In powder the cambered mid section and tail can be pressed to lift the nose of the board even higher than it already is. Those at the lower end of the size, who want a closer fit, order one size smaller.
Those at the upper end of the size, who want a looser fit, order one size larger. Grenade brand gloves run small, so order a size larger than the size recommended on the chart.
These days, helmets are lighter, more comfortable, and more protective than ever, with a decidedly no-dork factor. Measure across the temples just above the ears. Once again, keep growth in mind and do make room if the rider is young. Many times a beanie will be used in conjunction with the helmet, so keep that factor in mind as well. Check out our Ski and Snowboard Buyers Guide for tips on getting the best fit and value. Toe and heel drag is bad news, not only will this problem slow you down — it could also cause you to bail.
While width is important, getting a wider board to eliminate the above issues is not always the best answer. Sometimes it is just a matter of adjusting the angle of your bindings, trying bindings with the ability to raise your toes above the edge of your board, or getting boots with the smallest footprint available. Beginners should abide by the standard weight, length, and width requirements for snowboards, but you might want to check out some softer boards on the shorter side of your size range.
A softer board can help get beginners down the hill quicker by flexing softer. This allows you to have more control over the board with less effort.
Stiffer boards require a bit more muscle and exertion, and learning how to ride is already tough enough. It is possible for a board to be too soft. Too soft of a board can actually decrease your ability — the key is finding a balance between flex and stability.
As for length, a board on the lower end of your size range will allow you to maneuver the board easier and can also help you link those turns fluently.
Scaling down the size of your board will give you more control by slightly slowing you down too. Be sure to check out the technical specifications for each board because it varies from company to company, model to model, and year to year.
As an intermediate rider, you can now start to hone-in your skills towards a style of riding you like best. While trying to stay in your snowboard size and weight ranges, look into a board that is suited specifically for the type of riding you do most or would like to improve upon.
If you like to do it all and would like to keep that versatility under your feet, then sticking with an All-Mountain type of board in the middle of your snowboard size range is your best bet.
Do you really like to get after that pow on the backside of the mountain? A freeride board at the longer end of your size range is a solid choice and will hold up nicely in the deep. If you want more details on these types of boards and others available, please check out the board type section of this reference guide. And once you find a board that you think fits the bill, be prepared to progress because having the right board for the right job can make a huge difference.
You know the drill. By now you know the type of board you need and the relative size it should be, but do you really look at the technical specifications to see how they can improve your overall abilities?
These topics are considered irrelevant by most novice riders; they just want a board with sick graphics and a brand name. True shredders go a bit further than that and actually pay attention to detail. If you would like to know more about these snowboard construction details, refer to the appropriate section of this reference guide.
Experiment with several combinations of each subject to find the perfect board to make your session righteous. Riding style and snowboard type are important variables in the snowboard sizing formula. Riding style refers to the type of terrain you choose to ride.
Some people like to ride it all and others like to focus on just powder or only park riding. Since there are specific riding styles, there are also terrain-specific boards to match. That is where the board type comes into play. The board type is directly related to your riding style. To help you figure out what type of riding style you have and what board type you need, each of the categories are described below. Remember these guidelines are just a starting point; boards can also come in a combination of board types such as the all-mountain-freestyle models for a versatile ride with the playfulness of a park board etc.
The most common riding style would have to be all-mountain. Most snowboarders are versatile creatures of winter and explore all that the mountain has to offer.
If you decide you want to take a few laps in the park before winding your way through some woods runs, you might just be an all-mountain maniac. For the curious adventurers of all that is shred, this is definitely your category.
The all-mountain board type is meant to accommodate all you can throw at it. Take it off jumps in the park, have fun in the pipe, blaze groomers, and even get buried in a fresh dumping of powder. These things do it all well. Snowboards that fall under the all-mountain board type can have various board shapes and camber profiles. Find your favorite combination and get after it. This board type is also a great category for beginners to start with. The all-mountain versatility will allow you to ride anything you want until you find a type of riding that you do most.
For the pipe jerks, park rats and back-alley street cats, your riding style falls into the freestyle category. If you spend more time on tow-ropes and handrails than you do on the chairlift, your riding style is certainly freestyle. Sure freestyle snowboarders can do it all, but their main focus is to progress in the park, pipe and street and they do that with a freestyle oriented deck. Freestyle snowboards are usually sized-down a bit from your average length deck and contain a bit more flex.
The shorter size allows you to throw the board around easier when performing tricks. And a softer flex will allow you to tweak those tricks for proper style and steez. These boards are often built with a badass base and some hardcore edges to withstand daily park-induced punishment. Freestyle boards have a true twin shape and can have a range of camber styles such as flat, traditional, rocker, or a combination.
This is another board type often used by beginners because of the low weight and forgiving flex of the board.
The smaller board allows beginners to gain control of the board and its edges easier and quicker. The freeride riding style category encompasses riding from blazing groomers to plowing through a pile of pow in the backcountry. This riding style is common among riders who are fortunate enough to have legit mountains to ride or happen to get a good amount of snowfall in the area. Freeriding is snowboarding at its core and will always be a huge part of the sport. Freeride board types are often on the longer end of your board size range.
That extra few centimeters makes all the difference for staying atop pillows of pow. Freeride boards are most often directional shaped boards but could also be a directional twin shape. These boards also have a stiffer flex for added response and stability when bombing at high-speeds and slashing deep. The war of skiing verses snowboarding is over. These people earn their turns by hiking up every inch of what they descend.
Anybody who says ski and board bums are lazy has never heard of split-boarding. Splitboards are the type of board for extreme freeriding. Use the skis to climb up and through some newly found terrain, then reattach them together and shred your line back down on a snowboard. Board shapes will either benefit the rider or hinder a riding depending on what type of terrain is being ridden.
Most common among freeride snowboards and sometimes found on all-mountain boards, the directional shape is a non-symmetrical construction designed to be mostly ridden in one direction. This means that they have a specified nose and tail; each end may differ in stiffness, shape and contact points.
Directional boards usually have a stiffer tail than nose to create a stable ride when flying down mountains. Boards that feature this shape also tend to have the binding inserts set back closer to the tail end of the board so your body weight is correctly distributed for a fast and powerful ride through deep pow. Although this shape can be found on just about all board types, true twin dominates the freestyle scene.
True twin, also known as twin tip, means that the tip and tail are identical. The symmetrical shape allows park, pipe, and street riders to perform and land technical switch tricks easier. True twin boards open up a whole new window for freestyle snowboarders. With a nose and tail with the exact same flex patterns and measurements, riders can have complete confidence in their board when riding switch.
Commonly found in all-mountain boards, the directional twin shape is a great all-around board choice. Directional twin consists of a nose and tail that are different in construction. Although the tip and tail might not be exactly the same, riders may ride switch in the park or pipe without noticing any negative effects.
Directional twin boards often have a slightly longer nose than tail and could also have a softer nose than tail or a combination of the two. The added length to the nose gives you an edge when riding powder and a stiffer tail will create more stability when riding at higher speed. Looking at the board from the side and you can roughly decipher what Profile Shape a board has.
The information below is to be used as reference to help you decide what Profile Shape is the best fit for your riding style. Camber is the tried and true standard for a snowboard profile. Please be aware that pre-order dates are approximate and subject to change. We will inform you by email if the ship date changes. Or check out our FAQ page.
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