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Buying An All Mountain Snowboard

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

With the winter snow season hitting once again the pressure was on to decide on whether a new snowboard was required. There are so many boards manufactured these days and all of them seem to be given a subtle difference to distinguish them one from another. Be that as it may these differences don’t always mean a lot when you get the board out on the mountain. My level of snowboarding competency is not great enough to allow me the ability to tell the difference between two freestyle boards or all-mountain boards.

Due to the fact that most of my snowboarding is down the groomed trails as opposed to lurking around the park, the need for an all-mountain board has hit.

Looking for an all mountain snowboard that would be reliable no matter where it was used there are a few different types of snowboards that would measure up to the job at hand. The snowboard that looks the most impressive is the Palmer Honeycomb snowboard.

This particular board is an extremely lightweight board that features the Palmer company’s honeycomb technology to give the board added strength combined with power and durability. This is a board that is highly maneuverable and will give you a reliable edge to help with tight cornering and turning. The board is also equipped with the FLF shape. The initials FLF stand for Feels Like Flying and it’s all about the speeds that the board is capable of reaching.

The Honeycomb is said to cater for the intermediate to advanced snowboarder, which I guess means that anyone who has had some kind of snowboarding experience will be able to handle this snowboard. That’s a bit of an indication that you can get some pretty serious speeds up on this type of board.

The only thing left to do once a suitable type of board is decided on is to get out there, buy the snowboard and then hit the slopes. This time I think it might have to be one of the selection available from Palmer Snowboards.

Snowboarding For Pleasure

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

In years gone by when you made a trip to the snow the most common sight was of hundreds of skiers all making their way down the mountain with varying degree of skill and flair. The occasional exception was a cross country skier who had the trademark backpack and tired look on his face.

Nowadays the ski parks are literally overrun by snowboarders as they latch on to the latest trend in Alpine travel. The snowboard has been gradually taking over from the skis as the more popular and more challenging way to get down the mountain.

The various disciplines involved with snowboarding also means that riders can test their skill levels over jumps, bumps and other obstacles. They can also practice the all-mountain terrain turns and aim for the fastest way down the mountain with a solid low-flex board.

The advent of the sport into the Olympic Games has meant that the spark of popularity was quickly fanned into an all out raging passion. After watching the freestyle snowboarders do their thing down half-pipes and over the bumps everyone wanted to give it a go.

The great thing about snowboarding is that it doesn’t take long to learn. Once you have mastered the first few turns and have figured out the whole balance thing, the improvement will come quite quickly. Learning to fall safely may well be the most important snowboarding lesson you learn.

The true indication that snowboarding has become a major player in the winter sports industry is that all of the traditional ski companies have branched out into the snowboard field. Learning very quickly that snowboards will inevitably take a huge chunk out of their markets, and Burton Snowboards is the biggest player in the snowboard industry, they have decided to adapt their own snow knowhow to take on the giant.

The good news is that all of this competition has meant that snowboard development has been going ahead at full steam and the boards are constantly improving. Price is another factor that is affected and so it is becoming a little bit cheaper to go snowboarding.


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