A stomp pad is probably one of the best accessories we snowboarders should get. It serves as a great function in helping us get a better grip so as to avoid wiping outs, while we are riding with only one foot attached to the binding or steer off from a chair lift.
Below are some photos showing where a stomp pad will be attached on a snowboard. As a snowboarding instructor, I’ve used and tried many boards during my riding and teaching life. Rental boards, ski school boards, new product trial, friends’ board, you name it.
Some of the snowboards do come along with a stomp pad, some don’t, some of those just come with a stomp pad which couldn’t give any additional grips at all. I would say that I’m just in love with stomp pads and I get at least one for all of my boards.
In this article, I will give you detailed explanations about what a snowboard stomp pad is, how a rider can benefit from it, how to pick the best one that’s suitable for yourself and how to apply them.
We’ve summed up a bit our top picks here to save you time exploring if you are in a hurry:
- STAGE Scraper Stomp Pad – a clear traction mat with raised ridge and spots.
- Toejamr Stomp Pads – super cute paw-shaped studs pads.
- OneballJay Flying Cat Stomp Pad – a durable, rather large cat designs traction mats.
What is a Snowboard Stomp Pad and Why You Should Use It?
Generally speaking, a stomp pad, also known as traction pad or deck grip, refers to a specially designed pad or studs that are attached to the top sheet of your snowboard. Normally we will place it in between our bindings, but closer to the back foot binding area.
A stomp pad could be a great help when you need to ride with only one foot attaching to the binding while the other free foot is just stepping on the area that’s next to your binding. Just imagine when you are steering off a chairlift, taking a T bar lift, or riding on a flat area.
By giving your free foot (most likely is your back foot) a place with more traction to rest on, a traction mat serves great help to provide your boot with a better grip on the board and won’t slip off.
In my opinion, stomp pads offer the greatest help for beginner and intermediate riders, because this is the time you are still trying to control the board. With a stomp pad, it would be much easy for you to gain better control over the snowboard while sliding off the chair lift with one-foot riding.
If you are an advanced rider, you could still benefit from stomp pads. For example, a stomp pad really saved me a lot of energy when I needed to take a button, T bar, J bar or drag lifts. Once I was in Europe and there was a 12-minute long button lift ride, the first day I was riding on my friend’s broad with no stomp pads on and I got so tired after the ride. On our second day, I needed to ride on the same button lift again. However, this time I was using my own board which has a traction pad attached to it, and everything was just fine after the ride. It’s my second riding day and I should be with less energy than day one!
In addition, a finely designed stomp pad is going to add some very cool details to your snowboard. It’s always nice to have a better look, right?
The Most Common Types of Stomp Pads
Normally rubber pads are kind of big, most of my rubber pads are almost or even bigger than 10cm x 10cm. They come with specially designed patterns to ensure the best grip will be provided. The rubber material is providing extra flex so your traction mats won’t be falling off even when you are bending or twisting your snowboard. Well, what’s not that nice about rubber pads is that it’s kind of big, so basically it will cover quite some part of your board. In other words, it may ruin your board’s cool design.
Individual Peanut M&M size studs could be made by plastic or metal and could exist in different shapes as well: diamond, pyramid, round, etc. I love using these studs because they are the only stomp pads that allow me to customize the pattern I want. It’s almost invisible compared to rubber pads and foam pads. Normally they would come in a set of six, and that’s the other reason I love these studs set is they could still help me get a better grip even one or two out of six of them peeled off.
Foam mats are compressed form pads, they are light in weight, usually at a reasonable price and could come in different colors, patterns, sizes, and shapes. You can easily find a design that fits your taste and footprint. New foam pads provide excellent grip and they are usually cheaper than a rubber mat, it also deforms less than a rubber mat because rubber pads could get harder under cold temperature.
What’s not that nice about a foam mat? First of all, they are easier to worn out (comparing to rubber mat), a rider could no longer get any additional grid from pitted or flattened foam mat. Also, according to my experience, it’s very likely that a worn-out foam pad would leave a sticky residue and therefore makes it more difficult and time-consuming to remove them before applying a new one.
Best Snowboard Stomp Pad: Our Picks for 2020
This stomp pad has a transparent traction mat so the graphics of your snowboard won’t be covered. It also comes with 3D adhesive so it sticks really well. The raised ridge and spot works really well in providing extra traction and scraping the snow off your boot sole. I also love the size of this pad too: 6 x 3 inches, big enough to provide enough grid and yet it could still fit nicely on the board.
This is a super duper cute designed studs pad! It has all the pros of a studs pad – they are flexible, very invisible but still can provide you with the extra grip you need. I found the rougher surface of these pads could provide more friction than those shiny look studs. Another perk is it comes with a 3-year replacement warranty. Also, this is very suitable for buying as a gift for your snowboard friends. On the downside, it’s more expensive than other stud pads (like those diamond shape pads), but hey, you are paying for the design though.
Right, it looks super good and fun that I just could not…not buy it! It’s big enough to provide a solid grid for riders. Also, the rubber material offers more durability. My friend has a really plain snowboard, i.e. only white with a bit of word in black. He picked this stomp pad and it had made his board so stand out! I found it loads of female riders, kids and cat lovers fall for this design. What is not that great: Where’s my dog version!?
How to apply and remove a stomp pad?
So now we’ve picked our stomp pad, and next thing we want to make sure is it is sticking tight on the board and you won’t be lost them after a few runs. For sure it is also very important to learn how to take it off properly so you would neither be hurting yourself or messing your board.
How to Installing a stomp pad (apply the stomp pad)?
First of all, always clean and dry your board before applying the stomp pad! Warm up both your board (the area you want to apply the mat on) and the adhesive service of your mat before applying, do this heating process gently, you don’t want to mess up the surface of your board. Place the sticker on the area you want to step on when you are doing one-foot riding, apply as much as pressure as you can, normally I will place some heavy items (like my ski boot) on top of the stomp pad for 24 hours.
How to remove a stomp pad?
Try to use a hairdryer to heat up the adhesive and make sure it’s not too hot, once you find the glue is softened up, you can start to peel the stomp pad off. Some of my friends cut it out with a cutter, I would say this is not really a good idea. One of them cut himself and the other one just damaged his graphic. So yeah, I would say – try the hairdryer method first! Also, clean the remaining glue on your board, normally I use nail polish remover to clean that up, but do always test it out first and make sure the remover won’t be removing your graphics too.
Alright, so that’s all I can think of about picking the best snowboard stomp pad at the moment. I hope you found this article useful for your one-foot riding (especially on flats and getting off from chairlifts!).
If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.