If you want to take your snowboarding to the next level, learn how to choose a freestyle snowboard. A freestyle snowboard is used to mainly to do tricks on rails, half-pipes or jumps. The freestyle snowboard is shorter and wider than the more common all-terrain snowboard. The freestyle snowboard is also lighter and easier to maneuver.
In order to learn about how to choose a freestyle snowboard, you will need the following
- Approximately 10 minutes
- To know how tall you are
- To know how much you weigh
- Figure out what you want kind of freestyle snowboarding you want to do. Reverse camber boards are most often used as freestyle boards due to their softer flex and inverted camber design. Basically, the point of freestyle snowboards is to allow you to maximize the amount of air you can achieve, so Freestyle snowboarders who want to do a lot of tricks often use boards that are very short with softer flex and filed down edges. Shorter length allows the board to be rotated faster. A more flexible board is easier on your legs.
- Consider your size. As a general rule, your freestlye snowboard should hit somewhere in between your neck and your chin. Remember, freestyle snowboards will be shorter than all terrain boards, so when in doubt, go shorter. Your weight will also be a factor in your snowboard selection. Bigger guys need longer boards for more control while smaller guys need shorter boards to be able to maneuver more easily.
- Consider how much you want to spend. Freestyle snowboards can cost anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a quality snowboard. Snowboarding companies update their snowboard models every year. Often, they don't make significant changes, so you should consider buying last year's model to save yourself some money.