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Buying a Snowboard

What should I know about buying a snowboard for the first time?

It's easy to choose a snowboard. We just need to determine a few key things:

  • Ability Level
  • Snowboard Width
  • Snowboard Length
  • Riding Style and/or Favorite Terrain

These factors play a crucial role in choosing the right snowboard.   Size, Rocker, Camber, Stiffness…there is a lot of information out there which is why we have created this easy to use snowboard guide to help you narrow down the options.  

Ability Level
What is your ability level? There are snowboards designed for every ability level each addressing specific rider needs. Flex, shape, length, construction, materials, design, and intended use are all important when crafting a snowboard for a particular ability level. Be realistic in assessing your own ability when researching and selecting a new snowboard. Finding the right snowboard for your personal attributes, including your ability will help make your riding experience more enjoyable and help speed your progression.  Keep in mind quality too, ability does not just mean inexpensive. 

Snowboard Size Chart
Rider Height in Inches Rider Height in Centimeters Rider Weight in Pounds (lbs) Snowboard Size in Centimeters
4' 10" 147 cm 110 - 120 lbs 128 - 136 cm
5' 152 cm 115 - 130 lbs 133 - 141 cm
5' 2" 158 cm 125 - 135 lbs 139 - 147 cm
5' 4" 163 cm 135 - 145 lbs 144 - 152 cm
5' 6" 168 cm 140 - 155 lbs 149 - 157 cm
5' 8" 173 cm 150 - 165 lbs 154 - 162 cm
5' 10" 178 cm 160 - 175 lbs 159 - 167 cm
6' 183 cm 170 - 185 lbs 160+ cm
6' 2" 188 cm 180 - 195 lbs 160+ cm
6' 4" 193 cm 190 - 205 lbs 160+ cm

Buying a Snowboard

Buying a snowboard is not as easy as it look like and the main inquiry should certainly not be: 'How will snow board look with the rest of rider equipment?’ rider need to know fairly a few things about them self, about snowboards and about snowboard riding styles before they can choose a board that will suitable them and their riding style. This guide will help riders through snowboard basics.


 It's easy to choose a snowboard. Riders just need to know a few important things:

  • Ability Level
  • Snowboard Width
  • Snowboard Length
  • Riding Style and/or Favorite Terrain

These factors play a vital role in choosing the right snowboard.   Size, Rocker, Camber, Stiffness…there is a lot of information out there which is why rider have created this easy to use snowboard guide to help them fine down the options.  

Before rider can learn about snowboarding they will first need to learn about main piece of equipment of the Snowboard. They need to know about consists of snowboard and what the different elements are necessary before they can choose, which snowboard is best for them and how they should use it. Here they learn how now-a-days snowboards are highly technical feats of engineering. If they have a snowboard them self make sure to identify the following elements:




Bottom side of the snowboard is the base of snowboard's or the part of the board that touches the snow. Snowboard bases are mostly made from a polyethylene called P-Tex. These bases are made in one of two ways: sintered or extruded. Extruded bases are melted and cut to shape. Sintered bases are ground into powder, heated, pressed and sliced into shape. A sintered base is superior - it's more durable, faster and holds polish better than an extruded base. It's also very expensive and difficult to repair. If riders observing for high performance go with a sintered base; if they are for board on a budget, an extruded model will do. Even better than sintered P-Tex base is a graphite base. They hold polish even better and run even faster. Graphite basis are always deep black and are mostly found on fast racing boards.


Camber is the volume of space beneath the center of a snowboard when it lays on a flat surface and its weight rests on the tip and tail.  In other words, this is the mild arch the board makes when rider rest it on a flat surface. It's closely related to flex: the higher the camber, the more pressure the board puts at the nose and tail. A Flat camber shows a board may spin easily, which can be good for confident freestyle moves. In a used board, however, it may also be a sign that the board is worn out. In most new boards rider want a slightly springy camber, which helps stabilize the board at higher speeds and on harder snow.  Camber also makes it easier to turn the snowboard.





Contact Points


Contact Points are the points at which the board interact the snow without the pressure of the rider being displaced on the board. This is also known as board's wheel base. The interactions points can be found by placing the board on a smooth, flat surface then slide a piece of paper under the center of the snowboard, slide it toward the nose or tail until it stops.

A cambered shaped snowboard’s contact points are usually 3″-4″ inches long and can be found towards the tip and tail on either side of board.  Rocketed shaped snowboards have contact points near the middle of the board, and Hybrid Camber/Rocker Combination boards can have contact points on multiple places along a board’s effective edge.  Contact points are in connection with the snow more than the rest of rider effective edge.  If there is one part of their edging that should maintain regularly, it’s their contact points.


Edge mentions to the metal edge of the snowboard. The toe edge is the edge at the toe side of the board. The fix edge is the edge at the heel side of the snowboard. Edges should be sharpened regularly to maintain a precise edge hold. This is very important if rider ripping turned-out runs or getting vertical in the pipe. If rider looking only ride the park or in street setups, dulling their edges is also normally practiced.  Dulling edges for freestyle riding purposes gives the board less chance to hang up on the surface them happen to be balking but will be more difficult to turn on hard groomers or ice.

Effective Edge

Snowboard effective edge is the length of base/edge that makes contact while the board is flat on the snow (not tilted on edge).  To make it easy, the very tip and tail of board is really the only part of base/edge that is non-effective. The rest of base/edge is utilized, but some parts more than others.

The length of the metal edge on the snowboard which touches the snow known as the edge and is used to turn the snowboard.  So, it does not include the edge of the tip or tail. The useful edge is in contact with the snow when the board is in a carved turn. A longer effective edge makes for a more stable, and controllable ride; a shorter effective edge makes for a looser, and more easily turning board.


