What Sort of Snowboard Will Suit Your Riding and Style?

Types of Snowboards

One of the keys to buying a board that suits your needs is understanding your options before you buy a snowboard. Boards come in any number of styles  but can be roughly grouped into five types...

All Mountain:

Suited to most terrain most of the time, all mountain snowboards are the vast majority of boards sold, mainly due to their versatility. Made with a directional twin shape, they combine elements of freestyle & freeride boards to give you a ride that’s happy hitting jumps & rails in the park then carving the groomers down to the chair and heading off trail for your next run to drop a cliff or charge down a chute.

You want to ride it all?? An all-mountain snowboard is for you. Combining all the best elements of freestyle & freeride snowboards, an all-mountain board will let you tackle anything the hill throws at you. Great if you’re new to the sport or just want to keep your shredding options open.

Freestyle: 

If it’s all about the tricks, then a freestyle snowboard is for you. Symmetrical (twin) in shape to allow easy riding in both directions, a freestyle board will be softer flexing then both all mountain and freeride boards, and the flex will be the same in the tip  and the tail. If you’d rather ride rails & jumps or even just noodle around instead of charging hard and fast, a freestyle board will be the most fun.

Love to get your jib on, or huck yourself off every bump on the hill? If you want to throw down tricks most of the time, get on a freestyle snowboard. Twip tip in shape, with a softer even flex tip to tail, and lighter weight these boards will help transition your riding from jib to slam to jib to stomp.

Freeride:

Built for speed and control, freeride boards are directional in shape ( ridden in one direction) and have a softer nose and a stiffer tail. These boards are great for carving turns on the groomers but excel off trail. If it’s steep & deep, a freeride snowboard is what you need.

Off trail, out of bounds, steep, deep, gnarly or just carving the perfect turn. If that all makes you wanna go riding, you need a freeride board. Longer, stiffer, directional, freeride snowboards are made to go downhill fast and in control.

Park:

Similar to freestyle boards, a park board will be twin in shape and flex usually softer, they will also have a low rise at the tip and tail as they are made from the groomed snow of a terrain park. This usually means they don’t ride well in deeper snow. A Park board will have a short tip and tail so you should ride them 5 cm shorter than your normal ride.

Keen to monster some rails or boost off perfect kickers, maybe lap the pipe?? A park snowboard is your style. Built for booters and rail bonking or pipe destruction, one of these park boards’ll keep your steezetight. They do crossover with freestyle and some are more pipe stylez and others more park.Check the board descriptions for the lowdown.

Women's Specific:

Men & women are equals, but when it comes to snowboards, riding a women's snowboard can make the difference between loving the sport and never riding again.

So, what makes a women's snowboard, well, a women's snowboard?

The simple answer is this: waist width and flex pattern. For the most part women have smaller feet and frames then men, so a narrower board keeps everything to scale, ensuring optimum steering power and edge control. The flex pattern is also specifically designed around the proportions of a lady rider, who's usually lighter weight but still strong enough to demand some juice from her board.

This is a guide only, plenty of girls ride guys boards with no troubles at all, if you’re not sure that a women's specific snowboard is right for you or you have any questions at all give us a call on 0800 BASESHOP

Disclaimer:

These snowboard types are really only a guide... Lots of variables can change these guide lines. Lots of girls ride guys' boards; you can freeride on a freestyle board, etc. If in doubt, talk to us.