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Snowboard Sizing Guide
Written By: dougfagel

As you are in the search for a new snowboard that can help you reach your next level of progression in your riding, you will need to figure out a few things to make sure that the right decision is made. It is important to first decide what style of board is going to help you reach your goals on the hill; a new riders goals should be to progress from the beginner level to intermediate level of riding as quickly as possible and the experienced rider may be buying a board to add to the ever growing quiver of boards. Once you have a few boards narrowed down to meet your needs, it is now time to choose what size of board is best for you.

To choose the best size of board you will want to make sure that you are making the decision based on the following:
  • Your weight, your body type and your boot size
  • Your riding style and level of experience
  • Your selected board type and the conditions that you will be riding
 
Weight
Start by narrowing down the list of available sizes by your weight. Many manufacturers will have a size chart specific for their snowboards. Some companies will even go as far as having a size chart specific for each snowboard they produce. These charts are a good place to start for narrowing down what size of board to ride, but usually any given weight will fit in two to three different sizes. Also, just because your weight is not listed on a given size does not automatically mean that that board is not right for meeting the needs of that rider. 
 
Body Type
Now we will focus on our body type. Many people will wrongly focus too much on their height when selecting a board size. A snowboard does not receive input from the height of the rider. Rather the board is pressed into the snow by the weight of the rider. The body type of a given rider better determines the height of the rider in reference to the size of board. The body type is in reference to weight and height combined. If you are short and stocky than you will want a board that is on the smaller size of the sizing chart. This rider will have less leverage to flex the board in proportion the rider’s weight. If you are a tall and skinny rider you will want a board that is towards the longer size. The longer leg will allow the board to be more easily flexed and manipulated.
 
Snowboard Boot Size
Don’t forget to compare your snowboard boot size to the waist width of the board. As some boots will have a smaller foot print than others it is the size of the foot print of your boot that matters more than the actual size of your foot. This is extremely important for the riders with a boot size 11 and over. You want to make sure that you are doing what you can do avoid toe and heal drag. This will allow you to achieve the same level of performance as the smaller booted rider. A common misconception of wide boards is that a wide board is more sluggish and slower edge to edge. This is all relative to the rider that is standing on the board. For a rider with size 12 boots the board with a 250mm waist is going to be a pretty narrow board. While the same waist width board for a rider with size 9 boots will be a mid wide board. The waist width of the board and the performances achieved from a given waist width should be evaluated relative to the boot size standing on that board.
 
Riding Style & Experience
The size of a snowboard that will best suit a rider is also determined by the experience of the rider and the style of riding that the board is to be used. A rider with less experience will want a shorter board for everyday resort cruising to make turning and maneuvering easier and a longer board for powder riding to allow for good float while riding at slower speeds. The experienced rider will be able to more easily handle a longer board in all situations as well as be able to ride a shorter powder snowboard in the powder, due to more efficient movements and the ability to maintain speed. The style of riding is therefore very important in considering what size of board will work the best in a given situation. The freestyle rider is usually going to lean to the shorter size of board because it is easier to spin and maneuver. The freestyler that is focused on jibs (boxes and rails) will many times be stoked on a board that is one below the referred board lengths because the board will have an even lower spin weight and more clearance when in tight situations. The rider that is into freeriding the whole mountain will most of the time be on a board that will become to be referred as the riders normal board length. This is in part personal preference and determined by an individuals likes and dislikes of different sizes of board in their past experiences. Riders that like to freeride at higher speeds tend to lean to a board that is a bit longer. The backcountry rider will also tend to lean to a board that is on the longer size to give more float in the powder and variable snow conditions.
 
