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The Snowboard Cores are the snowboard's engine room. It is where the riding characteristics are created and it's one of the most important areas of the board. It's essentially several laminated strips of wood glued together - from which the rest of the board is built around.
So what separates a good core from a not so good one? And how will it affect your riding?
Each species of tree has slightly different attributes which engineers take advantage of in order to create responsive and fun boards. Each species' attributes are measured against four factors:
Density - A measure of mass per unit of volume. (the amount of wood packed into 1 square inch)
Burst strength - The pressure at which body will burst. (the force needed to squash a piece of wood from each end till it breaks outwards)
Tensile strength - Measures the force required to pull something such to the point where it breaks
Flex strength –The pressure required to bend a cross-section until it fractures.