Snowboard Sizing




Snowboard Sizing

Snowboard Sizing

Choosing the right snowboard size is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable ride. Remember when the only question was, “Does it come up to your chin?”. Well, the appropriate snowboard size actually depends on several factors, most importantly your weight. Of course boot size, height, skill level, riding style, and the type of terrain you plan to ride must also be considered.

Here are some general guidelines for selecting the right snowboard size:

Weight: Your weight is a critical factor in choosing the right snowboard size. Heavier riders may require longer boards to distribute their weight evenly and maintain stability. Lighter riders can often benefit from shorter boards, which are easier to control. The board will flex according to your weight (not your height).

Boot Size: Ensure that your snowboard width accommodates the size of your snowboard boots. If sized properly, your boots will overhang the edges slightly (½-¾”) to help with control and stability, but not enough to interfere with the snow. It’s referred to as ‘toe and heel overhang’.

Height: Your height is just one starting point for determining snowboard size. Taller riders may prefer longer boards, while shorter riders might opt for shorter ones. To steer, stop and turn successfully, choose a board with enough flex that your body weight determines board response, short enough that you don’t become exhausted, and with an effective edge to be able to stop.

Skill Level: Beginners may find it easier to control a slightly shorter snowboard, as it allows for quicker turn initiation. Intermediate and advanced riders may choose longer boards for increased stability and speed, unless you’re riding freestyle…

Soft Flex Boards: Best for beginners and freestylers. They're easier to control and more forgiving when fumbling about during the learning curve. Freestyle boarders will find it more responsive to tricks. Soft flex is not, however, for speed. It lacks the control and edge hold for racing down a mountain and is best on groomed terrain.

Still Flex Boards: These boards have better edge grip and response, and are especially stable at high speeds. Best for riders charging groomers (groomed slopes), big pow (powder lines) or rough snow conditions. They also absorb heavy landings w/o buckling. They require strength and practiced technique for a smooth ride.

Riding Style:

Freestyle: If you primarily ride in terrain parks, enjoy jumps, tricks, and maneuverability,

you may prefer a slightly shorter board for agility and responsiveness.

All-Mountain: Riders who explore a variety of terrain, including groomed runs, powder,

and trees, typically choose a board size that falls somewhere between their chin and


Freeride: If you spend most of your time off-piste in deep powder or backcountry

terrain, you might opt for a longer board for better floatation and stability at higher


Terrain and Conditions: Consider the type of terrain and snow conditions you'll encounter most often. In deep powder, longer boards provide better floatation, while shorter boards are more maneuverable in tight trees or parks.

Personal Preference: This plays a significant role in snowboard sizing. Some riders prefer shorter boards for quick, nimble turns, while others like the stability and speed of longer boards.

To determine the right snowboard size more precisely, check the manufacturer's size chart, which takes into account your weight and sometimes your boot size. Knowledgeable snowboard shop personnel or experienced riders can provide valuable guidance and recommendations tailored to your vision. Snowboard sizing is not an exact science. Experiment with different sizes and get a feel for what You like.

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