Getting a new stomp pad for your snowboard might not have the same wow factor as a new outfit or a stylish pair of goggles, but you'll use this simple accessory countless times on each snowboard trip. Stomp pads, which are typically made of sticky plastic, provide a spot for your boot to rest when you're pushing your board across flat ground. Setting up a new stomp pad is a simple process that doesn't typically require any tools.
Stomp Pad Use
Stomp pads are close in size to the sole of your snowboarding boot and provide a spot for your boot to rest. After you finish your run, you'll typically pop your rear boot out of its binding and use that foot to push yourself across the flat ground toward the chair lift. Once you make a few pushes to get your board moving, set your boot on the stomp pad until you need to push again. The stomp pad provides a sticky spot for your boot since the rest of the surface is usually covered in snow and extremely slippery.
Stomp Pad Location
Because you use your rear boot to propel yourself across the snow while keeping your front boot in its binding, always install your stomp pad between the two bindings. The exact location you choose is largely a matter of personal preference. Place the board on a carpeted surface and go through the process of pretending to set your back boot on the board. Typically, the spot should be one to two inches in front of your rear binding. Once you note a location that seems comfortable, you've identified the ideal spot for the stomp pad.
Cleaning Your Board
Installing a new stomp pad on your snowboard takes only a moment, but before you install the pad, ensure your snowboard is clean. Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe away any snow or water in the area in which you plan to install the stomp pad. If any moisture remains on the board, let the board sit at room temperature until the surface is dry or use a hair dryer to remove any remaining moisture.
Installing the Stomp Pad
Always check the stomp pad's installation instructions as they can differ slightly between manufacturers. Stomp pads are self-adhesive so remove the back layer off the adhesive part of the pad. Press the stomp pad firmly onto the board in your desired location, rolling it from one side to the other to remove air bubbles. Press it down by standing on it for several seconds. Check to see the length of time required for the adhesive to fully dry; this process can take up to 24 hours.
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.