Pair yourself up with the best snowboard for your riding level. It’s crucial for long term success, faster progression and more fun on those first few days of learning to stand sideways. Companies like Burton, Rossignol, K2, Rome, Gnu, Ride and Roxy have devoted extra attention and resources to build snowboards designed for beginners.
So, why makes a snowboard easier for newbies to learn? First off, the edges are forgiving – meaning it will take a lot to “catch an edge” and catapult your body into the snow. Most entry level snowboards have a rocker bend, making them easier to initiate and link turns. You’ll have the falling leaf turns down in no time. Beginner snowboards also have a nearly maintenance free base with wax that will stay in tact all season long. Higher performance snowboards have faster wax that requires regular applications. Last, newbie snowboards also boast a forgiving flex, which makes them easier to handle. Take a peak at our top selling entry level snowboards for 2016…
If you take a look at your old boot lines you are sure to find that they are stitched together. This Year Burton decided to change the status quo and build their new liner with a 3D molding process. The New Infinite Ride Liners provide a more consistent fit out of the box and and increased rebound and cushioning that wont break down or pack out. The new lines can be found exclusively on the 2014 SLX, ION, Rover, and Supreme.
2. New Rebounce / Sleeping Bag:
Rebounces is an added layer of PU within the shell of the boot. That enhances overall comfort by adding cushioning in all the right places. The new Sleeping Bag Technology is a foil layer beneath your feet that reflects heat to keep you warmer longer and in addition it keeps the PU layer nice and bouncy.
3. New Power Tongue:
Most of the new 2014 Burton boot has been upgraded to a New Dual Density Tongue. Which gives you more rebound and overall durability. like with all the thin profile 3D molded tongues it is available in three flex options based on the model of the boot. If you looking for the ultimate in response make sure to check out the new thermoplastic-reinforced Power Up Plus Tongue on the 2014 Driver X.
“The Burton EST Bindings are part of a complete system that Burton offers with their line of Infinite Channel System (ICS) snowboards. This Infinite Channel System isn’t something new, but it is something that’s been reintroduced by Burton that the EST bindings have been designed for. When you bring these two things together, you get a complete package that now has the ability to give a
Better flex pattern
Unlimited stance options
Easier adjustments and more.
By using the Infinite Channel Systems on some of Burton’s snowboards, the Burton EST Bindings are being used to their maximum potential and in a way that more traditional bindings can’t match up.
The EST, or Extra Sensory Technology, bindings are constructed with less in mind, which makes for a better and truer feel and flex while on a board.
The removal of the metal plate underneath the binding, giving it more cushion which reduces the weight of the board and ultimately adds increased possibilities for flex and stance options.
ICS snowboards have a channel that allows the EST bindings to be quickly adjusted for different stances because of the lack of a rigid plate, leading to the bindings having the infinite stance options.
The bolt heads that were located in old Burton bindings that have been replaced by a design feature that allows you to adjust your stance setback, the angle, toe and heel, all in a matter of seconds.
It’s because of all these features that the Burton EST Bindings are consider to be the best bindings on the planet.
After you have tried any Burton EST Binding, it is easy to see why they are considered to be among the best bindings made. Any system that puts more control and feel into the rider’s grasp will always prove to be beneficial. If you’re looking to upgrade from older bindings, but price is an issue, channels snowboards can still use with old Burton bindings with the help of aftermarket channels disc. To see all of our Burton bindings Click Here.
It’s important to be able to distinguish binding hole patterns apart. There are four distinct styles of mounting patterns and each one will mount to a board differently. When you go buy your equipment you’re going to want to know what kind of hole pattern your board has and if your bindings actually have the correct disc to go onto your snowboard.
Types of Inserts
2×4 Hole Pattern
-The first and most common disk is the 2×4 pattern. The 2×4 refers to the amount of centimeters between the vertical and horizontal holes.
Most discs for this pattern look similar to this.
You can place the disc onto the bindings hold pattern like this. The biggest difference between the 2×4 and the 4×4 pattern is the number of inserts and the distance apart the inserts have. The 2×4 pattern has a 2 centimeter difference width while the 4×4 has a four centimeter difference width. There is also many more holes on the 2×4 than the 4×4. Out of all the different snowboard binding hold patterns the 2×4 and the 4×4 are the most compatible and the most similar.
4×4 Hole Pattern
This is the 4×4 pattern.
The disks can be arranged in the horizontal direction so you can go toward your heel or your toe side edge or it can be arranged vertically so you can go toward your nose or your tail giving you a lot of different options.
Even more important than a limited edition graphic on your misty snowboard is a solid pair of snowboarding boots. They’re arguably the most critical component of your entire setup and can make or break your snowboarding experience. Brands like Burton, DC, K2, Ride, Thirty Two, Vans, Sapient and Salomon are constantly striving to make the most comfortable and highest performing boots boots at varying price points. Long gone are the days of aching, cramping feet with pressure points and hots spots after half a day of riding. If your boots hurt or are not comfortable, then it’s time to start shopping for a better fit.
What are Snowboarding Boots?
Snowboarding boots are considered soft boots with the exception of alpine snowboard boots which use a hard boot shell, similar to that of a ski boot. The primary purpose is to transfer the rider’s energy into the board, provide the rider with support and keep the rider’s feet warm. With direct contact to the rider’s feet, absolute comfort is paramount for maximum enjoyment on the mountain.
Snowboard Boot Features
When shopping for snowboard boots, look for a good fit, flex and of course, aesthetics. When you feel good, you’ll have more confidence to ride better! Boots have varying features such as lacing styles, heat moldable liners, gel padding and an articulating cuff. The flex of the boot is most often chosen solely on preference. Some riders swear by stiff boots, while others wouldn’t touch ’em with a 10 foot pole. Keep in mind, however, that the flex of the board is often mirrored by the flex of the boot. In other words it might be more challenging to ride an extremely stiff board with a super soft boot. Check out the flex break down…
Soft Flex – A soft flexing boot feels like a skate shoe on snow. Soft and forgiving, they have plenty of play for fine tuning.
