Monday, December 30, 2013

What Size of Snowboard is Right for You?

When the winter months arrive, it may be time to put away the longboards and skateboards. But that does not mean you have to go without boarding altogether. Instead, look at it as a time to visit your skate shops in Georgia for snowboard gear. In addition to the boots and bindings, you may wish to look into helmets (especially if you plan on stunting), goggles, stomp pads, snowboard bags, wax, snow pants, and other snow gear. But one of the most important parts of your purchase is the board itself. Determining what size of board you will need depends upon a number of different factors.

Height and Width

If this is your first time hitting the slopes as a boarder, it may be best to follow the traditional height formula for picking out your board. It is recommended that the overall height of your snowboard is about 88% to 91% of your own height. Do you have little time for measuring yourself and computing the math? Then you can try the chin measurement. Usually, a board that falls right under the chin of the rider will be about the correct height. When it comes to the width of your board, consider your shoe size. If you have smaller feet, a wide board is going to be hard to maneuver, while bigger feet may get in the way of a rider on a narrow board. The weight of the rider also comes somewhat into play, with a longer board being recommended for a higher weight, and a shorter board for riders of lighter weight. Because weight distribution tends to be different depending on your gender, it is also recommended that you choose a board that is meant specifically for your gender, although unisex boards are available.

Terrain and Style

Many of the ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains boast the offer of natural powder, whereas in the Eastern United States, icy conditions are more common. Although it will mostly come down to your personal preference, a longer board may offer better speed in powder, while a short board may have better control on slippery surfaces. But if you are interested in a specific type of boarding, you may forgo most of these recommendations altogether. People who are more interested in racing and faster boarding, for example, will usually be looking for a longer board. If you are more into half pipes, jumps, and other stunts, then a shorter board is usually best. If you are still not sure what to look for in choosing your snowboard, consult a sales person at your skate shops in Georgia.

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