Any board will fit for the first season on the edges, even many freestyle boards has quite suitable stiffness. Any all-mountain will fit and boardcross and freeride boards will allow you to step further.
Torsion stiffness is not the most important criterion of the board no matter what manufacturers claim and it should be comfortable exactly for you. Typically, a torsion stiffness is increased with usage of various reinforcing elements such as carbon forks or stringers, titanal lyers and triaxial or quadaxial ply weaving of core laminate. However, all these technologies make snowboard tougher along the longitudinal axis also. This is not always necessary and not comfortable for everyone.
The contact length of the edge is equally important as it affects the stability of the board in turn. It is also called the effective edge length, and depending on the shape snowboards of the same size can have different values of the contact length.
Sidecut radius determines the mobility of the board and to some extent, its turn radius. The larger sidecut radius the larger the turn of your board will be.
Waist width should be sufficient to set a comfortable angle for bindubgs, but you should keep in mind that wide boards (from 255mm) can cause difficulties for riders with small feet size. Therefore you should be careful, for example, picking up a snowboard for a girl from the men's collection.
There is difference between the width of the nose and tail in some freeride boards, it will not influence anyhow your carving. If you like this tappered board – buy it. No need to be afraid of the alleged "soft" nose of freeride boards, with the right technique it will not loose on the tough slope. Furthermore such a nose will assist you in light changes of the edge when you put your front leg into the turn while your back leg is still on the edge.
Let us say it again – you can start learning carving on any board. You can learn basic movements, basic position and turns on edges and get used to new speeds on any board which has sidecut and edge. It can be compared with learning process – from the simple to the complex, from slow deliberate exercises to fast and energetic riding, from flat slopes to the ones at 40 degrees angles. The steady growth of technique may well lead you to the choice of a new snowboard that will match your future plans. Usually at this point attentive students have no more questions but we will give them some more helpful information.
The perfect board for softcarving - is a freeride snowboard sized from 161 to 166, with traditional camber and effective edge length starting from 1250mm, sidecut radius from 8.8 to 10m, with triaxial laminate and torsion reinforcements.
Because Funcarve for universality. There is no universality with the board of 168cm or longer. For example APO Apocalipse 174 runs very well in turn and allows extremecarving in softboots. However, this is all it can offer you. Only guys made of steel can go for freeride with this board and for sure not on 60° slopes. And if the initial goal is to ride in extremecarving style then it is wiser to buy equipment developed specifically for this style – plastic boots, bindings and Swoard board.
This includes all kinds of boardcross boards of eminent Oxess, Kessler, Choc, Donek and others. Boards for SBX initially have stiffness comparable to racing boards, they perfectly run in turn and also allows lay-downs. But all they can allow you to do is to take part in competitions. Do you need it? :)
Regarding the SBX boards there is also one more thing - this is their "non-living" character, it is mystical feeling of boards hard to describe that are not to everyone's taste.
For more than three years we’ve been collecting reviews and feed backs about various snowboards and this experience became the basis for creation of this list consisted of several snowboard models most suitable for further improvement of your soft carving skills. If you are now in situation of choice among several snowboards which neither you nor your friends ever tried then this list may be helpful for you.
The most recognizable and most frequently advised snowboard for softboot carving. Its benefits - it is easy to buy, the price for used item is about $ 350. Its minuses – models made in the years up to 2009 were more "alive", the latest releases are more sluggish. Best Eliminator - is Eliminator Carbon, it is soft enough in the longitudinal aspect, but stiff in the torsion one. This makes it very comfortable for everyday riding and freeriding, but at the same time extremely stable and fast on the edge!
Cosmos 163 is ideal for riding through forests and narrow couloirs, where maneuverability and good floating are important in snow at low speed. At the same time, the overall rigidity of the board, the large sidecut radius and full camber help to accelerate in open areas. As a result, we received a very interesting and lively board, which would be an excellent choice for lovers of technical and fast riding.
The advantages are a large effective length, excellent torsion stiffness, a sidecut radius of 9 m, a choice of stance from 480mm, a wide waistline of 267mm and a reasonable price. The combination of these characteristics makes this board the most successful board for softboot carving.
