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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