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Snowboard purchase guide and measures guide

Our ski professionals staff has created a detailed guide to help users to choose the most performance products for techniques and style.

You can help you choosing defining:

  • Ability level

  •  Snowboard width

  • Snowboard length

  • Preffered style and ground

These are the main factor to keep in mind for the correct choice of the snowboard. Afterwords there are many information, aspects and model to know and choice to take...this is the reason why we have created this simple snowboard guide, to let you focalize.

Type of ground

What kind of snowboard should you use? Of course you can use any kind of board on any ground and snow condition, however, using a specific board for the aim it has been design for it could give you more fun. For example, riding a powder board in powder snow, or a park board in park. The range of choice varies a lot so we have appositely made these brief description of boards designed nowadays.

All-Mountain

All-mountain snowboards are made for a good riding on any kind of snow and ground. They feel at home on-piste, on powder, in park and everything in the middle. Most snowboarder choose an All-mountain board for versatility. If you're a learner or you are not sure what you are looking for, this is a great choice.

Freestyle

Freestyle or Park snowboards are a little bit shorter and suitable for park ground, funbox, rail, pyramid and even more. They have a symmetric shape and are usually choose from who loves having fun in park. A more versatile board is the Freestyle/All-Mountain one which combines versatility, suitable for any ground condition, and the play-ground attitude of a freestyle board.

Freeride

Freeride snowboard is made for who love off-piste and different type of ground conditions. Usually has a more rigid flex and are longer in respect to freestyle snowboard. Usually have a directional shape especially made to follow one only direction.

Powder

Powder snowboard loves powder. Usually connected to freeride ones, powder boards can have a wider nose  and a narrower tail. The bindings, which usually define the snowboarder position, are placed a little bit backward for facilitating the nose floating when powder is deeper. In the rocker version the nose (and tail) curving starts before in order to help snowboarders to keep the nose as lifted as possible.

Splitboard

Splitboard is appositely designed for off-piste snowboarders. It splits in the middle to let you climb (with climbing skins). It is also made with special bindings. Once you reach the summit you can join the two half and descend normally. Whenever you adventure off-piste with your splitboard don't forget the safety equipment in case of avalanche, appropriate expertise, together with ground, weather forecast and snow conditions knowledge. 

 

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Length

How do we choose the correct length for our snowboard?

The length of your snowboard varies depending on your weight and the use you want to do it. Generally, when standing up the board should touch your chin, and that's it! However this is just a hint, another very important key element to keep in mind is weight together with, as just said, the use we want to do with it.

For example, if you are freeride oriented, the board should be a little bit longer in order to have more stability and speed. On the other hand, if you are freestyle oriented, the board should be a little bit shorter for an easier ride in park and halp-pipe.

Remember, regarding length, nothing is more important than your own perception so don't follow standard if you feel more comfortable with a shorter or longer board.

Use the following table as a starting point:

Snowboarder height (cm)Snowboard length (cm)
147128-136
152133-141
158139-147
163144 -152
168149 -157
173154 -162
178159 -167
183160 +
188160 +
193160 +
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Ability level

Which is your ability level? Every board is specifically designed for any level, need and style you want to practice. Flex, shape, length, build, material, design and use are important factor when manufacturing a board for a specific ability level. Be realistic when choosing your new snowboard. If you find the suitable snowboard for your own personal feature and your ability, the ride experience will certainly be more enjoyable and your board will contribute improving.

 

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Width

How choosing the correct snowboard width? When the width is correct, the boots overstep a little bit the side of the board but not enough to touch the snow when the board is positioned on the edge (see picture below). By extending overstep toes and heels you can have more lever on the board and pressure changement on ankles. If the overstep is too much, the boots will touch the snow in narrow curves and make you fall.

Snowboard boots size varies from one manufacturer to other one, also between different model of the same designer. For example, size 11 of manufacturer A could be longer than size 11 of manufacturer B. At the same way, certain boots are specifically designed with a short profile. Smaller insole let use a narrower snowboard. Furthermore, the bindings tuning partially define the boots size: a bigger tuning let the boot stay lifted from the board so let use narrower boards.

Shape

How choosing the correct snowboard width? When the width is correct, the boots overstep a little bit the side of the board but not enough to touch the snow when the board is positioned on the edge (see picture below). By extending overstep toes and heels you can have more lever on the board and pressure changement on ankles. If the overstep is too much, the boots will touch the snow in narrow curves and make you fall.

Snowboard boots size varies from one manufacturer to other one, also between different model of the same designer. For example, size 11 of manufacturer A could be longer than size 11 of manufacturer B. At the same way, certain boots are specifically designed with a short profile. Smaller insole let use a narrower snowboard. Furthermore, the bindings tuning partially define the boots size: a bigger tuning let the boot stay lifted from the board so let use narrower boards.

Directional

Common to freeride and all-mountain snowboard directional board are designed to be ridden in one only direction. Usually are more rigid in the tail and softer in thee nose to maintain stability when curving with high speed. Usually, binding are placed more rear (closer to the tail) up to an inch.

True Twin

Twin shape (also known as true twin) is completely symmetric, tail and nose have identical shape and flex is just the same. Bindings are placed right in the middle. It's common to see True Twin shape in freestyle snowboards because it's ideal in park, thanks to the fact that they can be ridden in both directions.

Directional Twin

A combination between Directional e True Twin snowboard, Directional Twin is a mix of both shapes. What's in common: a symmetric shape (similar dimension of nose and tail) in combination to a directional nucleus (softer nose than the tail). However there is also the opposite: a directional shape with a symmetric nucleus.  Directional Twin boards give the best both in all-mountain and on freestyle ground.

Profile

Camber

This profile is the most traditional and is still popular through high level  Park&Pipe athletes because gives maximum power and flexibility. Without the snowboarder's weight a Camber profile draws an arch underneath the feet and touches the ground near the nose and the tail; when the snowboarder is on the board the surface flatten and pressure is uniform.

Rocker

The Rocker profile is the opposite of the Camber one: concave arc from contact points. Rocker profile boards have a better floating and are easier to ride when curving; are more reactive both on the tail and on the nose when landing in tiny spaces.

Flat

Just as the name describes: flat, from just few inches before the tail up to few inches before the nose.  Very different from Camber and Rocker, when curving the Flat profile is easier to ride in respect to a Camber, and is more precise to a Rocker.

Rocker/Camber/Rocker

The Rocker/Camber/Rocker profile let you have more side grip on piste thanks to the Camber part underneath the feet, together with more bending and floating on powder thanks to the Rocker tail. This profile is getting very popular through freeride boards mainly designed for soft snow.

Rocker/Flat/Rocker

The Rocker/Flat/Rocker profile try to give a little bit more edge grip in respect to the Rocker one. It also gives more control on hard snow in respect to a full-rocker one but still keeping an easy to ride approach when curving and floating. Performances between a completely Rocker board and a Flat one.

Camber/Rocker/Camber

In the Camber/Rocker/Camber profile the snowboarder's weight flattens the two camber parts. This particular design creates a very strong pressure and grip between the feet together with support and precision on nose and tail.

So, which is best one?

There is no answer because everything that really matters is personal preferences. Generally, the Camber profile on hard snow and high speed gives more grip and stability, whereas Rocker on powder gives more floating and ease when curving. Some Rocker boards are suitable for learners because are easier to ride when curving. However, even advanced snowboarders who love a smooth ride can appreciate a Rocker model.