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snowboard Inserts Position (factory stance / offset stance) / Inserts Type
Factory snowboard Stance width is the distance between the front inserts and the back inserts, it is directly correlated to the snowboard size so if you're not looking at a snowboard that's too far off the recommended snowboard size for you, you'll be ok. To make sure, be careful if you use a wider stance and are looking for snowboards that are smaller than the recommended size for you, and if you use a narrower stance and are looking for snowboards that are bigger than the recommended size for you. What you will want to have a look at is the position of your bindings, you can adjust the snowboard stance by changing the position of your bindings.



Factory snowboard Stance / inserts position / offset setback

a.k.a. stance setback. The measure that let's us know how far back the center between the inserts is from the center of the effective edge of the snowboard.


Centered Factory snowboard Stance / Centered snowboard Inserts / No Setback
Better for freestyle because it helps a snowboard to ride switch as well as it rides forward, gives you good control in both directions and makes the snowboard turn easily.
Found in most freestyle snowboards, in some all mountains, and in very few or none freeride/powder snowboards. Also found in all snowboards named true twin, in lots of snowboards named directional twin, or twin like, and in very few (or none) snowboards named directional.
snowboard with zero offset stance setback


Small Factory snowboard Stance Setback / snowboard Inserts slightly Setback / Small Setback
Good for all mountain and great for freeride/powder because it makes the tail smaller (so it naturally sinks in deeper snow conditions) and the nose bigger (which makes it float better in the same deeper snow conditions).
small stance setback (about 25mm/1inch) may be found in some freeride/powder snowboards, in some all mountains, and in a few freestyle snowboards. Also found in some boards described as directional snowboards, in lots of snowboards described as directional twin, and not in any snowboard called true twin.
The tail will feel stiffer, giving you more aggreesive direction changes and higher ollies, and it will float a bit better when riding powder.
snowboard with small offset stance setback


Bigger Factory snowboard Stance Setback / snowboard Inserts Setback / Bigger Setback
A bigger stance setback may be found in lots of freeride/powder snowboards, in some all mountains, and in very few or none freestyle snowboards. Also found in lots of boards described as directional snowboards, in few or none snowboards described as directional twin, and in no snowboard called true twin.
The tail will feel even stiffer, giving you even more aggressive direction changes and on powder will float like a charm with more centered and relaxed riding position.
snowboard with medium offset stance setback


Ridiculous Factory snowboard Stance Setback / snowboard Inserts Setback a lot / Ridiculous Setback
Such a huge stance set-back can only be found in snowboards described as "freeride/powder boards" and "directional snowboards". The word here is buoyancy!
snowboard with big offset stance setback


Powder snowboard Inserts / extra inserts
Two extra inserts that allow you to transform your freestyle or all-mountain snowboard into a powder board when you need/want one, they allow for a more setback snowboard stance on snowboards with a more centered factory stance. Powder inserts are a great feature to look for if you want a one-board-quiver but also if you want a snowboard that despite it's abilities on the slopes can easily be temporarily transformed in a powder board just by setting the bindings back to the powder inserts so you're never caught unprepared for the fresh days.
These two inserts stand alone at the back of the other inserts, separated from them. Big binding discs (universal discs) will attach to the last two inserts and to the two powder inserts the same way they would in a board with 2x2 inserts. They work as 2x2 inserts (not the standard 4x2) and are not compatible with mini-disc bindings. Powder inserts are more common in all-mountain snowboards.
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Snowboard Inserts Type

If you're buying a board and already have bindings, pay attention to the inserts and make sure your bindings fit there. You will find an incompatibility if you have older bindings with 4x2 or 4x4 discs and buy a burton board with the channel system (buy you can buy universal discs to fix that), or if you have burton bindings for the channel system and get a board with standard inserts (no solution for this one!). However, most bindings nowadays come with universal discs that will match any snowboards inserts system and others come with a mini disc. The mini disc just won't fit the 4x4 inserts, but since those are not common anymore, bindings with mini disc are almost as universal as bindings with universal discs. So there's not much to worry really.



snowboard with 4x2 inserts
4x2 standard inserts The standard snowboard inserts, featured in most snowboards. The 4x2 inserts are 4cm apart from each other (heel side to toe side) X 2cm (nose to tail). They'll give you more stance width options than the 4x4 inserts. For bindings with discs (all bindings except the burton ones made for the channel system), big universal discs or small mini discs, they'll both fit on sowboards with 4x2 inserts.
4x2 powder inserts Just like the 4x2 standard inserts but with two setback extra inserts so that you can make the best out of any powder day by setting the bindings back, ending up with a bigger nose and smaller tail that will give you some extra float and save you from the so feared back leg burn that so often comes with the good fresh powder. For all bindings except the burton ones made for the channel system, big disc or small disc.
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snowboard with 4x4 inserts

4x4 standard inserts Not that used this days. The 4x4 inserts 4cm apart from each other in both directions. For disc bindings (all bindings except the burton ones made for the channel system), big disc or small disc.



burton snowboard with 3d inserts
burton 3D inserts Only on burton snowboards.






burton snowboard with channel system

burton est system (channel) Only on burton snowboards.

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