How To Buy a Snowboard – Sizing and Terrain Guide

Find the right snowboard

What Size Snowboard Should I Buy?

With a ton of different snowboards on the market, choosing the right board and size can be overwhelming. Size charts can be confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking at. However, by looking at a few crucial factors, finding the right snowboard model and size can be easier than it looks.

The main factors in choosing the right snowboard and size are:

  • – Your Snowboarding Ability level

  • – Foot Size

  • – Height

  • – Riding style (where on the mountain you like to ride)

 

How to size a snowboard

Ability Level

First, what’s your snowboard ability? Snowboards are made for all types of ability levels ranging from beginner to expert. There is no shame in buying a “beginner” board if you’re just starting out.  Be realistic with yourself and get the board that matches your skills best. Finding a board that best matches your skill level will help you progress more quickly and enjoyably. Beginner boards will be more forgiving and therefor more fun to ride and learn on. If you jump on a high-end expert level board, you may not progress as fast and more importantly, it will be harder to ride and you may not have as much fun learning. Beginner Snowboards via Board Finder >

Foot Size

The second factor in finding the right snowboard is choosing the right width for your foot size.  A correct width snowboard allows your snowboard boots to extend slightly over the edges of the board. Not too far that during a hard turn it is possible to drag a toe. By having the boots slightly overhang the edge, the rider can control the board’s leverage and pressure with their ankles.  Below is a chart comparing typical snowboard widths with boot sizes.

Generally you only want to buy a WIDE model if you need one. The narrower your snowboard the quicker it will turn edge to edge, however it’s still best to size it to the width of your feet. Tall people and those with size 11 or bigger feet usually ride WIDES. Shop Wide Snowboards >

 

Boot Size (US Men’s) <7 8-9.5 10-11.5 11.5+
Width in mm 240-245 246-254 255-259 260+
Snowboard Width Narrow Regular Mid-Wide Wide

Board Length

The third and nearly most important part of picking the right snowboard is length. A very basic way to identify a good board length for you, used to be done by measuring the board to a person’s chin; however, that doesn’t take in the factor of weight. If you’re lighter than average, look for a shorter board; conversely, if you’re heavier than average, look into a larger board. Also you can base the length on what you’re ridden previously. Have you rented a board that was really hard to turn? It was probably too long for you.

Riding Style

In addition to weight, the riding style and what you want to ride plays an effect on the board size. This is less important for beginners as most beginner boards will be optimized for the entire mountain. Most brands call them “All Mountain” boards or some variation of that.

If you’re looking for a board to hit the park and freestyle features, you want to get a Park snowboard on the shorter side of the spectrum. If you’re riding mostly all over the mountain, trees, and powder, you want to consider a board on the longer end of the spectrum. A longer or wider board gives you more straight line speed, stability and more flotation in soft snow but sacrifices maneuverability. If you want to mix all mountain versatility with a twin park shape, we make Freestyle All Mountain boards, size to your preference.

 

Below is a table showing roughly ideal snowboard sizes based on your height.

Remember, snowboard sizing all comes down to personal preference. 

 

Rider Height (in) Rider Height (cm) Snowboard Size (cm)
4’10” 147 128 – 136
5′ 152 133 – 141
5’2″ 158 139 – 147
5’4″ 163 144 -152
5’6″ 168 149 -157
5’8″ 173 154 -162
5’10” 178 159 -167
6′ 183 160+
6’2″ 188 160+
6’4″ 193 160+

 
 
Confused yet? Still not sure what board is right for YOU? Well you’re in luck. We’ve developed one of the best board finder tools and size calculators in the industry to make your life easy. Not only will it show you what size snowboard to buy but it will recommend some models based on your skills and riding styles. Click the Image below…
 
Snowboard Finder Selector Size Calculator

 

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Alaska Airlines x RIDE Snowboards Sweepstakes

Alaska Airlines and RIDE Snowboards teamed up give you one great prize package!

Alaska Airlines is sending you and friend to a great shred destination, while RIDE is giving you a full setup of new gear! The gear package includes a snowboard, boots and bindings for your riding pleasure!

The contest starts 3/1/2015 and ends 3/15/2015. Winners will be notified by email. Enter to win below!

Alaska Airlines RIDE Snowboards Sweepstakes

You’ll receive two tickets to any of the amazing snow destinations that Alaska Airlines flies to as listed below. 