Flex Point

The flex point is located between the two bindings and is the point where the board begins or ends its flex and allows for sidecut radius contact.



The nose or tip is the front end of the snowboard. If snowboard has alike front and back side then the side that is turned up higher is generally the nose. A higher nose/tip is needed for higher speed alpine riding as they will need to keep snowboard from digging itself into the snow. Alpine boards often have a pointier nose also.

Nose/Tip Length

Length of board from the widest part of the board's nose to the tip of the nose.

Nose/Tip Width

The widest part of the board measured across the front tip or nose area of the board.

Overall Length

Overall Length is measured from the tip of the board to the tail and is generally count in Centimeters (cm).


Stomp Pad

A stomp pad or nonskid pad is a rubber mat that can attach on top of snowboard next to back foot binding. It is used when it need to slide with only on front foot bound to snowboard, for instance when it are exiting a lift. Without a stomp pad it could slide off snowboard, catch the snow with back foot and pull legs apart, which could be very painful.


Sidecut and Effective Edge


Think of side cut as its ability to turn at a given rate by simply applying to snowboard’s edge into the snow. A board’s sidecut range is the measurement edge would create if it stretched out into a full circle. Every board has an exactly calculated sidecut radius designed for a specific purpose and function.

Deeper sidecut often described in a lower number of centimeters, are present on boards with narrower waists and have the ability to turn quicker and sharper with less effort. Deep sidecut are good for beginners and park riders alike.

Mellow sidecut, a measurement with a higher amount of centimeters, are found on boards with wider waists such as some Freeride boards. While losing the ability to turn on a dime, boards with a shallow sidecut float easier on powder due to the added amount of surface area. These boards will also feel better at higher speeds and in tougher land.


Radial Sidecut

Radial Sidecut are the bread and butter of the sidecut world.  They’ve been tried and tested through decades of riding.  The entrances and exits of turns have the accurate same arc, meaning if the Radial Sidecut is centered on the board a carve could become a perfect circle with enough speed.

Sidecut Radius is the measurement of how deeply or shallowly the snowboards cut are from the nose of the board to the waist (or middle of the board). This is helps the snowboard turn. The smaller the side cut radius the solid will be able to turn. A board with a larger sidecut will make big arching turns. It is the radius of a circle that makes the hourglass shape of the snowboard and thus how it is definite and measured. It works in combination with the running length of the snowboard.



Progressive Sidecut

If a snowboard was built with the same feel as a Ferrari it would have a Progressive Sidecut.  The egg shaped arc makes the transition into turns smooth and the exit out of turns aggressive.  Imagine accelerating out of turns; that’s what riding a board with a Progressive Sidecut feels like.


Asymmetrical Sidecut

A toeside turn is more controllable than heel side turn because the toe side edge tilts with foot/ankles flexion and extension movements.  Basically it’s easier to control a toe side turn over a heel side turn, and that’s why Asymmetrical Side cuts were developed; that in part with body’s Y axis irregular shape.  With a smaller heel side edge side cut radius a rider has the ability to make faster agile turns that mimic that of a toe side turn.  

Multiple Sidecuts

Multiple Sidecut boards are the SUVs of the snowboard world.  Larger side cuts on the nose & tail provide large arcing turns and smaller side cuts in the center of a board’s edge provide smaller arcing turns.  The mixture of radiuses in a Multiple Side cut board give benefit to the rider at high and low speeds.

Snowboard Size by Ability Level


People who are still learning how to link turns, they are beginner.  Beginners should stand by the standard weight, length, and width requirements for boards, but they might want to check out some softer boards on the shorter side of their size range. A softer snowboard can help beginners get down the hill quicker by flexing softer.  This allows them to have more control over the board with less effort.  Stiffer boards require a bit more muscle and effort, and learning how to ride is already hard enough.  It is possible for a board to be too soft.  Too soft of a board can actually decrease beginners ability – the main thing is finding a balance between flex and stability. As for length, a board on the lower end of beginner size range will allow them to maneuver the board easier and can also help them link those turns fluently.

 Scaling down the size of their board will give them more control by slightly slowing them down too. It won’t affect their ability to keep up with their friends necessarily; it just gives them a little extra time to regain control before taking a nasty fall into the woods.

Remember, they still want to get a board that is in their size and weight range. Be sure to check out the technical specifications for each snowboard because it differ from company to company, model to model, and year to year


It’s been a team seasons now and they ready for more.  They ride the tow-ropes like a champ, Ollie the “closed run” ropes for freshest, and have made friends with all the public.  As an intermediate rider, they can now start to hone-in their skills towards a style of riding they like best.  While trying to stay in their snowboard size and weight ranges, look into a snowboard that is suited especially for the type of riding they do most or would like to improve ahead.

If they like to do it all and would like to keep that flexibility under their feet, then sticking with an All-Mountain type of snowboard in the middle of their board size range is their  best bet.

If they like to start spending more time lapping the park and dialing-in hits on those boxes, a Freestyle board on the lower end of their board size range is standard matter for almost all park rats.

Do they really like to get after that paw on the backside of the mountain?  A free ride board at the longer end of their size range is a solid option and will hold up nicely in the deep.

Once they find a board that they think fits the bill, be prepared to progress because having the right board for the right job can make an enormous difference.


Their seasoned examine with a bag full of tricks, years of experience and a preferred riding style.  With this hard-earned experience, they have no problem picking out gear that works for them, but it’s time to start focusing on the details in their riding and on their setup.

