How to Set Up a Snowboard

HOW TO SET UP A SNOWBOARD

In this video i’m going to give you some tips on how to set up a snowboard. I’ll also show you the first trick you can start practicing once you have your board set up.

To start obviously take all the wrapping, stickers and price tags off you board. The board I picked up is the Burton Process. It’s a soft flex camber board with lots of pop. It’s build more for park riding but the camber flex keeps it responsive for freeriding too.
You don’t have to worry about waxing a brand new board right away, new board comes with factory wax on them. If you got your board second hand you may want to wax it yourself or bring it into a shop.
The only tool you should need to set up your board is Phillips head screwdriver. You may also need a pair of scissors for opening any little packages.
Before you put your your binding on, stand on your board and get a feel for where your binding are going to go. You want your stance to be about should width apart or a little wider and your binding should be set back slightly toward the tail of your board.
With a good idea of where you want your bindings, set them into place. Put a few screw in and keep them loose so you can move the binding around. I have EST binding with screws on the outside, if your bindings have the four hole discs that’s OK, the setup process is still the same. I recommend setting up your bindings into a duck stance with your angles roughly at 13 and -13. If this stance doesn’t feel comfortable you can tweak these to what feels good to you. Make sure your bindings are centered on your board so your toes and heels are equally over your boards edges. Also, adjust your high back angle to a 3 or 4 to give you more responsiveness on your heel edge.
Next you can set up your stomp pad if you have one. I’ve picked up these stars that you can stick near your back binding. A stomp pad give your foot something grip, while you’re one foot riding off the chairlift.
You can also slap some stickers on your board of your sponsors or favorite brands. Stickers sometime come with new gear purchases or shop might give you free stickers if you ask.
Finally strap up your snowboard and see how it feel. It should be comfortable to bend your knees and move your weight around. You can test out the flex of your board by doing some nose and tail presses. If you’ve never done a press start small and remember to move your weight over your nose or tail. If your board feels like a stiff plank and tricks are something you really want to get into, check out your boards stiffness rating online and make sure you’ve got a softer flex board.
I hope that these tips will help you set up your new board. Feel free to leave me any questions in comment area below. Check out one of these three playlists for more snowboard tips.

Tips for Buying Snowboard Bindings – Snowboarding Gear

Tips for Buying Snowboard Bindings – Snowboarding Gear

Tips for buying snowboard bindings. Binding are important because they’re the bridge between you and your snowboard, transferring your skills and movements into your board. Getting the right pair will enhance your riding and help you stay comfortable and safe.
The first thing you want to check out when buying snowboard binding is the base. There are three different types of bases that connect the snowboard binding to your board. I have Burton est binding and they have two screws, one on either side that connects into a Burton est board. There’s also the disc binding that connect to your board with 4 screws or if you have Burton disc binding it will have 3 screws. Next, Take a look at the base and make sure it clear how to adjust the angles for setting up your stance. Bases are built so well now that a lot of brands will offer a lifetime warranty on the base.
Next take let take a look at the heel and toe straps. The ankle strap will be wider than the toe strap and will have a fair amount of cushion, holding your ankle into the binding firmly and distributing pressure evenly across your boot. The toe strap is thinner and has less cushion. On my snowboard bindings I have a toe cap which holds my toe down , but also pulls my boot back into the snowboard bindings. You also want to check out how adjustable the straps are. My binding have these little clips you can open and then loosen off to adjust the strap size. I find that as you break in your boots and binding you’ll have to shorten these straps to keep your boot in tight.
Next check out the high back on the binding. this is what you press against when doing heel turns and stops. Take a look at how the high back is adjusted and make sure it’s simple and easy to use.
Snowboard bindings also come in with different levels of flex. My binding are a soft flex with a rating of 4, which means that they’re designed more for trick and riding park. If you really into carving and powder then you’ll want to get a stiffer binding, with a flex rating around 7 or 8. The stiffness will make the binding much more responsive transferring your movements to your board a lot quicker.
Finally make sure you get the right size binding for you boot. I have size 10.5 boot which means I’m on the boarder between medium and large. I’m riding a medium size though because I like my boot fitting really snug into the binding. The sizes will be slightly different depending on the brand so bring your boots with you so you can make sure it a good fit for the binding.
I hope these tips will make shopping for bindings easier. Check out the gear playlist for more video on buying gear. If you have any more question or if you have any tips you can leave them in the comment section. Remember to give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful and I’ll see ya in the next video!

