In selecting the right Snowboard for yourself, you have to consider several
features. Here an overview of these.
LengthBasically, the rule of thumb is that the board compared to the size of your body should be located between the nose and chin. Beginners may like to tend to something shorter boards. Much too long boards are not recommended for beginners
In advanced driving style and driving skills must be considered when choosing the length. In Funpark like shorter boards are preferred. Here, the Board also likes to go only up to the neck.
In more faster driving or frequent use in the powder, normally longer snowboards are used. These give the required uplift in the powder, and at high speeds a smoothness running. Usually goes with this application, the Board goes up to the forehead.
FlexThe Flex indicates how soft or hard the respective snowboard is. This stiffness is usually given on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 in this case a soft flex and a 10 flex hard. Soft boards are more forgiving and more suitable for beginners. Hard boards should it be reserved for experts.
The Flex can be checked by bending of the board.
Chamber or rocker preload
The preload of the snowboard indicates in which direction is bent. There are two basic ways, but these are often combined in one board together.
Chamber Board (positvie preload)
Until some years ago, there were mainly Chamber boards on the market. These have a positive preload. Chamber Boards are very common among halfpipe riding and snowboarders who like to drive fast and aggressively on hard piste conditions.
Rocker (negative preload)
A new trend, the so-called rocker boards. These have a negative perload. By the inverted preload rocker boards can be drive very playful. They are very popular in freestylers and snowboarders who like to drive in powder. For beginners rocker boards are recommended because these are forgiving and agile.
Currently are a variety of different rocker variations on the market. Often rockers and Chamber preloads are combined within a board. The most common variations are Jib Rocker, All MT. Freestyle Rocker, Rocker performence, Powder Rocker.
Flat boards with no preload in the board is used. The board is completely flat on the ground. These boards are only for use in the park. For deep snow and hard slopes are not appropriate.
Nose and Tail
Nose and Tail describe where in the direction of travel of the beginning or end of the snowboard. The Nose is at the Front and the Tail at the rear. This is important to take into account the binding mounting. Typically offering the nose is slightly longer than the tail. Exclusion for this are twin twip boards.
Twin TipsTwin Tips are Snowboards which have been mirrored in the middle. This means that Nose and Tail are exactly the same length. Benefits it will bring, if you often switch drives. The driving characteristics of the board are then exactly the same in both directions.
Wide boards are built extra wide to give snowboarders with big feet enough space on the snowboard. Boarders which have a shoe size from 45, should be considered to use a Wideboard. When edging the supernatant boat could come into the snow and make sure that the snowboarders slipping. When in doubt, should check board and boot fits together. The toe and heel overhang should not exceed 3-4 cm.
Race board have a high flex and are comparatively narrow. This allows the achievement of high speeds. In the ski resorts you can see this now only rarely. For racing snowboarders, but this is the first choice.
Special Snowbards can be divided longitudinally. So from a snowboard become two skis. With them you can go up hills. These are used when you want to go mountains up outside from the ski resorts. For the rise of the skis to be used as a walking aid, and after assembling the two halves creates a fully functional snowboard.
A snowboard leash secures against accidental slipping. In the belted condition the leash should be fixed in the binding and the leg. If the board is carried, the leash should be wrapped around the board. This yields a function as the brakes on the ski.