How to Choose the Right Snowboard

Are you looking to buy your first snowboard or just get a new one to replace your current board? Choosing a snowboard can be a tedious task especially if you are a seasoned rider and really want a quality board that will suit your needs well. There are several things you need to think about when when looking at snowboards including your riding style, the size and style of board your prefer, your budget and a few other aspects. Let’s talk about some of the things you need to do to learn how to choose a snowboard wisely.

The first thing you should take into consideration is your riding style. Some snowboarders are aggressive and want to bust out big tricks and grind rails where other, less experienced, riders may just want to be able to cruise down a mountain casually. If you are more of a trick snowboarder you will want to get a professional quality board that is designed to take the stress of landing hard and withstand grinding well. If you are more of a casual rider, however, you can look at a bit simpler snowboard to purchase.

There are many different riding styles other than just what we’ve described as “trick snowboarding” and “casual snowboarding”. There are three major riding styles that are clearly defined in snowboarding. These are all-mountain, freeride and freestyle. Each of these riding styles have different aspects. Let’s talk about each style for a few minutes so you can figure out exactly what your style is to make it easier for you to choose a snowboard.

Snowboarding Styles & Board Types

All-mountain snowboarding is basically another way of saying all terrain. All-mountain riders are those who like to take on any and every surface they possibly can whether it be the fresh powder of a ski resort, untracked back-country of parks and mountains or half pipes. Most snowboarders use snowboards that fall under this class simply because the boards can take just about any abuse no matter what level of experience you are.

Freeride snowboarders typically like to stick strictly to back-country areas and also love to go fast down well-maintained runs. Snowboards designed for freeriding are generally known as “directional” boards which are primarily made for riding downhill only. If you want to grind rails or logs you might as well forget about getting this type of snowboard. Directional snowboards are just not designed for this. They are stiff and will not work on non-snow surfaces very well.

Freestyle snowboarding is what most of us are used to seeing on T.V. during the X-Games. This is extreme snowboarding and is made up of riding half pipes, rails, boxes and pretty much anything else. Freestyle snowboards are usually made of lighter materials, are shorter than other snowboards and are known as “true twins” or “directional twins”. These boards are designed to be more flexible to nail tricks and go over rails and boxes without the worry of the board breaking under stress.

Now, let’s talk a bit more about each type of snowboard in more detail. First off, you have what is known as the “directional” board. This type of snowboard has a stiff tail and is wider at the nose. Directional snowboards are designed to make turning and carving easier. These snowboards are generally best for regular riding on well-maintained slopes. These boards are capable of going quite fast as well.

Next up are the “true twin” snowboards. These are symmetrical boards that are the same size on both the tail and nose. True twin snowboards are generally very soft and are decent to use for both casual riding and performing tricks. Then you have the “directional twin” snowboard. These are also symmetrical boards but the nose is usually a bit more flexible than the tail in these designs. Directional twin design snowboards are best for all-terrain riding as well as freestyle.

Figuring out which style you ride is crucial to knowing which type of snowboard will be best suited for you. Be sure to thoroughly read the descriptions above and decide which style you are. Once you have completed this you will have a better understand of which snowboards will work best with the way that you ride.

The next thing you should consider when going to purchase a snowboard is how much money you are willing to spend. Most snowboards will cost anywhere from $150 to $450 or more. If you want a quality snowboard that will last you a while you will probably want to go for one that is in the middle or higher. Sure, the $150 boards make for a cheap fix, but are they worth it? Not really. These snowboards are cheap for a reason. They aren’t made from great materials, they don’t last very long and they don’t provide a good riding experience, either.

How often you plan on snowboarding should also be something to think about before you make a snowboard purchase. If you are only going to hit the slopes a few times the entire season then buying a cheap $150 snowboard may actually prove to make sense for you. Sure, they don’t last long, but if you’re only going to be snowboarding a few times then you have a perfect reason to justify buying one. If you, however, are planning on snowboarding a lot during the season it would be a much better idea to spring for a more expensive board.

If the mid-range boards seem a bit pricey for you, don’t worry. Most of the time if you keep your eyes peeled you can find great deals and discounts almost any time of the year. A lot of snowboard shops, especially online, run frequent sales where they knock down the price of their snowboards. During these fantastic sales you can usually pick up a great snowboard for %40 to %60 less than you would normally. Just keep an eye on snowboard retailers’ websites and be sure to sign up for their email newsletters as well. Most snowboard retailers send their email subscribers even further discounts and let them know about any sales long before anyone else.

