Snowboards come in various shapes, sizes, and designs. One of the most popular shapes of snowboard is the twin shape board. Let’s find out what is a twin snowboard and how it differs from other snowboard shapes in this guide.
Twin Snowboard Explained
Twin snowboards or twin boards come with tails and noses in the same shape. The tail and nose are mirror images of each other and hence the flex are the same. With a twin snowboard, you can ride in any way: right or goofy or left or regular.
Twin snowboards come with a centered stance. The binding mounts are placed on the center of the board. Everything about a twin snowboard is symmetrical.
You may also stumble upon the term true twin. True twin snowboards are directional on both ends with a perfect circular side cut radius. Snowboarders who want their boards to work well in either direction go for true twin snowboards.
What are Other Snowboard Shapes?
Aside from the twin or true twin snowboard shape, there are others you must know about. Learning about the different snowboard shapes will help you choose the best one for your kind of snowboarding ride.
Asymmetrical Twin Snowboard Shape
Another popular snowboard shape is the asymmetrical twin. This shape is almost similar to the twin but the flex or side cut is different to work with a duck stance. Most asymmetrical twin boards come with a side cut to allow the toe side and the heel side to stick out. Some riders keep this side cut and alter the flex.
Directional Twin Snowboard Shape
A directional twin snowboard shape may look like a twin shape board but there are many components of the board that are not symmetrical. This board comes with a stiffer tail compared to the nose. It can produce a set-back stance while the camber profile may be different from the tail than the nose.
The nose of a directional twin snowboard may be slightly higher compared to the tail so it’s much easier to move across powder white snow. A directional twin board may have one or all of these differences so be sure to read the snowboard description before you purchase.
Twinish Snowboard Shape
You may have heard of a twinish or twin-like snowboard with a tail, nose, and side cut that is slightly different. When you spot a twinish snowboard you may think that you’ve found a true twin but upon closer look, you’ll see that the tail shape is different from its nose. The side cut has a directional shape rather than riding in both directions.
A twinish snowboard allows you to turn easier and ride faster forward. It is also great for riding a switch or with the tail forward. This snowboard has a setback stance and there are times when the stance is on the center.
Directional Snowboard Shape
A directional snowboard comes with a similar tail and nose width but there’s a difference in length and shape of the tail and nose. You will also notice that the side cut is different. This snowboard allows directional movement rather than switch.
Tapered Directional Snowboard Shape
A tapered directional snowboard is almost similar to a directional snowboard but the tail is narrower compared to the nose. The tip and tail are different in many ways. The board stance is set back while the nose is larger than the tail. A tapered directional snowboard has a surf style, one-directional shape, and style.
Are Twin Snowboards Best for Beginners?
Twin snowboards allow you to ride in either direction. This design makes twin snowboards the best for beginner riders. These snowboards are ideal for beginners because they are much easier to learn to ride than directional snowboards. Directional boards have limited uses and can restrict the rider and complicate things for beginners.
But this does not mean that directional snowboards are not for novice riders. A directional snowboard works for beginners who intend to ride in only one direction no matter what the reason may be. Take note that a twin snowboard may also be ridden in one direction and thus are more versatile than directional boards.
How to Choose the Ideal Snowboard Shape?
We discussed the most common snowboard shapes but which one suits you? A beginner will likely find it very hard to choose the best shape but an expert will instantly know which one is best for them. Here are some pointers to follow.
Consider Snowboard Length
The snowboard length depends on your stats: your height and weight as well as the type of snowboarding activity you wish to engage in. Way back when snowboarding was still a new sport, people selected the right length by standing next to a snowboard. If the snowboard nose reach between their nose and chin, then they believed that this was the ideal length to use.
This practical method is still used today but as much as possible, you need to be precise. Use your body weight to get a correct measurement as this is the method used by popular snowboard manufacturers and retailers.
For riders 110 to 120 pounds, a snowboard with 128 to 136 cm is the best fit. Meanwhile, for a rider that’s 190 to 205 pounds, a 160+ cm board is the ideal size.
After finding out the right snowboard length that works with your weight, consider the type of activity you wish to do. If you’re a quick and very aggressive snowboarder then a longer snowboard is right for you. A park rider who wishes to perform twists and jumps can do well with a smaller snowboard.
Understand the Types of Snowboards
Snowboards are available in five different types: all-mountain, freeride, freestyle, powder, and splitboard. Let’s discuss these in detail:
This snowboard is the right fit for all mountain conditions. It can ride over groomed snow, park, pipe, and backcountry snow. These boards may be directional or twin, versatile, and great for beginners and experts alike.
Freestyle snowboards are the right choice for park snowboarding. These are lighter and shorter and hence, very flexible. These boards have twin lips and are perfect for riders who want to ride livelier and faster. Take note that these boards are not for hard snow.
Freeride snowboards are awesome on ungroomed snow and in any kind of terrain. It is the board for people who like an adventure. A freeride snowboard is directional and has a stiffer flex compared to a freestyle snowboard.
Splitboards are the best types of snowboards for backcountry riding as these may be split in half to form two skis. This type of snowboard allows you to climb untracked slopes of the backcountry and then reconnect these to ride flawlessly downhill.
Powder snowboards are designed for powder snow riders. It allows you to glide over deep snow from the deep snow to the tail. Even the flex of the board and the binding insert locations are placed specifically to allow riding on powder snow. You’ll also find powder boards with a rocker as this allows the rider to effectively float on newly settled snow.
Learn the Different Types of Camber and Rocker
The camber and rocker affect the way a snowboard moves over different terrains. Camber allows you to move quickly and safely and gives you pop and great responsiveness on groomed runs and turns. Experienced riders prefer to use cambered snowboards.
A flat or neutral snowboard allows faster turns and the best feeling as you float over soft snow. Rocker or reverse camber snowboards allow you to perform tails and upturned tips. This is perfect for powder snow and also when riding rails in parks.
The camber/rocker design offers better edge hold and better turning and floating of the rocker from the tails to the tips. A flat rocker design has a flat section along the middle part of the board to create a better hold on packed snow. This board shape also allows easy turning and better float over powder soft snow.
Check the Snowboard Width
To select the correct width, place your boots along the waist part of the snowboard. Your boots must extend slightly along the edges of the board for the best leverage while turning. A wide board will give you a hard time turning while a narrow board will make your toes and heels hang so much that you’ll drag them over the snow.
Consider Other Features of a Snowboard
Other important features will affect the way you select the snowboard shape. One of these is the sidecut radius, the arch of a board’s edge. The sidecut radius determines if your board is effective in making tight turns.
The board’s flex can be soft flex or stiff flex. A soft flex is forgiving and thus, easy to turn. Soft flex boards are best for beginners. Meanwhile, stiff flex boards are grippier and faster.
A twin snowboard has identical tails and noses. From the shape of the tail and nose to the design, thickness, and form, everything is identical and thus, you can use a twin snowboard to ride forward or backward. Understanding the many factors that affect snowboard shape can help you find the right one for your riding needs.