What Size Snowboard Should I Get? Answered

What Size Snowboard Should I Get? Answered

In this video I want to answer one of the most comment questions I get on the channel. What size snowboard should I get? Getting the right size snowboard is very important and it will affect your performance as you ride. To find the answer to this question you need to know two things. The first is to find out what snowboards are designed for you weight. The second is figure out what type of snowboarding you want to get better at.
So to find out the snowboard lengths that are designed for your weight, you can go to any snowboard manufactures website and they’ll tell you how much weight each board is designed for. For example on the Burton Custom if you weigh 170 pounds there are 8 different size snowboards you could ride, between 154 – 165 centimeters.
To narrow this range down you need to decide what kind of snowboarding you want to do.
If you goal is ride park and learn tricks then you want a board on the smaller end of scale. A shorter board will be more maneuverable, lighter, spin quicker and be easier to press.
An exception for park riding is big jumps and the half pipe, where you’ll want a size snowboard that is bit bigger and good for carving up to a jump or up the halfpipe wall.
If your goal is to ride back country and powder, then you’ll want a board at the long end of the scale. A longer board will help keep you floating on top of the powder, is great for big turns and will make stomping cliff drops a lot easier.
If your undecided about what kind of snowboarding you want to do or you just want to be able to do a bit of everything, then you’ll want a board length that somewhere in the middle. This size snowboard will be decent for learning trick, can take you into the powder and great for cruising around the mountain.
A mid length board is also what you want to get if you’re a beginner snowboarder. The mid length allow you to make your first turns, but more importantly will be good for controlling your speed and stopping.
For myself I like a size snowboard  that can do everything, but I lean a bit smaller because I like to ride park. I do find it harder for riding in powder, but I can still manage and it’s worth it for the advantage in the park. Especially now with reverse camber snowboards, which have a raised nose and tail, making it easier float in powder.
So I hope these tips will help you find the right size snowboard. If your still uncertain you can leave any questions in the comment area. If this video help you out remember to give it a thumbs up. Check out the gear playlist for more gear tips! Thanks for watching and I’ll see ya in the next video.

Tips for Buying Snowboard Gloves & Mittens

Tips for Buying Snowboard Gloves & Mittens

Tips for buying snowboard gloves and mitten. This is a very important purchase because one of the biggest complaints by snowboarders is that their hands are either too cold, or too wet and they want to call it a day. So If you can get a solid pair of snowboard gloves or mittens right from the start it can keep you out riding a lot longer. and if it’s your first day learning you’re going to enjoy snowboarding a lot more!
So when you’re shopping for gloves the first thing is to check is what temperature the snowboard gloves are designed for. My mittens are designed to keep my hands warm between 0 – 10 degrees Celsius or 32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. So get a glove that matches the average winter temperature for where you are. If it does get really cold you could wear an extra liner inside your gloves. Or if it gets too warm like in the spring you can get a pair of thin mittens or pipe snowboard gloves.
For waterproofing there are different types of materials, one of the most common is leather, which is usually at the higher price range. But the past season I had these mittens which have synthetic rubber on the bottom, just where you would be picking up snow, and they actually kept my hands dry and compared to the leather they held up a lot better. If you’re just learning you could spend a lot of time with your hands in the snow, and it might be worth it to bring a back up pair, because once your hands get wet, it’s hard to keep them warm.
Another thing to consider is that snowboard gloves are designed to either go over the sleep of your jacket or inside your sleeve. Gloves for the outside of your sleeve will have straps and Velcro that tighten over you sleeve. I recommend a gloves or mittens that fit inside, because then you have these soft fabrics against your skin which is comfortable. then you can just pull you jacket over top.
The final thing to decide is whether you want snowboard gloves or mittens. The first few years I snowboarded I always wore gloves because I thought you needed the individual fingers for adjust your bindings or for using tools, but the last few years I’ve been wearing mittens and I actually don’t miss having my fingers free at all, and my hands stay much warmer. So I would definitely recommend mittens.
So thanks for watching guys! If you have any more questions about snowboard gloves you can leave them in the comment section. Give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful, and check out the snowboard gear playlist for more gear tips! See ya next time.