By now they know the type of board they need and the relative size it should be, but do they really look at the technical qualifications to see how they can improve their overall abilities?   Now it’s all about fine tuning their already advanced skills so they can have the most fun possible.

Start looking at things like sidecut, profile shape, fiberglass, and carbon/Kevlar bars.  These topics are examined irrelevant by most beginner riders; they just want a board with sick graphics and a brand name. True shredders go a bit further than that and really pay attention to detail.

Experiment with some combinations of each subject to find the perfect snowboard to make their session good.


Women’s Snowboard size chart

At the older time, women used boards that were constructed for men. Today there a scale of women-specific snowboard designs available by just about every main brand.  While all of the same sizing guidelines apply, women’s snowboard sizing is only a little different than men’s, but those differences can make a huge difference.


Women’s snowboards tend to have a narrower waist width to better fit a smaller foot size. This is important because proper width allows them to apply a sufficient amount of pressure to their edges to turn and stay in control. Women’s boards also tend to be a bit softer to accommodate a female’s thinner profile and lighter frame.

If they a taller chick with size ‘9’ feet or larger, they could probably check out some of the board’s in the men’s section as well. As long as their boots cooperate with the width of their board, they should be ok.


Kid’s and Youth

Sizing a snowboard for the young once is just as easy as the standard size snowboards. The same rules about weight and height apply to the kid’s and youth model boards also. These guidelines should still be considered when you picking out a new board for the kids.

A general mistake parents make is buying an adult-sized board that they think their child can grow into. If they do this, they are only going to make it harder on their child to learn and progress in the sport of snowboarding. That longer board will be tougher to turn and maneuver for the kids. Make sure parents get one that fits correctly.

Youth boards also tend to be a softer than adult boards, giving the rider a little more control. It is important for beginners to have what they need so they can fall in love with the sport, stick with it and end up dominating the slopes. As a wise rider once said, “The youth is taking over”.


Ability Level
what is your ability level? There are snowboards designed for every ability level each addressing exact rider needs. Flex, shape, length, construction, materials, design, and intended use are all important when crafting a snowboard for a particular ability level. Be realistic in judge your own ability when researching and selecting a new snowboard. Finding the right snowboard for your personal attributes, including your ability will help make your riding experience more enjoyable and help speed your succession.  Keep in mind quality too, ability does not just mean inexpensive.  

Board Length by Weight

Rider weight is the most important factor in determining board length. Having a board that cooperates with rider body weight will allow them to ride their best and they have no worry about losing control. If a heavier rider gets a board that is too short, the board tends to get loose and less controllable at higher speeds. A snowboard that is too soft and short can also result in over-flexing and possible wipe-outs. It can go the other way as well. A lighter rider who gets too long of a deck will have a tough time management and flexing the board.
There are some cases when riding style comes into play where it is acceptable to size down rider board for a lighter setup and added strength to help throw down those heavy tricks. Freestyle riders who spend most of their time in the park or in the street tend to use sized-down boards for a more skate-inspired style and feel.

If rider are on the heavier side, or looking to just ride powder, or both, scaling their board up a bit may also be appropriate. A slightly longer board will help them keep that nose above the snow line, allowing them to float across the down at faster speeds. A longer board will also provide a stiffer board response for extra stability.

Check out the chart below, it’s a guide to the average snowboard length required for a given rider’s weight. It’s also always a good idea to read the manufacturer’s qualifications for each deck because every board is designed for specific functions and each model can vary greatly.

Snowboard Size Chart

Based on rider weight

Rider Weight LB


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Board Length by Height
Height is almost the first measurement that comes to mind when thinking of choosing a snowboard length, but it might not be the best sizing method on its own. All the same, people have been sizing snowboards by height alone since the beginning and will possibly continue to do so forever. There are several methods of sizing snowboards by height that have developed over the years. We have provided you with a few of the more common options below.

Using the traditional method, some believe a shorter board for rider size range should come up between their collar bone and their chin when the board is stood on end. These shorter length boards are good for beginners and freestyle riders. A longer snowboard could reach from rider nose to just over their head. The longer length snowboards are good for powder and high speed. These are very unclear guidelines to live by and not as exact as some of the other methods available, but still a solid rule of thumb that many riders like to implement into their board buying decision.

Some snowboarders like to use snowboard sizing calculators. Since most snowboarders ride a board that is 87% to 91% of their own body height, mention a couple numbers into a simple formula can tell them the board length that might fit them best. The formula is as follows: rider Height (in inches) X 2.54 X 0.88 = rider Recommended Board Length. While this formula may look like the absolute answer because it involves numbers, math and a bit of homework, it doesn’t mean rider stuck with the number they get as a result. It is actually meant to be used as a starting point when picking out a new deck.

So height is an important variable, but don’t forget to factor in your weight, riding style and the manufacturer’s tech specs for each board as well. With that said, use the chart below as a guide to find the average snowboard length required for a given rider’s height.

Snowboard Sizes, Based on Riders Height
Your height (inches) x 2.54 x 0.88 = Suggested Board Length

Riders Height

Snowboard Sizes


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How does rider choose the accurate snowboard width? When a snowboard waist width is sized correctly the snowboard boots will hang over the edges of the snowboard just slightly but not so much as to hit the snow when the board is on edge.  Extending the toes and heels slightly over the edges of the snowboard allows rider to apply pressure to the board and modulate force with their ankles. If rider boots extend too far over the edge, they’ll hit the snow during hard turns and cause them to fall.

