Go steep and deep with a freeride board
Freeride snowboards are built for steep slopes, deep powder turns and aggressive riders. They’re usually sized little longer, with pronounced directional shapes featuring wider noses, and short stiffer tails to keep you floating on top of the soft stuff.
Powder and crud specialists
Freeride boards usually have set back stances, with stiffer and narrower tail construction. Combined with their pronounced directional shapes, they’ll help you to float and slash through powder turns and power through choppy snow at top speed. These boards aim to minimize the strain on your legs, while standing up to the extreme forces involved in higher speeds and bigger impacts.
Not always ideal for pistes or beginners
If you’re going to be mainly sticking to the piste, you might not get the most from a wider, stiffer freeride board. They can take more work on groomers and are far less forgiving than more flexible options, but there are exceptions to the rule out there.
In most cases, you’re getting the most expensive and stiffest cores with the fastest base a brand can offer, so if you know how to handle a freeride board, they can be some of the most rewarding options out there.
Need some help to decide?
Knowing exactly which Freeride board to buy, or if a Freeride board is what you need, can be a tricky business. Don't worry though, help is at hand. Check out our Snowboard Buyer's Guide to find out all about the different shapes, profiles, flex patterns and sidecuts available, and what they'll do to the performance of your board.
Once you know what you're looking for, take a look at our Snowboard Size Guide to make sure that you pick up the right size.
If you have any questions or want to know more, that's cool, just get in touch with one of our friendly team and we'll be happy to help.