5 Tips for Buying a Snowboard Helmet – Gear Tutorial

5 Tips for Buying a Snowboard Helmet – Gear Tutorial

In this video I’ve got some tips for buying a new snowboard helmet. Buying a snowboard helmet is probably your most important gear purchase because its going to give you that extra confidence to go for your first turn, or try a new trick. There’s allot of option out there for buying snowboard helmet so hopefully these tips will narrow your selection so you can find the right helmet is for you.
First the most important thing is the fit. If it doesn’t fit perfect it wont be comfortable and it wont keep you safe. There are two things you need to bring with you when trying on helmets. Your beanie and your goggles. I wear both of these under my helmet. If you don’t that’s fine but you’ll still need to make sure you goggle fit. The helmet should to fit snug so it doesn’t shake if you move your head around. Try wearing the snowboard helmet for a few minutes and if you feel any uncomfortable pressure points then it might be too tight.
The next thing you want to check out is the level of protection. There are three things we want to check for safety, that its been designed specifically for snowboarding, that it has a safety certification, and whether its a single or multiple impact helmet. So, my helmet says it was designed for snowboarding, it safety certification and they recommend to get a new helmet after one impact.
You also want to know what temperature the snowboard helmet is going to be good for. If you’re worried about being too cold and you’re not going to wear a beanie underneath, you want to make sure you’ve got a helmet with lots of insulation and ear flaps. If your someone who overheats, or your snowboard somewhere where it doesn’t get too cold then you’ll want to get a helmet with lots of vents. I find for beginner it’s good to have vents because you’re using so much effort when your learning that you can heat up quite a bit.
Next you want to check the price tag and see how much you’re paying. My snowboard helmet was under a hundred dollars, but it has very basic features. The higher the price the more gadget’s you’ll get, like speakers in the ear flaps, adjustable vent and just better protection like being able to take multiple impact.
Finally look for a style of helmet that you’re happy with. For I wanted a helmet that was just a simple black color, and that was somewhat low profile. But look around there’s so many different color and style out there now that you can find one that suits you.
I hope these tips help guys! As always give this video a thumbs up if you found it helpful. Share this with any friends who aren’t riding with a helmet yet, and they might thank you for saving their head the next time they take a bail. Thank for watching guys and i’ll see you in the next video.

My 2014 Glacier Snowboard Gear List

My 2014 Glacier Snowboard Gear List

The glacier in Whistler is opening this weekend and I wanted to share with you guys all the snowboard gear list that I’ll be wearing and bringing up the glacier. Snowboarding on the glacier is a much different experience because of the warm weather, so you need to come prepared with the right gear. I hope this snowboard gear list will give you guys some ideas of what to bring if you get the chance to snowboard on a glacier this summer.

 

