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…
 
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Which Snowboard Is Right For Me?

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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:

  • Ability level

  • Width

  • Length

  • Riding style

 

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, 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.

Snowboard Width

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+
Snowboard Width Narrow Regular Mid-Wide Wide

 

Length

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.

Riding Style

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
5’4″ 163 135-145 144 -152
5’6″ 168 140-155 149 -157
5’8″ 173 150-165 154 -162
5’10” 178 160-175 159 -167
6′ 183 170-185 160+
6’2″ 188 180-195 160+
6’4″ 193 190-205 160+

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.

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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.

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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
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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