How do you Buy a Snowboard?
What things do you need to look for
When your'e buying a board look at quality,brand, intended use, size, width, and cost.
Make sure you know how much you intend to pay. This also translates to how good the board should be. Without discounts a good board should cost somewhere from 300 to 500 dollars. They can be much less if you buy them in the summer, when they're 40% off or during other sales, but 300-500 is a good retail value for a good quality board.
The intended use is what kind of riding it's meant for. If you ride park you want to make sure the board you're buying is meant for park, and not racing or something else. So make sure the boards made for the kind of riding you do.
You need to make sure the board is from a reliable brand. Some brands I highly suggest are Burton, GNU, Lib Tech, K2, Forum, and my personal favorite, Rome. YOu should always stay away from budget brands like LTD and Lamar, they may cost less, but go gety what you pay for- horible boards.
You need to make sure the board is the right length for you. Scince I don't know your weight, I couldn't tell you what that is, but I can tell you It depends extremely little on your height, so don't listen to anybody who tells you it should be top your chin- how is the snowboard supposed to tell how tall you are? It's not. It only knows your weight and center of gravity.
Last theres width. If you have a US mens size 12 or bigger, you need a wide board. If not you should be fine with a normal board. If you're a US mens 11 you should make sure your toes don't hang off the edge too much when standing on it the way you would riding it, becuse size 11s can go either way.
Last and most importantly, don't skimp. Make sure your satisfied with your purchase, and that you feel good about it. The second you ride the board, it's non-returnable, so make sure you get the board thats right for you- get it right the first time!! Source(s): 3 years snowboarding
When you first look at a deck the size of the board is determined by your weight. Usually on the bottom of a board there are specs that include weight to size (located on a sticker). I weight about 160 and ride a 157. The flex of the board is why they do this. A freestyle deck is best for beginners. If I were you I would go into a shop and try on boots, this is one of the most important items. You want to be comfy so be picky. Butt pads might help if its your first time.
the price tag? and a register to check out at?
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One important thing is to compare your foot size to the width of the board. If the board is wider than your foot, you will have control problems. I would rent different boards until you get a feel for the type of board you want. I make mention of the width issue because after learning on a normal width board, I rented a wide body and I felt like I was starting the learning process over. I was later told by a sales guy at a snowboard shop that the board was simply too wide for my foot. I would consult a knowledgable salesperson.
I bought mine from hot skates...look for a board that is more flexible and if you want a board that is easier to handle, get a thinner board
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