There are many types of snowboards to choose from and it’s often difficult to figure out what will work best for your own riding style. Below is an overview of the common snowboard shapes that should help you decide what type of board you should buy. The shape of the board and the type of contact it makes with the snow will determine your experience on the mountain.

Snowboard true twin

True Twin
A true twin snowboard is called a ‘twin’ because the bottom half (tail) and top half (nose) are completely symmetrical and also the flex is exactly the same on both ends. Twin boards have a centered stance which means that the bindings are placed in the exact center of the board. An Asymmetrical Twin snowboard is similar to the Twin board except for one thing: manufacturers change the board’s flexor side cut to get a so-called ‘Duck stance’.

Snowboard directional twin

Directional Twin
A Directional Twin snowboard looks like a Twin but there is usually something that is not symmetrical. There could be a more set back stance or the board’s tail could have a stiffer flex than its nose. Directional twins are most at home on all-mountain and freestyle terrain.

Snowboard directional

Directional
Common among freeride and all mountain snowboards, directional boards are designed to be ridden primarily in one direction. These boards are often stiffer in the tail and softer towards the nose to give the rider stability while carving at high speed. There is also a very noticeable difference in these boards shape and length.

Snowboard tapered directional

Tapered Directional
A tapered directional snowboard is similar to the directional snowboard but has a tail that is less wide than the nose. Almost everything about the tip and tail is different and they usually offer a more of a surf style one direction ride.

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