A Guide to Buying Your First Snowboard: 2018

Posted September 27, 2017 @ 1:36pm | by Jack Worth

So it’s finally time to step out of the rental snowboard game and buy your first board for yourself. You’ve gone shredding a few times and now you know you’re absolutely hooked. Buying your first snowboard can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re relatively new to the sport and don’t know all the little details that make each board different, That’s why with the help of The Ski Monster blog you’ll be on your new deck in no time.

Quick disclaimer: whatever you end up going with is going to be so much sweeter than whatever you were riding from the rental shop at the mountain, regardless of the board you pick. Plus, when it doubt, you can always just get what looks the sickest.

Burton Instigator Snowboard 2018

Formerly known as The Clash, the Burton Instigator is a stable and secure board for riders just starting out that comes straight from the most trusted factory in snowboarding. A totally flat profile means that you won’t catch an edge, and you’ve got an easy and floaty ride all day long. Linking those first heel and toe side turns will feel really natural on this forgiving board. Perfect for riders who haven’t spent much time on the hill but are looking for an introduction to snowboarding. Lightweight boards are great for first time riders because you won’t feel like you have to work to hard making your first turns.

Ride Manic Snowboard 2018

The Ride Manic is another good choice for beginning riders. With lots of rocker in the nose of the board, the Manic will provide a nice and stable profile while being able to blast over any type of snow. What sets the Manic apart from the other boards on the list is the Slimewall Sidewall that absorbs impacts rather than bouncing off of them. As a beginning rider, having that there adds a safety net so if you get into some gnarly stuff, the board will float right through it for a smoother ride. 

K2 Raygun Snowboard 2018

The K2 Raygun has the same stability that comes with the first two boards, but with a bit more pop, which you’ll really appreciate if you’re well on your way to crushing frontside blue trails. Still a flat top board with rocker in the tip and tail, the Raygun will help you have fun all over the mountain without pushing you too hard. Plus, with lots of models in longer and wider sizes, this is a great choice for bigger dudes who are getting on their first board. 

Rome Factory Rocker 2018 Snowboard

Rome designs their Factory Rocker to be a board that won’t feel to aggressive, but will still offer a challenge outside of green and blue trails. Unlike the first two boards we looked at, the Rome Factory Rocker adds two small zones of camber to the snowboard. For those unfamiliar, camber makes a snowboard grippy and powerful, and is great for carving and making sharp turns. Most beginner boards feature primarily rocker (also known as reverse camber), but if you like something with a bit more of a kick – try out a board with a bit of both.

All four boards we’re looked at are both great boards for beginners, but if you’ve been renting for a few years and already consider yourself an intermediate rider or want something that’ll push you a bit – read on.

GNU Riders Choice Snowboard 2018

If you feel pretty comfortable on a rental snowboard and want to jump up to something super sick, check out the GNU Rider’s Choice! Definitely more aggressive than the other boards we’ve taken a look at; the Riders Choice combines an equal amount of rocker and camber for a perfect ride that blends together the float of rocker and the power of camber. Not a “beginner” board by any means, but definitely not overly aggressive, if you’ve been renting for a few years and know you’re hooked on the sport and want something that you won’t grow out of in a year or two – the Rider’s Choice may be the choice.

Never Summer West Snowboard 2018

Finally, the Never Summer West is pretty much our favorite do-it-all board to shred on this year. Again, not a beginner board by our standards, but if you’re already a capable rider who wants something that will be able to do everything on the mountain, the West will be great for that. Stiffer than the other boards on this list, but still not anything unwieldy, the West is a dream come true for intermediate riders, or guys whose buddies are a bit more experienced and are definitely not going to wait up.

There’s plenty of more snowboard out there for all different types of riders, these are just a hand-selected few of the awesome new boards for 2018. If you’ve got any questions about which board is right for you, hit us up on our LiveChat or give us a call. We’re always happy to talk boards and will get back to you quickly as we can.

PS: Always remember to stay sendy. 

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