There are two brands at the top of the mountain. This is Burton and Ride without criminal intent. These two companies have been doing it for years and there are no barriers to composites. But what makes one better than the other?
The real challenge in bringing these boards down from the mountain is their stability and torsion.
Burton has been in the game for over 30 years. So that makes them compete, but the ride is not new to the game. Each offers a strong guarantee for their products, but overall you want to make sure you have a board that you like to ride.
Here are some of the types of boards each of these companies produce.
Race / Alpine: Tall, slender, stiff and directional. At best, on clean slopes, cars are often ridden in “hard” boots, but especially in Europe, riders ride in soft boots for fun.
Freeride: longer and semi-directional. In medium to firm flex. For long and fast rotations in different types of snow, hard-cleaned to soft powder is used.
Free style: generally shorter with a half-directional length or two tips. Medium to soft bending. Has a deep side cut for fast and firm rotation. Used in pipes and parks in various jumps and ground features including boxes, rails and tables.
Park / pocket (rail): Flexible and short, twin-shaped with twin bending for easy switch mounting, wider position, with opaque edges. Used for skateboard parks such as snowboard parks.
All-Mountain: A combination of free-board and free-style boards. “Jack of all trades, master of none.” Typically directional with twin or directional bending. Medium flexibility for different types of land.
Split: Not to be confused with a swallow’s tail, the split board is made of a stable powder board that can be divided into two Turing skis and is used when hiking in deep mountain conditions.
We hope this helps you find what you need in the vast world of snowboarding.