A main measurement in board sizing that often gets over-looked is the width of the board.  The width of a board is generally measured at the board’s narrowest point (generally the center of the board) and should correspond directly to rider boot size.  Usually, their snowboard boots should hang over the edges of their board just slightly; with too much or too little they could have some trouble.  A board’s waist width is important for two big reasons: achieving maximum edge control and avoiding toe and heel drag.


If rider snowboard is too small for their boot size, a loss of edge control is definite to happen by means of toe and heel drag.  Toe and heel drag is bad news, not only will this problem slows them down – it could also cause them to bail.  Yes, slight toe and heel drag is manageable, but if there are setting up for a trick and happen to problem their toes or heels on the lip of a kicker or edge of a feature, it’s probably not going to end well.

Snowboard boot sizes differ by company and even by model within a single manufacturer's line, so, for example, the outer sole of company model A's size 11 might be a little longer than the outer sole of company model B's size 11. In the same way, there are some boots specially built with a low profile. The shorter outsoles or reduced footprint of a low profile boot allow a rider to ride a narrower snowboard. Additionally the ramp angle or toe lift on snowboard bindings also partly determines how large of a boot rider can put on a particular snowboard. For example, more ramp angle allows a larger boot to sit higher and fit on a narrower snowboard.

While width is important, getting a wider board to remove the above issues is not always the best answer. Sometimes it is just a matter of adjusting the angle of rider bindings, trying bindings with the ability to raise their toes above the edge of their board, or getting boots with the smallest footprint available.

How do rider pick the correct snowboard length? The length of their snowboard will also depending on their body weight and the type of riding they plan to do. At the older days traditional snowboard sizing meant rider stands next to the snowboard and if the top hits their chin, great, it fits! While that may be a good place to start, weight followed by riding style are the most important factors in determining the suitable board length.

So, for example, if riders are going to be usually freeriding consider getting a slightly longer board for more stability and speed. If it's a freestyle tool they are looking for, consider smaller sizes that will be easier to spin and trick in the Terrain Park or half-pipe. 

Riding Style and Favorite Terrain 
What type of snowboard should rider ride? While they can ride any snowboard on any type of terrain or in any snow condition, there are particular snowboards for specific terrain, conditions and applications. For example, it's going to be more fun to ride a powder board in powder and a park board in the park. And while it's easy to over study the multitude of offerings available today, the following descriptions give rider a good sense of the broad categories into which snowboards are divided.

All Mountain
All-mountain snowboards are designed for exploring the whole mountain. They are rider go-to for a snowboard that will do anything. They feel at home on groomers, side country powder, park runs and almost anything in between. The vast majority of snowboarders choose all-mountain boards for their great flexibility. If rider just getting started or unsure of exactly what they need, an all-mountain snowboard is a great choice.

The most common riding style would have to be all-mountain. Most boarders are versatile creatures of winter and explore all that the mountain has to offer. If rider decides they want to take a few laps in the park before winding their way through some woods runs, they might just be an all-mountain fanatic. For the interested adventurers of all that is shred, this is definitely rider category.

The all-mountain board type is meant to accommodate all rider can throw at it. Take it off jumps in the park, have fun in the pipe, blaze groomers, and even get hidden in a fresh dumping of powder. These things do it all well. Snowboards that fall under the all-mountain board type can have a variety of board shapes and camber profiles. This board type is also a great type for beginners to start with. The all-mountain versatility will allow rider to ride anything they want until they find a type of riding that they do most.


Freestyle or park snowboards be likely to be a bit shorter in length and love terrain parks. Freestyle boards often feature a true twin shape, and are normally selected by those looking to ride the terrain park. A more versatile variation of a freestyle board is the all-mountain freestyle, which combines the versatility of an all mountain snowboard with the playfulness of a freestyle snowboard.

For the pipe jerks, park rats and back-alley street cats, rider riding style falls into the freestyle category. If rider spends more time on tow-ropes and handrails than they do on the chairlift, their riding style is surely freestyle. Sure freestyle snowboarders can do it all, but their main focus is to progress in the park, pipe and street and they do that with a freestyle oriented deck.

Freestyle snowboards are usually sized-down a bit from rider average length deck and contain a bit more flex. The shorter size allows them to throw the board around easier when performing tricks. And a softer flex will allow rider to tweak those tricks for proper style and steed. These boards are often built with a badass base and some hardcore edges to withstand daily park-induced punishment. Freestyle boards have a true twin shape and can have a range of camber styles such as flat, traditional, rocker, or a combination.

This is another board type often used by beginners because of the low weight and forgiving flex of the board. The smaller board allows beginners to gain control of the board and its edges easier and quicker.


Freeride snowboards are designed for the rider that spends most of the day off groomed runs and in backcountry terrain. They typically have a stiffer flex and are ridden in longer sizes than freestyle snowboards. Freeride snowboards often feature a directional shape that is designed to perform optimally in one direction.

If rider thinks snowboarding should be done only on snow, they are most likely a freeriding fanatic. The free ride riding style category surrounds riding from blazing groomers to plowing through a pile of paw in the backcountry. Practically if there’s snow, it’s good-to-go. This riding style is familiar among riders who are fortunate enough to have legit mountains to ride or happen to get a good amount of snowfall in the area. Freeriding is snowboarding at its center and will always be a huge part of the sport. It’s a whole other world on the backside of that mountain. Riders are going to need the proper tool for the job, and that is a Freeride specific board.

Freeride board types are often on the longer end of rider board size range. That extra few centimeters makes all the difference for staying atop pillows of paw. Freeride boards are most often directional shaped boards but could also be a directional twin shape. These snowboards also have a stiffer flex for added response and stability when bombing at high-speeds and slashing deep.

