know how to choose a snowboard type that fits your riding style
Most of the snowboards use the tipical 2 strap bindings and "soft" boots (not ski like ones), those are the snowboards we know as "Snowboards", and maybe the only snowboards you know about. Then we have the split-boards, with different bindings, and the alpine racing boards, with different bindings and different boots. We also have the mostly wanted cheap snowboards!
Types of snowboards for regular bindings and soft boots
Snowboard brands try to facilitate the choice of a snowboard to any one who does not know all the physics and math of snowboarding and snowboards (most people), by labeling the snowboards with a type that tells you for which riding style were they made / where they will perform best. That is the snowboard type.
For beginners This is where your quest ends, unless you are very curious or have a lot of free time to burn. If you've got your width and size, just choose a board type that appeals to you and you're all ready. If in doubt we suggest you to go with all-mountain because it's easier to control in your regular direction (riding forward, not switch).
For advanced snowboarders You can't make the most accurate decision when choosing a snowboard just by the indication of where it will perform best if you are and advanced snowboarder. Even though this definition will give you an idea of the boards specs, you'll need to check them to really know. Base, profile, flex, shape... What the type of snowboard can help you with is narrowing down your options, as a guideline.
Custom snowboards Made for you with the specs you choose or the manufacturer recomends you. For the ones who really know what they want and cant find it in the production models or just want some more exclusivity.
Powder boards To surf the fresh goodness on the best days, some of this boards also ride relatively well on groomed terrain.
Freeride boards They are made to ride in any condition of snow and kind of terrain, also perform well on the slopes for snowboarders who like speed.
All Mountain Boards that perform well in every condition, they can be slightly inclined to any specific use but still perform well in other situations.
Park / Freestyle Kind of the all-mountain from the snowpark, a board that performs well in jibing, jumps and pipe.
Jib / Street boards Well, getting obvious here, a snowboard that's great for jibing
Beginner snowboard Fast and cheap way to start riding. This board won't last forever, but you won't want to ride them forever either.
Other types of snowboards
Split-boards Powder boards that split in 2 and can be used as snowboard or as skis to climb, walk and slightly descend. They have different bindings so they sit here with the racing boards.
Alpine Racing snowboards Made strictly for high speed carving on groomed terrain. This ones use different bindings and different boots, hard boots, similar to ski ones.
Buying a cheap snowboard requires more atention from your part. You need to know better where you can compromise to get the same bang for less buck, now that you've already found us that's an easier task. To find a cheap snowboard that get's it done:
- Know what is it that you MUST have on your snowboard (like traditional camber, or medium flexibiity, or something else that for some reason you really want).
- Know the width and size you shall look for (if you dont know it yet).
- Check out more than one store to get more to choose from. Here are a few online shops were you you can usualy find good deals.
Got your type right but want to dig a little deeper? Choose the snowboard specs: