FAQ`s and Equipment Guides: Please read before posting a question.
1) Some basic noob things to look at. When you make your first post on which board to get, please include this info:
Riding style (do you like to charge steeps? Spin 7's/9's, ride groomers?)
Age (are you still growing and puttin on weight?)
budget (if you have one)
Your location of riding
Asking us to recommend a board with out telling us that info will NOT help you OR us.
2) If you're a noob who has never snowboarded, PLEASE consider investing in a day of rentals and lessons. It sucks nothing more than to invest in about a grand's worth of equipment only to turn out hating the sport.
3) When you first start out, please don't have your brain wander off into the terrain park. Without the basic freeride skills, it is nothing short of scary to watch people huck themselves off of features that they simply cannot handle, which may result in injury, or in severe cases even death.
4) Before asking a general question, first check the guides that are stuck at the top of this sub forum; chances are the information you need is right there. If not, spend a little time browsing the thread titles to see if your question has already been asked recently.
5) When you do post a question, try to be specific. Do a little homework and use Google to do some preliminary searching. It is very helpfull to others when you have specific questions and have done your homework.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away.
Added by Snowolf
Before Posting Your Question, Please Read This FAQ
How To Buy Ski and Snowboard Goggles
Goggles serve several purposes. They keep the rain and snow out of your eyes while boarding, they protect you from getting frozen lashes or dried out eyes, they may block harmful UV rays, they can protect your eyes from tree branches or debris in the snow and, depending on the lens type, either reduce light or increase light contrast.
When buying goggles there are several things you need to consider. This guide will help you find the goggles that are right for you.
• Bring whatever headgear you wear on the hill to the shop with you. Whether it is a helmet, beanie or mask, you want to make sure your goggles will fit comfortably with it.
• Try on the goggles properly. Most helmets are made for goggles to go around the outside or fit underneath, but not all goggle shapes are accommodating to every helmet. The fit is NOT universal so try before you buy.
• Make sure the goggle fits your face. Some companies make special goggles for different faces. For example, Asian-appropriate goggles have extra foam to accommodate a smaller nose bridge.
• Make sure there are no gaps and that the goggles allow air flow.
• Be sure everything fits comfortably and works well. Remember, you may be wearing this setup for hours at a time. If something is uncomfortable after 5 minutes, it will not be good for a full day of boarding.
• Goggles should be flexible, but strong. Cheap and flimsy goggles won’t survive an impact, but overly rigid goggles will not conform well to your face.
• Make sure the goggles are in good shape. All the foam should be attached and not coming off of the frame.
• Double lenses prevent fogging and create a thermal barrier to keep you warm.
• Cylindrical double lenses provide good optics for a reasonable price.
• Spherical double lenses provide superior optics and fog-free vision.
• Polycarbonate lens material is generally the most durable.
• Look for an anti-scratch/anti-fog coating on the lenses.
• Always store your goggles in their protective pouch.
• Clean the outside of your goggle lenses with fresh water or lens cleaner and a soft cloth.
• Never wipe the inside of your goggle lenses; it can affect the anti-fog coating. If you get snow or ice inside your goggles, shake them out to remove the snow, then put them back on and keep riding. As you ride, the lenses will air-dry
• To keep your goggles from fogging, keep them on your face. There is a dynamic balance between the cold dry air outside your goggles and the warm moist air inside, managed by the thermal barrier that the double lens creates. When you take the goggles off your head while waiting in line or on the lift, they will likely fog up when you put them back on. The best way to get rid of this minor fog is to keep riding; the airflow will dissipate the moisture
A mirror coating on the lens won't affect the color through which you are looking. For example, a pink lens may have a silver or blue mirror coating, but it is still a pink lens and will filter light accordingly.
• Clear – Clear lenses are best for extremely stormy conditions or night time boarding. They serve very little purpose during the day.
• Lemon (yellow) – Yellow lenses are best for stormy conditions and overcast days. They increase contrast and brighten the landscape. They will work at night as well.
• Vermillon (pink, rose) – Pink lenses increase contrast as well and will be good for overcast and stormy conditions. They also work at night. Pink lenses with a silver mirror are the best all-around lens you can find. They will work in almost any condition.
• Citrus (orange, persimmon) – Orange lenses increase contrast, but work better on bright days. An orange lens with a dark mirror is a good choice for daytime riding or when the conditions are brightest.
• Bronze (brown, amber) – Brown lenses are a good all-around lens choice. While they will increase contrast to an extent, they primarily block light. They are not recommended for night riding.
• Purple – Purple lenses are best in low-light conditions and overcast days, but not night riding. They darken shadows, but do not brighten light areas. Instead, they highlight the contours of bright spots.
• Black (jet, gray, smoke) – These are the darkest of lenses. With a mirror, they are good for bright conditions. They do not alter color so they will not change contrast. For this reason, they are not recommended for night riding.
• Modulator or photochromic lenses change from a light pink/orange to a dark pink/orange depending upon the light conditions. They are a very light, high-contrast color for stormy weather and dark enough for the brightest days
• Polarized goggle lenses can cut the glare that reflects from snow or ice
You can find a great list of the color spectrum used in goggles here.
