In 2016, snowboards come in all shapes and sizes, and buying one can often feel like a mammoth task. So how do you wade through the different swallow tails, sidecuts and camber types to find your perfect board? Snow+Rock Social Exec Daisy Maddinson breaks down the different styles based on the terrain that you want to tackle, to help you get the most out of your snowboarding.
A favourite style for snowboarders that want to do it all, the all-mountain board is great for numerous disciplines and allows you to take on various terrain. These boards are also ideal for beginners finding their feet and working out where they want to be on the mountain.
All-mountain boards are designed to perform anywhere on the mountain, in any conditions. Groomed pistes, powder tree runs, hitting kickers in the park; wherever you want to be, the all-mountain has got you covered.
Generally stiffer than other types of boards, all-mountain boards provide a solid ride with less speed wobble.
Recommended: Burton Custom Flying V
Softer than all-mountain alternatives, freestyle boards are some of the most playful on the market.
Whether you’re looking to hit urban rails, cruise the kickers in the park or simply hit natural hips on the side of the piste, the higher flexibility of freestyle boards make them a little more forgiving than others.
Generally, shorter lengths are chosen for a tighter turn radius, making spinning easier and quicker. Most likely to be true-twin shapes, these boards also give you more freedom to ride switch (unnatural foot forward) for those sweet 180s.
Recommended: Capita Men’s Ultrafear
The largest of the board styles, freeride boards tend to be a little longer for more contact with the snow, allowing you to easily glide over soft, deep powder at speed.
Typically stiffer than other styles, freeride boards are also the most likely to have a true directional shape for optimal performance in one direction – down!
Recommended: Burton Men’s FT Modfish
The newest board type to the mountain, and built specifically for the rider looking to take on the backcountry, splitboards are fast becoming one of the most exciting things to ride this season.
Created for touring up to the tops of peaks inaccessible by lifts, these boards split in two to become, essentially, two fat skis. You’ll also need special bindings that are interchangeable between board and ski stance, and climbing skins to help you hike up.
Once reaching the top, you simply clip your ‘skis’ back together and away you go! Don’t forget to also take the appropriate backcountry avalanche equipment and a qualified guide when heading off-piste!
Recommend: Burton Family Tree Landlord Split Snowboard (We only sell splitboards in our Covent Garden and Kensington stores. Our expert staff can equip you with everything that you need).