Sicktionary By Snowboarder Magazine


Snowboarder Magazine has compiled a list of terminology that every snow shredder should know!  Here is a list by category of words you should know before you go shopping for your next snow setup.  Happy reading!


Asym (A-sim) adj.: Short for asymmetrical. Describes any board that either has varying degrees of sidecut from the toe to heel edge, or offset edges causing the board to lack symmetry.

Camber (Kam-burr) noun: Camber is the upturn in a board’s longitudinal midsection that can be found when laying it on a flat surface. The center of the deck will rise off the ground while it rests on the contact points. Camber “reloads” your snowboard while initiating turns, and is the opposite of “rocker.”

Cap (Kap) adj.: Once the a “hot” trend in board construction, capped boards are slowly becoming extinct, as riders have been turned on to sidewall boards. Take a sidewall board, and pinch the ends all the way around to create a cap. Remains It remains as an inexpensive construction method. “Caps” can also be found in the asses of people who cut off Mountain High locals.

Contact Point (Kahn-takt Points) noun: Usually the four points on a snowboard that are in constant contact with the snow, acting as the pivot points when turning. Can be observed at the end of a board’s sidecut, near the nose and tail.


Bladder (Blad-derr) noun: The internal components of a boot which work to perform the tasks of fit and insulation. Can be removed for comfort or emptied for relief. Also referred to as a “liner.”

Flex (Fl-x) noun :Hownoun: How much give a boot will provide when pressure is exerted beyond its normal state. Materials and design yield either stiff or soft flexing characteristics.

Shell (sh-ell) noun: The external portion of a boot that combines the upper and lower lasts to provide waterproofing and flex characteristics. Also known as an “outer.”

Toe Box (To-boks) noun: The inner portion of a boot that cradles the toes of the foot. Often a point of pain and the focus of much customization.


Forward Lean (For-word Leen) noun: The inward-canting angle on your highback. The more you have, the easier turn initiation is. You should have forward lean on your bindings, and but not in your car seats.

Gas Pedals (Gass Ped-uhlzz) noun: For wider feet, they these are strap-on additions to the front of the baseplate and extending over the toe edge. For those fortunate enough to have a big, uh, set of socks, but unfortunate enough to have toe drag.

Heel Cup (Heel-cuppuh) noun: You have balls on your feet, and this cup doesn’t do a great job at protecting them, but it will keep your heel snug as a hippie bug in a drug rug.

Highback (Hye-bakkuh) noun: An upward-rising support stemming from your heelcup. Adds stability and ease to your heelside turns.

Breathability (Breeth-a-bil-it-ee) adj.: The amount of airflow a piece of outerwear allows to flow through it.

Gore-Tex (Gor-Tex) noun: The standard by which all waterproof and windproof materials is are judged.

Waterproofing (Wah-ter Proof-ing) noun: A coating on the outside of pants and jackets that repels and stops water from penetrating the material. Rule of Thumbthumb: The higher the waterproofing number, the more waterproof it is. (5,000 = wet; 20,000 = drier than the Sahara).

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