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 ☺.
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-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.
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.
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).