really depends on board top sheet, and type of conditions you ride under. If you have a board with a "sticky" top sheet, and ride in softer type snow, then you don't really need one. If your board has a slick top sheet, and your often skating in hardpack or icy type conditions, a stop pad can be very helpful. It's your call. Some people don't use them, some swear by them. Either way, it won't effect the way your board handles when your really riding it.
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