Snowboard Type & Conditions
The riding conditions and type of board is our last element in selecting the correct size of board. The rider that will be on groomed terrain and parks will not need as long of board as a rider that will be in soft and natural terrain. The area that you ride the most and it’s most common snow conditions is very important when selecting a size of board. The powder in Utah is different from the powder in the Sierras and your pow board will in tern need to be sized differently; Utah – less water content in the snow and less float = longer pow board, Sierras - more water content in the snow and more float = shorter pow board. A powder board that has more tapered shape will be ridden at times smaller than your normal resort freeride board due to the increased float of the tapered shape. Many freestyle snowboards will have a short blunt nose and a longer effective edge for a given length and need to be sized down in overall length.
 
Address each one of these aspects of your riding and your body makeup when selecting your next board size and you will be sure to make the correct decision every time. As each board is different, allow yourself time to get comfortable on different equipment. Learn to be adaptable and your overall skills can progress as you move from one type and size of board to another.

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awieckowski4833 awieckowski4833 - cool stuff
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BoardingSteve25 BoardingSteve25 - -1? lol
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GoldDragon GoldDragon - Thanks very helpful
712 days 9 hours 42 minutes ago
seppy232 seppy232 - thanks a lot, both the article and video were really helpful
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Nancington Nancington - really helpful, thanks a lot!!
749 days 9 hours 39 minutes ago
Agrippa76 Agrippa76 - I heard a voice from the past!
779 days 14 hours 14 minutes ago
Byers Byers - Is it possible to put up a few basic charts as to size in this guide? Its useful but would be good to be able to quickly look at this guide and have a few charts rather than having to then go and google a chart..
779 days 21 hours 16 minutes ago
Ceida Ceida - thanks! going snowboarding on friday!!!! WOOO!!!
884 days 8 hours ago
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jlecoche jlecoche - thanks a lot!!! a perfect first resource for somebody who is confused about all the different sizes and types of boards
959 days 9 hours 56 minutes ago
Soul_train21 Soul_train21 - Thanks from a Newbie... I fall into several of these mulitple board catagories... I'm a military guy, 5'10 190 +/- 4, with a solid workout routine. So I went with a 162cm... Now clothing is not going to be fun...
962 days 22 hours 8 minutes ago
lockwobr lockwobr - Thanks for the info... Sometimes you forget this stuff.
964 days 5 hours 29 minutes ago
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Burzyn Burzyn - Awesome article. Worth the read. Thanks for the help!
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1063 days 11 hours 32 minutes ago
alexandrakatex alexandrakatex - thanks, just used this to help find a size for my boyfriend :)
1117 days 17 hours 59 minutes ago
Byers Byers - god this makes my life easier!! I've been running around all pre season giving my mates advice on what boards to get, what size, how thick etc, and now I can just copy and paste this link onto their facebook site - why didn't I see this earlier lol.
1143 days 13 hours 19 minutes ago
Phillip4x Phillip4x - It helps trying out a lot of different boards in the beginning. If you dont know what style you want to do then just go with a zerocamber.
1144 days 13 hours 10 minutes ago
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1215 days 17 hours 16 minutes ago
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1228 days 7 hours 37 minutes ago
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1253 days 12 hours 15 minutes ago
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1279 days 8 minutes ago
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1290 days 6 hours 16 minutes ago
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SafetyLouis SafetyLouis - Very educational video...definitely helped me pick a size.
1313 days 10 hours 52 minutes ago
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1320 days 5 hours 10 minutes ago
chauchow25 chauchow25 - There needs to be a calculator where you enter your weight, height, and random other facts and it spits out a board length and maybe makes some recommendations haha
1326 days 10 hours 21 minutes ago
dyu dyu - Thanks for the article. Very informative. Now I just need to decide on a board.
1327 days 23 hours 56 minutes ago
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1337 days 6 hours 20 minutes ago
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1339 days 11 hours 35 minutes ago
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1353 days 7 hours 41 minutes ago
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kromeassassin kromeassassin - When I got my board, I only checked the manufacturers sizing chart and bought it but this definitely helps. I'm the short and stocky type, need a few cms bigger!!
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