Once you find a retailer that has boards priced to your liking it’s time to pick one out. This is one of the most fun parts of getting a board. Most riders love to pick out a snowboard that has graphics that appeal to them. But don’t forget to choose a board that fits well with your riding style, has the camber type you prefer and makes sense for how much you plan on snowboarding. These are all very important aspects to think of when browsing snowboards.

After finding a board the is priced within your spending limits and has all of the qualities you want including graphics, camber and style, you should proceed to figure out what size board will work best for you. One of the best ways to go about this is by using a size comparison chart. Almost every snowboard retailer’s website will include one of these charts for you to look at before purchasing your board. These charts should tell you appropriate board lengths for your weight. These will vary from person to person and greatly between men, women and children. Make sure you are looking at the right chart before you select your board. Each chart should be identified by who it is made for: men, women or children.

Once you have found the right size the only thing left to do is order your board! Be sure to do a Google search for coupon codes for the retailer you are buying from before you actually buy. You may be able to come across a code for free shipping or for some cash off your purchase. You may even be able to find a package deal that will allow you to get boots and bindings for much less than usual. If not, it’s O.K. With the earlier tip you should be buying from a retailer that is holding a great sale right now anyway!

In conclusion, if you use the tips and suggestions above when choosing a snowboard for yourself you will be able to come a decision that you will be happy with. Selecting a snowboard can be a tedious process but the tips listed here will help make a much easier task of it. Just remember to always keep your riding style, how frequent you snowboard, what type of snowboard you prefer and how much money you want to spend in mind when you go to buy a board. After all is said and done you will have a brand new snowboard on the way. Not to mention the next time you have to buy a snowboard for yourself, or anyone else for that matter, you will know exactly what to look for. Share this information with your friends and family that snowboard as well to make their lives easier, too.

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Palmer Saga snowboard for 2011

The Saga has a radial rocker from tip to tail, which is a combination Palmer fans have never imagined. This combo works great. Shaun and company have created a freestyle snowboard, which adapts to riding all over mountains.

The manufacturer describes this snowboard as hook free jibbing and playful.

This board gives an effortless ride with its pure rocker design. The Saga has a catch free feel that excels on jumps and jibs. It spins like a top and has predictable flex with a soft feel and poplar core for tons of sideways action in the park. The Saga will float through powder, cruise in the backcountry and absorb the chop with ease. From powder to park, newbie’s and legends alike will all enjoy the playful style and intense graphics of the Saga.

Here is what one use of the Saga has to say:

Palmer which manufacturers the Saga has always been on the cutting edge. Perhaps I am wrong, however I have not seen them try very hard in order to pass up the competition. These boards always have a great reputation. Shaun Palmer has always been a legend in the snowboard industry. However, after years of riding, I have never tried one of these boards until I bought the Saga. Man I have definitely been missing out.

The Saga is a freestyle full rockered board that looks incredible with the Mick Jagger lip graphics. When I strapped on the board I immediately noticed it was very skinny. This may not be the board for any rider with larger feet, however, for me it was perfect. When I was sliding experienced a medium soft flex and was popping 180s. I had the feeling as if this board has always been strapped on my feet. When I went straight a did a bit of carving this board immediately transformed into a high speed charger with tons of stability and tons of pop. The Saga is very impressive and an all round for anyone wanting to ride a board for all seasons whether on or off the piste, in the powder or in the park. No matter if you are on the kickers or on the rails, this is the perfect board for you. When riding the 159cm I felt the board was a bit long. I’m not that tall and not that heavy but nevertheless I am considering buying the shorter version for next season.



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Palmer Pulse snowboard

The quality of Palmer is clearly seen in the Pulse by Palmer. It boasts prepreg laminates, a rocker shape, an Iso speed that is 4400 grade and a solid poplar core. The Pulse is all quality at a price everyone can afford and fit any requirement. The graphics are still the same as with the Halo.

Manufacturers are saying the Pulse is stunning, stable and has all mountain performance

Palmer has upgraded the Pulse with the butter and quickness of the newly designed rocker system with a prepreg construction. It is playful yet forgiving, is exact, and has agility. This hybrid has a designed for freestyle fun.