We conducted many tests in the 2017-2018 season and found the perfect balance between rigidity and comfort, predictability and playfulness. The board received a uniform distribution of stiffness along the entire length, for more predictable behavior in the turn. It will help you to make experiments while studying. At the same time, the board is quite flexible, and likes to jump from turn to turn with aggressive riding.
Cosmos 163 we have designated for riders 70-85 kg. At 163rd size, it has a wide waist - 267mm. This allows carvings on more comfortable corners with a foot size from 42 to 44 without a significant overhang of shoes over the edges.
Navigator 156 is ideal for riding through forests and narrow couloirs, where maneuverability and good floating are important in snow at low speed. At the same time, the overall rigidity of the board, the large sidecut radius and full camber help to accelerate in open areas. As a result, we received a very interesting and lively board.
The advantages are a large effective length, excellent torsion stiffness, a sidecut radius of 9 m, a choice of stance from 480mm, a wide waistline of 260mm. The combination of these characteristics makes this board the most successful board for softboot carving.
Плюсы - не тонет в пухляке, даже если сильно перегружать переднюю ногу,- это просто чудо! На трассе отлично держит дугу, прощает ошибки с развесовкой и малой закантовкой. Ширина талии порадует ребят даже с 12 US размером ноги.
Минусы - очень широко размечены закладные, даже с ростом в 186см приходится использовать самую узкую стойку, чтобы чувствовать себя комфортно. А также жесткость "на грани", которая многих ребят шокирует, при переходе с привычного снаряда. Слишком большой градиент в отзывчивости. Доска самопроизвольно кантуется и стремится в резаный поворот. К этому надо быть готовым и физически и ментально..
Отличный софткарвинговый направленный твин-тип для парней. Жесткий, широкий, кемберный. Классическкая геометрия позволяет его рекомендовать тем парням, у кого на Элиминаторе ноги не помещаются. Торсионная жесткость на уровне "жесткий, но не дубовый". Очень упругий и весело отдает энергию дуги в ноги, жизнерадостно выпрыгивая из поворота.
Минусы - также очень широко размечены закладные, даже с ростом в 186см приходится использовать самую узкую стойку, чтобы чувствовать себя комфортно.
Большой размерный ряд ростовок позволяет подобрать оптимальный размер доски под любое сочетание роста, веса, размера ноги карвера. Начинка доски полностью совпадает с начинкой Capra, поэтому те, кого смущает её вычурная фрирайдная геометрия, могут смело выбирать Wooden.
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It is interesting because of its sizes - 152, 156 and 160.5, and the abundance of all sorts of technological stuff allows you to do anything you want on this snowboard. It feels like Jeremy simply took all technologies of freeride boards production and compiled them into one board. Narrowed crescent-shaped tail, blunt nose shape, sidecut radius of 9.5m, little nose rocker combined with camber, 264mm wide waist - all this allowed to give 160 snowboard the character of 167 one. Needless to say that in everyday riding it is more comfortable than long boards. Besides it floats in pow well, neatly runs in turn and changes edge quickly. And not the least thing is that the price of this board is relatively low. Now we sure - it's perfect board for softboot carving and freeride.
Modern snowboard for carving and freeride, that recently a great rarity. Fashionable geometry of a short freeride board, with a wide waist, moderately tough and fairly inexpensive.
Basically a clone of Hovercraft, but on a full classic camber. The only board that we can now recommend to girls who aspire to technical riding on the edges. Well, who also love and off-piste lines. A wide selection of sizes allows you to choose the optimal board. Check it: 148, 153, 157 and 161.
The last two, by the way, will suit the lean carvers.
A fresh breath of air in the boards at full camber. Concept appeared one season later than it should have. Already two years he had no competitors in the mass market.
A more advanced version of Area, some steeper core and a slip is declared. In reality, the difference is almost not noticeable, except in price. So you can choose by design and availability.
Size 153, 157 and 161 will be able to choose boarders up to 85kg by weight. With heavier weights - it is better to take something harder and longer, for example, from Goodboards.