What size snowboard do you need?
With a bunch of different snowboards on the market, choosing the right board and size can be overwhelming. However, by looking at a few crucial factors, narrowing down snowboard models and sizes can be easy.
The main factors to finding the right board and size are:
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, be realistic with yourself and get the board that best matches you. Finding a board that best matches your skill will help you progress more quickly and enjoyably.
The second factor at finding the right snowboard deck is choosing the width. A correct snowboard waist width is when the snowboard boots extend slightly over the edges of the board, but not too far that during a hard turn it is possible to drag a toe. By having the boots overhang the edge, the rider can control the board’s leverage and pressure with their ankles. Below is a chart comparing typical snowboard width with boot sizes.
|Boot Size (US Men’s)||<7||8-9.5||10-11.5||11.5+|
|Width in mm||240-245||246-254||255-259||260+|
The third and nearly most important part of picking the right snowboard is length. Finding ideal snowboard lengths used to be done by measuring up 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 smaller board; conversely, if you’re heavier than average, look into a larger board.
In addition to weight, the riding style and what you want to ride plays an effect on the board size. If you’re looking for a deck to hit the park and do freestyle, you want to get a board on the shorter side of the spectrum. If you’re riding mostly all-mountain, trees, and powder, you want to consider a board on the longer end of the spectrum. Below is a table showing roughly ideal snowboard sizes based on weight and height. Remember, snowboard sizing all comes down to personal preference. Nothing is concrete.
|Rider Height (in)||Rider Height (cm)||Rider Weight (lb)||Snowboard Size (cm)|
|4’10″||147||110 – 120||128 – 136|
|5′||152||115-130||133 – 141|
|5’2″||158||125-135||139 – 147|
Riding Style and Favorite Terrain
What type of snowboard should you ride? While you can ride any snowboard on any type of terrain or in any snow condition, there are specialized snowboards for specific terrain, conditions and applications. For example, it’s going to be more fun to ride a powder board in powder and a park board in the park. And while it’s easy to over analyze the multitude of offerings available today, the following descriptions will give you a good sense of the major board categories.
All-Mountain & All Mountain Hybrid
All-mountain snowboards are shaped to work well in all snow conditions and terrain. whether lapping groomers, carving big mountain turns or blazing through tree runs. Most snowboarders choose all-mountain boards for their great versatility. All Mountain boards feature a directional shape that is designed to perform optimally in one direction. If you’re just getting started or not sure of what you need, an all-mountain snowboards are a great choice. For a more aggressive and advanced ride, step up to our All Mountain Hybrid Snowboards.
Freestyle: Park & Pipe
Freestyle or park snowboards tend to be a bit shorter in length and love terrain parks, rails, jibs, trash cans, tree trunks, riding switch (non-dominant foot forward), wall rides and more. Freestyle boards feature a true twin shape, and are typically selected by those looking to ride the terrain park.
Freestyle All Mountain
A more versatile variant of a freestyle board is the all-mountain freestyle, which combines the versatility of an all mountain snowboard with the playfulness of a freestyle snowboard. Most often a twin or twinish shape that is made for smooth fluid riding as you flow between features, turn and wherever the mountain may take you.
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Powder snowboards love powder. Often associated with freeride or all mountain snowboards, powder boards are optimized for deep snow. The binding inserts, which determine the rider’s stance, are often set back on a powder snowboard to help the rider float the tip of the board through the deep stuff. Powder snowboards also feature our maximum amount of rocker, Highrize rocker for maximum floatation. Rocker is a design element where the tip (and tail) rise starts farther back on the board, which also helps the rider maintain tip float through the pow.
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words: Mary Walsh and Taylor Godber – Read Full Article on Snowboarder Mag’s Site
If one area of Mammoth’s Main Park could embody the entire vibe of Day 2 at Ms. Superpark, it would be the pondskim that emerged midday near the entrance to the park. Kelly Underwood, Hana Beaman, Robin Van Gyn and Ashley Thornton lead with some lean-backs over the water and the rampant excitement surged like a tidal wave down the rest of Main Park. With perfect Mammoth blue skies, the second day of Ms. was all hot-and-sunny-slushy-snow-and-tons-of-laps-from-nine-‘til-four. It was party boardin’ at its best, though don’t think that when these riders are having a blast they aren’t stacking heavy shots the whole time, too.
WHISTLER, BC – April 14, 2014 – The Monster Energy Shred Show continued yesterday under bluebird skies at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival with the snowboard Slopestyle in the Nintendo Terrain Park on Blackcomb Mountain. In the best of three run format it was Kyle Mack who took the top spot on the podium, Sebastien Toutant in a close second, and Matts Kulisek rounding out the podium in third.
The Shred Show Slopestyle is a 5 Star invitational event on the World Snowboard Tour drawing some of the top snowboard athletes from around the globe. Kyle Mack (USA) landed his second podium of the Shred Show after a second place in the Big Air on Saturday night. Mack’s picture perfect first run, including a 50/50 pole jam frontside 180 to switch 50/50 to switch 180 out, backside lipslide, frontside 360 tail grab nose tap, frontside 900 tail grab, switch backside 1260, and a backside double cork 1080 japan grab, resulted in a score of 86.50, keeping him in the lead for the rest of the competition and earning him the $15,000 grand prize.
Canadian Sebastien Toutant pulled out his best in his third and final slopestyle run for a score of 85.22 earning him second place and $6,000 in prize money. Toutant’s run included a backside lipslide, frontside boardslide down the kink to fakie, cab 360 boardslide, cab double cork 1260, frontside 1080, to a backside double cork 1080.
Finally, Canadian Matts Kulisek rounded out the podium in third place with a score of 82.33, earning him $4,000 in prize money. Kulisek’s run consisted of a frontside tailslide 270 out, gap to backside lipslide, frontside 540 nose tap, cab 1080, switch backside 900 late cork, to a frontside 1260.
Complete results from the Monster Energy Shred Show can be found online at: www.wssf.com
Ride Snowboards took full advantage of The Launch 2014 amenities on and off the hill. Check out a recap of their week chopped into a few minutes with some boarding by Spencer Schubert, Brandon Davis, Spencer Whiting, Seamus O’Connor, Max Raymer and Tanner McCarty. Filmed and edited by Eli Olson.