WHICH SNOWBOARD FITS ME?
Buying a snowboard online is complicated. No, it is not. Just check off a few things and you will be in the snow with your new toy. It starts with brand orientation, what type of snowboarder are you. Are you a man or a woman and what is your physical condition? Both in terms of fitness and just how big (or small you are).
We make a distinction between and type of boards that are suitable. Mind you, an advanced person can easily go on the road with a board with more flex, we don't recommend it the other way around!
- Beginners (1-2 weeks experience) Boards with a softer flex and friendly profile
- Intermediates (5-8 weeks of experience) Board with a medium flex and profile
- Advanced (> 10 weeks of experience) Stiff boards and more challenging profile of the board
The snowboard landscape has many brands. The most famous is of course Burton and perhaps the most unknown is YES Snowboards and there are a lot of brands in between. Yet each brand has its own characteristic and special features. Also not unimportant to opt for the usual brands. You also want to be able to go to a shop on holiday for service or spare parts. After all, something can always break!
The founders of modern snowboarding. What Burton stands for is a total range of high end snowboards, bindings, clothing and accessories such as ski goggles and ski helmets (anon). Burton's bindings are unparalleled. Burton is characterized by snowboards with good damping properties and the channel. With the channel you mount your binding with two screws. Because of this construction, the binding is part of the flex of the board, instead of being two hard pieces that influence the board. The disadvantage of this is that the use of the binding is limited to Burton bonds or binding brands that offer a channel option (flow and union). But in terms of driving characteristics, it is a big plus. Burton offers snowboards for beginners, intermediate and advanced snowboarders.
Jeremy Jones is the founder of Jones Snowboards. These snowboards are made at the Nidecker Factory and also use its technologies. Nidecker has always been and has been a brand that made boards where snowboarders of all levels could get away with it. Whether you were a beginner on a high end snowboard and vice versa. That is also reflected in the Jones Snowboards. These boards are known for accessibility. Jeremy Jones himself is a passionate Freerider and that is reflected in all models. The use of graphics with mountains and landscapes is characteristic of Jones. The Jones model range can be used for the novice, intermediate or advanced snowboarder.
At K2 they know how to make snowboards and they are good at that. K2 snowboards distinguishes itself by applying innovation in sports and the boards. By looking at things differently than the other brands, they distinguish themselves from the crowd. K2 distinguishes itself for example with the enjoyer line which is made for the snowboarder who is looking for a snowboard with wide employability. Both on the slopes and next to them, these boards feel like a fish in the water.
Just like Burton, a brand that has been operating in snowboarding for a long time. The best-known board of the Swiss brand is perhaps the Nidecker Megalight. This board is the pinnacle of what you can get in the snowboard area. Nidecker is characterized as a snowboard brand which makes boards for the snowboarder who want to snowboard without compromise. In addition to a few freestyle boards, most were made for freeriding or to carve on beautiful smooth slopes.
A weird duck. Also in terms of vision on shapes and building boards. With terms such as underbite and Powerdrive 2.0, the brand makes sure that it stays ahead of the competition through daring innovations. Yes is certainly not 13 in a dozen brand, but the people who have driven a Yes do not want anything else anymore. Yes makes boards for every type of snowboarder regardless of skills, shoe size, height, weight or budget.
What type of snowboarder are you?
The snowboard lines categorize themselves into four different types (actually five, but alpine snowboards are a separate case). Freestyle, Freeride, Allmountain and Carve snowboards are the most frequently heard terms.
Freestyling is a broad concept. Here you also have subgroups such as boys who spend the whole day in the park on ramps and slides. So you have the railers, who do nothing but look up objects to glide across them. If necessary in their own street to go from and then you have the happy few who look up the half pipe. What they have in common is that they want to perform the tricks as well and boldly as possible. These snowboards often have a twin shape, which means that the front and back have the same shape in terms of flex and shape. So whether you go forwards or backwards (fakie or switch), the board always performs the same. In addition, the flex is softer to make it easier to do the tricks on the slopes. Real half-pipe boards on the other hand are a bit stiffer again.
Snowboarding backcountry and always looking for that white gold. Preferably one meter deep. Not always available, but always worth looking up. Freeride snowboards such as those from Jones Snowboards are generally meant for better powder work. Often have a directional shape. What so much content that the board back a bit stiffer and the waist also builds progressively backwards. The stiffness in the back is nice to let the nose float more in the powder. A stiffer tail is also useful when carving bends on the slopes. These snowboards are quite stiff, so not immediately suitable for real beginners (1-2 weeks of experience).
All-mountain Freeride or Freestyle snowboard
These are the all-rounders. Whether you enter the park, piste or off piste. All is no problem and these snowboards will guide you through it without any problems. Of course there is also a difference in the structure of the snowboards. Some are more freeride oriented and some more freestyle. For example in a 60-40% ratio. These are the boards for the largest group of snowboarders. Whether you are a true beginner (1-2 weeks experience), intermediate (5-8 weeks experience) or advanced (> 10 weeks) with these boards you will always have fun.
A carve board is a serious option for the snowboarder who is only looking up the wide widths and wants to cut on his edges. These boards are slightly narrower than regular boards and, due to the flex structure and stiffness, are ideal for carving. Nevertheless, it must be possible to make a cut turn on every snowboard. But with the specific construction method, these boards are doing better.
