SKI & SNOWBOARD BUYING GUIDE
Whether you're brand new to the slopes or have couple of seasons under your belt, this guide is the perfect place to start when buying new snow equipment.
ROCKER: Ideal board for a learner or beginner. At low speeds rocker snowboards are playful to ride, and also great in powder.
FLAT BASE: Flat base boards have no bend through the body and therefore go fast if running into a straight line, however when turning they are not as responsive as a camber profile board.
CAMBER: For an experienced snowboarder. When laid flat, these have a slight upward curve towards the centre of the board. Camber snowboards offer precise edge hold, are powerful into and out of the turn and are very stable and responsive.
HYBRID: Hybrid profiles with rocker tip and tail are designed to give the best of both worlds, with power and edge hold through camber under foot, providing easier turns and float. A hybrid snowboard is an all-rounder and happy medium that isn't overly specific to any particular terrain.
somewhere between your nose and chin.
UNIVERSAL: This type of base plate works with numerous types of board mounting systems including Burton channel system boards, and typically comes with Burton bindings (except EST)
Most snowboard bindings available use the standard 4 screw mounting system. The screw size and hole spread are standardized across virtually all snowboards meaning your bindings
will be compatible with whatever board you decide to attach them to (excluding Burton channel system & 3 screw mounting snowboards).
3 SCREW: Some Burton snowboards have triangle binding mount configuration requiring only 3 screws to attach each binding. You will most likely need to use a Burton binding.
BURTON EST: Only compatible with the Burton channel system. The bindings attach by two screws only, and in turn offer better board flex under foot, and improved adjustability.
If the ski sweeps up toward the tip and tail, it’s called rocker. If the ski only touches at the tip and tail and the middle is lifted, it’s called camber.
ROCKER: Rocker lifts the wider parts of the ski off the snow which gives a “catch free” feeling when running the ski flat and transitioning from edge to edge. It also creates lift in soft snow to help initiate the turn.
CAMBER: Camber gives a spring effect to a ski. As you load it up with weight and the forces of gravity, a cambered ski will naturally want to return to its original position. This helps propel you from one turn to another.
HEEL: Engages the binding with downward force. The boot is released by pushing down at the tail.
TOE: The toe holds the front of the boot in place, and has an anti-friction device (AFD) for smooth boot release.
BRAKE: Parallel when engaged, but digs into the snow when released, preventing your ski from moving forward. These should always be at least as wide as the waist of your ski so that they clear the edges. Skis will mention three dimensions e.g. 115/90/112, so in this case the width underfoot is 90mm.
DIN SETTING: How aggressive you ride determines how strong the binding needs to be as well as the DIN value. The lower the DIN value, the less force is required for release. A higher DIN range is typically suited to more aggressive or expert skiers. Skiing ability and style, as well as height and weight will determine the appropriate DIN range.
MOUNTING: Bindings must be mounted by a trained technician if not pre-mounted. This is FREE at our Snow Workshops for all products purchased at Torpedo7.