You should choose a model based on your riding style and terrain preferences. The Zephyr is our flagship board, and is great for riders who want only one board that can handle a full range of conditions from hardpack to pow. The Storm can still handle its own in varied snow conditions and terrain, but offers more floatation for those really deep days. The Helix is a big mountain twin. It's a bit stiffer than your typical twin, but still handles flips, spins and landings like a champ and is a great choice for those who like to huck their meat or ride switch. Designed in collaboration with snowboarding legend Johan Olofsson, the Odin is a big mountain charger, designed for the steepest and deepest terrain and ideal for riders who like to pull out all the stops. We offer all four of these models as solid boards or as splitboards for those interested in venturing out into the backcountry.
Check out our Spec Sheet for recommendations on board length/width based on weight and shoe size. You'll notice that these recommended ranges are pretty broad, and that's because a lot it comes down to factors like personal preference, experience level, riding style, and preferred terrain. If you are new to the sport, like a softer flex pattern, want greater turning maneuverability, or typically ride mellower terrain, you should probably choose a length on the shorter end of the spectrum. If you are an aggressive rider, like a stiffer board, will be carrying a lot of weight on your back, or typically ride steeper or wide open terrain, you should look at the longer end of the spectrum.
See our Rocker page for more information.
Some folks say you can go shorter with rocker and still have as much float as you want. They're right. Others say you can ride a longer board since rocker gives a board greater maneuverability. They're right too. It's really all a matter of personal preference. In general, we recommend that you stay pretty true to size with our rockered boards, rather than sizing up or down dramatically.
Though we are by no means environmental angels, building a more environmentally friendly snowboard was part of the reason Venture was started back in 1999. Some of the key things we do include using only sustainably grown and harvested wood for our cores from day one, powering our factory with wind since 2004, and using topsheet material made from the oil of castor beans rather than petroleum. You can read more about our commitment to conservation here.
We give our boards a buff wax here at the factory, but you should give your board a good hot wax before getting it out on the snow. You may also want to de-tune your edges on the tip and tail to prevent them from catching unintentionally. This is especially important in the case of splitboards, since it helps minimize topsheet damage when skinning.
Check out Purl Wax. It's a small, rider-owned, Colorado company, and they make high performance, environmentally friendly waxes.
We don't recommend one particular binding for use with our boards but when choosing bindings for a solid board we do recommend plastic baseplates rather than metal since metal can interfere with the flex of the board. You should also steer clear of bindings that have sharp corners as these may dig into the topsheet as the board flexes and cause topsheet failure which is not covered by warranty. For splitboard bindings, we are big fans of Spark R&D.
All Venture snowboards are guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship for two years from the date of purchase. This warranty applies to the original owner, and does not extend to boards that have been repaired or modified, or cover regular wear and tear, misuse or abuse. Venture Snowboards reserves the right to refuse any warranty claim. Repair or replacement will be made at the sole discretion on Venture Snowboards, and a nominal fee may be charged for repair. If you think your board is defective stop riding it immediately and contact us for instructions.