THE VARIOUS TYPES OF SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT
|Various type of Snowboard equipment
The snowboarding industry has a brief history, but the evolution of equipment has been rapid. The boards, boots, and binding styles sold in 1985-86 are no longer available. Split tails, center fins, bolt-on metal edges, wide short bullet-shaped boards, and non-supportive boots are all gone. There are currently 65 snowboard equipment manufacturers (boards, boots, and bindings). The cost of snowboard equipment is very comparable to the cost and type of ski equipment.
The term symmetry is frequently used in board discussions. The turn dynamics of a board are obviously different from those of a ski because it is ridden with one foot forward. A board can be symmetrical from front to back and/or from side to side. A ski is normally asymmetrical front to back and symmetrical side to side. Most boards, like skis, have symmetry. The following are some of the reasons for different symmetry configurations:
2. Front to back symmetry
Common in freestyle and half-pipe designs, also known as twintips. This type of board can be ridden in either direction with equal control and usually has a centered stance. Asymmetrical and/or shifted side-cuts: Asymmetry about the board's longitudinal centerline. The side-cut shift is only a few inches long. The toe edge is shifted forward in relation to the heel edge, which explains why the rider's toes are closer to the nose of the board than his/her heels.
Because the toes are closer to the nose, the center of pressure (C.P.) applied to the edge is further forward than the C.P. applied to the heel side. Furthermore, the side-cuts can have varying radii and the flex pattern can be asymmetrical. These types of boards are most commonly found in the race and alpine categories. Asymmetrical boards are designed to be ridden with either goofy or regular feet, so they come in two shapes, one mirror image of the other.
These boards are used in downhill, GS, and slalom competitions. They are usually stiff, narrow, and long. They are made for fast use, with long effective edges for carving turns. Alpine: These boards are primarily aimed at crossover skiers. These boards are designed to look like fat skis and have many of the same characteristics as skis.
This type of board is also known as all-terrain or all-mountain. They are intended for use in all snow conditions, and most can be ridden successfully in the half-pipe. This type of board accounts for approximately half of all boards sold in the United States.
These boards are intended for use in the half-pipe as well as jibbing, bonking, and other general freestyle moves. They are more flexible, with wider foot stances that are more centered on the board. The board most likely has a larger nose and tail area and a less effective edge than a board from another category. Because of their inability to hold an edge on hard snow and steep slopes, boards in this category generally do not have good all-around utility. Because of the stance configuration, the board is generally more difficult to control.
Snowboarding uses three types of bindings: high-back, plate, and soft-boot step-in. The high-back is distinguished by a vertical plastic back piece used to apply pressure to the heel side of the board, as well as two straps that go over the foot. One strap secures the heel, while the other secures the toe. A shin strap is a third strap on the vertical back piece of some high-backs that provides additional support and aids in toe side turns.
The plate or hard-boot binding, like a ski binding, is used with a hard shell boot and is non-releasable. The soft-boot step-in is the third type of binding. It is a cross between the first two types listed. A soft-looking boot with significantly increased support and a retention mechanism. This retention mechanism interacts with a latching device attached to the board.
Soft, hard, and hybrid boots are the three types of boots. Soft boots evolved from Sorel and Sno-pac boots, and they typically have lace-up bladders and shells. The more flexible the boot, the easier it is to perform contorted freestyle maneuvers, but ankle support and edge hold suffer. The shells are made of rubber, leather, or plastic, and the bladders are similar to ski bladders except that they are normally laced up. Hard boots are similar to, but distinct from, ski boots.
They are mostly used with race and alpine boards and provide support and edge hold at the expense of flexibility. Ski boots do not work well as snowboard boots because boarding places very different pressures on the feet and thus the boots than skiing; lateral flex is desirable in snowboarding but should be avoided at all costs in skiing. Hybrid boots fall somewhere between the two extremes. They may have an all-plastic shell that is thinner than that of a hard boot and may be laced up rather than buckled.
There is a lot of clothing made specifically for snowboarding. The knees, buttocks, shoulders, elbows, palms, and fingers are commonly reinforced. Some clothing is even padded in the stress areas with foam or plastic. Consider the following facts: a beginner spends a lot of time on his or her knees and buttocks, snowboarding will wear out a cheap pair of gloves in a few days due to abuse, the clothes should not be binding, and the pants should be waterproof.