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How to Choose the Right Snowboard Flex


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Whattup Shredder?

In this video we go over How to Choose The Right Snowboard Flex for you and the kind of ride you want to have.

Depending on your riding style and your favorite tricks, your board flexibility will vary greatly.

It’s important to have the right board for your needs and we are going to break how to choose your flex right now.

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How to Know What Flexibility You Need

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Christian: (00:00)

What up Shredder. today, we’re going to talk about how to choose the right snowboard flex. This is really important because it affects how many tricks you can stomp off jumps. It affects your ability to butter into gym. Now I can tell you that one year I bought a snowboard and I had a great night saw flex for the park and for the rails the next year about the same board and the manufacturer had changed the flattens. And it was like a two-by-four. I couldn’t even bother on it. I was very unhappy trip. So it’s, this is one of the most important things for me. When I buy this snowboard, I want to know what does that flight, and I’m always trying to find just that perfect, just right. Flex. If you can do that, you’re going to be happy everyday out there. And you’re going to be able to hit the rails, get the jumps right in the back of the dream. Do all of it with that. Perfect flex for you. Now, before we get into that, go ahead. Subscribe to the channel hit notifications right now and what you’re never going to miss a video. Let’s get into it.

Christian: (00:57)
Red flags. We’re going to turn to the expert on this one.

Ben: (00:59)
What up shredder? We’re here to talk about snowboard flex and find it the right one. So let’s just grab a board back here from the wall. We got the forum craft. Now, if you don’t have the ability to go into the store and do the hand test, there are some other tools that you can kind of arm yourself with every site, every website that you’re shopping on, or every store that you go into on the back of the board, they should have a true sticker that kind of tells you about the board. I can’t see through this thing, see what the wood profile is and any of the other changes that they’re making. So use that true sticker on the board, or be it on the website to kind of go off that company’s, uh, suggested flex rating.

Christian: (01:37)
So it’s usually going to be one to 10, right? Yep. Yeah. Flex is one to 10. When you get into performance words, you have near like seven or eight and you’re getting to beginner board or gym board

Ben: (01:46)
You’re down like three or four, right? Yep. That’s pretty good standard standardization across the line. The only thing you got to look out for is not every company is ranking their flex against the whole industry. So, uh, Jones mountain twin, be it ups by scale five is going to be way different than a Psalm and gypsy five. So, um, use these as a rule of thumb and Anna’s guideline, but trust your staff and trust us to help you find the right place.

Christian: (02:11)
Yeah, don’t be fooled. Not all fences are the same. So what’s the first test we’re going to do. We’re going to look for a new board, save this thing looks sick. How would you assign it to the right flux for us?

Ben: (02:20)
Yeah, so, you know, an outright and favorite right here is just the pressure flex. If you’re able to get that board to twist and manipulate just with the strength of your arm, you can imagine what your full body weight will do. So being able to flex that board with ease is going to lead to this being relatively softer, flexible,

Christian: (02:40)
And you can’t tell exactly how much that’s going to flex in the mountain. Just with your hand, we all have different strength forms. Some of us do more bicep, curls and others, but you can tell the relative fluff. So when you’re in that shop, just pick up a couple of different boards and you’re going to be able to tell, okay, this one, I’m not sure exactly where it lands, but it’s definitely softer than that. Where over there, that’s going to start to give you a really idea what would be the next step.

How to Test Your Board's Flexibility​

Ben: (03:00)
On that? Yeah. If you are able to get buy-ins mounted onto it, you know, this is going to be close to the last step in purchasing the product. But if you have the bindings on, you can actually go ahead and put your feet in. So it’ll be real quick.

Christian: (03:14)
Okay. And just a pro tip that actually gets dropped into some snowboards. You can go on there and you can borrow your friend’s snowboards. Or I was just in Whistler this past season. They have, I think it was $20 for unlimited demos for the day. And you just go into the rental shop and they’ll let you buy whatever out you’ll, then we’ll travel around and give demos. And you can go to these scheduled demos at a mountain resort, just check the schedule and go out there and try to hold in your favor boards back to back to back. And that’s going to be one of the best reasons.

Ben: (03:44)
So once you’ve done that, the hand test flex, you can kind of actually stand in there and it’s a lot more helpful with choose or, uh, obviously still work boots would give you the best idea, but I can pretty effortlessly in my socks, get this thing to flex back on the nose and tail. So this is leading me to believe this is gonna be a softer flexing board, great for beginners or people that you don’t like, the rails and boxes for buttering ground.

Christian: (04:07)
Definitely. Now let’s say you don’t spend all the tail pressing. We’re going to one rise within the little more support with tracking look like, do you have a little bit

Ben: (04:16)
More of a defined writing style? Um, and you kind of know what you’re into. You can pick up a more advanced board that caters to a more specific type of writing style. So the simple pleasures here with its pool, bamboo yacht core is going to be very snappy, very responsive, and that can test see I’m putting in a lot more effort and getting a lot less out. So this is going to be on a stiffer side. It’s a great word for railing turns, high speeds, a brief for powder and a little bit more a niche category, 18 hours, maybe not as well-rounded as some of the other ones out there. So we kind of showed you two ends of the extreme there. We got the softer flexing craft to the more experienced were responsive, simple pleasures, something, and kind of in between those, the greats from yes, snowboards. So this is a really well-rounded board. It’s got kind of medium flexible and right between those last two that we checked out. And it’s a, yeah, it’s a great all mountain

Christian: (05:13)
Or yeah, this board it’s going to ride free ride. It’s going to hit the jumps. It’s going to nose, press the rails. It’s going to do it all. And I actually went out there this year and I tried to replace this thing and I bought a roll snowboard, which felt pretty soft in the shop, but I get on the mountain and it actually was much more stiff and supportive than I thought, but all hope is not lost. So now what I do is if we’re running a pouty or free riding, I take out that role, which is awesome for free riding. Cause it has way more supports. And then if I’m hitting jumps or I’m running a lot of rails, I’m going to take this down way out. And this is going to be super playful and fun. I can do it on my gyms and it’s still supportive enough to go ride the whole mountain. So if you do get so worried, it’s not really the stiffness of the flex that you wanted, just put it in your cupboard and take it out when the conditions are appropriate.

How to Choose Your Camber Profile​

Ben: (05:58)

Totally. Um, one other really important thing that we didn’t discuss. Uh, it’s not something a lot of times you’re going to be able to visibly see in the board that the actual camera profile plays a big part in it. Stiffness. Um, so when I say Canberra, it’s how all skis and snowboards where think of it almost like a friend. And then in about 2007, 2008, I think it was slip you not the scheme of Nana. And they just bent that board into a smiley face. If people were out there smiling, cause it was like riding a saucer. It was very fun, very loose, perfect for butters. Um, since then more companies have gone to a hybrid canvas profile. Um, but that’s a huge part. So straight camera is going to be stiffer, more responsive, full reverse camera is going to be much more, uh, forgiving and playful. And then I think the sweet kind of middle ground is a hybrid camper profile between the two

Christian: (06:47)
That’s the both worlds go up here. Perfect flex for you. It’s kind of like a trend porridge. You want to get it just right? If you don’t get it right the first time, just build your quiver and have a whole horse boards to choose from depending on what you’re riding that day. That’s all for late this afternoon.

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