Okay so maybe I'm bored because the powder is melting like the wicked witch of the west. But I want to open up a controversial debate. I think that the term people like to use "Damp or Dampness" is a myth. This is like the seat of your pants dyno myth that made you "feel" the power added to your car by one of those tornado cyclone things you stuck in your intake that actually decreased power if anything. Here are my arguments:
1) There is no concrete definition of "damp". There are ratings on some snowboard companies websites. But the general consensus is that "it's that feeling when you blast through crud and you don't feel it in your legs". Yeah that's what a stiff board does. It would likely move the snow out of the way instead of riding over it, making it feel like a smoother ride.
2) Our boards don't have built in dampers/shocks. When comparing our boards to a cars suspension, they are like the leaf spring on old cars/trucks. You load them up, they spring back. If you take a board and put it on two stacks of textbooks, then drop a weight on the middle of it, the board will deflect down, then spring back up, and back down and back up a few times. If the boards were truly "damp" then you'd drop the weight, the board would go down and stay down.
When talking about products that offer some sort of dampening effect (Dampers...
), generally you think of fluids, not wood/fibreglass/other composites.
Now I know what you're all going to say. I can hear the steam coming out of your ears right now. The types of wood used, weaves of glass, resins, etc. will all have SOME effect on how much of an ideal spring the snowboard is. But generally speaking these differences are going to be relatively minor compared to the major difference people claim when giving opinions on boards during formal or informal board reviews.
Here's my hypothesis: What people are actually feeling is the stiffness of the board. And yes I believe 100$ that various stiffness levels, and what parts of the board are thicker/stiffer can have an effect on the feeling of smoothing out the bumps.
But I think the term "damp" is a bit of a misnomer with regards to snowboards. The board is a spring, your legs are the shock absorbers...