How to choose my snowboard

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Every snowboarder has their own playing field, level, desires, style... and therefore their own snowboard.

 

To correctly select a snowboard, , four main criteria must be taken into consideration: usage, your level, your size and weight and your shoe size. To help you, discover our recommendations in order to correctly choose your snowboard.

 


Description of a snowboard

Firstly,discover how a snowboard is made up

 

 

 

 

 

 


Choosing the snowboard that's right for you

 

1 - How will I use it?

 

Ask yourself a simple question:

 

Are you interested in visiting the parks, attempting jumps, turns (180° or greater), viewing any slight relief as a pretext for play?

 

YES: opt for a FREESTYLE snowboard //  NO: opt for a ALL MOUNTAIN snowboard

 

A FREESTYLE snowboard is a TWIN TIP board, hence:

- A board which is perfectly symmetrical between the nose and tail,

- With the bindings perfectly centred on the board (setback of 0 mm),

These boards allow you to travel in both directions and facilitate turns as well as reverse moves. These snowboards are more responsive and manageable.

 

le snowboard shape twin tip

 

 

An ALL MOUNTAIN board is a DIRECTIONAL board, hence:

- A board which is different at the nose and tail, generally the nose is longer and slightly wider than the tail.

- The bindings are further back in comparison to the centre of the board (setback of 10 mm, or 20 mm, or ...X mm based upon the setback of the bindings compared to the centre of the board).

These boards allow you to complete good turns, and provide better grip on hard snow as well as greater buoyancy on powdery snow. These snowboards are more stable at great speeds and provide more grip.

 

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please note

Although the All Mountain snowboards offer a higher level of performance, it must be understood that FREESTYLE snowboards are more versatile and very good both on-piste/off-piste.


2 - What is my level?

Here are some indications to help you identify your snowboard level:

Beginner or learner level:

I use the green to red slopes. Turns are more slips and not carve turns.
I am starting to switch (backwards).
I am able to complete small jumps taking off and landing flat on the board.

 

Flex: opt for a flexible, tolerant board which reduces edge errors.

 

Advanced level:

I complete sharp carve turns on hard snow and on red/black slopes.
I am starting to switch upon approaching turns (backwards).
I am able to complete 180° jumps.
I am able to 50/50 box slide (straight).

 

Flex: opt for a medium snowboard, it allows you to go faster, provides more grip whilst remaining easy to ride.

 

Expert level:

I snowboard in all snow conditions/on all-terrain combining speed, trajectories, style and effectiveness.
I am able to tackle tight lanes with sustained gradient (35° or greater).
I am able to complete a grab (trapping the board whilst jumping) using a medium table (4 to 6 metres) and remain balanced in the air.
I am able to boardslide on a box (snowboard at 90° from box) and complete a 360° on a medium table (4 to 6 metres)

 

Flex: opt for a rigid snowboard suited to those of a high level and/or in good physical condition. Rigid torsion sees that the snowboard does not fall away from the turn at full speed, not even on hard or frost snow.

 


3 - What size snowboard should I choose?

For Freestyling: quite short board, between -20 to -25 cm of your size.

Hold your board vertically in front of you, it should be at the height of between your shoulder and chin.

- Smaller boards facilitate turns and tricks

- Larger boards offer greater stability at great speed and when landing from jumps and are recommended for those heavy for their size.

 

la bonne taille pour mon snowboard

 

For All Mountain use: between -10 and -20 cm.

Hold your board vertically in front of you, it should be at the height of between your shoulder and chin.

- Smaller boards are easier to ride. They are also recommended for those who are light compared to their size.

- Larger boards offer greater stability at great speed.

 

la bonne taille pour ma planche de snow all moutain

 


4 - Do I need a Wide snowboard?

If your shoe size is 12 or over, opt for a Wide snowboard, which is wider so that feet do not go over the snow when turning.

 

A Wide board, although not required for sizes 10-12, would be more comfortable.

 

Now that you know everything, we hope that you find the right snowboard for you and we wish you a happy winter season!

 

Philippe TIERCIN
Product manager
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