How to Build a Snowboard Package

How to Build a Snowboard Package
Though you can purchase snowboard packages that come pre-assembled, the best way to get the right gear is to put together your own package. After all, do you want the inexpensive gear that shop personnel put together to get rid of or do you want gear that you handpicked yourself? Build your own snowboard package with boots, bindings and snowboard and get the equipment that will perform best for you.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Determine your ability. Are you a beginner, intermediate, advanced or expert rider? Be honest with yourself to get suitable equipment. Beginners and intermediate riders should avoid equipment that is too stiff or specialized. Opt for snowboards, bindings and boots that are slightly flexible and provide a more comfortable, forgiving ride.
Step 2
Determine your style. In addition to ability, style will dictate the type of equipment that's best for you. Probably the most popular style, "freestyle" riding entails doing jumps, grinds and tricks in the park and halfpipe. "All mountain" equipment is good for the rider that wants to enjoy the full mountain without getting really specific equipment. "Freeride" is a discipline that entails riding all the features of the mountain including steeps, powder and backcountry features. Freeride equipment is stiffer, designed to be fast and responsive. Other more-specific styles include park/pipe, powder and split boards for backcountry treks.
Step 3
Begin with boots. In addition to getting boots that meet your ability and style, fit your boots. Boots must be tight on your foot and not allow for much independent foot movement. Your toes should be just touching the front toe box of the boot. Your heels need to remain planted in the boots without lifting when you bend forward with your feet flat.
Step 4
Get boots that are comfortable and easy to put on, lace up and take off. Try the boots on and consider how easy they are to tighten down. Boots use several different types of lacing, including laces, speed lacing and BOA systems. Get one that works well for you. Stiffer boots are better for freeride, backcountry and racing while softer boots are better for beginners and freestyle.
Step 5
Determine your binding type. The two options available to the majority of riders today are rear entry and strap. Talk to some other riders and read reviews to determine which is right for you. Strap bindings are the most widely available and are a good all-around option for any type of rider. Rear entry bindings are quicker and easier to get into, require less adjustment and provide a secure, reliable fit.
Step 6
Pick out bindings. Some things to consider when picking out bindings are fit, style, comfort and features. The bindings should fit your boots securely. They should correspond to your style of snowboarding and be flexible or stiff enough for you. The bindings should feel comfortable when you put them on and shouldn't dig into your foot or calf. Finally, consider things like adjustable hardware, quality build and ease of use.
Step 7
Determine the right length for your snowboard. Check manufacturer's guidelines to find the right board for your height and weight. In general, a board should stand between the chin and nose. Shorter boards within this range are best for beginners and freestyle riders. Boards between the mouth and nose are better for intermediate to advanced riders and freeriders. Boards above the nose are best-suited to advanced or expert riders, powder and backcountry.
Step 8
Get the correct width. Measure your boots against the board to ensure they don't hang over and don't come up very short of the edge. When set down at your stance angle, the boots should roughly cover the width of the board. Those with size 10 boots and larger may need to opt for a "wide" board.

Tips & Warnings

Decide on a budget ahead of time as snowboarding gear can get quite expensive. Shop for gear within your preset budget. Be sure that your bindings and snowboard use compatible mounting hardware.
Decide on a budget ahead of time as snowboarding gear can get quite expensive. Shop for gear within your preset budget.
Be sure that your bindings and snowboard use compatible mounting hardware.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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