Most people think of skiboards as really short, fat skis. While skiers think of anything under 150cm as short, 120cm is considered quite long for a skiboard. Upon closer inspection, you also will notice that skiboards are constructed and shaped much more like snowboards than skis, so in reality skiboards are miniature snowboards worn on each foot. They turn, edge and carve in the same manner as snowboards. The feel of riding skiboards is often compared to ice-skating or rollerblading.
Revel8 produces a range of skiboards from 75cm to 110cm. Nearly all of their boards are designed by professional skiboarders. Each board is handmade with wooden cores in the same sandwich construction process as high-end snowboards. The company is dedicated to only skiboards, and each year it is producing new models and tweaking models from years past to constantly fine-tune its board design.
Snowjam is primarily a snowboard company, which means it already had the right construction in mind for making high-quality skiboards. Their product range is focused on shorter boards, with offerings in 75cm, 90cm and 99cm. These boards tend to have a skate-like feel, and riders coming from ice or rollerblade backgrounds usually find these quite comfortable and easy to get used to. Like Revel8, their boards feature wood cores and sandwich construction for a smooth ride and plenty of pop in the terrain park.
At the other end of the spectrum, Spruce Mountain focuses on the longer end of skiboards, with offerings in 120cm and 130cm. It also makes a line of releasable skiboard bindings, which are essential to prevent injury when riding longer boards. Like all high-end boards, these have solid wood cores and sandwich construction with rubber dampening materials to keep the ride smooth at high speeds.
Article Written By Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams has spent over 11 years working in the information technology, health care and outdoor recreation fields. He has over seven years of technical and educational writing experience, and has brought strong skills and passion to the Demand Studios team in articles for eHow and Trails in 2009.