HOW TO CHOOSE A SNOWBOARD: It is the definitive guide to know how to choose a snowboard correctly within all the types of snowboards on the market.
We will explain the different types of snowboards and make recommendations based on your needs. With this guide, you will know how to choose a snowboard among all the boards on the market, not only within the Help Snowboards collection.
If you prefer, instead of reading the article, and without obligation. We will advise you in a personalized way, and thus you will know what board and what size you need based on your physical characteristics, your level of snowboarding, and your preferred terrain.
- 1 INTRODUCTION:
- 2 TYPES OF SNOWBOARDS ACCORDING TO THE TERRAIN:
- 2.1 All-Mountain snowboards:
- 2.2 Freestyle snowboards:
- 2.3 Freeride snowboards:
- 2.4 Splitboard Tables:
- 2.5 Our recommendation of snowboards according to the terrain:
- 3 TYPES OF SNOWBOARDS ACCORDING TO THE TYPES OF CAMBER:
- 3.1 Snowboard with traditional Camber:
- 3.2 Inverted Rocker or Camber Snowboard:
- 3.3 Flat or Camber zero snowboard:
- 3.4 Hybrid camber snowboard:
- 4 SHAPES OF SNOW BOARDS (SHAPE):
- 4.1 Snowboard True Twin Tip:
- 4.2 Directional Twin Snowboard:
- 4.3 Directional snowboard:
- 5 SNOWBOARDS FOR BEGINNERS AND EXPERTS: HOW TO CHOOSE A SNOWBOARD
- 5.1 Snowboards for beginners:
- 5.2 Snowboards for intermediate level or expert level:
- 6 SNOW TABLES ACCORDING TO AGE AND SEX:
- 6.1 Snowboards for women:
- 6.2 Snowboards for children:
- 7 CHEAP SNOWBOARDS VS EXPENSIVE SNOWBOARDS
- 7.1 Debunking a false myth:
- 7.2 Can there be good quality cheap snowboards?
- 8 WHAT SIZE OF SNOWBOARD TO BUY:
- 8.1 Snowboard measurement according to height and weight:
- 8.2 Choose snowboard size according to the terrain:
- 8.3 Snowboard size according to level:
- 8.4 Snowboard size according to the type of board:
- 9 SNOWBOARD WIDTH: WIDE OR NORMAL?
- 9.1 Advantages of wide snowboards:
- 9.2 Disadvantages of wide snowboards:
- 10 BRANDS OF SNOWBOARDS:
- 11 Ask us your question
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- You must take into account several things when choosing the snowboard. It is not about choosing the best snowboard on the market, but the one that best suits your needs. Your needs depend on your level, physical characteristics, the terrain in which you move, and other variables.
- Nor should you choose the snowboard based on the design or the price. Your best option may be to buy a cheap snowboard, depending on your characteristics. It may be the one that best suits your riding style, so forget about the price.
- In this article, we will explain the different types of snowboards according to the terrain, the kinds of camber, and the shape. We’ll also explain the differences between beginner and expert snowboards, help you understand which snowboards are best for kids, and discuss whether there are differences between women’s and men’s snowboards.
- Finally, we will talk about cheap snowboards and expensive snowboards. Does a cheap snowboard mean it’s terrible? And if a snowboard is costly, does that mean it’s good? Later we solve the doubt!
TYPES OF SNOWBOARDS ACCORDING TO THE TERRAIN:
- There are many different types of snowboards on the market, and it may seem challenging to choose the ideal board, but we are going to give you some straightforward tips, and you will see that the task of selecting a snowboard will be much easier.
- One of the first questions you should ask yourself to choose your snowboard correctly is what terrain will I use it on?
- Below we explain the three most common types of snowboards according to the terrain.
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- All-Mountain snowboards are versatile boards. The technical characteristics of these snowboards allow you to go down the whole mountain, whether on the piste, off-piste, or in the snowpark. They are also often called All-Terrain snowboards, that is, off-road.
- If you like to practice all snowboarding disciplines and you don’t want or can’t have more than one board in your closet, this is probably the best option for you.
- This type of Freestyle snowboard is designed to jump or make rails in the snowpark.
- They are generally short and manageable boards, so they are ideal for going down the slope if you usually go down quietly or start. In other words, they are not exclusively freestyle snowboards.
- It will not be the best board to go down demanding off-piste paddles, but it is usually enjoyable to get around trees when there is powder snow due to its excellent manageability.
