As you probably know, there are several snowboard types. On this page, I’ll teach you the difference between each and every snowboard. We’ll first divide the different types of snowboards into 3 different categories. We have “freestyle”, “freeride” and “all mountain”. All of these snowboard types have different characteristics, and are suited for different things.
The freestyle snowboard
- Twin shaped
- Soft flex
- Optimal for park
- Light weighted
- Camber shape
This type of snowboard is the ideal park snowboard. The twin shape makes it prefect for riding switch. This goes for landing as well. All snowboarders that spin and trick in the park will have to land switch once in a while. The true twin shape is there to make this as easy as possible. The soft flex is there to turn, bend and bounce the board as easily as possible, with help from the bouncy camber shape.
These types of boards are also designed to be extremely light weighted. This will make tricking easier as there is less weight to carry around. With this type of snowboard you will most likely have the best experience when jumping, spinning, tricking and railing!
The freeride snowboard
- More directional
- Bigger nose
- Faster speed
- Great for powder
This type of snowboard is very different from other snowboards, and are only suited for one specific snowboard style. Every detail with these types of snowboards work together. The big nose of the board is what makes it very directional. This means they don’t work very well riding switch for sure. You will most likely fall, due to the little tail. Because this board is so directional, it will make it easier to get up in higher speed.
The big nose on the boards also makes them optimal for powder surfing. The big nose will push huge layers of powder snow underneath, and keep you from sinking into it. With this type of snowboard you will be able to ride super fast and have an amazing experience in the powder!
The all mountain snowboard
- Perfect in all terrain
- Very solid construction
- Deeper side-cuts
- Twin shaped
- Rocker shape
This type of snowboard is the ideal beginner board because it fits perfectly in any terrain. What makes them so great for any terrain is the solid construction. Almost all all mountain snowboards have very solid base construction with sharp edges. These sharp edges will slice trough icy terrain, and keep the board stable at all times.
The deep side-cuts and the rocker shape is what completes this board. They provide optimal board control and stability. Keep in mind though that most snowboarders use the all mountain snowboards. It is really the best way to go if you want a snowboard that you can use for everything!
Now that you know how you find the perfect snowboard type for your style, you might be interested in knowing how you size a snowboard. If you are interested, then click here to find out.
Hopefully you got some knowledge out of this post. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them on this, or another post!