Types
Snowboards

All-Mountain Snowboards

If you’re not sure which board type suits your riding style and what discipline your equipment must withstand, then we strongly recommend an All-Mountain Board. These all-round boards are used in all sorts of terrains, provide an ideal compromise between the different types of riding, and are therefore highly recommended for beginners.

Freestyle-Snowboards

If you spend most of the time in winter flying over kickers, shredding parks, grinding and sliding rails and ripping the halfpipe, a Freestyle-Snowboard is the right choice for you. Thanks to the symmetrical shape, the front end (Nose) and the rear end (Tail) of the snowboard have the same shape (twin-tip shape). This means you can ride both forwards and backwards (switch) without losing board performance. In addition, the waist of a Freestyle Snowboard is smaller, the nose and the tail are flatter, and the length of the boards tend to be shorter.
Riding Style

Freeride Snowboards

If you spend most of the time off piste in endless fields of powder, then you definitely need a Freeride Snowboard. These boards have a directional shape (Nose slightly wider than tail) that gives you the necessary buoyancy in deep powder. That is why the binding should also be mounted back (setback) so that the weight is shifted to the back and you do not sink your nose into the snow, avoiding Tomahawking and rag dolling ☺.

Size

When buying a Snowboard, make sure that it has a length from the ground up, minimal up to your chin, and maximum up to your mouth. Although this is the old-fashioned way to determine the boardsize, and you should rather pay attention to riders weight and height, it’s pretty accurate in most cases. Exceptions are pure freeride and freestyle snowboards. If you like to surf on pow, you should choose a longer board to generate more lift. However, if you’re a Park Rat, shorter boards are recommended, because they are easier to handle and spin, due to their lightweight. When your shoe size exceeds EU 44/45, you should also consider buying a wide board. As the name suggests, these boards are a little wider and thus prevent the toes and heels from scooping snow when making turns.
Profile
Snowboards
The profile of a Snowboards refers to the residual stress, which counteracts the forces occurring when riding (weight of the rider, centrifugal force, etc.). Although snowboards with a positive profile dominated the market a few years ago, a lot has happened in the research and the profile range has been extended in all directions. Whether Chillydog, Gullwing, Flying V, Anti-Camber, Banana, Wigglestick or Negative Shape, every snowboard company has developed its own name for the new technologies, but they can still be divided into these 4 profiles.
Camber

Camber – Positive Profile

With camber boards, the contact points with the snow are situated between the ends of the snowboard and the bindings. As a result, an enormous smoothness and good pop with Ollies are guaranteed. Camber boards offer a powerful edge control and ride very precise and lively.
Rocker

Rocker – Negative Profile

With Rocker Boards, the contact point with the snow lies in the center of the board between the bindings. Due to this negative profile, rocker boards ride agile, easy and forgiving. In addition, they have more lift when riding powder.
Flat

Flat – No Profile

Flat boards, as the name suggests, hardly have a profile so that the board is completely flat on the ground and only the nose and tail are slightly raised. Flat boards have slightly less pop because the lack of profile, but are perfect for park riding, as they are very forgiving.
Loaded

Loaded / Hybrid – Positive & negative Profile

Loaded / Hybrid boards are a hybrid form of camber and rocker. In addition to the negative profile (rocker) in the center of the board, there is a positive profile (camber) between the bindings and the ends of the snowboard. From a technical point of view, Loaded Boards should combine the respective advantages of camber and rocker technology.
Shape
Snowboards
Shape
The Shape of a snowboard refers to the waist and shape of the nose and tail (top and bottom) of the board. If the nose and tail are the same, it is called a twin-tip shape (true twin) that can be ridden backwards and forwards. Especially in Freestyle Snowboarding, twin-tip shapes with a short nose and tail are very popular. In Freeride Snowboarding however, we often find a directional shape, where the nose is wider and more bent at the same time to give more buoyancy in powder. In addition, the holes are placed more in the direction of the Tail to further increase the lift on the snow. These two shapes can also be combined in a directional Twin. This is a twin shape, where the inserts are mounted slightly backwards. This results in a slightly longer nose that provides more flotation in powder and more fun when cruising. This shape combines the freestyle feel of a true twin with more lift and control for off-piste terrain.
Flex
Snowboards
The Flex of a snowboard indicates the stiffness of the board. The rule of thumb here is that the more aggressive and powerful you ride, the harder the board should be. Soft boards (flex 1-2) are easier to steer, much more forgiving for errors and are suitable for butters and presses – properties that are in high demand in Freestlye snowboarding. For All-Mountain- and Freeride Snowboards, the flex should be a bit harder (flex 6-8), because this guarantees more control at high speeds and high grip. In general, although the personal preference decides the Flex, the rule is that the heavier you are, the higher the flex should be (stiffer).