Which model Boiler Plate is right for me?
The biggest difference between the three models of Boiler Plate is their ability to torsionally twist. The ability to twist the plate between your feet (some call this “pedaling”) gives you more low speed control, while less torsional twist gives more stability at speed. So the following is only a guide for selecting the model for you:
Boiler Plate 5mm
Uber firm torsinally. Designed for maximum speed for the heavier and aggressive carver. The faster you go, the happier this plate is.
Boiler Plate 4mm
Excellent mix of torsional flex and stability at all speeds. Made for all carvers and racers of all abilities.
Boiler Plate 4mm Lite
The ultimate in a freecarve plate. Maximum torsion flex for control at low to medium speeds. Or for the light/medium weight racer.
Without getting too far into the history, there have been variations of plate systems for carving boards for some time now - some dating back to the early nineties. However, the majority of them have been designed around MODIFYING the flex of a snowboard or simply raising the rider up and adding mass. The new generation of plates that have been used successfully in World Cup racing for the past few years are a true ISOLATING system for the snowboard. Much like the suspension on a motorcycle that allows the rider to absorb and isolate the bumps and terrain changes on the ground, a plate system does the same for the snowboard rider. It has been described by testers as if the bumps and dips roll underneath you without you feeling them.
A plate system does not try to modify the flex of a snowboard. As a matter of fact, it's design is to have the least amount of effect on that snowboard. The board is allowed to flex and bend in a very pure and true fashion. Neither the rider nor any auxiliary hardware is negatively affecting the natural flex of the board. We have great faith in our very talented board manufacturers, who are we to try and modify the flex of their board?
The rider's stance/set-up is no longer changing/moving during a turn. When a non-plate board dives into a turn, it decambers quite a bit and also twists. The "power stance" that you meticulously set-up goes out of wack on each turn. Your feet move toward each other (stance width gets shorter), your feet angle toward each other, and your feet twist out of plane with each other. Humans are good at it, so we adapt and make it work. Now imagine that you are on a plate that stays "flat" during the turn while the board is decambering and twisting under the plate. All of your hard work to get that perfect "power stance" is maintained and you have more power and stability in that turn.