WHICH SNOWBOARD SUITS MY LEVEL?
BEGINNER - ADVANCED - PRO
"Which snowboard is suitable for beginners?" If you are a snowboard beginner and have not been on a board that often or even never before, we are here to help you find your perfect first own snowboard!
For advanced boarders, the choice is easier, because they can get along well with almost any snowboard. A freestyle board is particularly suitable, however, because it allows you to switch and is therefore very easy to handle in both directions.
Which snowboard professional boarders choose depends on the terrain they prefer to ride. For example, whether they like to board in deep snow or in a fun park.
WHICH SNOWBOARD STYLE SUITS ME?
ALL-MOUNTAIN - FREESTYLE - FREERIDE - SPLITBOARD
The perfect snowboard for beginners is definitely an all-mountain board. You can ride any terrain and try out different snowboarding techniques. Experienced boarders have the choice between freestyle, all-mountain, freeride and splitboard. Which board is perfect for you depends on your preferences.
|All-Mountain-Snowboard||Suitable for any terrain, maximum riding fun, particularly versatile||Beginners, Advanced, Professionals|
|Freestyle Snowboard||perfect for halfpipe and fun park, easy change of direction possible||Advanced, Professionals|
|Freeride Snowboard||Suitable for powder snow, good buoyancy||Advanced, Professionals|
|Splitboard||divisible, much flexibility, suitable for touring, good buoyancy||Advanced, Professionals|
WHICH SNOWBOARD SIZE SUITS ME
SNOWBOARD LENGTH & SNOWBOARD WIDTH
The snowboard length usually depends on your height and body weight. You can find the right length of your board in the table. When you have finally decided on your favourite board, take another look at the manufacturer's size chart. The manufacturer will show you exactly which size and weight fits best to the sizes of their snowboard brand.
Generally, snowboard size and snowboard length depend on the ratio of body height to body weight and for which style you buy your board. As long as your height and weight do not deviate greatly from the average, you can use the table as a guide. Which snowboard is right for you depends mainly on your skills. A short board is more forgiving, makes turning easier and is easier to manoeuvre. A long board offers you more stability and better running characteristics.
We have developed an easy-to-use snowboard finder that helps you find the perfect snowboard based on your preferred terrain, your skills and your height.
TO THE SNOWBOARD FINDER
|Body size (cm)||Weight (kg)||Snowboard length (cm)|
|160 - 165||62 - 70||144 - 150|
|165 - 170||68 - 72||148 - 152|
|170 - 175||70 - 76||152 - 156|
|175 - 180||74 - 80||156 - 160|
|180 - 190||78 - 85||158 - 163|
|190 +||85 +||164 - 169|
|Body size (cm)||Weight (kg)||Snowboard length (cm)|
|150 - 155||< 60||135|
|155 - 160||52 - 62||135 - 140|
|160 - 165||60 - 65||140 - 144|
|165 - 170||62 - 70||143 - 146|
|170 - 175||65 - 72||151 - 155|
|180 - 785||68 - 75||154 - 158|
|180 +||75 +||156 +|
All specifications in the table above are best suited for all-mountain snowboards. Frestyle and split boards are often up to 5 cm shorter. Freeride boards are sometimes up to 10 cm longer, depending on the area of use.
If you are unsure, you can use this as a guide:
- Freeride snowboard: Length to the nose
- All-Mountain Snowboard: Length to chin
- Freestyle Snowboard: Length to the larynx
The taller you are, the more you have to pay attention to your individual body characteristics. Depending on your shoe size, a narrow or wide board is optimal for you. As a rule of thumb: From shoe size 45, you should think about a wideboard. But even if your feet are smaller, the right snowboard width is enormously important. If your board is too narrow, your heel and/or toes will drag in the turns or on edges in the snow. You run the risk of losing your balance and can seriously injure yourself in a fall.
If you are looking for a board you can always rely on, then an all-mountain snowboard is perfect for you. It guarantees you maximum riding fun, is particularly versatile and allows you to quickly improve your riding style.
