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Snowboard Buying Guide & Shop - How & Where to buy a Snowboard

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Buying a Snowboard is not as easy as it may seem. There are many inferior types of Snowboards available in the market today. Thus, be extra careful in Selecting a Snowboard. What follows is a quick menu to our Snowboards Shop where you can choose from our extensive collection of Freestyle, Freeride (All Mountain), and Alpine (Carving) Boards. Learn How to Buy a Snowboard in this section:

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The board is Snowboarding's primary piece of equipment. We offer the Largest Collection of Snowboards on the web! Here you can find advice on what to look out for. Also make sure to read our Snowboard Buying Guide. Read here for more information.

Our large Collection of Freeride Snowboards Freeride Snowboards
Freeride Boards are good all-mountain, park & halfpipe boards designed to float well on Powder. It is the most popular kind of snowboard. This Type of Snowboard bridges the gap between Freestyle and Alpine carving. Go check our shop for a variety of Freeride Snowboards.

Our large Collection of Freestyle Snowboards Freestyle Snowboards
Freestyle Snowboards are very responsive to the rider and are the best choice for beginners. Before you buy your Snowboard, you must know what it consists of, what its different elements are, and how it works. Knowing all about Snowboards is a first step to choosing the appropriate board for you.


For beginning riders, it is always better to rent first before buying a Snowboard. Renting a board will allow you to try out a range of models and brands of Snowboards. This will also help you find out the appropriate Riding Style for you. Most Ski or Snow Resorts and a lot of local sporting goods shops offer Snowboard rentals.

When Choosing a Snowboard, the main question should certainly NOT be, "How will this cool board look with the rest of my Snowboard Gear? You need to at least be familiar with several things about yourself, the Snowboards, and the different riding styles before you can choose a board that is suitable for you and your level. This guide will help you choose a board that will not only enhance your learning and performance in Snowboarding, but also Ensure your Safety on the Slopes.

Anatomy and Features of a Snowboard Anatomy and Features of a Snowboard
This section enumerates the different parts of the Snowboard and gives you an overview of its features and characteristics. The snowboard is the most essential equipment you will need in Snowboarding. Invest in a good one by learning its anatomy and features.

How much am I willing to pay for my Snowboard?


Let's face it, your buying decision is directly related to how much money you are willing to spend on your Snowboard. There are roughly three classes to distinguish here:
  • Entry Level Boards ($150-$250)
  • Mid-Range Boards ($250-$450)
  • Top End Boards ($450 and up)

In general, Cheap Snowboards will be heavier in weight and simpler in design. As boards get lighter and have more design specifications to fit certain styles of riding, they become more expensive. As you progress in your Snowboarding skills, you will learn which features a new snowboard should have and your demands will become more specific. It is highly advisable for beginning boarders to settle for a cheaper board because it will help them grasp their exact preferences.

What is my Skill Level?


In Snowboarding, the skill level is divided into three types:
  • Newbie - from total beginner to having a few days of riding experience
  • Intermediate - comfortable with common riding techniques and starting to try tricks
  • Advanced - comfortable with riding all pistes and off slope; advanced tricks and skills

What is my preferred Riding Style?



Snowboarding Styles Snowboarding Styles
Different Snowboarding styles have different fans. While others would claim that one style is better than the other, we wouldn't make that claim but instead show you the different styles in this article. You can check this article for more information.

Once you have evolved from a beginner to a more experienced boarder, you may want to choose a distinctive riding style and adjust your gear according to that choice. The riding style you prefer will definitely help determine the type of board you should buy. Although riding styles in Snowboarding have many subclasses, there are mainly three riding styles - Freestyle, Freeride, and Freecarve. For a detailed description of each Riding Styles, click any of the links below: Most boards are under one of these categories. Then again, some beginner boards can be a combination of Freestyle and Freeride. Still, it is best to choose a board that will fit your style as soon as possible instead of learning a particular style on a combination board. Many Snowboarders learn how to ride on a FreeRide/FreeStyle board and then choose either one of these styles. FreeCarving is often selected by more experienced FreeRide boarders. After you have decided on your ability and riding style, we can move on to the most important board buying decisions - board length and width.


How long should my Snowboard be?


Length is one of the most important characteristics of a Snowboard. The length of a Snowboard is measured from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. The length is usually measured in centimeters and often abbreviated to just the last two digits. Board length varies from 100cm to 180cm.