- Freeride snowboards are longboards with high hardness and a great buoyancy capacity in virgin snow. They are the perfect off-piste snowboards and are widely used for high-speed trail riding.
- Some Freeride snowboards are exclusively for off-piste because they have a wildly exaggerated sidecut. After all, they have a vast front rocker or for other reasons. But usually, Freeride snowboards are also ideal for going downhill fast and carving down the slopes.
- A split board is a snowboard cut in half (longitudinally) so that you can go up the mountain on sealskins, with a part of the split board on each foot, and go down its regular snowboarding. Splitboards tend to be quite expensive, plus you’ll need to buy split board skins, split board bindings, and other Splitboard accessories. At Help Snowboards, by selling without intermediaries, we have a high-end Splitboard at a very affordable price, and we also manage to offer very well-priced Splitboard packs.
Our recommendation of snowboards according to the terrain:
- If you are looking for a Freestyle board with a medium or medium-low hardness to go on the slopes to do rails or jumps, we recommend Help The Harmony, Help The Winter, or Help The Valley. Visit our collection to discover all its details and differences.
- If you prefer a more reactive board, Help The Mountain’s ideal board. Our quintessential All Mountain snowboard is perfect for Freestyle, suitable for going down and carving on piste, and a very stable and fun off-piste.
- If you like Freeride, speed, and carving, the best snowboard for you is Help The Roots. It is very stable with great buoyancy in powder snow and exceptional grip on the piste.
- Do you need a snowboard pack with bindings? In that case, check out our snowboard packs. We have many options of snowboards with bindings for all levels and riding styles.
TYPES OF SNOWBOARDS ACCORDING TO THE TYPES OF CAMBER:
- Knowing the different types of camber a snowboard can have is good to decide which snowboard to buy.
- When we talk about types of camber, we refer to the curvature that we see in a snowboard if we rest it on a flat surface and look at it from the side.
- Years ago, there was only one type of camber, what we now call traditional camber. But board brands have been bringing out different types of camber to offer new benefits to riders, and now we can find many kinds of camber.
- All types of snowboard camber can differentiate into three obvious and basic types, and combinations are made from them. Combinations of different cambers are often called hybrid cambers.
Snowboard with Traditional Camber:
- As we have said, the traditional camber is the oldest type of camber, but it is still one of the most used. And everything indicates that it will continue to be because it works well.
- You will easily recognize this type of camber. If you lay a traditional camber snowboard on a flat surface and look at it from the side, you’ll see that the center of the board is up, and the start and end of the effective edge are flat against the surface.
- Traditional camber snowboards provide a lot of stability, reactivity, and response. The camber helps us carve at high speeds and gives us a pop to jump.
From the Help Snowboards collection, the Mountain model is a board with traditional camber. It is a very versatile, reactive snowboard of the highest quality that exists on the market.
Inverted Rocker or Camber Snowboard:
- The curvature of rocker snowboards is the opposite of what a traditional camber snowboard does. In other words, if we support it on a flat surface, we will see that the central part of the table is the only one that rests on the surface. The rest of the table is raised.
- This type of camber was one of the first variations of the traditional camber. It was fashionable for a while, but it is one of the worst types of camber for riding. You may have noticed that many snowboard brands have stopped making boards with this type of camber.
- It has some benefits; for example, it dramatically reduces the probability of making counter edges, but the negative aspects are much more significant: it causes a lot of vibrations, has a minimal grip on the curves, little stability, reactivity, etc.
- So if your question is between a rocker or camber snowboard, we will recommend camber in most situations.
Snowboard Flat or Camber zero:
- We could say that it is halfway between a table with traditional camber and a Rocker table. The table is completely flat. If we put it on a flat surface, it will rest on the surface from beginning to end of the effective edge. That is, the entire base of the snowboard will touch the cover (except the nose and tail, of course).
- It is a type of camber with less reactivity than the traditional camber, and it makes riding a bit easier, but not as much as a rocker board.
- From our point of view, the full zero camber (from the beginning to the end of the effective edge) is not one of the most efficient types of camber since it does not have the stability of traditional camber, nor is it as manageable as the inverted or rocker camber.
- But instead, a Flat snowboard with a bit of rocker in the nose or the nose and tail would be a perfect option, depending on what you are looking for. We will explain it to you in the next point.
Hybrid Camber Snowboard:
- Hybrid Camber is a combination of different types of camber in the other areas of the board. It is not a specific type of camber, and it can be called a snowboard with a hybrid camber to all those that mix two or more types of camber than those we have seen above.
