If you’re new to snowboarding and are experiencing issues riding with your back foot out of the binding when you’re attempting to get off the lift, then you should probably consider getting a stomp pad. If you’re a beginner, chances are you have no clue what stomp pads are, why they’re used, where they’re put on the snowboard, and how they’re attached to it.
So, stomp pads are basically made of a high friction material like rubber or foam that are attached on the top of your snowboard, so that you can stand on it when your rear foot isn’t strapped into the binding. As you probably know, the snowboard’s surface is slippery, especially when it gets wet from the snow, so if your back foot is unbuckled, you can just place it onto the stomp pad to ensure it sticks. Further, they allow you to use the edge of your snowboard, make easy turns and stop when you need to without wiping.
So, who is this snowboarding accessory useful for? Well, as aforementioned, it’s great for beginners, as it helps you get more control of the board. Experienced snowboarders don’t really need them, but they can still benefit off of one, simply because it just makes things easier. A stomp pad is easy to attach, as it features a strong adhesive on the bottom that lets you bind it to your snowboard with ease.
When attaching one, make sure to mark the spot where you want the stomp pad placed, which is usually behind the back binding. But before you do that, it’s important to clean the snowboard properly in order to remove dust, oil, debris and everything else that may be on it. Wipe it completely clean, let it dry if you’ve used any cleaning products and place the stomp pad by removing the plastic that’s on the bottom side which covers the adhesive.
If the pad falls off, you can usually stick it back on since the adhesive will still adhere to some degree. However, it will probably keep falling more and more frequently, so you’ll eventually have to get a brand new one. When installing a new pad in place of the last one, make sure to remove all the glue, then repeat the aforementioned process. Stomp pads come in a wide range of styles, and you can pick one that fits your snowboard’s look, or just go with something crazy.