ALL MOUNTAIN BOARDS
Your snowboarding day is perfect when you see the freshly prepared snow on the halfpipe? Then a freestyle snowboard is your perfect match. If you like to change direction when riding and landing, then you should choose a board with.
Do you feel most comfortable off-piste, because long descents and untouched snow give you goosebumps? Then you need a freeride board that will guide you through the powder. The shape and profile of these snowboards are designed for real powder snow and the directional shape (nose is wider than tail) provides plenty of float.
You want to explore every corner of the mountain and even set off on foot towards the summit? That's no problem with a splitboard. It can simply be split in half lengthways and thus offering you the perfect flexibility.
WHICH SNOWBOARD SHAPE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
SNOWBOARD SHAPE & CHARACTERISTICS
Which snowboard shape suits you best depends on your style and your skills. With the Twin-Tip you are equipped for all areas of use and can further develop your skills, while the Directional Shape provides a lot of speed. Beginners can learn their first tricks with the Directional Twin. The Directional Tapered Shape is perfect for freeriders. The asymmetrical shape offers a lot of control.
|Snowboard Shape||Properties & Suitability||Snowboard-Level||Snowboard-Style|
|True Twin||Symmetrical shape, for freestyle boarders, forward and backward riding direction||Advanced, Professionals||Freestyle, Jib|
|Directional Twin||Symmetrical shape, suitable for tricks, forward direction of travel||Beginners, Advanced||All-Mountain|
|Directional Shape||Long nose, good flotation in deep snow||Beginners, Advanced||All-Mountain, Freeride|
|Directional Tapered||Narrower tail, more speed on the piste, strong buoyancy in powder||Advanced, Professionals||Freeride|
|Asymmetrischer Shape||Asymmetrical shape, suitable for carving, compensates for unevenness||Advanced, Professionals||All-Mountain, Freestyle, Jib, Race, Carving|
The True Twin is the perfect choice for all freestyle boarders. The symmetrical snowboard shape means that the nose and tail are the same size and you can ride it both forwards and backwards. Most freestyle boards have the True Twin shape.
The Directional Twin is also symmetrical, but is often only suitable for forward riding. The difference to the True Twin is that the binding always has a set-back position. Set-back means that the back foot is a little more in the tail area and not the same distance away from the centre of the board in every direction. Another reason (reason für was?) can be that the profile was only designed for forward riding. If you like to show your tricks in the park or are a versatile rider, the Directional Twin Shape is a good choice.
If you really only want to accelerate forwards, go for the directional shape. The binding always sits a little further back and thus ensures a long nose. This gives you plenty of buoyancy and allows you to get through deep snow.
Freeriders should opt for the Directional Tapered Shape. This special snowboard shape has a larger nose area and thus provides maximum buoyancy. In contrast to the directional shape, the tail is also relatively narrow.
If carving is your thing, then the asymmetrical shape suits you. The sidecuts on the heel and toe edges compensate for unevenness better and offer you more control for your board.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT SNOWBOARD PROFILE?
CAMBER - ROCKER - FLAT - HYBRID ROCKER & CAMBER
How your board behaves while riding and what riding characteristics it has, depends mainly on the snowboard profile. If you lay your board on the snow and look at it from the side, you will quickly recognize which profile your snowboard has. Your skills decide which profile is suitable for you. If you are a beginner, the rocker profile is good for you because it is easy to turn and forgives many mistakes when riding.
|Snowboard Profil||Properties & Suitability||Snowboard-Level|
|Camber||suitable for carving, kickers and pipes||Professional|
|Directional Twin||Symmetrical shape, suitable for tricks, forward direction of travel||Beginners, Advanced|
|Rocker||Suitable for deep snow, facilitates jumps||Beginner, Advanced, Professional|
|Flat||Strong edge grip, also suitable for rails and boxes||Beginner, Advanced, Professional|
|Hybrid Rocker||Suitable for soft snow, easy turns possible||Advanced, Professional|
|Hybrid Camber||suitable for freestyle boarders, good grip, high jumps, fast turns||Advanced, Professional|
- With camber, only the nose and tail are on the ground. If you carve on the piste or like to conquer the kicker or pipe, then the camber profile is just right for you.
