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 a normal terrain, no need for a kicker, jumps, etc.
Alright, 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:
- Arbor Cadence – a great price pointed option, pretty, soft and flexible
- GNU Ladies’ Choice – an eco-friendly board with a nice pattern and suitable for all level riders!
- Baataleon Fun. Kink – 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 about buttering:
Other than butters, you may have heard ground tricks, flat ground, or flatland… generally speaking, all of these are referring to buttering.
Snowboard for Buttering: Important Features to Look for
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 your 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 (2018-2019 Recommendations)
This is a soft and flexible rocker board offering you great forgiveness so you can keep trying new tricks without hurting yourself. It’s highly maneuverable and floats well on powder too. What I also like about this snowboard is that it’s greatly priced and comes in nice color combinations.
On the downside, it would be less stable at higher speed. Also, the landing would be more difficult if you want to do big jumps as well because it’s just so soft.
A very predictable board that can help push you to reach your next level, it claimed to be medium flex but industry testers found it softer than expected and hence it’s easier for you to perform butters. With an asymmetrical design and offers deeper hell sidecut, it allows you to do initial turns more easily and hence it strengthens your spin.
In my opinion, this is a great snowboard suitable for all level riders, from beginner to Jamie Anderson. It’s beautiful, colorful, and eco-friendly board so you are helping the earth! That said, what may hold you back is that it’s a little bit more expensive than other options.
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 flax 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 I’m also sharing 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!