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When choosing a new snowboard (or if you want to discuss gear with another snowboarder), it’s essential to know a few technical terms such as shape, rocker, flex, torsion or pop...

1/ SHAPES

When we talk about "shape", we mean the different snowboard profiles looking at them form the top. There are different shapes with very different characteristics. 

Directional shape: nothing is symmetrical

Twin Tip shape: everything is symmetrical 

2 / CAMBERS

In general it is crucial to understand that there are three basic shapes : camber, rocker and flat (camber and rocker are one the opposite of the other); and that are used to create other types and more complex shapes . Each company has its own ways to create and compose different shapes for different needs and practices. Here's the most common ones.

What are the different types of snowboards ?

3/ ROCKER

No matter what the camber, a board can have rocker. The longer nose provides greater floatation in powder as well as moving back the board’s point of contact with the snow .This increases manoeuvrability by reducing the contact area.

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rocker snowboard
snowboard flex visual

4/ FLEX

Longitudinal flex is mainly used for controlling a cut turn.

snowboard flex visual

5/ TORSION

This is the stiffness (or flexibility) between the feet.

snowboard torsion

POP

This is the stiffness or flexibility in the nose and tail.

THE DIFFERENT BASES

The two main manufacturing processes:

1. Extruded base:

Provides normal sliding and good durability over time.

2. Sintered base:

Provides much greater sliding than extruded soles because the manufacturing process allows a higher density of polyethylene. It’s also more durable.

Now you know all the technical features of a snowboard, you’re ready to choose the board that suits your level and riding style!

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Snowboard Equipment Product Manager

PHILIPPE TIERCIN

DREAMSCAPE product manager and passionate about snowboard.