Hey all! There are some great advantages to a kite specific snowboard. In general, a traditional snowboard is not meant to be ridden on its edge and riding an edge will typically not be smooth and make the board want to constantly turn upwind. A kite snowboard is meant to run straight and more efficiently while digging an edge. The ABoards kite snowboards are excellent examples. They are a true twintip design and both heel and toeside edges are identical. Since yes, you will be riding on the edge most of the time, the ABoards kite snowboards also have special edge stringers and reinforced rails that prevents board sides from twisting or bending too much for better control. This design also makes the edges more durable than a conventional snowboard. Also, these kite snowboards are a bit wider than a traditional snowboard to prevent heels & toes from getting caught on terrain as well as allow more planing surface. The Aboards design makes these boards great for downhill riding as well... for those that don't yet own any snowboard and are considering riding slopes too. The ABoards Reverse features a reverse, rocking chair type, rocker. This allow greater maneuverability as well as keeps the tips up in deeper powder or slush.
It seems that most snowboard kiters are using Flow bindings. They have a single-hand locking mechanism, lightweight & responsive.
All we need is snow... or an invite to Eric's Great White North spots!!