- There are many combinations on the market, but not all are effective.
- We will focus on explaining the types of hybrid camber that work best for us:
Traditional Camber with nose rocker:
- This hybrid camber has traditional camber throughout the board except at the front, where the nose starts to rise before reaching the tip. That’s why we say that the nose has a Rocker shape, and the rest of the board is traditional camber.
- With the traditional camber, excellent stability and response underfoot are achieved, both on and off the track.
The Roots model, from Help Snowboards, has this type of hybrid camber. It is a spectacular snowboard, ideal for those who like powder and carving.
Low Camber, Flat, and rocker in nose and tail:
- This hybrid camber has a low camber in the center of the board, a small flat transition zone in front of and behind the low camber, and finally, a rocker in the nose and tail of the board.
- It is the most versatile type of camber. In addition, the versatility is in two senses: it is a type of camber that is good for all levels of snowboarding and practically for all terrains. We recommend it for riders from low or medium-low to medium-high levels who want an all-terrain board.
- The low camber in the center provides stability and reactivity. The rocker gives you maneuverability, makes it easier to turn comfortably even on tricky terrain, and, together with the flat transition zone, helps you avoid counter edges.
Within the Help Snowboards collection, the new model The Harmony and the new version of The Valley have this type of hybrid camber. They are the most versatile snowboards in our collection.
Flat with rocker in nose and tail:
- In this case, this type of hybrid camber has zero camber (Flat) between the bindings and rocker in the front and rear of the board.
- With this type of hybrid camber, much maneuverability is achieved, and the probability of counter-edge is significantly reduced. Compared to the previous hybrid camber type, this one provides a little less stability and reactivity, and in return, it is even easier to handle.
- We recommend it for beginner riders and pure jibbing riders.
Within the Help Snowboards collection, the new version of The Winter and the previous versions of The Valley, The Rise, and The Winter has this type of hybrid camber. These last three, being of earlier seasons, are cheaper snowboards.
SHAPES OF SNOWBOARDS (SHAPE):
- Here we will explain the different shapes of snowboards, the so-called body.
- We do not include the type of camber or the width of the boards in explaining the shape of the snowboards, although it is also part of the shape of a snowboard. When we talk about the conditions of the snowboards or the shape of the snowboards, we refer to the general form of the boards their symmetry.
- We will explain three forms of snowboards. In the market, you can find more types, but these three are the most used:
HOW TO CHOOSE A SNOWBOARD
Snowboard True Twin Tip:
- True Twin Tip snowboards are completely symmetrical boards, meaning the nose and tail are entirely the same, and the stance is centered.
- They are perfect for switching since the board will react the same whether you go down from average or go down from button.
- In Freestyle, the True Twin Tip snowboards are widely used since it allows you to make jumps and rails leaving or receiving the switch more easily.
- In any case, depending on how you mount the bindings on the table, you can make it not the same to go to one side than to the other. You can mount the bindings on the rear inserts to be further back and have more nose than tail, and you can adjust the angle of the bindings to be more towards your good side, etc. It already depends on each one.
Directional Twin Snowboard:
- They are boards that may look like Twin Tip at first glance but have some aspect that makes them not.
- The most common is that the stance is slightly delayed, but it could also be that the camber is a little different in the nose than in the tail that the nose is a little higher than the tail, for example.
- That is to say that when they tell us that a snowboard is Directional Twin, they are giving us some information about the shape of the table. They tell us that the nose and the tail are different, but we still need to know the specific difference. We will have to ask or investigate more about the table to learn more.
- Directional snowboards are meant to go in one direction. They have one or more features that make the front end considerably different from the back end of the board. They have a delayed stance; the nose is longer than the tail. The internal structure of the snowboard and the type of camber is usually asymmetrical. With these snowboards, you can go off switch, but they are designed to be optimal in one of the directions, especially in Freeride and Carving.
- In this case, when they tell us that a deck is Directional, we already know that they have more nose than tail. We would have to investigate further if we wanted to know what other differences are between the front and back of the board. The explanation of the type of camber is usually quite revealing. Still, it could also be that the difference is the hardness or even the way the internal fibers are placed (although this is not part of the general shape of the board).
SNOWBOARDS FOR BEGINNERS AND EXPERTS: HOW TO CHOOSE A SNOWBOARD
- An essential factor that you have to consider when deciding which snowboard to buy is your level. There are snowboards designed for expert snowboarders, and there are snowboards for beginners, but the difference is not in the quality of the board as it may seem, but in the technical characteristics they have.
