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Gear Review

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Best boards on the market for kids to learn on.

Two of my kids have 2010 Choppers, sizes 100 & 110. Been teaching them how to snowboard for the last couple of years on older Choppers (never have put them on skis). The 2010 models, though a size-up for each of the kids, are that much easier of boards for them to learn on. 2010’s have a softer flex than the older Choppers & they have “beveled edge tune” (a.k.a. turned up side edges) that reduces toe-side or heal-side hang-ups for faster learning and more fun.

The youngest is doing a better job on his Chopper 2010 slip sliding & carving down the hill toe-side. Plus, I don’t worry as much about him catching a downhill edge on the beveled edges.

This season, the older kid figured out how to link turns & control speed on his prior Chopper but the 2010’s softer flex and beveled edges makes it much easier for him to transition more smoothly edge to edge despite riding a longer board. He is even hitting boxes & the turned up beveled edges seem to help avoid biting in on the box & slamming him.

The only suggestion I would have to make the Chopper models better would be to add the “V-Rocker” (camber nose - reverse camber mid - camber tail) to these type of learn to ride boards. Hopefully that will be added on future Chopper models when it is time to move up board sizes for the kids.