Do I want a directional snowboard?

This is for cruising and carving, directional boards are better at speed when riding in your normal stance. Also, these boards can be ridden switch but they won’t perform as well as the sidecut or board materials were been designed to fit your regular stance.

Can you ride switch on a directional snowboard?

A directional snowboard will have a longer nose than tail, which helps with floating in powder and riding regular. The side effect is the longer nose means it isn’t quite as good for riding switch as a twin snowboard, however, you can still ride switch just fine.

Is a directional snowboard good for beginners?

As we said in the beginning of this article, twin snowboards are generally more recommended for beginners due to the fact that they’re easier to learn how to ride on. Directional snowboards do have their purpose, but their inherent limited use may restrict or complicate the learning experience for beginners.

Are directional snowboards good for park?

Snowboard Shape Many freeride boards and some all-mountain boards are directional. True twins are symmetrical in construction and exhibit no difference in performance whether you ride them forward or backward. This makes them a popular choice for park and pipe riding.

Is a directional snowboard bad?

Regardless of the reasoning that’s kept us on symmetrical boards, every snowboarder should at least try a directional powder board. Switching to a directional powder board allows you to have more fun in deep snow, ride more seamlessly, and experience the mountain in a whole new way.

What are directional snowboards good for?

Directional boards are mostly used for all-mountain riders and freeriders. Most, if not all, of the time you will be riding in one direction. And the board is optimized to make riding in one-direction better – particularly for carving, speed and powder.

What is the easiest type of snowboard to ride?

The best flex for a beginner is soft or medium-to-soft (1,2,3 or 4 out of 10). The reason for this is that a flex that is on the softer side is easier to maneuver and manipulate, particularly at slower speeds.

What type of snowboard should a beginner get?

Another important factor when looking at beginner boards is the flex. When you are a beginner snowboarder, you are going to want to look for a softer to medium flex. Most snowboards will have a scale that is 1-10 with 10 being the stiffest. I would say beginners should stay under 4 when looking at the flex scale.

Are directional boards good for jumps?

Due to the directional nature of these shapes riders who are more freestyle focussed might not appreciate them. Directional boards will make riding switch and landing jumps in either direction more difficult.

How do you know if your snowboard is directional?

Directional boards have the same tail/nose width but there is usually a very noticeable difference in shape and length. The side cut is also different and favors directional riding much more than switch. You can ride switch but it’s noticeably different.