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Frequently asked questions

Where can I ride the trailboard?


Think of places you would take cross country skis, snowshoes, or fat-tire bikes. These places are often very mellow trails and if they are heavily trafficked, packed down. For beginners, we recommend starting with a nice wide open sledding hill or trail that is very mellow. Going off trail has more risks so it's up to the rider to asses dangers ahead of time and use good judgement. While our trailboard functions very similar to a powsurfer in deep powder, it is not the intended use to bring it deep into the backcountry where avalanches are a real threat. If someone intends to use it that way, it is on them to know the risks, just like with a splitboard, powsurfer or regular snowboard.




Can I use my trailboard at a ski resort?


As this concept grows, we're continually introducing trailboarding as a safe and viable sport. Always ask before using your trailboard at any resort or nordic centers. Many will allow the use of a trailboard, but require that the tether is attached at all times. Call ahead and ask about the resort's snowskate policy as the trailboard falls under this category.




What conditions are viable for trailboarding?


The trailboard is designed and tested to be a comfortable ride in all conditions. You can glide on packed trails or carve fresh powder. Always make sure there is enough snow to cover obstacles like roots and rocks. Avoid icy conditions.




What should I wear on my feet?


You can wear your normal winter boots, hiking boots or snowboard boots. Whatever is most comfortable for you. We've found that boots with a little ankle support and an aggressive tread help when riding.




What's the difference between trailboarding and other options like splitboards, powsurfers, and snowskates?


Splitting is great for backcountry snowboarding. It helps you navigate deep snow and traverse big mountains. However, in a lot of cases it is overkill to bring a splitboard on a hiking trail. Most trails don't require skis to navigate and it's tedious to convert to a snowboard. The only practical time to switch while splitting are for the larger downhill portions, which means you would miss out on a lot of chances to ride. Splitboards also require snowboard boots which are not ideal to wear on a hike. The trailboard is designed so you can quickly go from walking to riding on hiking trails without slowing down. We love splitboards and think they are perfect for what they are designed for. We just see a different use for the trailboard! Additionally, splitting is for big backcountry terrain, which many people don’t have access to in their area. We know this first hand growing up on the east coast. Powsurfers are great for charging mountains covered in fresh powder, but they struggle on packed snow because they have no edges. Snowskates are great for carving groomers at the resorts, but don't have the surface area to float on powder. The trailboard has edges for carving packed trails and lots of surface area for fresh pow pow along the way.




What other gear do I need?


We strongly recommend you wear a helmet at all times. Other safety gear like wrist guards and knee guards are also a good idea.




What size trailboard should I get?


As of right now we only offer one size. The current model works for adult size feet size 7 womens or larger. We plan to release new models in the near future for people with smaller feet as well as a children's board.




Where do I attach the leash?


The best place is your wrist. Make a loop with the velcro big enough to get your hand through so you aren't constantly adjusting, but small enough so it wont slip off when you fall. Having it on your wrist gives you the most control when positioning the board before stepping on it. You can also attach it to your ankle or belt if you prefer.




Do I need to wax the base?


You shouldn't need to wax but if you are sticking you can use a little bit of rub on wax. DO NOT HOT WAX! The board is not designed to be hot waxed and you will risk damaging the base if you overheat it.




What is the warranty policy?


We will replace the board for up to 6 months if there is a factory defect. If the board is damaged in use from striking obstacles or from improper care, we will not replace it. Please see our disclaimer in the footer for more information.




How should I care for the board?


Don't hot wax it... other than that it is just like a regular snowboard. Keep it out of the elements when possible to prevent the edges from rusting. Use a file or tuning kit to keep the edges sharp. If you get a deep gauge you can repair it with a Ptex repair kit (just be careful not to apply too much heat to the base).




How should I stand on the board?


First, figure out if you are a regular (left foot forward) or goofy (right foot forward) rider. If you are familiar with board sports you should know this already. If you are new, play around with both to see which feels more comfortable.
Position your feet roughly shoulder width apart and set more towards the back of the board (where the leash is attached).Your heels and toes should overhang the steel edges equally. If you find either heel side or toe side turns to be more difficult to initiate, try shifting your feet towards that edge to get more leverage.




How do I turn?


The motion of turning feels a lot like a snowboard. Shift your weight to your toes to turn toe-side, or to your heels to turn heel-side. The sidecut of the base will help you turn in a smooth arch. There is an added level of finesse required when you are not strapped to the board. It will take time to figure out where to best place your feet and how much to lean for each situation.




How do I stop?


Stopping is very similar to a snowboard with bindings. Kick your back foot forward while shifting your weight sharply to your heels to dig the heel edge into the snow. Use good judgement with your speed as stopping too abruptly could cause you to lose balance. Always stay in control of your board!





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