Tips For Buying Snowboard Boots – Gear Tutorial

Tips For Buying Snowboard Boots – Gear Tutorial

In this video I’ve got some a few tips for buying snowboard boots. Snowboard boot are the most important piece of equipment and if you only owned one piece of snowboard gear boots would be it.
Tip #1 Getting the right snowboard boot size. Typically your snowboard boot size will be one size smaller than you shoe size. When trying on the boot, stand up and make sure your foot is sitting in the boot properly. Tighten the boot all the way up, starting with the inner sole, then the outer laces. Standing in your boots your foot should feel snug. Your toes should actually be touching the end of the boot. You don’t want pressure on your toes, just comfortably touching. Different boot brands will fit different so try a few brands on to find the right fit for your foot.
Tip #2 Choose the right lacing system. There are three main lacing systems for snowboard boots. Traditional laces, speed zone lacing, and boa lacing system.Benefits of traditional lacing is the ease of use, and if you break a lace its super easy to replace. The downside of traditional laces is if you not strong enough it can be hard to get your boots tight. Speed zone Lacing is good because as the name says “speed lacing” they’re fast to tie up. The only downside the these is if you break a lace it can be a pain to replace and more expensive than a traditional lace. With the boa lacing system, basically has a dial that tightens metal cables. It gets you boots super tight, and easy to use. If you do get boa make sure there are two dials, one for the lower zone of your boot and one to tighten the up zone. For comfort you don’t always want these two zones tightened the same.
Tip # 3 How flexible do you want your snowboard boots. Snowboard boots come in different stiffness’s. A 1 stiffness being super soft, to 10 being super stiff. It depends on what kind of snowboard you’re doing what stiffness you want to get. For all mountain riding You could go with a medium stiffness good for park riding, but also responsive enough for carving and riding powder. If you riding in the terrain park and doing tricks, then you want a soft boot. Around a 3 or 4. If you are doing a lot of carving or racing then you want a lot of ankle support and responsiveness from your board, so a stiffer boot around a 8 or 9.
I hope these tips will help you find the right snowboard boots for you. For more snowboard tips click the subscribe button. Like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter for live updates, and leave any questions you still have about boots in the comment box below.

 

How to Wax a Snowboard – Gear Tutorial Video

How to Wax a Snowboard – Gear Tutorial Video

In this video I want to talk to you guys how to wax a snowboard at home and the tricks I have learned to make waxing your board a fairly easy. With your iron hot and wax in hand, start dripping wax around the outer edges, this is where your snowboard base will be the driest. Then move across the board in a patter to get an equal amount of wax over the base. Spread the wax across the base with the iron, until the entire base is covered. Keep the iron moving to prevent any part of your snowboards base from getting too hot or burnt. Now that the wax is applied, turn off your iron, and let the wax cool and absorb into the base for a half hour to an hour. Next you want to remove the wax. Remove the wax by running the scraper length wise down the board. Go over the base very well with the scraper because you want to get all the wax off. Remove any wax from around your edges as well. Run the brush over your base again to remove any remaining bits of wax.

So that’s all there is to it. It’s a good idea to wax your board after every ten days of riding or so, but you could wax more or less depending on the type of riding you do. A newly waxed board always makes my day on the mountain more enjoyable. I hope these tips answered your questions on how to wax a snowboard!

 

Snowboard Stance Set Up – Tutorial Video

Snowboard Stance Set Up – Tutorial Video

In this video I want to talk to you guys about setting up your snowboard stance. Having the right snowboard stance will make learning to snowboard so much easier, and even if you are already a good snowboarder making small adjustment in you stance can really improve your riding.
There are three parts of your snowboard stance you want to set up, how far your binding are apart, the angle of your bindings and the angle of your high backs.
First, to find out how wide your snowboard stance should be. Stand on your snowboard and you’ll feel that the easiest way to bend your knees is with your feet a bit wider than your shoulders width. So set up you binding at that width.
Standing on you snowboard and bending your knees will also tell you what angles to set your binding at. Your feet will want naturally want to angle out at about a 15 degrees. So the angles of your bindings should be set around 13 – 15 on you back foot and around 15 – 17 on you front foot. A bit more angle on your front binding will make walking with one foot a lot easier.
Now it’s time to set up your high backs. You push on your high backs with the back of your calf which then puts pressure on your heel edge. So by angling your high back forward you can transfer that pressure to your heel edge much soon. Your high backs are adjustable usually on a scale from 1 to 6. 1 Being straight up and down, and 6 being on an angle towards your calf. I recommend to set your high back to a 3 or 4 and this will make controlling your speed on your heels much easier. If you get a lot of chatter on your heel edge it may be because you need to set you high backs more forward.
Everyone’s snowboard stance is a bit different so find the setting that is comfortable for you. When you do change your stance it may feel strange at first, so give it chance and see if it works out. Let me know, how do you guys set up your snowboards? Did you change it and did it made a difference? For more snowboard tips click the subscribe button. Like us Facebook for live updates and photos. If you have any more questions about your stance please leave them in the comment box.