There are many types of butter in the world of snowboarding: nose roll, tripod, bagel, pretzel… Generally speaking, butter refers to some ground tricks that come with a lot of pressing, spinning and switch riding.
Buttering is super duper fun and probably one of the best stepping stone for freestyle snowboarding. You can perform buttering all over the mountain because it’s something you can perform on normal terrain, no need for a kicker, jumps, etc.
In this article I am going to share some of my opinions on how to pick a snowboard that’s great for buttering, a recommended snowboard list is always a must though!
As usual, we’ve summed up a few recommendations for you:
- Capita Space Metal Fantasy Snowboard: a great price pointed board that is light, jib-friendly and with soft to medium flex.
- Capita Ultrafear Snowboard: a soft to medium flex, true twin board comes with a rocker dominant profile.
- Bataleon Fun.Kink Snowboard: a more all-rounded option that is great for flat tricks and yet carving.
What is Buttering?
Now that you know buttering is super fun and you’re probably going to try it, but what is buttering and why is it called this term?
In fact, it’s called “butter” when Craig Kelly was doing it, his friends said it looked like he was buttering bread. Watch these two videos, you’ll gain a better understanding of buttering.
Other than butters, you may have heard ground tricks, flat ground, or flatland… generally speaking, all of these are referring to buttering.
Best Snowboard for Buttering: Features to Consider
Totally opposite to picking a snowboard for carving, you would like to get a softer board for buttering. Because a softer board is more forgiving since the response to the edge of your board caused by your input would be delayed because it’s so soft. And it’s easier for you to do presses, too.
Pick a board with softer flex at the center part and harder tail and nose would make your presses and spinning easier. A softer board would offer you more playful feeling and fun, and is more flexible and easier to general greater force which will allow you to stay longer in the air when you are spinning, and therefore making your buttering easier.
A slightly shorter length would make your buttering easier since it offers higher maneuverability, and therefore make it easier to perform spins, pressing and tricks. Normally, I would take off around 2 – 6 cm from your standard length. A shorter board would be lighter in weight so you can jump higher, and therefore have more time to finish your tricks.
As mentioned earlier, buttering would require a lot of switch riding, therefore it is ideal for you to get a true twin board and hence give you a more similar feeling while performing switch riding/ landing/ jumping/ spinning.
Generally speaking, a rocker profile or hybrid rocker would make it easier for buttering. But for sure you can perform buttering with a camber profile too, it’s more a personal preference. For example, I prefer a hybrid profile as it features some rocker character so I have the flexibility of a rocker plus the stability of a camber.
I would say just get a normal wide snowboard is fine because a board that’s too wide would delay your response to the snow and mistakes. Similarly, a board too narrow would make it hard for you to balance on the board since it is very likely that you are already getting a shorter board.
Most freestyle boards feature an extruded base so it’s easier to repair, it lowers the cost of your snowboard too. I found it kind of easy for us to cause some slight damage to our board in the park and hence it is good to have something easy to repair.
Binding and Stances Setting
Unlike performing carving, there are no standard rules for buttering, it’s more about your personal choice, I would say it is good for you to set your binding at a more centered position so you are more balanced, with a +15/-15 binding settings so to offer more similar feelings while riding switch, then perform the same tricks with different settings so you can feel the difference and adjust accordingly.
Best Snowboard for Buttering: Our Picks for 2020
This is a true twin, soft and flexible rocker board offering you great forgiveness so you can keep trying new tricks without hurting yourself. This board is also the winner of “transworld snowboarding good wood test”, “snowboarder magazine best of test” and “the good ride jib favorite”!
What I also like about this snowboard is that it’s greatly priced and comes in with sweet graphics. On the downside, this is a board designed for park and jib. Therefore it is not suitable for carving and powder ride.
A super good looking board that comes with soft to medium flex and true twin profile. It’s a very playful, poppy board with lightweight that is suitable for buttering and enjoying your time in the park. This board is definitely great for buttering and freestyles lover but it still offers more stability than other freestyle snowboards during carving. On the downside, this is more expensive than the Capita Horrorscope Snowboard, which comes with pretty similar specs with Ultrafear.
A 99% twin board with a 1 cm longer nose, this board comes with 3BT (triple base technology), and hence offering you the forgiving and catch-free feeling of a rocker but still stable as a camber. Its soft flex makes it very fun and easy for butters. Also with an extruded base, it’s easy to repair your board if needed.
It’s catch-free even in deep slush, so it’s a great tool for you to push yourself a bit. Great ground tricks board but you can still take it to carve within trees and powders. On the downside, it doesn’t have very attractive graphics.
Additional Tips for Buttering
Hopefully, you have found your desired snowboard for buttering. Here are a few tips and tricks that could be helpful to you:
- Practice your switching and press more before you start doing spinning, basic is everything!
- Loosen your knees so you are more flexible.
- Practice on a softer but not too powder area is a good start (still hard enough for you to get an edge after butters but won’t hurt that much if you fall).
- Try to jump or spin with the reflection force generated by your board instead of just relying on your jumps, you can jump higher and have a longer air time to finish your tricks.
- Make sure you are wearing protection gears when you hit the park or try to perform butters.
- Always start at a slower speed so it’s less likely you are gonna fall because of lost control or balances.
- If you are a beginner, try to carry less with you on your park day, it’s easier to balance.
Alright…so that’s all for what I can think of about picking the best buttering snowboard. Honestly, you can perform buttering with any board… just that snowboards with these mentioned features would make it so much easy for you to perform butters.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to start at a slow speed and wear enough protection gears. Let me know if you have any questions or comments ya. Cheers!