Split boards/Backcountry Boards
A split board snowboard is built specially for the backcountry rider. Split boards are designed to break down into two separate halves for touring and uphill travel (with climbing skins). Special bindings are required as well. Once rider reached the top of the terrain feature, they reconnect their split board for the ride back downhill. Though, it's important to note that rider will need appropriate backcountry tools, knowledge of the backcountry, weather and snow conditions and climbing skins to safely take advantage of the freedom of a split board.

If rider is a true-spirited shredder, a hike their own-line kind of guy, then split boarding might be their riding style of choice. The war of skiing verses snowboarding is over. It’s time to utilize the best of both sets of gear and have the most satisfying good times possible. Split boards are for the riders who won’t wait in line at the ticket booth or gondola. These people earn their turns by hiking up every inch of what they go down. Anybody who says ski and board bums are lazy has never heard of split-boarding.

Split boards are the type of board for extreme freeriding. A board made from two separate pieces that separate into a pair of skis is like a backcountry rider’s dream. Use the skis to climb up and through some newly found terrain, then reattach them together and shred rider line back down on a snowboard. It’s the perfect design for adventurous type’s riders that have the purpose to tackle untracked slopes.

Powder snowboards love powder. Often related with free ride snowboards, powder boards sometimes feature a wider nose and a tapered narrower tail. The compulsory inserts, which determine the rider's position, are often set back on a powder snowboard to help the rider float the tip of the board through the deep stuff. Powder boards sometimes also feature rocker, a design element where the tip (and tail) rise starts farther back on the board, which also helps the rider maintain tip float through the paw.

Board Shapes

The feel of a snowboard is heavy decided by the board’s shape. Snowboard shapes will either benefit the rider or hinder a riding depending on what type of terrain is being ridden.  Freestyle boards designed for jibs, jumps, and half pipe are generally a True Twin shape, whereas most all mountain, freeriding, and powder boards have a Directional or Directional Twin / Twin Like shape.

Directional Shape
Common among free ride and all mountain snowboards, directional boards are designed to be ridden central in one direction. They are mostly stiffer in the tail and softer towards the nose to help maintain stability while carving at high speed. Normally, the binding inserts are set back (set closer to the tail of the board) sometimes up to an inch. 

 The directional shape is a non-symmetrical construction designed to be generally ridden in one direction. This means that they have a specified nose and tail; each end may differ in stiffness, shape and contact points.

Directional boards generally have a stiffer tail than nose to create a stable ride when flying down mountains. Boards that feature this shape also tend to have the binding inserts set back closer to the tail end of the board so rider body weight is correctly distributed for a fast and powerful ride through deep paw.


True Twin

Though this shape can be found on just about all board types, true twin dominates the freestyle scene. True twin, also known as twin tip, means that the tip and tail are identical. The balanced shape allows park, pipe, and street riders to perform and land technical switch tricks easier.

Twin shape (also referred to as a true twin) is completely balanced with identical tip and tail measurements and flex pattern. Bindings will be mounted in the center on a twin tip snowboard. Often found in freestyle snowboards the twin shape is ideal for terrain parks because of the ability to ride in either direction.

True twin boards open up an entire new window for freestyle snowboarders. With a nose and tail with the exact same flex patterns and measurements, riders can have complete confidence in their board when riding control.

Directional Twin shape

A combination of a twin and directional boards, directional twins feature a similar size tip and tail but the tip is more flexible than the tail. Directional twins are most at home on all-mountain and freestyle terrain

Commonly found in all-mountain snowboards, the directional twin shape is a great all-around board option. Directional twin consists of a nose and tail that are different in construction. Although the tip and tail might not be exactly the same, riders may ride switch in the park or pipe without noticing any negative effects.

Directional twin boards mostly have a slightly longer nose than tail and could also have a softer nose than tail or a combination of the two. The added length to the nose gives rider an edge when riding powder and a stiffer tail will create more stability when riding at higher speed.

 Snowboard Profile Shapes

Snowboard Profile Shape refers to the base shape of an un-weighted board on a flat surface.  Looking at the snowboard from the side and rider can roughly understand what Profile Shape a board has.  There are various types of Profile Shapes, all with their own purpose to help improve a rider’s performance. The information below is to be used as reference to help rider decide what Profile Shape is the best fit for their riding style.


Camber Profile

Camber is the tried and right standard for a snowboard profile. It is still the most popular camber style and will doubtless be around forever. A traditionally cambered board has a smooth arch underneath the middle of the board that comes down and touches the ground near the tip and tail when no additional weight is applied. When a rider straps into a cambered board, the board flattens out on the snow and creates an calmly applied pressure to the edges. This camber profile provides explosive pop and response and is good for all types of riding.

Camber is the traditional shape for boards, and still popular among high-level park and pipe riders because it offers maximum energy and pop. A cambered board has a smooth arch underfoot and touches near the tip and tail when unweighted.






Rocker Profile

The Rocker profile has become very popular among freestyle riders and powder-hounds alike. This profile is the exact opposite of a traditional camber. It consists of a single central contact point that when weighted, flexes to create less edge contact on the tip and tail for easy turn action and all-day playfulness. The rocker is also a more forgiving camber style when landing spins, jibs and other tricks. Less edge contact means less hang up on the lips and landings. Free ride snowboarders like the rocker profile

because they create a scurfy feel in powder, allowing rider to really cut and put up a wall of white like they are riding the curl.


rocker board side profile is the opposite of a cambered board, with a smooth downward curving to it and less edge contact length when the board is weighted. Rocker boards float well in powder and turn more easily underfoot. They also tend to be less “hooky” at both tip and tail and better for landing spin maneuvers when rider  don’t quite have enough rotation.

