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Types Of Snowboard – Ultimate Guide

Not all snowboards are created equal. There’re a lot of different types of snowboards. So, you could really say that every make and model of the snowboard is unique and ergonomic, but it is more useful to look at the same broader categories, so that you may know that the types of snowboards you want to search for.

Different types of snowboard         

Few snowboard manufacturers and retailers have different names for the different types and everyone has slightly different ideas of what certain term.

So, in this guide, I am going to outline how I classify the different snowboards.

Beginners:

This is not a really snowboard type as such and manufacturers do not call any of their snowboards beginners snowboards. Although, there’re some snowboards that are better suited for beginners than others.

Specifications:

  • Flex: medium-soft (3 to 4/10)
  • Shape: true twin
  • Centered setback stance
  • Hybrid camber and flat to rocker rest
  • Base: extruded

Freestyle or park:

Freestyle boards are made to do tricks and jumps or hit jibs. In fact, freestyle is till the fair board category and some people want a freestyle deck that’s more focused on the different aspects. For example, if you’re more into jibs than anything else then usually you will go for a softener flexing board and anything from a 1 being the softest and 10 being the stiffest and a 4/10. This’s also a great flex for smaller jumps and flatland tricks.

In addition, if you want your jump large and more extreme, then a little bit of a stiffer flex is often sought. So, if you spend plenty of time in the pipe a flex more around that 5 to 6/10 is more preferable in general. Plenty of mountain freestyle boards are better in the pipe and for larger jumps.

Specifications:

  • Medium and soft flex
  • True twin shape
  • Camber profile: Some rocker in profile
  • Extruded base

All-mountain freestyle

All-mountain freestyle snowboards like a hybrid between a freestyle snowboard and all-mountain snowboards. It allows the user to ride the whole mountain and able to ride freestyle on the whole mountain and it is better in the park than an all-mountain board.

Specifications:

  • Medium flex
  • True twin and directional twin shape
  • Centered setback stance
  • Various camber profile
  • Extruded and sintered base

All mountain

All-mountain snowboards are designed to be able to do a bit of everything and there will always be some compromise in an all-mountain snowboard. For example, to be ideal in riding powder you’ll want  to have a directional shape and a setback stance.

However, for riding a freestyle snowboard, you must want a true twin shape and a centered setback stance. Moreover, all the mountain snowboards find the middle ground that allows the user to do a little bit of everything.

Specifications:

  • Medium flex
  • Directional twin shape
  • Setback back usually between 5mm to 20mm
  • A lot of camber profile
  • Sintered base

Aggressive all-mountain

Aggressive all-mountain snowboards are like an all-mountain snowboard, but it is closer to a free ride board than a freestyle snowboard. So, it is really good for riding aggressively all over the mountain, but it is not suited to riding the park and riding freestyle.

Specifications:

  • Medium stiff flex
  • Directional and directional twin shape
  • Setback stance usually between 5mm to 20mm
  • Predominantly hybrid camber and traditional camber
  • Sintered base

Freeride

Freeride snowboard is an aggressive, directional, and stiff snowboard that is specially designed to ride fast and carve well and be able to explore the backcountry, so needs to be good in powder. But, it also is able good in hand snow condition.

In addition, free ride snowboard would not be very good in the park at all and or riding freestyle. Though, a lot of free-riders do like to be able to do a few freestyle type riding in the backcountry. And, particularly when there’s many of powder.

Specifications:

  • Stiff flex
  • Directional and tapered directional shape
  • Setback stance between 20mm or more
  • Many camber  profile
  • Sintered base

Powder snowboard

A powder snowboard is a specialized board for riding powder. It’ll also have a  tapered directional shape a majority of the time and you will usually find they have a nose that’s wider and longer than the board tail.

Moreover, there are always exceptions to the rule and you do have true twin powder snowboards, but these are the exception to the rule. The setback of this board is usually greater than 20mm, which is no surprise as the setback stance really helps with the float in the powder and again there’s always the exception and you can get powder snowboards with the centered stance.

Specifications:

  • Medium and stiff flex
  • Tapered directional shape
  • Setback greater  than 20mm
  • Hybrid camber and flat to rocker
  • Sintered base

What type of snowboard should we get?

If you are riding is mostly all-mountain and powder or free riding. Then, consider a snowboard on the longer end of the size range and grabbing a volume shifted board.so, if you’re above the average weight consider a longer snowboard. On the other hand, if you’re a beginner, then aim for a shorter board in your size range.

What does the groomer mean in snowboarding?

Snow grooming is the process of manipulating snow for recreational uses with a tracker, snowmobile, piste, caterpillar, and snowcat towing specialized equipment. In addition, a snow groomer is usually employed to pack snow and improve skiing.

What’s harder ski and snowboard?

A very common option is that skiing is very easier to pick up but more difficult to master. Snowboarding mightn’t be easy to learn but considered easier to master.

What’s riding goofy in snowboarding?    

Goofy essentially means that you ride with your right foot. On the other hand, regular essentially means that you ride with your left foot as your  front foot.

Which snowboard is best for beginners?

  • Salomon sight X
  • K2 Raygun Pop
  • Burton stylus
  • Burton ripcord

Thanks for reading:

Thanks for reading. I hope you know more about the different types of the snowboards and the specifications that the different types typically have.

 

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