What to Consider Before Shopping Snowboards for Sale
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It is not easy to buy a snowboard because it is a considerable investment. A big investment requires a lot of thought process and research before you plunk down your money and never see it again. Also buying the right snowboard can enhance your snowboarding experience and skills. A bad snowboard can ruin your day on the slopes or worse cause you a great injury. To learn about different types of snowboards, the criteria to select the best size for a snowboard and the best time to buy it, read on:
Determining Your Riding Style
The type of riding style that you prefer should be the biggest factor on what type of board you buy. A big different exists between free style/all-mountain riding and race equipment. The latter is also referred as "Alphine gear" and it consists of tough boots that resemble ski boots. In addition, it has stiff and flexible directional boards and special bindings. A beginner snowboarder should opt for freestyle/ all-mountain equipment. These snowboards are soft and flexible therefore they are accompanied with soft boots. Step-in bindings or strap-in bindings are perfect with freestyle/all-mountain snowboards.
There are many types of snowboard disciplines. A freestyle snowboarder rides different slopes and terrains than an all-mountain snowboarder. If you have a particular style or snowboard discipline that you prefer, then you should always buy your snowboard according to your discipline.
What size should be my snowboard?
The snowboards are measured from nose to tail, in centimeters. Note that the last two numbers of its size are added to the snowboard's name. For example a snowboard called Burton Custom 56 will be 156cm tall. All beginner snowboarders should opt for snowboards that are smaller in size because they are easier to maneuver. A snowboard that reaches between your collarbone or chin in height is a good short snowboard. Even freestyle riders prefer short boards, however all mountain snowboarders are comfortable with long boards.
Snowboarders who prefer to ride mountain terrain and deep powder should buy a snowboard that is either several inches above their forehead or somewhere between their nose.
What is perfect width for my snow board?
The last factor in selecting your snowboard is width. When you stand on a snowboard that is perfect for you, your feet will stretch almost entirely across the board. There shouldn't be too much distance between the snowboarder's feet and the snowboard's edges because then it will be difficult to apply pressure on the board to control it. At the same time, the snowboader should be careful about not having his or her toes or heel overhanging from the edges of the board. This may cause an accident or an unintended fall. How stiff should the board be?
The stiffness of snowboard is the deciding factor on how easy it is to turn the snowboard or how well it glides on the hard snow. Freestyle snowboarders opt for soft snowboards while all-mountain snowboarders prefer hard snowboards. Beginners should also pick soft snowboards because they can easily accommodate their height and weight. As a rider becomes more advanced in snowboarding, he or she can start buying stiffer snowboards.
Where to buy snowboards?
Snowboards for sales are easily available online and in stores where snowboarding accessories and equipment are sold. To look for your nearest outlet, you can research online.