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The size of the board coincides best with your weight. The average 160 pound male would ride a board ranging from 155 cm to 160 cm. For an average 110 pound female, the range would be around 140 cm to 144. An individual’s height is only a factor when they are very tall, or very short for their weight.
Snowboarders with a boot size of 11 and higher should consider a snowboard that is called wide or mid-wide to eliminate the toes sticking out too far over the edge. If you’re unsure, a board with a “waist width” of 258mm and higher will do the trick.
Camber boards provide precise turning and aggressive riding. Camber boards tend to be best for big jumps, high speeds, and halfpipe riding.
Rocker, or reverse camber boards, provide a feeling of floating in deep snow and also give the snowboarder a more playful feel since the side doesn’t “bite” into the surface compared to camber. The forgiving side is great for beginners, but also works great for park riding.
Hybrids of rocker and camber provide a balance of camber sections, rocker sections, and even flat sections between the feet. These snowboards aim to provide the best of both worlds. These boards are best for the versatile boarder who wants to enjoy everything the mountain has to offer.
SHAPE & RIDING STYLE
Boards for powder or deep snow riding are often tapered with a single direction in mind.
Park/jib boards are often evenly centered twin shapes with the maximum amount of flex.
All-mountain boards are just that – they have a twin-like appearance, but may be designed to slightly favor a forward direction. When it comes to the halfpipe and massive jumps, your best bet is a stiffer board, likely camber, with more bells and whistles that makethe board responsive and light.
SIZE & FIT
Like any brand, boot sizes might vary a little, but overall, the size shoe you use should be the size boot you snowboard with.
A good sock means one pair. You should be able to wiggle your toes in a boot. Interestingly enough, one pair will keep your feet warmer with better circulation than layering on with multiple socks.
When you put on a snowboard boot, you should feel slight pressure above your heel. This is to keep your heel from lifting in the boot, which means easier and better snowboarding.
You’re right in thinking snowboard boots are more comfortable than ski boots (not a scientific study). However, they should feel supportive, and they should be laced for a snug hold. The interior liner, which is (pretty standard) in your snowboard pants, is designed to go over the boot, not inside.
Boots will often be rated with a “Support” rating or may be described as highly responsive or flexible.
Higher Support →→→ Stiffer
High Support ratings are also called stiff – meaning the movements your body makes will transfer quickly from boot to binding to the board. Fast, hard charging snowboarders often appreciate a stiffer boot.
Lower Support →→→ More Flexible
Mid-range flexible boots offer a nice balance of movement and support. Highly flexible boots are often preferred by snowboarders who like to have a lot of play with their ankles. Beginners tend to appreciate more flex as it allows minor corrections that don’t over-translate to the board, but advanced riders with a lot of freestyle riding and changing terrain in mind appreciate the play too.
Lacing systems range from traditional laces to boots with dials or pull cords that lock down. Preference plays a large role here, but do consider boots with non-traditional lacing often provide the ability to tighten or loosen the top and lower halves independently, depending on personal comfort.
Bindings can last a long time, so it’s important to consider your ability as well as current and future riding style when making your selection.
The most important aspect of selecting a binding is ensuring it’s appropriately sized to the boot. Bindings typically come in Youth sizes as well as Small, Medium, and Large. On average, Medium is the most common size fitting Men’s size 8-11, and Women’s size 6-8.
HOW TO MEASURE
Use your boot size to find the correct binding size. Boot to binding fit can vary between boot models.
Bindings are often measured by flex, or response.
Higher Response →→→ Stiffer
Bindings are often measured by flex, or response. A binding with a high response rating or description will be considered “stiffer” and react to a rider’s movement – like tight steering in a sports car. Aggressive, fast riding tends to favor stiffer bindings, and those are experienced snowboarders who appreciate quick response times.
Lower Response →→→ More Flexible
Bindings with a lower response rating, considered more flexible, are often better suited for all kinds of snowboarding. For park/jib riding, a flexible binding is the common choice.
**Higher end models often use materials like carbon for ultimate response and weight reduction – contributing to the higher cost.
TYPES OF BINDINGS
Strap bindings – using the use of two straps to secure the boot in place – are the most common type of binding.
Step-In systems require a specific, compatible boot type.
Plate bindings use hard, ski-like boots and are mainly used by riders racing slalom and giant slalom courses.
Whatever your choice, the right sized binding will keep you locked in just fine.
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