- Indeed, snowboards for beginners are usually of poorer quality. As beginners will not take advantage of all the potential that a high-end board offers, manufacturers tend to make cheap and poor-quality snowboards for beginner snowboarders. But that doesn’t mean they’ll fare better than a better board. Good quality snowboards can be made for beginners, and they will do better than poor quality boards. For example, suppose we design a panel with the technical characteristics that a beginner needs. It will always be better for the board to be built with more resistant materials since this way, the life of the board will be longer. Friends, in that case, the sole will be faster, and we will not be so standing on the planes.
- In the opposite direction, it is more complicated. In other words, expert snowboards need to have a minimum of quality because, with a poor quality board, a talented rider will not satisfy his needs.
- We will get into the subject and explain what technical characteristics a snowboard should have for beginners and what a snowboard should have for intermediate or expert levels.
Snowboards for beginners:
- There are many types of snowboards; which one should a beginner choose? Although there are other factors at play, such as the terrain in which you want to snowboard or the money that each one wants to spend, in general, for a beginner, we will recommend a flexible snowboard, not very stiff. In this way, the table will be more docile and manageable, ideal for someone who is just starting.
- Regarding the type of camber, for a snowboard for beginners, we recommend a flat camber with a bit of rocker in the nose and tail or a low camber with flat and rocker in the nose and tail. The fact that it is Flat will help reduce the chance of counter edge, and the rocker in the nose and tail will make it easier to start the turn.
- Let’s go for the sole: you have to choose between an extruded sole or a sintered sole. You can select an extruded sole, which is cheaper, but we recommend a sintered sole because it is faster, and precisely as a beginner, you will need that extra speed so as not to get stuck in the planes that every beginner fears. A sintered sole is of better quality and will not be a problem for you to learn, on the contrary, it can only give you advantages.
Snowboards for intermediate level or expert level:
- When you reach a certain level, the ideal type of board for you will depend a lot on the use you will give it.
- If you are going to go on-piste and off-piste, we recommend that you choose a cambered snowboard or camber with flat and rocker on the nose if you want to float a little more off-piste and with medium or high hardness. Carbon fiber reinforcements will be recommended to have more stability and reactivity.
- If what you like is freestyle, we recommend choosing a Twin Tip snowboard. You can choose a flat snowboard with a medium-low hardness if you want to do rails, dull tricks, and not very big jumps, or a slightly more rigid board with traditional camber if you like to make bigger jumps and step hard on the waves. Railings. If you want something more versatile, you can choose a low camber with flat and rocker in the nose and tail.
- Regarding the sole type, snowboards for experts and even for intermediate levels should all have sintered soles. They are more resistant, absorb wax better, and much faster than extruded soles.
SNOW TABLES ACCORDING TO AGE AND SEX:
- You often hear about snowboards for women or girls and snowboards for children. Age or gender is not essential when choosing a snowboard. What is necessary is the physical complexion: weight, height, and strength.
- But in general, brands consider that women and children have a different physical complexion than men, which is why they make snowboards for women and children.
- In addition, the tastes on the designs are also usually slightly different between men, women, and children. So, when making snowboards for women and snowboards for children, plans are already made especially for them.
- Below we will explain the main characteristics of snowboards for girls or women and snowboards for children and their differences with snowboards for men. In this way, you will understand the factors you have to look for.
Snowboards for women:
- It is not always the case, but brands often start from the assumption that women have less strength than men. Want to accommodate this? Girls’ snowboards tend to be more flexible. It is how a person with less power can handle it properly. The hardness of the board will also depend on the terrain in which the board is going to be used and the level of the rider.
- On the other hand, the measurements of women’s snowboards are smaller because, on average, they have less weight and height.
- Also, women’s snowboards tend to be narrower than men’s due to their generally smaller feet.
- With this explanation, we want you to understand that even if you are a girl, you do not need a specific snowboard for women. A snowboard for men or unisex can go very well; you have to consider that it adjusts to your physical characteristics, the terrain in which you will use the table, and your level.
- Help’s bestseller among women is the Help The Valley model.
Snowboards for children:
- Snowboards for children are, logically, smaller than adults to adapt to their height and weight.
- But that is not the only difference between snowboards for children and adults. Kids have less strength than adults, so the stiffness and responsiveness of kids’ snowboards should be slightly different; kids’ snowboards are usually more flexible and less responsive.
