How to Buy a Snowboard

Written by Griff on August 17, 2008 – 11:37 pm -

How to Buy a Snowboard

Buying a snowboard can be daunting, but with these tips, you will know what to look for. With our help, buying your next snowboard will be a piece of cake. Despite there being 50-100 different snowboard companies out there (small ones are always starting up, being bought, or going out of business), there are only a few basic things you need to keep in mind when buying a snowboard.
First things first…what kind of riding do you want to do? There are a handful of different board styles available today. The most common types are:

* Freeride Snowboards
* Freestyle snowboards
* Backcountry Snowboards
* Park/Pipe Snowboards
* Kids Snowboards
* Women\’s Snowboards
* Boardercross Snowboards

How to Choose a Snowboard

You\’ll be stoked to know that you already know the answers to the most important questions that arise when buying a new snowboard. Your height, weight, boot size and the type of riding you want to do will narrow down your choice of boards. The proper stiffness, width, shape and lenght of the board will be determined by the preceding information.

What style of rider are you?

YOur style will change as you snowboard more often and gain experience. Freeride or all-mountain boarders enjoy using all aspects of the mountain, transitioning from bowls to trees to powder to terrain. Basically a little bit of everything. Most beginners will be in this category until they gain more experience and start to specialize into one of the other styles below. Most boarders, even the rad ones, will continue to be freeriders their whole career. If you are uncertain, this is a good style of board to get for your very first one.

Freestyle riding is mostly tricks and technical stunts. These riders have mastered the basics of snowboarding and get a rush out of getting air, doing spins & jumps, trick landigns and the works. Some people say that a freestyle board is best for beginners because they tend to be shorter and a little easier to control. However the flip side of that is that they are also easier to LOSE control of. They are quick and responsive and some beginning riders won\’t like the feeling of not being in control.

Alpine style riding is about carving big deep turns in powder and on packed groomed trails and slopes. Constant transition from one turn to the next makes this style very hypnotic for the experienced rider who utilizes the entire face of the mountain, carves smooth deep turns into the snow with her edges and finishes every run with a smile. These boards are stiffer required more body weight shifts and a total understanding of how your edges work in order to make the board work flawlessly with you, rather than against you.

What Brand Should I buy?

Once you\’ve answered the basic questions above, the actual brand you buy is just a matter of personal preference. Big name companies like Burton have been in the industry from the beginning, but there is no reason that handmade board from a startup company built by a knowlegable boarder couldn\’t be just as good. You may want to buy the brand that your favorite boarder uses, or even a signature board, like those designed or endorsed by Shawn White.

Is it OK to buy a Used Board?

A used board will save you hundreds of dollars compared to new, and there is no reason it shouldn\’t board just like a brand new one as long as it\’s in decent condition. When you consider purchasing a board, inspect the base and the edges, and of course, make sure the graphics are still in good shape. If you are purchasing your used snowboard online, insist on closeup photos of the base and edges. Any minor flaws can be easily filled in and repaired either at home with the right tools, or at your local shop.

What should I do now?

Explore our site, Nothing But Snowboards…because we sell…Nothing But Snowboards! We work in conjunction with ebay to bring you focused selections of the snowboards that interest you the most. Find the board you want and get ready to go boarding this winter!


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