Snowboard buyer's guide
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Behind The Pines originated from our love for snowboarding. We ourselves are all snowboarders who prefer to be in the mountains as often as possible. All boards are tested by us so that we know the riding characteristics of each shape and board. There is a lot of choice and it is great if you have the perfect board for your riding style. Do you want to buy a new snowboard? Then read this snowboard guide!
Choose the snowboard that best fits your riding style.
If you are going to buy a new snowboard a lot is involved. What shape do I need, what is my riding style, what are the prices, what are the differences and what is the effect of the different shapes / materials that are used?
The most important thing is that you have a clear picture of what you are looking for in a snowboard. Think about what you want to do on the mountain; Do you mainly want to enter the fun park? or not! Do you want to ride powder or do you only stay on slopes. And do you mainly want to go fast or do you prefer a playful riding style? Feel free to give us a call or visit us in the shop if you want advice about the different snowboards and which would suit you best.
Shapes / styles.
Snowboards are nowadays made in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. These all have a unique function / application on the mountain. Below we have briefly explained the basics.
The most classic shape in snowboarding. Camber snowboards come in all shapes and sizes and have a very specific riding style, they are often very aggressive and have a lot of power. These boards are generally for the more advanced snowboarder who is looking for precision and power in a snowboard. This can be with a park board or a board for the slopes / powder.
Because these boards are always in contact with the snow along the entire length of the steel side due to the pre-stressing they have (camber), they have a lot of grip. The disadvantage is that this makes the boards much more aggressive. Errors are therefore punished because the board then bites and it takes more energy and technology to make turns.
The opposite of a camber snowboard. The rocker boards are easy playful boards that are a solution for the novice snowboarder. The rocker shape makes it a lot easier with these boards to make a turn and control your speed.
Snowboards that are completely rocker like in the image above are mainly more entry-level models. Super forgiving and therefore perfect for practicing at low speeds. This shape is also often used by snowboarders who mainly snowboard and snowboard boxes in the fun park. The disadvantage of a rocker is that you have a lot less control over steep / icy slopes and higher speed.
A camber variant that has been very popular in recent years. You can see this shape on all kinds of different snowboards from different brands. It is a variation on a camber snowboard. Instead of the "camber" running all the way from nose to tail, it runs from binding to binding, after which the board then turns into a rocker on both sides. a lot is played with this and that in turn provides different riding characteristics. More rocker and shorter camber is easier and more playful, if the camber runs longer and has less rocker at the nose and tail, this makes the board more aggressive and more stable.
In general, this shape can be used more broadly if you compare it with a full camber snowboard. It is easier and more relaxed to snowboard by the little rocker at the nose and tail, but the camber between your bindings gives you a lot of power and control. An ideal combination of camber and rocker that is a solution for many all-mountain snowboarders.
The same principle as the hybrid camber, but different. With this shape you have rocker between your bindings instead of camber. You also see this shape a lot with all-mountain boards because this is also a combination of the two extreme (rocker and camber). The difference is that the rocker is between your bindings and camber at the nose and tail. By combining these shapes so you get a snowboard that easily snowboard, but still has enough power to be able to carve well on the slopes. All in all a good option if you are looking for an all-mountain board.
A shape that is becoming increasingly popular. Whereas the other shapes are usually twin or allmost twin boards (snowboards that are symmetrical or almost symmetrical) this is a shape with a clear riding direction or a directional board. These boards are made for snowboarding in 1 direction.
Not useful I hear you think but ask yourself how often do you ride switch? It is not that it is not possible with these types of snowboards, but rather that they are designed with 1 riding direction in mind. You can usually see this shape on snowboards that are especially designed for the slopes and off-piste which is the riding stle of most people. Twin shapes are truly designed for park riding and is a real disadvantage on the slopes and in the powder.
This combination is perfect for all-mountain freestyle snowboarders. Snowboarders who no longer dive into the fun park all day but mainly make trips on the piste and want to dive into the powder when a good load has fallen. A lot is also played with this shape. They sometimes have a rocker or a mild camber at the nose and a camber from the tail to the middle of your board. Or a camber that runs from your tail to your front binding with a small rocker in the nose.
The benefits of these types of snowboards are simple and efficient; much grip on the slopes, easy riding style and lots of float in the powder. A solution for people who can be found mainly on the slopes and beyond.
In short, these are the basics, with these shapes being played a lot by the different brands and this creates different snowboards for different snowboarders. There are countless variations on the basic shapes above.
Feel free to give us a call if you want to buy a snowboard and you want more explanation about the differences. We can help you choose the best board for your wishes and riding style!