The winter season is just around the corner, and with winter comes the desire to organize a skiing holiday and limestone the snowy slopes in search of excitement and adrenaline! Whether snowboarding is your favorite sport or whether you are curious and at your first experience, here is a mini-guide guide you in the choice of your snowboard!
How to choose your snowboard? Here are the physical factors to consider
First of all, the first advice on how to choose the most suitable snowboard for you is to keep in mind some of the basic features of this tool, namely that snowboards are designed in different models, with different sizes and curvatures that adapt to the physical characteristics of the rider and the use that will be made of his board, as is the case for the most suitable snowboard clothing.
Let’s start by considering the length of the snowboard: boards of different sizes are designed for users of different sizes, height and especially weight, a decisive factor in choosing the most suitable board. Identifying the correct ratio between your weight and the length of the board you choose, is a fundamental parameter for “snowboarding” in optimal conditions: a medium that is too short would not guarantee adequate support and smoothness when riding, while a medium that is too long would be more difficult to manage and would require a greater expenditure of energy during use.
Another factor that can significantly affect the choice of the length of your board, as well as the type of ski to buy, is undoubtedly the use for which the snowboard is intended: If your goal is to go to the slopes and snow parks you can choose an intermediate size, always considering the physical factors, but if you are interested in trying the off-piste, or even you are a free-rider, frequenters of fresh snow, the advice is undoubtedly to choose a board longer than average, to slide better on the snowy layers, to have more control of your vehicle and greater stability at high speeds, the choice will fall instead on a short board and more compact if you want to try more technical stunts on railings and other architectural elements.
The technical characteristics of the snowboard: curvature and camber
Now we come to another important factor to consider when choosing your snowboard: the curvature, one of the features that most affect the choice of your means, because this aspect, also called “sidecut” determines the sensitivity of the board, its agility in curves, its response and responsiveness to stimuli, ie the change in weight and the rider’s commands during the race. In other words, the different bending options will be more suitable for an off-track race, basically with a linear trajectory or, in any case, quieter if the bending is very soft or almost absent, while if it is very accentuated it will indicate a board suitable for technical performance, high precision , and responsiveness, such as to face a track or acrobatic numbers in snow parks.
Finally, a further feature to be taken into account is undoubtedly the camber of the snowboard, i.e. the quantity and position of the points of contact with the ground, in other words, the doming. The support points vary according to the profile of the specific board model, even each manufacturer creates its own camber with specific technologies, shapes and patents, so you can find many types. In general we will have flat or inverted camber boards (also called “banana” boards), which are the most suitable for beginners, with a wide base in contact with the ground and the ends raised upwards: this type of boards are easier to conduct, have excellent stability and are less responsive to weight changes, often unintentional and not perfectly under the control of the novice rider.
More advanced boards are those with traditional camber, ie with a convex profile and contact with the ground towards the ends, in correspondence with the attacks of the boots. This way the rider will have more control over style and speed, direction changes and performance, but the high responsiveness makes it more suitable for an experienced audience.