No matter if you are an intermediate or advanced rider who is looking for a fast and sick freestyle board the Pulse pop that is tons of fun for park jibbing.



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Palmer P-Line snowboard

Things are changing with the brand created by the legendary Shaun Palmer. It used to be that Palmer and pricey were two were that went hand in hand but not anymore. Palmer has been building snowboards for beginner riders and makes the price very affordable. The P-Line is the perfect snowboard for beginner riders that want a good ride. The materials are high quality and have subtle yet mature graphics.

Manufacturers are saying the P-Line is simple, fun and always right

Are you confused, overwhelmed and intimidated about choosing a snowboard? Are there just too many boards, way too many graphics, and too many technical terminologies? What is the sales clerk asks what my riding style is? Do I know that? All I want to do is ride. I want a snowboard that does exactly that. I want to make it easy for me.

The P-Line is just right. It’s an easy choice. It’s timeless, simple, has great colors and graphics. It’s straightforward and is packed with all performance standards. This board is safe and comfortable to ensure trouble free snowboard fun. It’s cleaver, fun and cool with plenty of style and class. You get superior end hold, strength and pop with a great price.



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Palmer Liberty snowboard

Palmer has created the Liberty snowboard for all mountain free ride fun. This is a board for women only. Last year the shape, inserts and glass laminate made the Liberty an ultra light and aggressive ride, which is perfect for advanced female riders. This year Palmers has added a smart rocker system that is similar to the Atomic’s Pop rocker. It loads the camber through every turn and moves the edge contacts along the edge further improving the control and grip.

Manufacturers are describing the Liberty as effortless and easy everywhere it goes

The Liberty has shape, flex and feel that is especially for female riders. It has been redesigned with a smart rocker system that is unmatched in float and versatility. You can take this board in deep snow and is the first board for women only with super light honeycomb both in the tip and in the tail. It features an easy to control hold, which gives you more while working less. The Liberty has a smooth flexing, light poplar wood core with a prepreg construction, which guarantees catch free cruising in any condition.

The Liberty is made for women with intermediate to advanced riding skills that want a board that rides hard and fast in any weather.



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Palmer Jade snowboard

Just like the Halo and the Pulse, the Jade manufactured by Palmer has tons of graphics with Flash. If you are a girl or a woman and you want a kicker crunching, pipe smoking, rail rollicking jib of a machine then the Palmer Jade is what you need.

Manufacturers are describing the Jade as 100% pure confidence for both park and slope style

The Jade was built to make progression painless and quick. It has combinations, which make it catch free with the new rocker system called the True Twin Rocker that has Zero Camber between your feet. Because of advanced technology, this snowboard has a poplar wood core, which is from tip to tail, an Iso speed base of 4400, wrapped edges and a lifetime of flex. The Jade remains true to Palmer’s innovation.

The Jade has tons of pop. It’s a girl’s best friend especially out on the rails or in the park.



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Palmer Honeycomb snowboard

Another great snowboard, which is also manufactured by Palmer, is the Palmer Honeycomb. This board has become an institution. For well over a decade, the Honeycomb has given snowboarders high performance to combat, pipe, park and pow.

Manufacturers have described the Honeycomb as smooth, super light and responsive.

The Honeycomb has been awarded the First Gear of the Year award from Outside Magazine and is one of the lightest high performance snowboards around. The shape of the mini rocker has enhanced the cap sidewall construction, which gives it a smooth, playful and responsive ride. The strips, which are constructed of carbon fiber, give the board energy and rebound. The base is constructed of 7200 graphite and boasts a smooth lacquered top, which reduces drag.

No matter if it’s an epic sized dump, cruising the groomed or just a late day crud the Honeycomb is guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face every time.



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Palmer Halo snowboard

The Halo by Palmer easily initiate turns has loads of stability when the speed gets hot and is very progressive in the park. This board meets the requirements of all female riders from beginner to intermediate.

Manufacturers are describing the Halo as stunning and stable with all mountain performance

The Halo is not like any other snowboard every seen. It boasts a smart rocker system from tip to tail and keeps camber between the bindings. This board is built with Palmer’s time tested ingredients like a solid poplar wood core from tip to tail and an Iso speed base of 4400. It’s the master of freestyle and loaded with performance and pop. No matter if you are learning a few new tricks or charging jumps, the Halo will give you the confidence you need when jibbing, buttering, and landing.

