking for more flexibility for park and freestyle riding. It’s important that your bindings match up well with your boots to achieve the best fit possible and greater efficiency. If in doubt our staff are on hand to take you through the most suitable binding for your boots and snowboard so you get the best set up possible.

 

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