I’ve always thought that the types of snowboards were invented according to the rider’s personality. And is that, depending on your style, the board can classic, inverted, flat, or combined. There are many types of snowboards and even their names may vary depending on your brand. In general, snowboards are classified into two divisions: according to the style of snow that is practiced and according to their camber, but always taking into account their measurement. What is my favorite board type? I couldn’t opt for one! But, so you can choose from all its variety, I’m going to show you everything I know about snowboard types. So read this guide I’ve prepared for you carefully.
Types of snowboards by style
Choosing the snowboard according to the style you practice is very important so that you can maneuver properly on and off the slopes. If you are looking for a board that gives you speed, stability, or agility, in the wide market of today, you will always find one that is perfect for you. To do this, we will know the types of snowboard according to the style and type of snow that best suits your needs.
- Snowboards for freestyle
These types of snowboards respond very well to movements and are ideal for use on tracks as well. Freestyle boards are usually short, with a medium and flexible skate width, as they are designed for parks with rails, drawers, jumps, and half-pipe. This type of snowboard is symmetrical and can go in both directions, thanks to their same shape at the ends.
- Snowboards for Freeride
The tail of these boards is shorter and narrower than the front, and for this reason, they work best in a single direction. These types of snows are wider, longer and stiffer than freestyle, so I don’t recommend them if you want to stay on track or in the snowpark. These are very specific tables, which is why this type of snow is the one that has evolved the most in the world since its origins.
- Alpine snowboards
These tables are the stiffest you can find. They are used with different bindings and with hard snowboard boots more similar to ski boots. All of this has a reason to be: they are designed for speed. Alpine snowboards are asymmetrical and are the ideal choice if you’re looking for an aggressive style in speed and driving, either on the court or in Salon timed competitions.
These boards are for experts and passionate about mountain snowboarding. They are divided into two parts and allow them to rotate the bindings so that the athlete can ascend head-on as if they were skis, which then join together to begin the descent. As you can see, the style you practice is a key factor when choosing between different types of snowboards. If you have little experience, I remind you that directional and not excessively rigid boards are the most recommended for beginners.
Types of snowboards according to your camber
The camber is the form of snowboarding. A few years ago there were only a couple of cambers, but as new styles of this wonderful sport appeared, different snowboard cambers emerged.
- Traditional Camber
Some people say this camber is obsolete, but they are very wrong. These boards are still the best option if you are looking not to lose response or grip wherever you go, as they are the most stable.
- Flat camber or Camber zero
If you are looking for a type of snow to do freestyle tricks and have more grip and control of the board than with an inverted, the flat camber or zero camber is all you need on your feet. These types of snowboards are completely flat and are therefore easier to flex. In addition, they have good stability when they have a lot of board surface in contact with the snow.
- Combined Camber or Double Camber
This type of snow is a combination of traditional and inverted camber, which I’ll talk about later. This board is a very good option if you want to have only one that will serve you to descend by track and help you get started in the world of tricks.
- Reverse Camber or Inverted Camber
The inverted chamber, also known as Rocker, is the opposite you’ll find the traditional camber. These types of snowboards are shaped like a banana in order to facilitate the initiation of curves, freestyle, track tricks, and descents in powder snow.
- TBT Triple Base Technology or EasyRider
These types of snowboards usually have a traditional camber, but the outside of the ridge is raised. This special edge feature allows the board to engage less and offers the grip of the traditional camber. Now that you know the types of snowboards that exist, are you sure which one you’re going to choose? Then don’t wait any longer, join a particular class and go for yours, I’ll be here waiting for you in the snow.