You can fly from an Alaska Airlines served city to any one of these shred destinations:

Anchorage (ANC), Juneau (JNU), Cordova (CDV), Mammoth (MMH), Reno/Tahoe (RNO), Kelowna (YLW), Steamboat Springs (HDN), Sun Valley (SUN), Bozeman (BZN), Kalispell (FCA), Albuquerque (ABQ), Redmond/Bend (RDM), Salt Lake City (SLC).

RIDE Prize Package

Along with the flights you’ll also receive a full hardgoods setup from RIDE Snowboards including a Berzerker snowboard, Lasso boots, and Revolt bindings. Choose between a men’s or women’s prize package. (Men’s package shown above)

Sweepstakes Rules

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RIDE Brand Director Sean Tedore Interview – Surf The Snow Part 4

Surf the Snow: Part 4 – Sean Tedore’s Alter Ego from Snowboard Magazine on Vimeo.

It’s nice to see one of our own get recognized by Snowboard Magazine! Congrats Sean, always killing it behind the scenes, leading the charge here at RIDE.

In his Neoproto days Sean Tedore blended style with creativity and was known for his explosive ridingand equally explosive slams. While Tedore lived the pro snowboarder life, he also worked towards a mechanical engineering degree that would ultimately shape his career. Tedore put in his time as a Product Development Engineer for K2, Marketing Manager & Product Development Manager for CAPiTA and today works as the Global Brand Director for RIDE Snowboards where he breathes new life and excitement into one of snowboarding’s revered brands.

Cinematography: Gary Milton

Editing: Cody Rosenthal, rosewoodoriginals.com

Music: Scotty Arnold @scottwarnold

Shot on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Additional footage provided by: Neoproto Films, Pierre Minhondo, Justin Eeles, Kyle Koniniec

Special Thanks: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, JH Pow Wow, Rob Kingwell

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Alter Ego Named One Of The 53 Most Innovative Things of 2014!

Until this winter, choosing a freeride board was about compromise: a deck that’s stiff for groomer fun, or a softer model for powder turns. Thanks to a unique tail design, Ride’s new Alter Ego has snowboard boots firmly planted in both worlds. “What the split tail concept does is give you two boards in one. It gives you a hard-charging, stable board when the tail is connected. And when you disconnect the tail, it creates a surf-y, easy-to-handle, more mellow board,” explained Snowboard Development Engineer at Ride, Michael Chilton.

Ride pro, Jake Blauvelt, worked closely with the Ride engineering team for two years, providing feedback on the shape, flex profile, and camber of this deck.

Getting it perfect took more than 20 prototypes, which you’ll appreciate shortly after strapping in. We put more than a dozen days on the Alter Ego late last winter and found it was as versatile as it was a conversation piece: Everyone wanted the inside skinny on this blunt-nosed board that looks like no other thanks to a tail that resembles a splitboard.

 

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Welcome to the Pro Team Jake Welch

Welcome to the Team Jake Welch

RIDE is incredibly proud to announce the addition of Jake Welch to the Pro Team.

It’s funny how a soft spoken young gentleman can also be the guy who steps up to the gnarliest spot everyone else is scared of. Jake Welch is a kind, well mannered type from Salt Lake who not only has payed dues in the past, but boasts a very promising future.

Check out Jake’s Team page

Jake stems from a large family in Sandy Utah where he started snowboarding at Brighton resort. Snowboarding became life as he went pro for other brands, putting together full video parts for their major film projects. After the ultimate bounce back from a series of life changing circumstances, Jake got back into the one thing that could make him happy, riding his snowboard.

This past winter, Jake was filming with longtime friend Pat Moore, and gathered enough footage to appear in Pat’s project “Mr. Plant” along with linking up with the Videograss crew to be featured in their new movie “Mayday”.

Welcome to the fam Jake! Keep your eye out for the RIDE snowboards team… They are about to bring the heat.

Jake's Setup
Peep the Buck Up Snowboard Yes you need the Highlife UL snowboard There's a reason Jake rides Capo bindings
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2015 RIDE Buck Up Snowboard Featured Online at Angry Snowboarder

The 2015 Buck Up Snowboard is a board designed for RIDE athlete Seb Toots. If you have ever seen how powerful he is whether in the streets or in the park, you know this is a beefy deck.
To read more click HERE