Mid Flex – Boots with a medium or mid flex have a perfect balance of flex and instant response for an all-round, versatile feel.
Stiff Flex – Stiff boots have performance driven construction intended for maximum response and stability.
Tiny board? Why not! They’re an absolute blast to ride on groomers or in the terrain park. Mini snowboards are more of a second or third board to add to your quiver, so don’t go cracking your piggy bank if you only have enough coin for one board. Mini snowboards make surprisingly nice, clean turns. They’re born for little surf slashes and cutbacks. Bomb the hill? Sure! They’re stable enough for high speeds with high end construction just like their regular sized counterparts.
What is a Mini Snowboard?
Simply put, a mini snowboard is a shrunken down version of a regular sized snowboard – designed for adults, not kids! The wide version comes in at 123 centimeters, regular stands at 120 centimeters and the women’s version is 119 centimeters. A full twin, mini snowboards are identical in construction from tip to tail making switch riding, landings and take offs much smoother. They’re a fun alternative to a regular size board – think sevens instead of threes. With less board, it’s way easier to control these micro version snowboards, while holding like a real sized board.
Benefits of Mini Snowboards
Spins Made Easy – With less board weight, it’s easier to spin the board in the air.
Novelty of Something Different – That’s right. Go out on a limb and try something else…just for fun. Heck, get one to share for your crew. At any rate, it’ll make for some fun filming.
Super Light – You won’t waste an ounce of energy carrying this pint sized snowboard up to the lift.
Who Should Ride Mini Snowboards?
Riders looking for something a little different will dig mini snowboards. Novice riders should definitely learn on a traditional board. Minis are designed for the pure fun aspect for intermediated to advanced riders. These insanely fun tiny shred sticks will certainly be a fun new challenge that might even give you the confidence to try try that Hardway 270 On. They’re not meant to replace you’re regular board, but rather serve as an extra to throw in the car. Bust it out after a spicy Bloody Mary that slipped it’s way into your lunch.
Snowboarders of the mid-eighties, like Craig Kelly and Jake Burton for that matter, would have a hard time envisioning that a Double McTwist 1260 was only a few decades away. Professional snowboarders can’t possibly do the same tricks year after year – they wouldn’t be pro if they weren’t living to push the limits on their board. To keep riders on their toes, Burton puts an exuberant amount of passion driven energy and resources into research and development to keep snowboarding fun, fresh and progressive. They’ve been doing this since 1977. Each and every year, new technologies hits the market. Just imagine what a game changer the first highback became. For the first time ever, riders were given the tools to effectively carve as we know it today. From Jumper Cables to Heel Hammocks to Dryride Mist-Defy, we’ve created a little library, complete with videos and text, that clarifies all things Burton Technology. Sit back, grab a snack and get ready to be inspired…
In simplest terms, Burton Reflex baseplates are designed to optimize board feel. It’s underfoot flex is 70% softer than a traditional baseplate, which naturally allows the board beneath the binding to flex more naturally. The baseplate is cored to dramatically reduce weight. A lighter weight binding allows for improved performance, reduces fatigue and just plain feels better. ReFlex technology combined with Living Hinge™ disc dramatically improves board flex and feel, reduces weight, and sets the stage for plenty of cushioning options. With plenty of Reflex Burton bindings to choose from, The House won’t let you down…
Reflex offers more flex and feel than traditional disc bindings – all in a package that’s compatible with any platter including 4 x 4, 3D and The Channel. The refined styling of the minimized baseplate and hinge disc uses as little plastic as possible allowing for added flex where you want it and added strength where you need it. Less baseplate material also means more flexibility and cushioning materials and an overall lighter weight binding.
Burton is the creator of the snowboard binding as we know it today. Back in the day, bindings didn’t even have a highback. Leave it to Burton to come up with revolutionary functions and features that make their bindings the best on the market. The adjustable gas pedal has been around for over a decade and makes a world of a difference. It wasn’t too long ago that the adjustable gas pedal was only offered in high end bindings. Guess what? Now it’s on every model of Men’s and Women’s bindings. Why? Because it makes the world of a difference for true comfort and performance.
The adjustable gas pedal allows the toe portion of the baseplate to extend outward, catering to larger feet. If you’re toes are hanging off the edge of your binding too much, get ready for some serious toe drag, less power on your toe side turns and maybe a few face plants. Seriously, though. The adjustable gas pedal really does add to the “all that” factor on Burton bindings.
One of our team’s favorite adjustable features, Burton Gas Peddals, are extendable ramps that let you heighten toe/edge response while reducing the dreaded affects of toe drag.
Bindings are a pivotal piece for your snowboard set up. Top of the line, high performance boards like the Custom, Custom Flying V, Custom X and Feelgood demand responsive bindings in order for the board to perform the way it is intended. In other words, don’t skim on the bindings if you’re throwin’ down on a higher end board! Comfort and response, mainly from the highback, are two key components of higher end bindings. New for 2013, the Kickback Hammock cradles your heel in complete suspension, heightening stamina and response while reducing vibration. It provides springloaded suspension for locked-in response. Trust us, it’s dope. If you’re looking for high-end performance bindings, you’ve come to the right place…
A lighter weight upgrade to the Heel Hammock, the new two-piece Kickback Hammock improves comfort with an open area design that’s literally suspension on a snowboard. Dynamic interaction between an internal spring and rubberized hammock results in increased response and reduced vibration while your heel is cradled in complete suspension.