These three properties: camber, rocker, and flat are combined in a selection of ways to create an array of rocker profile choices for riders.




Flat Profile

A Flat board profile is another great option for continuous riders. The completely flat shape is execute from near the tip to near the tail and is a flexible design. This profile has the forgiveness and butter-like characteristics of a rocker board, but with precise edging capabilities alike to that of a traditional camber. This camber profile is ideal for freestyle riding and is usually found in the park or street. The flat camber profile may not be the fastest board design, but it isn’t made to be raced, it’s meant to deliver a skate-inspired feel for a fun time dropping hammers.

A flat profile is just as rider expect – flat from near the tip of the board to near the tail. This shape break the difference between camber and rocker, with more forgiving turn ability than a fully cambered board and more precise edging capability than a fully rocketed one.



Hybrid Profiles


There are a variety of board profile combinations out there. Snowboard manufactures are doing more and more experimentation with the construction of modern boards. There are profiles that consist of a rocker/camber/rocker combo, some with rocker/flat/rocker, and some with camber/rocker/camber variations. Each manufacture has their own name for their snowboard profile combinations and each profile has its own particular purpose and function. Make sure to check out the manufacturers technical qualifications for more details. And even though these camber profiles might seem a little funky, don’t be afraid to try a new design. Boards that feature hybrid cambers are still sized the same so don’t let that stop rider. Rider  never know, they could find a new favorite.





Powder Camber / Rocker / Flat Combination Profile

Riding powder is a big deal, especially if riders don’t get to do it often.  That’s why riding a snowboard specifically designed for powder will make the experience so much better.  Most Powder Combination Profile Shapes have a large scooping nose (bigger than Rocker Profile Shapes) that starts after the outside of the front insert packs, after that the board’s center and tail can have different shapes.

The most common Powder Profile Shape is the Powder Camber combination.  Powder Camber Profile Shaped boards offer a great ride both in and out of powder.  In powder the cambered mid section and tail can be pressed to lift the nose of the board even higher than it already is.  Powder Rocker combination board are great for doing powder butters and even riding switch in powder.  Riding fast is a vital component of a successful powder run, and Powder Flat combination board tend to float through snow while keeping the nose afloat and sinking the tail for classic slashes.


3-Stage Profile

However some consider 3-Stage Profile shapes to be considered a Hybrid Camber / Rocker Combination, they are far from it.  3-Stage is made up of 3 distinct flat zones; one under the feet, one on the nose, and one on the tail outside of the binding insert packs.  The flat zones on the nose and tail are and led up from 3° to 12°.

Most 3-Stage boards fit within the all-mountain freestyle and freestyle type of snowboards.  The flat stable zone in between the feet offers constancy while carving or setting up for tricks, and the flat zones on the nose and tail offer a great Ollie platform for ollieing off of lips and locking in presses.

So what is better? 
Rocker offers increased float in the powder! – With rocker, rider tips will float up in powder. The feel is smooth and just like when rider surf, wakeboard or waterski, rocker helps them to stay floating and on top of the snow. On skis, no need to do that entire ridiculous activity and leaning back to keep rider tips up in the powder. On a snowboard, rider tip sits up higher out of the snow so they can avoid those face plants. Since their tips are already in an upward position they are able to maintain a more balanced riding stance and they don’t have to lean back to float as they do on a traditional shaped ski or snowboard

Rocker is more maneuverable - By guide the tip and tail up and off the snow the edges of the board are off snow when the board is flat on its base at the start of the turn. Turn beginning is so much easier when rider tip and tail edges are not digging into the snow. Their ride becomes more quick and maneuverable, which allows them to pivot more easily and they will no longer catch edges so frequently. They can cut up the snow, slide sideways to scrub speed, carve butter turns and the increased mobility is second to none when they are in the trees.

- Rocker makes park riding a dream - With rocker technology rider boards are pre-pressed which makes riding presses in the park easier. Lock onto and slide rails with rocker boards. They can actually hit the box with style since they ride is less catchy. The less-catchy nature of rocker allows them to initiate their spins early and gives them greater ability to recover more easily from off-axis landings.

Who should/can ride rocketed snowboards?
Everyone can ride a rocketed board and nearly everyone should!! That's the beautiful thing about rocker technology. Rider  can be a beginner or advanced, young or old, and benefit from riding rocker. 



Hole-patterns assign to the round, threaded metal insert holes that every snowboard features to secure rider bindings to the board. It can be nice to know the difference between the hole-patterns if they are looking for that perfect position that provides optimal comfort. These holes can be arranged in multiple orientations. There are a handful of different hole-patterns that snowboard manufacturers use most. Each style of hole-pattern has their pros and cons and they should all be considered when shopping for a new board.
4 X 4
A common and one of the most basic hole-patterns is the 4×4 arrangement. The 4×4 hole-pattern means that the inserts are spaced an equal four centimeters apart vertically and flat from one and other. This is a tried-and-true insert construction and offers a moderate amount of stance opportunities. This insert arrangement works with almost all binding disc designs with a few exceptions.
2 X 4
A variation of the 4×4 hole-pattern, the 2×4 arrangement offers more variety in rider mounting options. This design offers more holes placed upright on the board, which are all spaced an equal two centimeters apart. This is a great option for someone looking to be able to make some minuscule adjustments to their stance setup. This position arrangement is found on the majority of boards today and works with almost all binding disc designs with a few exceptions.
Burton 3D
Strictly found within Burton’s arsenal of boards, the 3D hole-pattern offers just as good of stance options as the standard rectangular line of insert holes. An important note: if riders buy a Burton board, keep in mind that they might need to buy specific Burton bindings with the proper disc to fit the unique hole-patterns as well. Other manufacture may also produce Burton compatible binding inserts to accommodate rider setup selection.
A few different manufactures have offered a sliding insert system over the years with the same goal in mind. The goal is to have the most freedom possible when choosing a stance setup. With slider systems such as Burton’s Channel system, riders are offered the chance to make very fine-tune adjustments to completely customize their stance. An important note: if riders buy a Burton board, keep in mind that they might need to buy specific Burton bindings with the proper disc to fit the unique hole-patterns as well. Other manufactures may also produce Burton compatible binding inserts to accommodate rider setup selection.

