Snowboards are generally divided into soft and rigid ones. You can learn how to ride on both. However, soft snowboards are mostly recommended for beginners. It’s less tiring to ride a soft snowboard. A rigid one doesn’t forgive any mistakes, you might fall more often and rising after a fall is exhausting.
WHICH TYPE OF SOFT SNOWBOARD TO CHOOSE?
Each soft snowboard works well on slopes. We have four types of soft snowboards:
- FREESTYLE (FS) – a group of snowboards designed for Riding, jumping, halfpipe riding, fashionable slides on handrails. And yes; if such board is rigid, then you shouldn’t buy it for first practice, its stiffness will make learning more difficult, while a soft one won’t cause any major troubles in training.
- FREERIDE (FR) – they are constructed for Powder skiing, those boards are quite soft, narrower in the waist, suitable for training, but only if the board length is properly adjusted. To enjoy riding in deep snow, used snowboards are at least 5 cm longer than for, let’s call it, universal riding.
- BOARDERCROSS (BX) – boards for experts, generally stiff, designed for both jumping and fast edge riding, require mastering a good driving technique. These snowboards will make your learning way more difficult.
- ALL MOUNTAIN (sometimes FS / FR) – these are universal snowboards, constructed and designed for Beginners and intermediate users. While buying, ssk for such boards. As a rule, they are cheaper, in comparison to the other types of soft boards. They allow you to ride in powder, on the edges and to jump in a snow parks. Progress on such a board is the fastest, doesn’t cause any restrictions.
WHICH CORE TO CHOOSE?
There are two types of cores: wood and foam.
DO NOT buy snowboards with foam core (most common in supermarkets!). This doesn’t apply only to children weighing up to 35 kg. There is a high probability that such a board will quickly break. Riding is more complicated because such snowboards have terrible riding properties, they are not very flexible and therefore “don’t like” to turn. It’s actually less common to produce such snowboards, even boards for kids in majority have a wooden core nowadays.
HOW TO CHECK what core the snowboard has? The best solution is to check in a catalog, sometimes there is a small print on the snowboard as well. And when it’s not there? Grab the snowboard with both hands, hold it vertically. Gently knock the board against a hard surface and strain your hearing. The board will tell you its secrets! Snowoards with a wooden core sound pleasant to the ear, gentle, juicy, noises, almost the same as after hitting a regular snowboard against the ground. On the other hand, the foam makes a deaf, hollow sound, without any echo.
We have two types of construction of finishing snowboards along its edges:
- FULLCAP – the outer laminate covers the entire snowboard and falls gently at the edges until it meets the edge of the board. Lightweight and durable construction, thanks to which the snowboard easily turns, unfortunately at the cost of stability at higher speeds.
- SANDWICH – the wooden core is closed: from above with a laminate, and from the side with ABS, a monoblock at an almost right angle to the laminate. The design is resistant to lateral damage. The snowboard is better pressed to the surface and more stable. More “sensitive” to our impulses, but also to mistakes.
Both constructions have their advantages and disadvantages. By trying to eliminate defects, companies create connections of these structures. Fullcap construction is mostly recommended for beginners, but there are no contraindications to learn at Sandwich.