In 2010 Burton released the Burton Riglet Reel and it changed the game for kids snowboarding. By creating a tool that allows parents to tow kids around on a snowboard, children as young as two and three are finding success with snowboarding. Designed to attach to the nose of your child’s snowboard, the Riglet Reel uses a retractable cord with ergonomic handle for towing.
The Burton Riglet Reel is compatible with specific sizes and models of Burton’s kids snowboards. This includes the Burton Chopper, Chicklet and After School Special snowboards in sizes 80cm-110cm. These sizes have pre-drilled holes needed to attach the Riglet Reel device. If you are renting a snowboard, Burton Riglet Reels are compatible on the Burton LTR Kids board sizes 70cm-110cm.
The Burton Riglet Board is a great tool for indoor and backyard use. This toy version of a Burton kids’ snowboard comes with the Riglet Reel attached. Learn more about the Burton Riglet Board.
Riglet Reel Instructions
Step 1: Determine The Nose of Your Child’s Snowboard
Whichever foot your child “leads” with when snowboarding is considered the “nose” of their snowboard and is where you will attach the Riglet Reel. If you aren’t sure yet which foot is your child’s front foot, play with putting the Riglet Reel on both sides of the snowboard until they decide on their dominant, front foot.
Our Burton kids’ snowboards are shaped true twin, which means the board is symmetrical. by setting your child up in the middle, they can go comfortably in either direction until they determine which is their front foot. *NOTE* some parents like to put a Riglet Reel on both ends of the board so they can tow their child no matter which way they go.
Step 2: Attaching the Riglet Reel
Once you’ve determined which end of the board is your child’s nose, pull off the plastic plug on the end of the board revealing the holes for your Riglet Reel to attache to. Place the large, puck-shaped piece (Part C,) against the board so that the screw holes in its back align with the holes on the snowboard. Holding the Riglet Reel in place, flip the board over so you can see where the base of the snowboard’s holes, line up with the Riglet Reel’s.
Using your hands, place the screws that come with the Riglet Reel into the holes through the base and turn slowly. Once you’ve tightened as much as you can by hand, use a #2 sized screwdriver to tighten further until the screws are flush with the base of the snowboard. Flip the board over and shake the Riglet Reel side to side to make sure it is secure and does not wiggle. (See images above for steps.)
Step 3: Adjusting the Handle Length
You can do this step before your child gets on the snowboard or while they’re standing stationary. When your child is new to snowboarding, we recommend having them stand on the board to test out the ideal length of cord for your Riglet Reel.
While holding your child’s front hand extended, grab the handle of the Riglet Reel and pull out the cord until you are standing upright however still able to hold firmly onto your child’s hand. Now that you know your ideal length to start pulling your child, here is how to adjust the handle. (See images above for steps.)
Holding part A, slide part B of the handle out of the housing so that it is loose on the retractable cord. Wrap extra chord length around the center of part A, keeping in-between the barrier guides. Slide part B back onto part A until secure.
To change the length again, simply pop off part B and retract or wrap the cord to desired length.
We recommend a shorter distance for younger and newer snowboarders. Extend the cord length as your child develops their skills and becomes more comfortable with the movements. Once they no longer need to hold your hand, it is ideal to extend the Riglet Reel for longer towing length.
Step 4: Pulling Your Kids Around
Now that you have the Riglet Reel attached to the board, and have extended or shortened the length of the cord for the size or ability of your child, it’s time to get them moving. A few things to consider before you start towing them around.
- Ask your child to stand in an athletic stance on the board or in the bindings. This means bent knees a small distance apart like they’re riding a horse
- Make eye contact with your child and have them look up at you or at a fixed point in the distance that you plan to pull them towards
- Check the area where you plan to pull your child on their snowboard and that it is clear of people and/or unexpected obstacles
- Ask your child if he/she are ready before pulling. You don’t want to yank abruptly. Instead make sure they’re prepared for the movement of the board under their feet
- Have fun!
Take it a step further and play with some obstacles you find around your house or in your backyard. Cones or other objects for pulling around are always great for practicing. Go at your child’s pace and most importantly, have fun!
Don’t have a Burton Riglet Reel? You can find one at most Burton dealers or you can get one direct from Burton online.