If you know zero about snowboarding then this is the page to read first!
What do I need to know about buying a snowboard?
The first things you need to know are that snowboards are not made equal. They come in different lengths, different widths and some are curved up in the middle while others are curved down in the middle while others are flat in the middle. The curve is referred to as the Camber or Rocker depending on which direction it curves (up or down). More on that farther down this page.
Snowboard lengths are measured in cm. You need to buy the correct length for your height so that you can control the snowboard correctly. We have a snowboard wizard on our homepage to help you see your correct length.
What Are Snowboard Bindings?
If you simply stood on a snowboard wearing your snowboard boots then you’d slip off your snowboard. To prevent this from happening you wear something called snowboard bindings. Snowboard bindings are fixed to your snowboard with screws and then you slip your boots in to the bindings where straps on the bindings hold your boots firmly in place.
More About Camber and Rocker
As mentioned previously, snowboards can be flat or curved. Why add this complication? Well, each shape adds various types of behaviour to different types of snowboarding style. Below is a description of each.
Camber has a slight rise in the middle as you can see above. It distributes your weight across the board and also gives the rider a slightly springy feeling.
Rocker boards are good for deep snow and can be used by beginners or advanced snowboarders. When the snow is likely to be deep, powdery snow then this style is perfect.
A snowboard with no camber or rocker is basically a flat snowboard in the centre. These board perform well in most snowboarding situations.
So which one should I buy?
We recommend the zero camber if you are just starting out. The two other styles are usually looked at when you’ve been snowboarding a while and you start to know the characteristics that you are specifically needing for various styles of snowboarding.
How Do I Know What Size Snowboard Bindings to Buy?
You will notice that there are quite large ranges of boot sizes but only a few sizes of bindings. This is because snowboard bindings sizes are very forgiving and each size can fit quite variable boot sizes inside it. So you simply need to get close rather than exact and it will be fine.
Do All Makes of Bindings Fit All Makes of Snowboard?
This is a 90% Yes answer. Ninety percent of bindings from any manufacturer will fit ninety percent of the snowboards on sale. Even some that don’t can be made to fit as there are conversion kits on the internet that allow conversion to be possible between manufacturers. One manufacturer to hold as an exception is Burton. Burton do have their own unique fittings so be cautious with the Burton range of snowboards and the bindings you choose for them.