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Old 08-09-2014, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What Exactly Is a Directional Twin?

So I've been thinking about what makes a snowboard a directional twin. Here's what I've concluded. To be a directional twin:
  • Tip and tail width need to be the same
  • Binding inserts should be set back
  • The flex pattern could either be symmetric or directional (tail is stiffer than nose)

Agree/disagree so far?

Now what if the sidecut is also set back a bit (not to be confused with asymmetric toe/heel side sidecuts)? Does it still qualify as a directional twin or does it now transition into a straight up "directional" snowboard?
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If I'm not mistaken, a setback on the inserts is not required to constitute a directional twin either. I believe that even if the inserts are centered, if it has a directional "flex" built into it, it qualifies as a directional twin! Or so it would seem based on a few of the descriptions I've read.
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If I'm not mistaken, a setback on the inserts is not required to constitute a directional twin either. I believe that even if the inserts are centered, if it has a directional "flex" built into it, it qualifies as a directional twin! Or so it would seem based on a few of the descriptions I've read.
So then, a directional flex regardless of whether inserts are set back or not, qualifies. Makes sense.

What about a board with true twin flex and stance setback? Does such exist? If so... true twin or directional twin?
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I don't know if such a board exists. I would doubt it does. (...I'm no board or tech expert. Far from it in fact.). I do know that some guys will ride with a setback stance on a true twin when riding POW. So, since you could simply set your stance back when on a twin deck, I don't know if a mfr. would see the need to design a board for that.

But then again, what I don't know about snowboards could fill a rather large book! Just don't have enough years riding experience yet.
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Websites say my never summer legacy is "twinish". It has a setback. A local shop said it is symmetrical but with a setback. Does that mean the board flexes the same either way?
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No such thing as a set back sidecut. The onlyvway to achieve that is by having a longer nosethan tail.
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No such thing as a set back sidecut. The onlyvway to achieve that is by having a longer nosethan tail.
…good catch! I didn't even occur to me to comment on that from the OP! (…toldja!! I'm no board expert.) But ETM is exactly right there. The only way you're getting the sidecut of the board to be "setback" as you put it, is on a board that is designed directional. i.e. Longer nose than tail!

In which case the board is designed to be ridden with a setback stance. Whatever that might be. My Arbor Roundhouse has an almost 2 inch setback to it! (…I really can't wait for the day I get a chance to put that thing in some knee to waist deep POW!!!)
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The nose would have to be fatter not longer.

Or maybe both, but definitely fatter.


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One you start to look at the board as a sidecut with 2 ends on it all this confusion is put to rest. Its so simple but marketing relies on confusing the bejesus out of people.
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The nose would have to be fatter not longer.

Or maybe both, but definitely fatter.


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Twin shape cant have a fatter nose ;-)
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