Soft Flex
Softer flexing snowboards (typically freestyle and some all mountain boards) are going to be very merciful and easier to turn. A soft flex is good for beginners, riders with lower body weights and park riders. Soft snowboards tend to be a bit looser at higher speeds but can also provide a soft creamy feel at slower speeds.

Stiff Flex
Stiffer flexing snowboards are usually built for free ride or backcountry use. They provide better edge hold and are more stable at high speeds. Stiff boards can be great for riders laying down high speed turns but tough for lightweight riders to flex properly.

Turning Ability
Snowboards make different sized turns based on their radial cut, waist width and rocker.

Sidecut Radius
Sidecut radius is the radius rider board would create if the edge was extended out into a complete circle. Smaller numbers in the sidecut radius indicate a smaller circle. Imagine a smaller circle vs. a larger circle and laying rider snowboard on edge to turn around that circle.

Waist Width
The waist width is the width of the snowboard at its most narrow point. It is usually measured in millimeters. Narrow waist widths can be rolled from edge to edge faster than wider snowboards.  Snowboards are designed to be ridden with rider toes and heels very close to the edge of the board so that that can apply pressure to roll the snowboard from edge to edge.
Durability and Price Range 
Price is always a consideration when shopping. At M2 Sports are very selective of the snowboards for sell. There are lower cost boards out there but they often lack the quality materials, such as wood cores, proprietary design elements and other performance attractive features that rider will find in the snowboards available at M2 Sports. These elements enhance the performance and add to the durability and ride-ability of a snowboard. If rider plan to ride their snowboard for multiple seasons consider spending a little more money for quality and durability.

Snowboard Terms Glossary

Core Material - This is the material that makes up the middle of rider snowboard. Normally, core material is wood or a mixture of different types of wood. Foam and certain other materials can also be found in snowboard cores.

Effective Edge - The edge length of the snowboard that actually makes contact with the snow when the snowboard is on edge during a turn is mention to as the effective edge. The effective edge is shorter than the snowboard length. A longer effective edge will add stability and a shorter effective edge makes rider snowboard feel looser and easier to turn.

Extruded Base - Extruded snowboard bases are made from polyethylene (often called P-Tex). The term extruded refers to the process of heating and melting the material in the manufacture process. Extruding P-Tex is relatively inexpensive. These bases do not hold wax as well as sintered bases, and so they can be slower than a well-tuned sintered base. But, an extruded base can perform better than an unwaxed sintered base. Extruded bases have great natural fly. Extruded bases are typically less expensive; more easily repaired and require less waxing than sintered bases.

Magne-Traction- Magne-Traction is a proprietary, notched edge technology developed by Mervin Manufacturing found on Lib Tech, GNU and Roxy snowboards. Serrated edges are designed to cut into the snow like a knife and give rider more edge hold and control than non-serrated edges. 

Sidecut Radius - Sidecut radius is the radius rider board would create if the edge was extended out into a complete circle. Smaller numbers in the sidecut radius indicate a smaller circle. Imagine a smaller circle vs. a larger circle and laying rider snowboard on edge to turn around that circle. 

Sintered Base - Sintered snowboard bases are designed for super-fast glide. Like extruded bases, sintered bases are made from polyethylene (P-Tex). But unlike extruded bases, sintered bases are shaped by super compression as opposed to heating and melting. Sintered bases are very absorbent and absorb wax very well. As a result, sintered bases are much faster than extruded bases when waxed regularly. Often extra materials such as Gallium, graphite or Indium are added to the bases to provide increased impact resistance, durability and glide. Sintered bases are normally more expensive and can be more difficult to repair than extruded bases.


The back end of the snowboard which is opposite of the nose/tip. Often the tail is flatter than the tip and is more squarely cut. Some alpine boards have a split in the tail to give more turning power and coordination in high speed turns. Freestyle boards will often have similar tips and noses to make it easier to ride "fakie" (with the front foot in the back).

Tail Length

The length of board from the widest part of the board's tail to the tip of the tail is mention to as the tail length.

Tail Width

The widest part of the board measured across the tail's tip or tail area of the board is the tail width.


Opposite of the base, the top or deck of the board is where the bindings are mounted and the rider stands. Most boards have mounting holes in the deck where the bindings can be screwed into. Place the holes enable rider to connect their bindings to their board at different angles or stances.

Waist Width

Waist width is the narrowest point of the board. This is typically the middle of the sidecut, located between the bindings. Waist width of a board should be relative to the size of rider feet. Boards with a narrow waist width are quicker from edge to edge, but if rider feet are size 11 or more they will most likely require a wider board.  Otherwise, their toes may hang over the edge and cause toe drag, which will slow their down

By sharing a bit of information, we hope to answer all of your questions. Advice and general guides can be found below for sizing a snowboard, choosing the right boots, and picking out the perfect bindings.

Common Questions

What size snowboard do I need?

This is no doubt the most commonly asked question in any shop. While there isn’t one perfect answer to the question, once rider know a few things about sizing snowboards, selecting their setup is simple.

First of all, it is important to consider their weight, height, and riding style when choosing a new board. It is also recommended that they check out the manufacturer’s technical qualifications for each board. And don’t forget about their own personal preference, a main ingredient in the recipe for a perfect snowboard.

Is there a difference between beginner and advanced boards?

Yes and no. The answer can be consider ‘yes’ because beginners should use a slightly softer board with a shorter length for quicker sequence. Some advanced free ride snowboarders use longer and stiffer boards which take more muscle and ability to control.

At the same time, the answer could be ‘no’ because some advanced freestyle riders use soft boards with a reduced size for added ability to perform tricks. This sounds alike to a beginner style board, but advanced freestyle riders use them for a whole other reason.

To sum it up, anybody can use any board they like. It is all a matter of finding the best fit for them and their type of riding.

Am I regular or goofy?

A regular stance refers to riders who ride with their left foot forward. Goofy riders ride with their right foot forward. There are a few different tricks that can do to help determine rider stance.

One very common and sort of fun trick to figure out rider preferred stance, is to run and slide on a smooth surface in their socks to see which foot they put forward. The foot they place forward is most likely going to work best as their lead leg on a snowboard.

Another common trick to explain if rider will regular or goofy is to have someone gently push their backwards from their chest and see which foot they naturally place behind for their support. In this case, the foot they place behind them self could work best for their rear leg.

How wide should my stance be?

It’s tough to give one correct answer to this question because everybody is different. In general, rider stance should be as wide as or a bit wider than their shoulder width. If they are someone who likes to ride hit big kickers and huck like mad, adding an extra bit of width to their stance may be helpful when trying to maintain control in the air and when stomping tough landings.

A common mistake is to have too narrow of a stance. Having a stance width less than rider shoulder width will reduce their ability to balance. Too narrow of a stance can also make turning and controlling their board more difficult.

Keep it simple and just find a width that is comfortable. Lay your board flat on the ground and stand on it. Adjust rider stance by spreading their feet to a point where they feel comfortable and have a solid balance over the board. Now slap those bindings on and test it out, they can always make adjustments.

How often should I tune my board?

Whether riders are a fresh-legged beginner or a shred-expert, board tuning is important when trying to keep board in good shape. Tuning a snowboard also helps the board perform its best by rising edging capabilities and should be done regularly.

It is also regular for freestyle riders to regularly detune or dull their edges to get rid of potential hang-ups such as cuts and burs. This is ideal for riders who spend a lot of time jibbing.

As a guideline, a snowboard should be tuned at least once a year by a professional in a shop. If rider know how to tune their board them self, that’s great too. If rider do not know how to tune their board, refer to the How to tune their edges information found in the How-To section.

How often should I wax my board?

Snowboard waxing can be done regularly to guarantee the best performance on the snow. A new coat of wax will help give rider snowboard a better glide, making it faster and more responsive.

Waxing should be done anytime the base of rider board starts to look dull or dry. If they can see some faint white lines or patches, especially near the edges of their board, it’s time for a wax.

There are numerous kinds of wax, all with their own abilities. Some waxes are made for colder weather, some for warm. There is also all-temperature wax to accommodate most conditions.

What is my Skill Level?

Again there are almost three classes to distinguish here:

  • Newbie: from total beginner to having a few days of riding experience
  • Intermediate: comfortable with common riding techniques and starting to attempt tricks
  • Advanced: comfortable with riding all pistes and off slope. Advanced tricks and skills

What is my preferred Riding Style?

Once riders have progress from a beginner to a more experienced boarder, they may want to choose a distinctive Riding Style and adjust their gear according to that choice. Again there are mostly three classes of snowboard riding styles although there are many subclasses In short these are the main classes:

  • Freestyle
  • Freeride
  • Free carve

Most snowboards will be in one of these categories. Some beginner snowboards might be a combination of Freestyle and Freeride. It is best to choose a snowboard that will fit your style as soon as possible instead of learning a particular style on a combination board. Many snowboarders learn how to ride on a Free Ride/Freestyle snowboard and then choose one of these styles. Free Carving is often selected by more experienced Free Ride riders .

What Length should my Snowboard be?

Length is one of the most important characteristics of a board. In general, there are a few rules:

  • For a rider with average build, the board's length should reach the chin or mouth of the rider when placed on the ground.  
  • Heavier riders should have longer less flexible boards
  • Lighter riders should have shorter more flexible boards
  • Freestyle riding is often done with shorter board to allow better maneuverability. Freeriding, deep snow and racing boards will be longer in size.

What Width should my Snowboard be?

  • Rider should make sure that their feet do not hang over the board too much. Feet that hang over the edges of a snowboard cause Toe and Heel drag. Drag will make it difficult to carve on their edges. So riders with big feet should buy wider boards or adjust the angle of their feet. Wider boards are the most common solution.
  • Men and heavier riders will often need wider boards than women or lighter people

How flexible should my Snowboard be?

There are two kinds of flexibility:

  • Torsional Flex: how flexible the board is across its width. More torsional flex will make it easier to twist the board which is important in sharper turns.
  • Longitudinal Flex: how flexible the board is from tip to tail. More longitudinal flex will make it easier to bend the board in the length.

Freestylers need more flexible boards for more board control and maneuverability. Free Riders and especially Free Carvers need stiffer boards to keep their boards under control in higher speeds. Heavier riders need stiffer boards.

How deep should the sidecut be on my Snowboard?

In general there are two main rules:

  • The depth of the sidecut has everything to do with turning
  • A deeper sidecut makes it easier to turn, which is why beginner snowboards often have a deeper sidecut.