More information, and more, yet more.
More On Lens Color
this is a chart of all the colors.. amt of light let in and conditions used..
This was made by Oakley so may not be the same for all companies...
How wide of a snowboard do I need?
Snowboard Width - Huh? / The Boarder's Blog
How wide of a snowboard do I need? Where is the width of a snowboard measured? What does width mean in terms of my boot size?
Letís start by talking about measurements, because this is where a lot of the confusion arises. The most common width measurement that is provided by manufacturers is "waist". The waist is measured at the narrowest point near the middle of the board (usually). But like with all things in snowboarding, different brands measure different things. Some measure the midpoint between the tip and tail and call that "waist". Others simply provide a measurement they call, "width", but do not really specify what width they are referring to.
If that has you a bit confused, don't worry, because regardless of where these "waist" measurements are taken, they are not very useful for what they are typically used for. Most people think that this measurement is a good indicator of what foot size a board will handle. It is not, and for a simple reason: you do not stand at the waist, you stand at the inserts. A board's waist measurement is always less than the measurement at the inserts and often the difference is significant. Additionally, two boards with the same waist dimension, may have very different measurements at the inserts, depending on each board's sidecut. Measurement at the center insert is a much better way to compare boards for shoe size compatibility, but for some odd reason, manufacturers do not publish this info.
OK, so now we have told you why we think the commonly provided measurements are pretty silly, but what good does that do you? You still need to know how to figure out the correct width for your new board. Well, here comes. There are two easy steps to getting it right every time.
First, measure your bare foot. It is important that you do not try to use a boot size. It is also important that you measure in centimeters, because the board measurements that you will be comparing to will be in cm. Here is the method that we suggest:
Kick your heel (barefoot please, no socks) back against a wall. Mark the floor exactly at the tip of your toe (the one that sticks out furthest - which toe this is will vary by rider). Measure from the mark on the floor to the wall. That is your foot length and is the only measurement that you will want to use. Measure in centimeters if possible, but if not, take inches and multiply by 2.54 (example: an 11.25 inch foot x 2.54 = 28.57 centimeters).
Second, measure the board you are considering. This measurement is easy. It should be taken at the inserts. Try to measure at the inserts that you will be using to achieve your stance position. If you are unsure about this, simply measure at the center of the insert cluster (that will still be very close). Be sure to measure using the base of the board, not the deck. This is important because the sidewalls on many boards are angled in, and will therefore give you a smaller measurement on the deck than on the base. For our example's sake, let's say the measurement is 27.54 at the center insert.
Still with us? You are almost done. You now have a way to compare foot size to board width where it matters, but how do you interpret this info to get the correct width? Well that depends a little on stance angle. If you ride a 0 degree stance, you will want your foot size to be the same as the width of the board at the inserts or up to 1 cm greater. If you ride at an angled stance, you will want to measure the board across at the angles that you will be riding. Again, you will want your foot to at least match this measurement or exceed it by up to 1 cm. So using our example above, this guy has a foot 28.57 cm that exceeds the board with at the inserts 27.54 cm by 1.03 cm at a zero degree angle. But, when he angles his feet to the 15 degree angles that he rides, voila, he has .10 cm of overhang for a perfect fit.
But wait a second. Are we saying that you should have overhang, even with bare feet? Yes. You will need overhang to be able to apply leverage to your edges and to get the most out of your board. 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch of boot overhang for both toe and heel is ideal, and will not create problematic toe or heel drag. Remember that boots typically add 1/2 at both the toe and heel to your foot measurement from above, due to padding, insulation and the outer boot materials. We do not suggest using the boot length to size boards though, as the extra padding etc, cannot be used well to create leverage, that has to come from your foot itself. We highly recommend that riders do not choose boards where their feet do not come to or exceed the real board width.
OK, that's all well and good, but where can you get the information on board width at the inserts if the manufacturers don't provide it? That's easy. Email the store that carries the board(s) that you are considering. Give them your foot length in cm (and your stance width and angles if you know them). They will be able to provide you with the width at the inserts that you will be using and can factor in your stance angle as well to get you the exact overhang that you will have with bare feet.
Once mounted, the best way to test is to put your (tightly laced) boots into your bindings and strap them in tightly. It is important that you have the heel pulled all the way back into the bindings heel cup or the test wonít help. On a carpeted floor place your board flat on its base. Kneel behind the heelside edge and lift that edge so that it rests on your knees and so that the toeside edge is angled down into the carpet. Now press down with both hands using firm pressure, one hand on each of the boots. This will compress the board's sidecut and simulate a turn on hard snow. You can change the angle of the board on your knees to become progressively steeper and you will be able to see at what angle you will start getting toe drag. You will want to repeat the test for your heelside as well. If you are not getting drag at normal turn and landing angles, then you are good to go.
Also a note about boots: Boot design plays a big role in toe drag as does binding ramping and binding base height. Boots that have a solid bevel at the toe/heel drag less. Many freestyle boots push for more surface contact and reduce bevel. This helps with contact, but if you have a lot of overhang with those boots it hurts in terms of toe drag.
Now go ride!
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