In this post, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know for renting your first snowboard. Typically, people rent it on the first day, just because it’s such a large investment in a sport you haven’t tried yet. There’s definitely a few things to look out for, and to know.
1. Right Foot or Left First.
When you rent your first board, the first thing you want to know before rinsing your board is: whether you’re right foot first on your board or left foot first. This is important to know, because that’s how they’re going to set up the bindings on your board.
The way to find out, whether you’re right foot or left foot is – you can slide across a smooth surface. If you put your right foot in first – your “goofy”, left foot at first – your regular. Then, when you go to rent your board, you can tell ,that you’re goofy footed. You’ll set your board up so, that your left foot or your back foot will be more towards the tail of your board. With a smaller tail it’s easier to turn your board, and make those first turns.
If your regular footed, they’ll set your board up so, that your back foot, or your right foot will be closer to the tail of your board, which again is just easier to make turns.
If you feel like you’re going to pick up snowboarding quick, and you want to get into doing tricks and riding switch, then you can get a centered stance, where you have an equal amount of space on your nose and your tail.
2. Waxed? Yes ✅ | NO ❌
The next thing you want to look out for when you’re renting a board is: whether it’s been waxed. The way that you can tell, if your rental boards been waxed – is if the base looks dry near the edges, that’s typically where the base of your board is the driest, and then just look anywhere else to see if the base of the board looks dry.
If the base is really dry, you can ask them:
“.. you know when was last time this board was waxed?” – they’re usually pretty good at keeping all the rental boards waxed, but there is a chance of you getting one that’s kind of slipped through. So just double check, make sure it’s waxed. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, if you have a wax board or not depending on the snow conditions. But if there’s any fresh snow at all, then you definitely want to have a good waxed board, so that your board can slide nice and smooth.
3. Check the high back.
When you’re learning, the next thing you want to check on your rental board is your high back. And your high back is what you lean against to activate your heel edge. This is really important when you’re first learning, because one of the first things you learn – is how to stop on your heels. The high backs on your bindings are adjustable, so they go from a zero to about a six.
This is really important, because it is definitely harder to learn to stop on your heels with your high backs at zero. Make sure, that it’s set to at least a four and then you’re going to have some responsiveness, when you go to make those first heel stops and heel turns. It just makes learning that much easier.
4. Check straps on your bindings.
The next thing you can check on your rental board are the straps on your bindings, and these are adjustable. So, if you’re going to strap up your boot for the first time, and you can’t get that strap quite on, and maybe, because the strap is set to be too small it’s pretty easy to just adjust the binding make the strap a bit bigger. It’ll fit onto your larger boots.
If your boots are smaller and you don’t feel like you’re getting a really snug – fit with your binding straps. You can adjust the straps to be smaller.
5. Choose right size.
Finally, when you’re renting a board you want to make sure it’s the right size. This is based on a combination of your weight and your height, and you know typically it’s going to be in the range from about your collarbone to your chin.
Typically, with a shorter boards that are easier to turn, but then they’re harder to stop and control your speed with. And vice versa, when you have a really long board – it’s going to be better for controlling your speed, but harder to turn.
So, there’s a bit of a trade-off there, and you want to find the board that’s right in the middle something. That’s can control your speed and easy to turn.
Finally, if there’s something, that you need adjusting on your board, and you don’t want to do it yourself – it’s probably the best idea just to get the rental technician person to adjust it for you. You don’t have to worry about damaging their equipment, or you know, losing any screws. Just let them take care of it, and then you’ll be good to go cool.
I hope that all these tips will help you with your first rental board. If you have any questions, make sure you leave them down in the comments.