To find the appropriate length for you, start by comparing the board length to your height. Although there are no dead set Rules in Selecting Board Length, the following are several guidelines to get you started. When holding the board on its end:
  • Short board should reach somewhere between your collar bones and chin. Shorter boards are easier to maneuver, great to be trained on, and often preferred by riders who do a lot of Snowboarding Tricks, park and Pipe Riding.
  • Medium length should come up between your chin and eyebrows. This length is preferred by all around intermediate to advanced riders who ride a variety of terrain, including parks and steeps.
  • Long boards should go from your forehead to several inches over the top of your head. Long boards are used for high-speed carving, deep powder snow surface, and big mountain terrain.
Choosing the suitable board length is not only influenced by your height but also by your weight. Keep in mind that a Snowboard acts like a leaf spring - it has no clue how tall the person standing on it is. However, it does know your weight. Based on your weight or body structure, the following will help you choose the Right Length of Snowboard:
  • Lighter people should have shorter, more flexible boards. This is because a lighter person on a longer board commonly has a hard time controlling the board and initiating turns.
  • For an averagely built person, the board length should reach somewhere between the chin and your nose.
  • Heavier people should have longer, less flexible boards. A short board isn't advisable for heavy riders because the board often have a tendency to "wash out" or perform poorly, especially at higher speeds.
  • Freestyle riding is often done with a shorter board to allow better maneuverability.
  • Freeriding, deep snow, and racing boards will be longer in size.
  • For riders who are into Backcountry Snowboarding, go longer for stability.
You may also consider your aggressive or timid style. If you're the type of boarder who really attacks the hill, you'll want to increase the length of your Snowboard up to five centimeters from the average size. Then again, if your riding style is naturally slower in character, go down five centimeters. Still, keep in mind that one Snowboard doesn't do it all.

What Width should my Snowboard be?


How to Buy Snowboards Snowboard width is directly related to your foot size and to some extent, the type of Snowboard Binding you will use. The width, or waist, of the board is measured across the skinniest section, from edge to edge. This is measured in either centimeters (cm) or millimeters (mm), and can be found in the board's specifications right under the waist width.

To find the appropriate board width for you, stand on a board that is flat on the ground. Strap or step into your bindings, or place your feet exactly how you would have them when you ride. Standing in a riding position, your Snowboard Boots should be as flushed as possible over the edges of the Snowboard. If your toes and heels don't come close to the edge, you won't be able to apply proper pressure to your edges during a turn. If, on the other hand, your feet hang too far over
the edges of the Snowboard, your toes or heel may catch in the snow while turning and send you reeling (this is sometimes referred to as "toe and heel drag"). Toe and heel drag is of major concern for all riders especially since drag will also make it difficult for the rider to carve on his edges. Thus, matching a Snowboard's width to your foot size is crucial.

Narrow Snowboards are easier to maneuver, initiate turns much faster, and are much quicker. Conversely, wider Snowboards are slower, more stable, and respond well in deep snow. It's important to make sure you get a board wide enough to prevent your heel and toes from dragging especially when performing a turn.
  • If you have big feet, you should buy wider Snowboards or adjust the angle of their feet. Wider boards are made for stability, for deep snow, and to accommodate riders with large feet.
  • Likewise, for riders with small feet, you should select narrow Snowboards
  • For men and heavier people, choose wider Snowboards
  • For women and riders with smaller feet, choose small-waisted Snowboards

How Flexible should my Snowboard be?


There are two kinds of flexibility for a snowboard:
  • Torsional Flex. This is the flex across the width of a Snowboard, between the two edges. The torsional flex defines how well a board will hold on its edge. More torsional flex will make it easier to twist the board which is important in sharper turns. But too much torsional flex would not allow the board to arc fully and would take a lot of effort to initiate a turn. On the other hand, not enough torsional flex would make it difficult to keep the Snowboard on its edge during the completion of the turn.

  • Longitidunial Flex. This indicates how flexible the Snowboard is from tip to tail. Having a balanced flex pattern will allow the board to ride and carve a turn evenly. In contrast, an unbalanced flex pattern (either the board's nose is softer or the tail is stiffer) allows the rider to get onto the other edge faster since it tends to accelerate the board out of the turns quicker.

A soft, flexible Snowboard is great for beginning riders, especially for kids, since a flexible board will turn more quickly and with greater ease at low speeds than a stiffer or longer board. Also, it requires less technique and strength.

Freestyle riders need more flexible Snowboards for more board control and maneuverability. On the other hand, freeriders, especially carvers, need stiffer boards to keep their boards under control in higher speeds. This is because stiffer Snowboards with rigid torsional flex are better on groomed runs and open terrain, as well as at high speeds.

Regardless of whether you're a freestyler, freerider, or carver, keep in mind that the softer the Snowboard, the easier you can maneuver it. In general, Snowboards are comparatively softer as they get shorter. Still, you will find variations in flex that can affect your performance. Typically, if you have a lighter frame (125 to 135 lbs) you should go for a softer board. If you are averagely built (135 to 150 lbs), look for a medium-flex board. Accordingly, heavier people (150 lbs and above) need stiffer boards.

How Deep should the sidecut on my Snowboard be?


The sidecut's depth determines your Snowboard's ability to turn. In general:
  • A very shallow sidecut allows for longer, sweeping turns and easier maneuverability and control. All-mountain boards have shallower side cuts.
  • A deeper sidecut makes the board easier and faster to turn which is why beginner boards often have a deeper sidecut. This is also best for Freestyle riding.

To summarize, it is easier to ride on a soft-flexing, gradual sidecut, all-mountain Snowboard. On the other hand, it is harder to ride a stiffer-flex, aggressive sidecut, Freestyle board with scores of combinations in between. Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines to get you started. Your personal preference can often sway your decision of what type of Snowboard to buy.



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chas
Monday 6th September 2004 at 6:05:45 AM  

I think the way your web page is layed out is very well designed, however as a relative begginer and prospective first time snowboard buyer, I feel that you could do with a simpler way of advising people such as myself.
Maybe a simple chart, showing the three snowboarding styles, different ability, board lenght/width, binding/boot type and recommended price range.
Since reading your information, I now know more about the type of board/boots/bindings that i should be looking at purchasing. However with all the different board attributes and price ranges, I find myself almost back to square one

conor
Saturday 13th December 2008 at 12:17:12 PM  

hi I want to start snowboarding but am not sure what snowboard to use, I know am looking more into freestyle. im about 5 foot 11 in height and have size 10 feet any recommendations on what type of board to use ? if its any help am mainly going to be snowboarding on the alps. thanks

pat
Wednesday 7th January 2009 at 9:07:55 PM  

yo conor if you are looking for a great bord i would definatly go with the burton custom they are great boards and can really help a beginner progress very quick but they are a bit pricy; worthy every last cent of it though!!!!!!!!! GOOD Luck =D

Gav
Friday 9th January 2009 at 12:35:28 PM  

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the site. Aftr a couple of weeks on hire boards I am hoping to make my 1st purchase. I much prefer freestyle to speed or off-piste riding, am 167cm tall, size 8 (UK) shoe, approx 68kg, ride goofy but want to be set up to ride fakie also and want a board that will last as I get better. I am just starting jumps and tricks; 180 front and back, ride fakie, butter, ollie etc etc - any ideas on gear that may fit the bill. For money I gues am happy to may o mid level but want value!! Many thanks

SEO Philippines
Monday 4th May 2009 at 9:41:40 PM  

I didn''t know that snowboarding is this costly though I''d have to take your word for it because of the quality it offers.

Jen
Monday 10th August 2009 at 2:18:40 PM  

i so agree with pat 2, i had a burton 4 my first bored and i waz sweet, it definatly helped when i swiched from a dumpy rental 2 my burton, it may b more expensive but its so worth it!!!!K2 boreds r also amazingly good, but burtons r the best 4 begginers

En
Tuesday 27th October 2009 at 11:59:01 PM  

I started out with the Burton Clash. Its great for carving and even starting out at the park. Highly recommended!

Brandi
Tuesday 5th January 2010 at 10:45:10 AM  

Hey ya''ll Im looking for some tips on finding a snowborad and all the accessories for a beginner. I dont want to spend alot but if I want to make it a hobbie then I want something decent as well. If anyone could give me some information that would be great! Thanks!

Mark
Sunday 31st January 2010 at 12:10:03 PM  

I''m a newbie and about 6''1 and around 160 and I was wondering what type of board I should get. What brand? What style?

Todd
Sunday 14th February 2010 at 7:19:42 PM  

Hello I am a left leg amputee below my knee and I want to get into snowboarding what kind of board would be good for me to use??

vista
Saturday 20th February 2010 at 6:48:37 PM  

Try to snowboard on your hands. Are you goofy or regular?

rgds

Fabiano
Thursday 25th February 2010 at 11:11:43 AM  

These suggestions were great and well displayed. Congratulations!

Kevin Jonas
Sunday 7th March 2010 at 1:36:30 PM  

Todd, you need a prosthetic attachment for your blade. Try a smith or a Brody Select. Range between $400 to $550 but worth the price.

Faraaz
Sunday 7th March 2010 at 11:22:23 PM  

great site

Jeff
Wednesday 17th March 2010 at 2:27:10 PM  

Thanks that guide is so detailed and has certaintly helped me last winter when I bought my new board :)

Joe
Friday 16th July 2010 at 10:52:08 PM  

Great article.