- On the other hand, it is generally considered that a child is learning, so most children’s snowboards are focused on a low or medium level. There are few snowboards for children with a high level of snowboarding.
- We highly recommend the Help The Future model, a high-quality, versatile snowboard for children at a very reasonable price.
CHEAP SNOWBOARDS VS EXPENSIVE SNOWBOARDS
- Are cheap snowboards rotten quality boards? The more expensive a snowboard is, the better it is? These are the questions we would like to clarify here.
- The quality of a product, in general, depends on the quality of the materials used and how they are used, that is, how well, or poorly the product is built. And with snowboards, the same thing happens.
- Suitable quality materials are usually more expensive than poor quality, and construction by experts in the field is also more costly. That’s why we tend to think that an expensive snowboard has to be good, and a cheap snowboard has to be of poor quality or not that good. But is it so? No! Here we explain why.
Debunking a false myth:
- In the previous paragraph, we have only talked about the costs of the raw material (materials) and labor costs (manufacturing). Still, in reality, many other factors affect the final price: the design costs, advertising costs, and distribution costs, among others.
- In addition, each of these costs can break down very much. For example, distribution costs include storage costs, shipping costs, and the margins that each intermediary has to earn from the time the boards leave the factory until they reach the hands of the final consumer.
- For a product to be profitable, the price has to consider all these costs. So, considering how high these costs can be, we conclude that the price of a snowboard does not only depend on whether it is of quality or not.
Can there be good quality cheap snowboards?
- The answer is a resounding yes, and you can make cheap snowboards that are of good quality. They can be of excellent quality, in some cases even better than many expensive snowboards.
- As we have said, the costs that define the quality of a snowboard are only part of the final price.
- Let’s make snowboards with high-quality materials and highly qualified labor but reduce other costs (distribution, advertising). We can make high-end boards of the best quality and, at the same time, reduce the final price that the rider has to pay.
- Help Snowboards’ strategy is to offer the best value for money snowboards. We sell high-end snowboards exclusively online, without intermediaries, thus reducing distribution costs to a minimum, and we can lower the price of our boards a lot.
WHAT SIZE OF SNOWBOARD TO BUY:
Before buying a snowboard, we should choose between the different types of snowboards on the market. Once you have decided on the brand of the board you want and which is your ideal snowboard model, you must choose the size of snowboard that best suits your physical characteristics and needs.
The size of the snowboard depends above all on the physical characteristics of the rider or the rider and the terrain in which the table is going to be used. And, to a lesser extent, it depends on the level of snowboarding that the person has. It also depends on the type of board, its flex, its shape, and other specifications.
It doesn’t matter if the board is for a woman, a man, a girl, or a boy. What matters is the person’s physical characteristics: weight, height, strength, and foot number.
Regarding gender: the size of a woman’s snowboard will be the same as that of a man with the same characteristics. She should not wear a different measure because she is a woman. The same happens with the snowboard size of a boy or a girl, and their physical characteristics will be taken into account, regardless of gender and age.
Snowboard measurement according to height and weight:
We usually base the measurement of a snowboard on our height, and we must indeed think about our height, but we must also consider our weight and strength. Weight is more important than height when choosing the snowboard size I need.
We must choose a snowboard size that we can handle, that is, that it does not cost us too much to turn or do the maneuvers we want. But at the same time, the table must be stable and support our weight and the inertia generated by our movements.
Below you can see a graph in which we indicate an approximate of the measurements of snowboards that we must carry according to height and weight. As the size of the snowboard depends on other factors, we have made this graph taking into account that we are talking about a versatile snowboard:
This table serves as a guide; it is beneficial to know the appropriate snowboard size, but do not take it too strictly.
Choose snowboard size according to the terrain:
As we said initially, the terrain in which we want to use the board is essential in choosing the necessary snowboard size.
The table above indicates the snowboard size needed for an all-mountain board, that is, for a versatile snowboard. That will be the appropriate measure for our daily table. To go down the piste comfortably, go to the snowpark to jump or make rails and do some freeriding.
If you want a table with specific measurements in a particular discipline, the size of the table will vary. If you’re going to buy an off-piste snowboard, we recommend that you buy a slightly longer board, about 3-6cm longer than what you carry on an all-mountain board. Friends, If you are going to freeride with a snowboard size that is too short, you will lack stability, and also, you will not float as easily.
