A lot goes into picking your new board. The most important variables to keep your eyes on are Bend, Shape and Flex.
A cambered board is a traditional style of snowboard with the arch of the board between your feet, creating more drive through your turns and more rebound out of your turns. This style of board is great for your traditional shredders or for an up and coming super star who’s ready to push it to the next level in the back country.
A rocker board aka (banana board or reverse cambered board) is the new wave of technology of the snowboarding scene. With rocker the board is curved upwards from your feet out, tweaking the nose and tail of the board out of the snow. This allows the park rat to have catch free edges for perfecting their spins, easy turn initiation for your beginner, or the perfect powder board for the snow chaser.
Flat and Combo boards are definitely the progression of innovation over the past few years. These will give you a little bit of the best of both worlds and definitely a good decision if you are unsure of which bend to go for.
All you need to know here is whether you would like a directional shaped board or a twin.
Directional boards turn better. They generally have a longer and slightly wider nose that tail, which helps with turn initiation. The drawback here is that the board will generally not ride as well switch (or backwards).
A twin shaped board is best for those who like riding switch or want to get better at it.
There are also some boards that are directional twins (twin board with directional stance) or asym boards (different shaped side cuts on heel and toe edges).
Flex is the hardest of variables to display online. Nothing beats holding and flexing a board. However most brands give a flex rating for their boards. The general rule is the stiffer the board, the more responsive it will be. The softer the board, the more forgiving it will be.
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Having a boot that prevents the dreaded hell lift, and is comfortable to ride all day is the ultimate goal.
How to get your boot game right.
- See a boot fitter in store. Sure, buy them from our online store, but there is no substitute for the sorcery of one of our staff – we fit snowboard boots for a living.
- When you try a new boot, it should be a bit difficult to put on. And when you get them on, it should feel snug to tight all around your foot and ankle.
- Your toes, when you are standing, should be just touching the front of the boot at the most – any further forward and you are entering a world of torture.
- Snowboard boots pack out and soften after a couple of wears, and it’s an unfortunate reality that they can be a little tight at the start. But it’s crucial that you get the right pair, because cold or sore feet is the number one cause of a bad time on the snow.
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Bindings are the steering wheel for your board...while there is always a lot of choice, it's important to get this right. As you move higher through a range of bindings, things get more responsive and more comfortable. Cheaper bindings tend to be softer flexing and a little more basic when it comes to comfort features.
The most important thing is to match the bindings up to your board. Don't buy really soft bindings if you have a stiff board!