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Has anyone done mountain boarding before? I've only heard of this sport recently and it looks like- being obsessed with snowboarding- I might have something to keep me sane during my free time this summer while I wait for more snow.

Based on what I know about it already, it is supposed to be very similar; the only significant difference being wheels. A mountain board is longer than a skateboard, has bindings with ratchets, and is apparently controlled by leaning toeside and heelside, or so I've heard.

They're designed to be used downhill on dirt, but can also be used on anything else really.

This is a Trampa mountain board:



I'm just not sure if it would be worth buying one, being a college student with limited extra money...

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Freeboards look cool, but unless you live somewhere with long paved downhills with very little traffic they aren't all that practical.
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Mountain boarding?

mountain boards are made to go down mountains bro not grass. they are super fun but turn like a skateboard, free boarding is way more like snowboarding. try surfing if you can
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Has anyone done mountain boarding before? I've only heard of this sport recently and it looks like- being obsessed with snowboarding- I might have something to keep me sane during my free time this summer while I wait for more snow.

Based on what I know about it already, it is supposed to be very similar; the only significant difference being wheels. A mountain board is longer than a skateboard, has bindings with ratchets, and is controlled pretty much the same way as a snowboard (leaning toeside and heelside)

They're designed to be used downhill on grass, but can also be used on anything else really.

This is a Trampa mountain board:



I'm just not sure if it would be worth buying one, being a college student with limited extra money...
My worst extreme-sports wipeout ever was on rollerblades down a super-steep hill that I couldn't stop myself from falling down. My second worst happened on a gravel slope at high speed on a mountain board.

I'll never try these sports ever again. The pain vs fun factor is just not there.

Surfing is my offseason fix.
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mountain boards are made to go down mountains bro not grass.
Thanks for the info, I'll change that in the first post.
I know I could still go down a grass hill with one. I've seen a lot videos of it on YouTube, and I can ride my mountain bike down hill fine with it having the same kind of tires (except for being larger).

lol IDon't really want THIS to happen because I know when learning I'll screw up a few times...
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Looks like freeboarding is my summer passion now...entire set-up is only $300!

Now I can practice switch riding all spring and summer
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Hey, freeboarding does look even more similar to snowboarding, especially being able to butter like that. Do they have bindings, too? Looked like it in the video but I couldn't really tell for sure.
Like mountainboarding, I've never heard of this brefore, neither. I like the look of it better though because a setup would be a lot cheaper and easier to get here in the U.S.

I would have one, slight problem though ...

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unless you live somewhere with long paved downhills with very little traffic they aren't all that practical.
Where I live is pretty much flat as far as pavement goes, and the roads are not very smooth.
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Hey, freeboarding does look even more similar to snowboarding, especially being able to butter like that. Do they have bindings, too? Looked like it in the video but I couldn't really tell for sure.
Like mountainboarding, I've never heard of this brefore, neither. I like the look of it better though because a setup would be a lot cheaper and easier to get here in the U.S.

I would have one, slight problem though ...



Where I live is pretty much flat as far as pavement goes, and the roads are not very smooth.
I was curious so I did some research and came across a company called freeboardstore.com. They sell complete boards (decks, wheels, trucks, and bindings) starting at $220. A great way to practice switch during the off season!
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I was curious so I did some research and came across a company called freeboardstore.com. They sell complete boards (decks, wheels, trucks, and bindings) starting at $220. A great way to practice switch during the off season!
I think I'm on their site right now looking at how they work. Caster wheels between skate wheels? [B]Ingenious.

Years ago I had a caster board, which was apparently supposed to be "just like snowboarding". - I call BS!
It had several problems:
1.) It was too short for me.
2.) I couldn't rock heelside to toeside; it was this weird...squirrelly motion which was stupid.
3.) Worst problem: It was just balanced on 2 caster wheels and was ridiculously easy to come off it. I couldn't land jumps, slide, or come to a sudden stop and easily lost control at high speeds.

These freeboards, however, look awesome!


*suddenly wants one"
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