Our advice for choosing the perfect snowboard for your winter adventures.
Now that we are nearly halfway into January, many winter sports enthusiasts have broken out their cold weather gear and are making their way towards the biggest patch of powder in their area for some good ol' fashion winter workouts. Whether you are someone who likes challenging outdoor activities that truly test your skills and your limits, or you are a novice sportsman who is looking to spice up your winter with a new outdoor activity, there is no shortage of winter sports to try out this year.
One particular winter sport that is a popular outdoor activity with everyone
from kids to adults is snowboarding. Between exhilarating runs down a hill covered in fresh powder, to the challenging tricks on the half pipe, to the toasty evenings spent in the lodge peeling off your snowboard gear and sipping on some hot chocolate, it is easy to see why so many people across the world enjoy this classic winter sport.
However, just like any other physical activity, there is a lot of gear and preparation that goes into snowboarding. You need your warm weather gear, such as gloves, hats and jackets, to keep you warm on the hill, your essential accessories, such as goggles, boots and a helmet, and most importantly, you need a good board.
Luckily, when it comes to snowboarding, there is no shortage of options-- from color, to design, to length, to flex. Choosing the right board will not only determine how well you do as a rider, but it will also impact how much fun you have on the slopes
. Therefore, it is important that you take some time to learn about the different elements that go into a snowboard. Once you do, you can begin to narrow down your choices. Here are just a few things that you should look for when choosing a great board:
Your Style of Riding
One of the most important thing to determine before you head out to buy a new board is what type of riding you are going to be doing. While some boards are focused towards your ability level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), the best boards are based on what type of terrain a boarder usually rides. All-mountain boards are usually a great option for a vast majority of boarders
, due to their versatility and ease of control. However, if you are looking for extreme backcountry riding at a fast speed, you may want to consider a freeride board.
The Right Flex
The single most important characteristic of any snowboard is the way that the board is designed to flex underneath the rider. Snowboard manufacturers design boards to have a certain degree of flex based on the type of riding the board is intended for, which, in turn, results in the overall stiffness of the board. Since the flex of your board is determined by your weight, your weight therefore becomes the most important thing to consider when looking at a new board. Most board companies will publish a "recommended rider weight" with the specs of each board, so make sure you follow this chart to determine which flex works for your body.
Your Experience Level
If you are someone who has been boarding for a few years
, then there is a good chance that you know the board characterizes and specs that work best for your style of riding. Therefore, make sure you are seeking out a board that offers design features most compatible with your strengths, abilities and tendencies.