First let’s get you fitted. To get the right fit and size for you, check out our Snowboard Sizing Chart and Buyers Guide.
Most snowboards can be ridden in any type of terrain but there are specialized boards designed for specific applications and skill levels to help you get the most out of your experience. Let’s start with these top five board types.
Great as a beginner board, the all-mountain snowboard can be used on any terrain or conditions from groomed runs or backcountry powder to a park or pipe. With a slight set back stance, usually a directional flex, and a slightly deeper side cut, the all-mountain snowboard caters to riders who want one board that can handle it all.
Freestyle boards are made to do tricks, jumps and hit jibs. They are light, short and flexible with twin tips. Good for riders who want a lively ride anywhere on the mountain, or those who like to push their limits in terrain parks.
For smooth, controlled riding and carving the Freeride board is ideal. Slightly longer, with quick response and narrow or wide designs, they are meant for higher speed and cleaner carved turns. With a setback stance and more nose than tail, this snowboard will deliver quick edge turns and stability for speed.
This is not your everyday go-to board. Powder boards are ideal when you are seeking the deepest powder and want to slay turns all day long in the backcountry or deep bowls. These boards have a directional shape so they are wider in the nose then in the tail. This helps the nose float and the tail sink for sharper performance and an aggressive feel, making them more challenging to ride.
For the adventurous spirit, the Splitboard is a snowboard that can be separated into two ski-like parts used with climbing skins to trek up backcountry slopes. Once you find the summit, the two halves can be connected to form a regular snowboard for a memorable, downhill ride.
Asymmetrical boards incorporate a sharper, deeper sidecut on the heel edge compared to the toe edge. The core is also softer on the heel side. This allows the rider to flex the board more on heel side for a tighter, more precise and more natural feeling turn, giving the rider better balance and maneuverability.
Directional Boards are designed to be ridden in your natural stance and to go in one direction easier than the other. With a pointier nose and stiffer tail a directional board maintains stability better at high speed and is great for cruising and carving.
The tip (top half) and tail (bottom half) are identical in twin boards and the flex is the same on both ends. They are symmetrical in shape and the stance is exactly centered so they ride equally well forwards and backwards (switch), making them perfect for park tricks that require you to take off or land switch.
At first glance, a directional twin snowboard looks like a twin but the default stance is slightly set back and/or the flex is not symmetrical (usually stiffer in the tail). They can also transition easily to the park to perform tricks on rails and jumps.
A tapered directional board is like a directional board, but the width of the nose will be noticeably larger than the width of the tail. Almost everything about the tip and tail are different including flex, sidecut, length and width. The stance is usually set back for a one-directional, surf-style ride. This is the board for freeriders who want to attack tough terrain and off-piste, backcountry powder.
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