In this article we will be going over the top 2 factors that should always be taken into account when purchasing the best all mountain snowboard
The Board Type
The very first thing that you should always take into consideration is the type of board that you will be riding most often and what type of riding you enjoy most. There are a few categories that almost all snowboards fit into. These categories give you a good idea of what the board’s intended use is, but always keep in mind that these categories do not have obvious borders. With an advanced rider strapped on, any board can handle just about any situation. However, when the epic things happen is when the setup matches the riding style perfectly.
The all mountain snowboards are used by riders who need a single board for riding anything a resort could offer. It is a versatile board type capable of handling many terrains with plenty of stability and the control needed to make sharp carves and jumps.
Freestyle boards are great for boarders who love to have fun doing a variety of tricks either in or out of the park. They are great trick boards because they are poppy, light, and easy to throw around.
The last board type we will cover is the powder board. These boards are the best floaters making them perfect for riding on fresh snow. Usually they features longer noses and a tapered shape for a larger surface area to keep you on top of the snow.
Shape flex and feel
Although it may seem insignificant, the flex design of the board greatly impacts how it will ride. For example, a stiff board will have a faster reaction time and a more powerful pop from jumps. They give the most control at high speeds, but they are also less forgiving being likely to catch an edge when you make a mistake. The soft boards will not punish you as harshly making them a great choice for beginners. When you are trying out new tricks or a new area, you should start with a softer board to get a feel for things. Unless, of course, you are confident in your snowboarding skills. The soft boards will be less stable at high speeds.
Virtually every snowboard manufacturer will clearly display a flex and feel rating so that you can have a good idea of what the board is capable of before you buy it. Most boards land somewhere in the middle for a more rounded feel.
Similar to the board’s flex is the shape of the board. Most snowboarders have a preferred stance, so all mountain boards are built with a set-back pattern and a directional flex to accommodate for that. The flex has a stiffer tail for float on snow and easier carving. Some even go so far as to taper the board from the nose to the tail to enhance this feel. The all mountain boards are quite a bit different from the freestyle boards with symmetrical designs and centered bindings. The most symmetrical boards are called “true twins”, and the boards with symmetrical shape but directional flex are called “directional twins”.