Snowboard Shapes and Flex
There are multiple different snowboard shapes and 4 flex ratings. Each is going to give you a different experience, which is dependent on what you want to do with your board. First, let’s go over the snowboard shapes so you can get an idea for which is best for you.
A twin shaped board is smoother for riding switch or backwards. These boards have a centered stance, balanced flex pattern and most commonly found in freestyle/all mountain boards.
Boards with a slight setback stance can be twin in shape (like the Snowtrooper or Infinity) or directional in shape (like the Proto FR or Lady West) and mostly have a slightly directional flex pattern (stiffer in the tail and softer in the nose). These are generally all mountain boards and great for all types of riding and snow conditions. It gives you a more balanced feel for some freestyle but directional performance for freeriding.
Now, let’s look at the flex ratings to see which makes the most sense for you as a rider.
There are 4 flex ratings: