A freestyle type snowboard should be purchased based on the following criteria:
Rider weight, foot size, and intended use.
A snowboard has no idea how tall a rider is, and height is not necessarily a good
indicator of weight. Snowboards turn in part based on how much they are
de-cambered. If you mismatch the weight requirement of the board to the rider,
the rider will spend much of their time trying to bend the board, or to keep it
from bending too much. Both will create frustration and fatigue.
The width of a board is important due to the size of the riderís foot and their
desired stance angle. Riders who intend to spend most of their time riding the
whole mountain will benefit from at least a little forward angle on both feet.
If the board is too wide, riding with forward angle will involve too much muscle,
as the ball of the foot and the heel bone will be inboard of the edge of the
board. This can be overcome to some extent by using risers under the binding,
however, you may as well start out with the correct equipment.
This is often critical if the intended use is specialized.
- If the rider intends to spend all of their time sliding rails, playing
in the park, etc,
then a wider board will facilitate a lower angle stance without toe
and heel drag.
- Rider experience: If a rider is inexperienced, and will be spending
most of their
time moving slowly on easier terrain, their equipment requirements
will be different than for an experienced rider who may be operating at
a higher energy state. In other words, a snowboard is an energy
storage and retrieval device. The steeper the terrain, the greater
the amount of available energy. A novice will be more concerned with
maneuverability than high-speed stability.
Last revised on Sunday, 29-May-2005 16:50 EST