If you want a board for jibbing, that is, railings in the snowpark or on the street, you will need a shorter snowboard, approximately 2-5cm shorter. A snowboard size that is too long will complicate things for you, and it will not be sufficiently maneuverable.
Snowboard size according to level:
Your level of snowboarding will also influence the size of the board you should carry.
If you have a high level, you can choose a longer snowboard than if you have a medium or low level of snowboarding. Your status will allow you to maneuver the board without problems, even if it is a little longer, and it will give you a lot of stability when you go at high speeds.
On the contrary, if you are a beginner, we recommend that you do not go overboard with the height of the snowboard. With a shorter snowboard, it will be easier for you to maneuver, and it will help you improve.
Snowboard size according to the type of board:
The technical characteristics of the snowboard are another factor that affects the size of the ideal snowboard. It means that we should not choose the same size for all types of snowboards. Let’s take the example of an all-mountain snowboard:
The table you have a little above indicates that if you weigh between 65kg and 85kg and measure between 170cm and 185cm, you must take a measurement table of 154 – 157cm. But what happens if someone with a high level wants a board that is maneuverable and stable at the same time? You can choose a short snowboard, but one that has a good camber and is stiff and reactive. So the stiffness and camber will give you the stability you need, but you won’t be carrying too long a snowboard so you can make quick turns on jumps.
In summary, we have to think about the board’s shape, hardness, and other technical characteristics to decide which size of the snowboard to choose.
SNOWBOARD WIDTH: WIDE OR NORMAL?
Should I bring a wide snowboard? Do I need a wider snowboard? Can a wide snowboard harm me? What happens if I have a wide snowboard and don’t have a bigfoot? These are some of the questions that we find ourselves, and we want to answer them here.
Wide snowboards are snowboards that are wider than usual. That is very subjective because what is expected? And what does “more” wide mean? It is tough to mark a line to define what is wide and what is not, so the most important thing to know if you have the correct board width is to look at the cm of the width of the skate (width wide), not if in the size of your table puts “W” or not.
The information on the width of the skate of a snowboard is usually in the technical sheet of the snowboards. If we want to know the width of the skate of our board and you do not have the technical sheet, or what you should do is measure the width of the narrowest central part of the board, constantly measuring through the sole, from the outside of one edge to the outer part of the other edge.
Advantages of wide snowboards:
The first is that it allows those of you with big feet to carve comfortably without the toe or heel touching the snow. This first advantage is only for those of you who have a large foot, which for adult men we establish from approximately 43.5. If you have problems with “normal” boards that touch your heel or toe, we recommend buying a wide snowboard. How wide? You will need to find out what your ideal skate width is. It will depend on your foot size and the snowboard boot you wear since there are brands of snowboard boots that are shorter than others (I still feel the same size).
Regardless of what foot size you have, wide snowboards have more advantages. They help to float more in powder snow and provide more stability when landing jumps.
Disadvantages of wide snowboards:
Wide snowboards also have drawbacks. The main disadvantage is that they make the edge change slower and more expensive. Beginners will find it harder to turn, the board will be less maneuverable, and experienced riders will find that changing edge takes a bit longer. In addition, the committee also loses some nerve, and a wide board costs more than a reactive board.
In summary, if you have a big foot and you like to carve, you will need a slightly wider board than usual. Apart from this, it goes a bit to taste. Some prefer to give up some reactivity and speed in the change of edge to gain buoyancy in powder or have more stability in the jumps. Some prefer to prioritize maneuverability and reaction. You choose.
There are many brands of snowboards on the market, although if you are not very into the “world,” you may only know Burton, Salomon, and maybe some others like Nitro Snowboards. But there are many more brands, some huge ones like Bataleon or Lib Tech and other newer and smaller ones like Vimana, Borealis, or Help Snowboards.
Riders who don’t know much about gear tend to rely more on big, well-known brands. It is normal to think that we are buying good material by buying branded snowboards, but this is not always the case. As with most products, we often pay for the brand, and some brands take advantage of it. The famous snowboard brands have high-end and low-end boards, so even if you buy a Burton snowboard, you are not necessarily buying a good board.
Today all snowboard brands have high-quality boards. They all have access to the highest technology in the industry and therefore can make excellent boards. Also, most brands make many different types of snowboards.
So how do you choose a snowboard brand when there are so many options, and they all have good boards?
We recommend that you think about what type of rider you are, what kind of board you need, and how much you want to spend, and with this, look for the brand and model that best fits.