This is the perfect board for any girl who is looking for a dependable, safe and smooth turning board.








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Palmer Flash snowboard

Palmer’s Flash for 2011 is the savior of snowboarding. It’s the Flash Gordon of border cross snowboard thanks to Shaun Palmer. The Flash has a zero chamber between the feet and the rocker at the tip for jibs and rails. Combined with spec design and shape you are a weapon and can hammer any slope style course. You are armed to take down Ming the Merciless and his henchmen.

Manufacturers are describing the Flash as 100% pure confidence for slope style and park

This board is both trustworthy and comfortable and has been completely redesigned with a rocker shape with a zero chamber. It has extra smooth flex with a snappy response. The Flash is both for slope style riding and the park. It has been engineered with Palmers’ full side wall construction, prepreg, and solid poplar wood core. It also has a tri radial side cut that boasts full wrapped edges with a centered stance that has an Iso speed 4400 base, which is easy to repair.

This board is for either goofing off or high speed crud bustin. The Flash is killer on jib no matter what level of rider you are.



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Palmer Crown LE snowboard

Basically unchanged since 2010, the Palmer Crown is the perfect freeride and boarder cross for any snowboarder’s. The Crown is the complete missile at speeds that have unmatched stability a sintered base and an edge hold. It is so fast you will always keep it waxed so you don’t break the sound barrier. This board is for aggressive snowboarders only.

The manufacturer describes this board as extremely fast, friendly and very powerful.

The acceleration is titanium powered and carbon fiber energized with its mini rocker shape that holds onto everything plus the indescribable float in powder. The carbon and titanium combined work together to turn thoughts to perfect precision. The Palmer wood core along with the trademark honeycomb construction in the tip and tail deliver low swing weight with unbelievable response in the cap sidewall construction. It has a smooth lacquered top along with a 3D metal logo that gives it that sports car look.



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2011 Palmer Burn snowboard

The Burn is soft enough for perfect freestyle depending on what type of freestyle you want to do. The Burn is considered the beast of snowboards. You can take it into the pipe and no doubt, the Burn will smoke Any Finch style. The Burn will dominate the hips and kickers with outstanding landings and takeoffs that have extreme precision designed to give pop huge and ride out rutted with moguled landings. If given half a change this board will buck like a bull.

The manufacturer describes this board as an easy to turn mountain powerhouse.

The Burn is the winner of Transworld’s Good Wood Top 10 and excels at everything. It is stiff enough to carve and soft enough to freestyle. The Burn is easy to turn and has a rocker shape plus a wood grain finish. It combines a solid poplar wood core with lightweight honeycomb construction in the tip and tail. The Burn is a hybrid that has the butter of rocker along with the precision of camber. You can forget all those rocker washouts. The Burn has pop enough to rip parks and speeds to smoke out everyone.

User reviews have stated that if you have a larger frame than an average snowboarder does and your feet are a big bigger but you have a pen change for firm and aggressive snowboards then the Burn may just be the snowboard for you. One customer has stated, “My first impression was good. The Burn is very light considering I was riding a 160, it was a vast improvement compared to previous Palmer’s which I have found to be a bit weighty. The graphics of the Burn are not offensive have has a high gloss wood veneer which appeal to most Palmer fans. The edge was great, but nothing to write home about. The base needed a good wax so I won’t pass judgment on that. The burn felt very stable at high speed. This may be proof that the FLF works along with Palmer’s high speed decks. The firm flex and extra width worked against the quick edge transitions.

However, if you have a size 11 shoe you won’t notice a lot of delay. Palmer has dubbed this board the ultimate in freestyle boards. If you want to work this board in the park, you will have to be an aggressive and confident rider and be prepared to hit the big jumps and fly out of pipe walls, jibs, tables and rails. You have to be going fast to get the maximum out of this board. The pop from the Burn is like TNT but it takes serious energy to work this board. This is definitely not the lazy rider’s board. If you want a snowboard for that is hard and fast in any type of snow the Palmer Burn is the board you want. When you hit the parks, hit a few jibs off you don’t need to look anywhere else. This board is serious”.



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