Justin
Monday 6th September 2010 at 10:10:09 AM  

Starting out snowboarding. looking for something to learn on. 5''10 175 pounds. Any help is appreciated.

scott
Friday 10th September 2010 at 3:25:39 PM  

looking for my 1st snowboard and im wondering whether i need a wide board as my feet are size uk 11? any help appreciated! thanks

Tom G
Saturday 23rd October 2010 at 8:07:42 AM  

Hi,
Has anyone got a secondhand snowboard for sale between the price range of 10- 100 because i am looking for a starter snowboard to fool around on this winter if you can help me please feel free to email me at ktmcrazy@hotmail.co.uk

e
Thursday 28th October 2010 at 12:07:52 PM  

my little sister is interestedin snow boarding she is 16 im intrested as well im 38 and need some info on how to select what i will need as a beginner

Terri
Friday 5th November 2010 at 8:52:00 PM  

I''m looking to buy my teens snowboards (girl 5''6, 115 lb, 7 US shoe; Boy 6''2", 160, 12 US shoe). They''ve been a few times and have used Burton rentals. Looking for something to get started on that will still be good as they progress. Any suggestions? From looking I was thinking the Burton Feather for her and the Burton TWC Standard for him???

Charlotte
Sunday 21st November 2010 at 9:03:55 PM  

I am looking to buy my son a snowboard. What is a good starter kit for him?

Dawn
Wednesday 24th November 2010 at 6:31:36 PM  

I''m thinking of buying K2 Grom pack for my 11 year old daughter. She''s size 5(UK) and around 4ft10in and slim build. Can''t see any reviews, as this is a new product. Has anyone tried this?

DRP
Monday 13th December 2010 at 10:06:51 PM  

Hi...I am going to sell my girlfriends spice board and bindings and get her a roxy banana rocker. How much should I get for 2005/2006 spice board with bindings???

Scotty
Tuesday 14th December 2010 at 2:00:55 AM  

Hey, I just finished reading the article. I am making a move into Boarding 6''2 220lbs with size 14 foot just wondering where is a good place to start. I think I''m going to be more a freerider style rather than freestyle. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!!

Yuka
Wednesday 5th January 2011 at 1:40:57 PM  

I''ve recently considered making snowboarding a new hobby. It looks fun, and what better way of making do of too much snow?
I''m the typical newbie, I hate the fact that I don''t know anything, and this entire site answers a lot of questions I have in detail so I won''t walk into a retail outlet asking stupid questions.
Hopefully sometime in the future I''ll come back to this website and scoff at how basic this information all seems and think, "how did I not know that, its common sense".

fergus
Friday 7th January 2011 at 5:25:39 PM  

Thanks, really useful site with helpful information clearly laid out. As previous poster but, chart might be even clearer.

Walnuts
Wednesday 12th January 2011 at 2:25:59 AM  

As so many people before me, I am new to this awesome sport. I have done it once before but just rented a board not knowing anything and went out there. Now I''m really looking into getting serious about it. I will probably be doing more freeriding then freestyle till I really get it. I''m 5''10" 175 size 12 feet. Any suggestions?

David
Thursday 13th January 2011 at 8:39:43 PM  

hey guys my question is this: im a bigger guy, 6,2 260 pounds.im 16 and like snowboarding.now i want to buy my own board but not sure what size.i heard a 166 wide seems like the best cuz i where a size 12 shoe.im just not sure where to get one for my budget...around 300 for board, bindings and boots, i found a good deal on zumiez with an alibi board set...any help??

Luis
Monday 11th July 2011 at 12:28:24 AM  

I am wondering if I should buy the capita stairmaster or the capita horoscope around sizes 144- 148 with union flite bindings size 11 large and I am wondering if this board with bindings will have toe drag

Luis
Monday 11th July 2011 at 12:29:46 AM  

I am wondering if I should buy the capita stairmaster or the capita horoscope around sizes 144- 148 with union flite bindings size 11 large and I am wondering if this board with bindings will have toe drag

Newbie
Thursday 18th August 2011 at 3:50:08 AM  

Excellent write up. Very helpful.

Jenna
Wednesday 28th September 2011 at 4:18:09 PM  

Hey guys been boarding couple times. Not amazing, but can handle myself. Always either rent a board of borrow friends. Looking to buy a board, boots, and bindings. I am 120 and 5''5 what would you recommend? I know burtons are good, but I am just looking for something not super pricey and its light in weight.

Helmets Armor
Tuesday 22nd November 2011 at 6:45:22 AM  

The blog is absolutely fantastic. Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need. Thanks for such a continuous great postings.

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Print Broker
Saturday 28th January 2012 at 12:46:43 PM  

Thanks for the handy guide. I need a Freestyle then I think but am still undecided what board to go for. Do the board manufacturers usually do every design (image / print) for every style of board?

chris
Saturday 28th January 2012 at 6:32:33 PM  

i am 6 feet tall and im 14 years old. i wear a size 13. any suggesstions on what board i should get?


 
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