What size snowboard do I need?
|RIDER LENGTH M / F (CM)||RIDER WEIGHT M / F (KG)||SNOWBOARD SIZE M / F (CM)|
|147||45 - 50||128 - 136|
|152||52 - 58||133 - 141|
|158||57 - 61||139 - 147|
|163||61 - 66||144 - 152|
|168||64 - 70||149 - 157|
|173||68 - 75||154 - 162|
|178||73 - 79||159 - 167|
|183+||77 - 93+||160+|
Radius of your snowboard
The radius of the snowboard is indicated in meters. The side of your snowboard is part of a full circle. The smaller the radius, the shorter the turns.
Shapes of snowboards
It used to be simple. Then the men were made of steel and there was only type of snowboard and that was camber. In different variations, but there was bias in the snowboard. That had its pros and cons. The disadvantage was that learning to snowboard was quite tough, because the preload meant that turning was not easy. If you were able to turn, the pre-tension was less important. The advantage was that at higher speeds the board remained more stable and gave more pop with jumping. But the sport has also evolved and in the meantime there are various flex patterns for various types of riders. but we start with the shape types that are available
Directional shape snowboards
The directional shape is found in the all-mountain and freeride snowboards. This is because these snowboards are usually driven in one direction. The snowboards are often stiffer in the tail and softer in the nose so that the snowboard "floats" in the deep snow and the snowboard remains more stable while carving on the slopes. Usually the inserts on which you mount the binding are slightly backwards.
True Twin Shape snowboards
A real twin is the same in terms of dimensions and flex pattern both front and rear. The bindings are mounted centrally. This makes it easier for you to forward and reverse (switch) snowboarding. This shape is common with freestyle snowboards. The shape is ideal for in the park or in the half pipe because you want to be able to snowboard in both directions
Directional Twin Shape snowboards
A combination of a twin and a directional board. A symmetrical shape (equal nose and back) combined with a directional wood core (softer nose and stiffer tail). Directional twin shapes are common on all-mountain freeride and freestyle boards.
Flex types of snowboards
Where in the past you mainly saw camber boards on the slopes, in recent years we have seen rocker boards making a huge advance. Much has been experimented in recent years with the development of new rocker types. The differences are explained below.
The camber is the traditional flex for snowboards and still popular with the more expensive freestyle and park models. This is because it returns a lot of "pop" and many of the riders' input in the form of stability and price stability. A board with camber has an ascending arc from the front to the back and when the weight of the rider comes on, the board delivers a parallel walking trap and grip in the snow.
A rocker snowboard is the reverse of a camber. The "banana" shape provides more float in the powder and the board turns more easily under your foot. Rocker snowboards are also more forgiving if you jumped out of a rotation and had too little rotation.
Flat base snowboard
A snowboard with a flat flex pattern is also exactly what the word says. So flat. This flex gives the average of a camber and rocker pattern. Is more forgiving with curves and a bit better on the edge grip compared to a rocker snowboard.
Then there are all kinds of combinations of camber, rocker and flat. The result is the most important types below
Rocker-Flat-Rocker (camrock snowboards)
This is a variation that gives you a little more grip on hard snow than with a full rocker, while maintaining the spin and buoyancy in the powder. The area of use is between a full rocker and a flat snowboard.
Gullwing shape (camber-rocker-camber)
This is a flex profile where the rider weight pushes the camber down. This gives you a nicely pressurized carve area between the rider's feet. But the POP and carve precision remain on the nose and the back.
These were the most important flex forms. As the manufacturers continue to evolve and experiment, there will be more variants on the theme. What we do see is that the camber variants are starting to come back. We have done our best to keep it simple, but it is quite possible that manufacturers give a different reading to the story. You can approach it in several ways.
So what's better? It is clear that a camber board is made for charging. So if your second name is 'popping' then a camber snowboard is your choice. You just have more grip, more pop and more stability. Rocker snowboards are better for beginners or for snowboarders who are looking for an easily forgivable snowboard. Or as a freestyler, a rocker board is sometimes better because you are not waiting for a board that constantly bites in the snow. Is one worse than the other? No definitely not. It all has to do with your own ambitions. If you have that clear, then it is not difficult to choose.
Insert patterns in your snowboard
Snowboards come with inserts to mount the binding. We actually know three different types.
This is the pattern invented by Burton. The binding is mounted with three screws positioned in a triangle.
4x4 and 2x2 cartridge
This is what the rest of the industry uses. The inserts are 4 cm apart in a square. 2x2 the inserts are 2 cm apart which ensures a better adjustment of the binding.
Invention of Burton Snowboards where the binding is mounted in a channel with two screws. This allows you to mount your binding on the mm. The disadvantage is that a channel binding cannot be used on other brands. But Burton has invented the Re: flex series for that which can be mounted on channel as well as on 3x3 and 4x4.
Hopefully with this short explanation you will have more handles that you can use. If you have questions about a specific snowboard from our collection. Do not hesitate to call or email. We are happy to help you with the right board. We have tested many of the boards ourselves or read the reviews of them. So we can guarantee a personal snowboard advice.