When it comes to snowboarding, having a snowboard that fits the style is a top priority for many. As we love snowboard adventure trips,we couldn't miss spotting snowboard variants.
Most people are confused while selecting a snowboard for starting their snowboarding journey. As a snowboarder, it is very significant to know the various types and styles of snowboarding. Only then can you identify and choose the snowboard that matched your style. Choosing the right snowboard based on your style and ability will make your snowboarding more adventurous.
Each snowboard varies with its size, material, shape, flex pattern, etc. They have their unique construction. Among these snowboards, select the one based on your height, weight, preference, and riding style.
Snowboard professionals, choose their snowboards based on the condition and terrain they are riding.
This article will help you know more about different snowboard types that professionals use in various cases.
Types and Styles of Snowboards
Generally, we can categorize snowboards mainly into 3 types and styles. Each one of them has its pros and cons. Let’s discuss these categories:-
As this snowboard float well on powder surface, carve on pistes and will handle all the lumps and bumps, it has become more popular. It will be good if you are a beginner as it is more adaptable and can float decently in powder. Also, this will help you to handle a broader range of styles and terrain and have an enjoyable ride.
All-mountain snowboards will not perform well in deep powder. You can identify this board by its shape, which is generally in such a way that the tail is narrower, shorter, and also flatter than the tip which means the tip and tail are different. It can be ridden in both directions, but more balancing is towards the tail.
Do you want to play tricks on terrain parks and halfpipes? Then this board will meet your needs. These boards are flexible and light, short with a narrow edge grip, and not stable enough for curving turns and fast riding. Some of them have either twin tips or directional twins.
The symmetrical shape of the twin tip snowboard allows beginners to ride forward and backward, whereas in a directional twin board, the tail is stiffer than the tip, which makes it different from a twin tip board.
Compared to all-mountain snowboard, freestyle snowboard has a softer flex. When choosing a freestyle snowboard, selecting a board with a few centimeters lesser than your standard length is better. This makes it easier to throw boards for tricks.
These boards are excellent for floating in deep snow and riding in ungroomed, steep terrain. You can perform stable, fast, and smooth rides in various snow conditions.
Freeride snowboards are designed mainly for adventurous riders who make off-groomed rides.
Usually, these boards are directional, which means riding with one end, always facing downhill.
These boards come in different shapes. But most of these boards have a narrow tail and a wider nose. The design of powder-specific snowboards recently improved to float and turn while keeping the balance in the natural snowboard perspective. This board is not for everyday rides. It is for riding in deep snow.
Have you heard about the term cambers on the snowboard? It is the bottom contours of the board. Snowboards also come with different camber types.
The main types include the following:-
Once upon a time, most snowboards come with this camber. This camber is easier for beginners, but it is difficult in deep powder, requiring more float.
These cambers enable you to take a quick turn and feel along with the increasing float.
The design of this camber is excellent for powder, jibbing, and rails.
This camber has more significant popularity in many variants with particular performance features.
Hope this article helps you get to know about different types of snowboards, how it is classified and its uses. We hope now it's easier for you to select a snowboard based on your snowboarding style.