Are you crazy about snowboarding? Do you spend all year waiting for the season to arrive to take your board and enjoy the snow? Without doubt, there is nothing like the first descent of the year, but nothing would be possible without your faithful snowboard. Have you ever wondered how it is made? The construction of a board for this snow sport is a process that mixes crafts and technology in equal parts.
The construction of a snowboard can be an art form and every work of art begins with the choice of the best materials. Today we will talk about the most common snowboards on the market but soon we will publish a new blog entry where we will talk specifically about ecological and handcrafted snowboards.
The core or central part of the snowboard is the fundamental element of the whole and the one that must offer the best performance of resistance and flexibility. This core or central part of the “sandwich” that makes up our table can be presented in two different materials depending on the weight or lightness of our table. Thus, we find snowboardo boards with wood core, somewhat heavier but with excellent strength and flexibility and boards with foam cores that are certainly lighter but much more fragile to the blows that the board can suffer in a fall or in transportation.
In the case of wooden cores, it is not a uniform or solid piece, but, to gain flexibility and capacity to absorb shocks and vibrations, craftsmen insert longitudinal strips of wood of various origins. The most common are the white poplar. If you find this wood on the label of the table we recommend you pay close attention. The wood of the poplar is light, homogeneous, elastic, of medium density and of hardly marked heartwood. In addition, the new genetic and cultivation techniques have improved their production making it much more ecological and respectful with the environment. The second type of wood that is usually used for the manufacture of the cores of the snowboards is the birch wood, very flexible and fine, commonly used in high-quality cabinetry. These woods are rolled vertically and horizontally to create variable flexures. We recommend the snowboards made of these woods, long after jubilais and will continue to be beautiful and resilient objects worthy of being exposed at home, guardians of the best moments of snow. In addition, if you decide to get rid of your snowboard, it will be biodegradable in 70%, which is not little for nature.
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Another material widely used for the core of the snowboard is polyurethane foam, a type of plastic widely used in the industry. It is widely used as insulation and padding and also to absorb impacts. That’s its function in your snowboard and that’s why it’s in the center. Its specific structure formed by a network of bubbles allows it to twist and stretch. It is a magnificent material that makes the snowboards very light and resistant but with the passage of time it degrades and does not age like wood.
The upper sheet. The top part of our snowboard receives the “top sheet” man and the drawing or graphic that decorates our table is printed on it. Its main function is to cover and protect the core. Thus, in foam cores its thickness is much larger. The material to wrap the snowboard varies, existing diverse types of flexible plastics and of thermal adhesion but normally we find two types: gloss and matt. The images of type brightness are realized by means of the technique of sublimation that consists in the application of the image by means of a process based on the heat by transfer. The temperatures reached to decorate the snowboard can be around 180 degrees Celsius.
Fiberglass reinforcement: The two layers that we talked about earlier in the table would be extremely brittle and fragile. That is why the whole set is covered with fiberglass present in the manufacture of most of the snowboards on the market.
Metal anchors: in the upper part of the main board of our snowboard we observe some steel rivets that allow anchoring the fixings to the snowboard. There are different types and varieties, most of them made of stainless steel that offers, as the name suggests, resistance to the oxidation of water and snow. If you see rust or an orange color in these pieces, you should change them immediately. Your safety is at risk because they are precisely what keeps you fixed to the table. If these anchors are not in optimal condition you could have a snowboard accident. Knowing in detail your table avoids you having troubles.
Bottom or base: on what do we slide in the snow? Undoubtedly, the most important part of our snowboard is one that allows us to fly on the slopes. Normally the base is made of high density polystyrene. It is another type of plastic, specifically a polymer that responds to heat and that has a lot of durability and resistance. Its molecular structure allows the snowboard to slide with minimal friction, while allowing snow waxes. The maintenance of the wax is essential since without it the board loses speed.
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We still have one last capital element of the snowboard: the metal edges designed specifically for the board to sink into the snow while it is spinning. It gives weight and allows you to do the tricks, which is key and we can do maneuvers with freedom. So here comes our post about the materials that make up a snowboard. We invite you to read the post dedicated to its manufacture, you will be surprised by the care of the craftsmen and the precision of the technology.