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Tips That Will Help: How To Buy A Snowboard

Updated on August 8, 2010

Tips That Will Help: How To Buy A Snowboard

 One of the most important decisions a person will face before getting into snowboarding is choosing a board.  This is a serious and personal decision if you are serious about the sport, because you are going to be using the board for a long time.  There are certain things that you have to think about before you can head out anywhere to buy a board.  These are a few tips that will make sure you choose the right board.

 One of the first things to consider when choosing a board is the length of it.  The length will need to be appropriate for the height of your body, so the taller you are the longer your board is going to need to be.  The easiest way to figure out whether or not a board is long enough for you is by standing it up beside you.  It should come to around the area of your collarbone to the bottom of your chin.

 It is always worth it to spend a bit more money if it means you are getting a better quality board.  There are certain brands you can trust in and that includes Burton and Dragon just to give a couple of examples.  There are different styles of snowboards to choose from as well.  As a beginner you will be better off with a freestyle snowboard, whereas the freeride boards are better for more experienced boarders and work well on fresh powder snow.

 The freeride boards are a bit more expensive so it is better to wait until you have a bit more experience anyway.  A lot of people spend an insane amount of money on snowboarding equipment only to decide they are not even that interested in the sport, so be cautious with how much you are spending.  Whether you want one that is all black with skulls or one with a pretty flower design, well that is completely up to you.  This can cost you a pretty penny but it will make your board stand out and help you enjoy your visits to the slopes that much more.

 It will not cost you too much to get the board detailed if you want to change up the design of the board.  Always check the flexibility of a board as well before spending any money on it.  Also think about the flexibility of a board before buying it because the last thing you want is a stiff board when you are out on the slopes.  Especially if you are planning to do a lot of jumps and tricks you need a board that is going to be flexible and easy to move around.


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