Understanding Snowboard Parts
People interested in pursuing snowboarding should be acquainted with basic snowboard parts. On the outset, the snowboard appears to be a rather simple piece of equipment. However, it has a unique construction, and each part plays a role in determining the overall safety and performance of a snowboard.
The center of the snowboard is called its core. This piece is responsible for providing strength and overall integrity to the snowboard. Cores of most snowboards are similar in configuration, varying only in the kind of material used. Some are made of foam while others are made of wood, and some combine both wood and foam. Modern varieties of snowboard cores include a complex honeycomb configuration, created from aluminum that is lightweight and more durable than conventional materials.
The upper layer of fiberglass (imposed upon the core) is called the top sheet. This surface is often covered with graphics of the snowboard retailer. It is usually painted or stained in varying shades and can be further personalized by the snowboarder. The top sheet is integral to the safety of the snowboarder. The best snowboards tend to have a top sheet with a capped construction, a comprehensive kind of sheet that extends over the entire core and along the inner sides of the edges.
The core is sandwiched between layers of fiberglass to render more structural integrity to the snowboard. The bottom-facing fiberglass layering forms the base of the snowboard. This fiberglass layer is further strengthened to form a durable base since this part of the snowboard makes contact with the snow and is prone to maximum wear and tear. The better materials used for strengthening the base include polyethylene materials like P-Tex that allow gliding to a greater extent and are highly durable. Such bases are usually sought by professional or seasoned snowboarders only. A similar option in this niche is a graphite-enforced base.
Metal edges present along the perimeter of the snowboard base make contact with the snow. Edges are useful for gripping the snow, which aids in stopping with the least amount of slipping. Performance of the edges also impacts the turning safety and precision of the snowboarder. Edges are incorporated in varying styles. Some snowboards have warped edges along the entire perimeter of the snowboard, while some edges are present along selected sections of the base, i.e. those prone to making maximum contact with the snow.
Snowboard Nose or Tip
Understandably, this is the front end of your snowboard. The tip is usually turned slightly upwards because this helps to avoid the snowboard getting stuck in the snow. Some snowboards don’t have a designated tip. Here, the side of the snowboard that seems to be slightly higher (elevated) is regarded as the tip. Branded, high-performance snowboards often have sharp, pointed tips. Such tips are sought by seasoned snowboarders since it helps to achieve higher speeds.
The opposite end of the nose is the rear end or tail of the snowboard. The tail is a bit flatter, usually with a squared outline. Some snowboards are retailed with split tails. This is reputed to enhance turning accuracy and overall coordination when attempting to turn at high speeds.
The slight arch visible in every snowboard when it is laid upon the ground is called the camber. The arch ensures that the board exudes maximum pressure along certain points of the board—usually along the nose and the tip. The elevation of the camber varies across different snowboard models. Flat cambers or those with minimal elevation are the conventional choice while seasoned snowboarders seek higher cambers.