Snowboard Buying Guide - Sizing Edition


Posted on September 02, 2017 at 12:47 AM


Snowboard Sizing - Length and Width

This buying guide is intended to help you understand the important factors that go into proper snowboard sizing. We'll go over how to determine what length and width snowboard you may want with help from a couple trusty snowboard sizing charts.

Length

The appropriate snowboard length depends on a few things. The height and weight of the rider are the most important  factors in determining a suitable length. The chart below is a guideline for determining what length board you should be targeting.

Snowboard Length Chart

Rider Height (IN) Rider Height (CM) 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 should also have an effect on length choice. It's recommended that boards being used for freestyle and terrain park riding are a bit shorter. This enables the rider to spin and maneuver the board more easily. Conversely, free ride and big mountain boards should be on the longer side of the spectrum.

Beginners will find shorter boards much easier to learn on as they are more maneuverable, making them easier to turn. Length can also be a matter of preference, experienced riders will know what works for them.

Width

The ideal snowboard width allows the riders boots to slightly overhang the edges of the snowboard. This overhang gives the rider leverage and allows them to apply strong pressure to their edges. Although, too much overhang will cause the boots to catch the snow on hard, low turns. The chart below shows compatibility between snowboard width and boot size.

Width to Boot Size Chart

Boot Size (US Men's) -- 5.0 - 7.5 7.0 - 9.5 8.5 - 10.5 9.5 - 11.5 10.5+
Boot Size (US Women's) Up to 6.0 6.0 - 8.5 8.0 - 10.5 10+ -- --
Board Waist Width (mm) 225-235 236-245 246-250 251-254 255-259 260+
Width Type Women's/Narrow Regular Regular to Wide
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