- The rocker (or "reverse camber") has its nose and tail slightly raised and lies flat on the ground between the bindings. It provides good floatation in powder and makes it easier for beginners to make their first turns thanks to its stretch.
- With the Flat (or "Zero"), the snowboard profile lies flat on the snow. This board combines the advantages of camber and rocker and thus provides extremely strong edge grip (advantage over rocker) and is more manoeuvrable (advantage over camber).
- The Hybrid Rocker profile is a mixture of camber and rocker. The nose and tail rest here like the camber, but it has an additional contact point with the snow in the middle of the board, which approaches the rocker profile. This makes the board easy to turn, ideal for soft snow and still has good edge grip.
- For freestyle boarders, a hybrid camber profile is suitable, it provides enough grip. It can pick up quite a bit of speed, so high jumps and fast turns are no problem.
WHAT FLEX SHOULD MY SNOWBOARD HAVE?
SOFT - MEDIUM - HARD
The flex of a snowboard describes how hard or soft your board is. The softer your board is, the more mistakes it will forgive. Which flex is right for you depends mainly on your skills. The flex is given on a scale of 1-10 (or 1-5).
|1-4||Forgives mistakes and facilitates turns||soft||Beginners|
|4-7||Provides more support and fits all piste conditions||medium||Advanced|
|7-10||Maximum control and power||hard||Advanced|
WHICH SNOWBOARD BRAND SUITS ME?
YOUR BRAND, YOUR STYLE
Choosing the right snowboard brand is not easy, because it depends a lot on your skills and your style. Most pro snowboarders have a favourite brand - including the team riders from Planet Sports. Eero Ettala, a team rider since 2010, prefers Nitro snowboards. With a lot of passion and even more know-how, he has developed his own board together with Nitro, the Beast X Volcom Midwide.
How do you find the snowboard brand that suits you? Above all, the CAPiTA label stands for energy, progress and ultimate fun. As a freerider and freestyler, this snowboard brings you real riding pleasure in the park and on the rails. A snowboard from the JONES brand suits nature-loving boarders. The brand uses sustainable raw materials and makes every natural heart beat faster with its wooden design. As a freerider, you are perfectly equipped for deep snow. If you prefer something more exclusive, a board from VIMANA is the perfect choice. The minimalist spiritual design in Scandinavian style ensures envious glances on the slopes. The NEVER SUMMER brand stands for "High End Quality made in USA". The artistic design with great effects is a real eye-catcher, even off the slopes. If you - like team rider Eero Ettala - are an enthusiastic boarder, then a snowboard from Nitro suits you. The brand originally comes from the USA, but the technology is now made in the Upper Bavarian town of Oberammergau.
SUMMARY: THIS IS YOUR PERFECT BOARD
YOUR QUICK GUIDE FOR YOUR FIRST BOARD
- If you are still a beginner, an all-mountain snowboard is the best choice for you. For your first tricks, a freestyle snowboard is suitable because it allows you to change direction easily while riding. Freeride and splitboards are only for advanced boarders.
- Once you have decided on a snowboard style, you can read off the snowboard length from the table above. The width of your board depends on your shoe size; from shoe size 45 upwards, you need a wide board.
- No matter which snowboard style you choose, the shape of your board should fit. As a beginner, we recommend an all-mountain board with directional twin, because you will quickly learn your first tricks. A true twin is perfect if you are a freestyler who likes to do tricks on the rail and in the pipe. A directional shape ensures that you have plenty of power to the front. The asymmetrical shape is suitable for carving.
- The riding characteristics of your snowboard depend mainly on the profile. If you are still a snowboard beginner, we recommend a rocker or flat. Both profiles are best suited for your first tricks.
- Your snowboard skills determine which flex is perfect for you. A soft flex forgives beginner mistakes and makes turns easier.
- Your personal preferences, your skills and your style are decisive for which snowboard brand suits you best.