Consulting a snowboard size chart is a great way to make sure you are getting the right size board. A chart is especially helpful if you plan on purchasing a snowboard online rather than in person.
Choosing Your Snowboard Size
When purchasing a snowboard, there are many factors to take into consideration in order to get the right board for your size and skill level. Boards are designed, not only according to the snowboarder's size, but for various terrain, conditions and personal preferences. A size chart can be a guide in choosing a board, but other factors should be taken into consideration as well.
If you are able to shop in person for your snowboard, choosing a board that reaches your chin or mouth is the best length for you. If you shop online, a chart is a helpful guide in selecting a board.
Basic Snowboard Size Chart
A snowboard size chart can use the following factors to determine the correct board size:
- Boot size
- Ability level
A chart can give you the length and width for the snowboard that is right for you. The basic formula used in a size chart is to take the rider's height in inches x 2.54 x 0.88 to get the board length. Most size charts use a range of board lengths in order to get the best size for the rider. The following sample will give you the ranges for board length based on rider height:
- Riders who are four feet should choose a board that is 106 to 111 centimeters long.
- A five foot rider would use a board that is 133 to 140 centimeters.
- A rider who is six feet would choose a board that is 159 to 168 centimeters.
Length is not the only element that is important when choosing a board. The board's width should also be considered. If you get a board that is too narrow, then your heel and toe may drag. A board that is too wide will not respond as well to your direction. Use the following guide based on boot size to determine board width:
- If you wear a boot that is size 8 or smaller, a board that is 24 centimeters or less wide at the waist would work for you.
- For those wearing a boot that is size 10.5 or larger, a board that is 26 centimeters wide at the waist is your best bet.
Another consideration when determining snowboard size is your weight. A heavier boarder will need a longer snowboard than a person who is smaller in size. Smaller snowboarders should use shorter boards that are more flexible. The following size chart is based on weight:
Other Factors to Consider
In addition to consulting a size chart, there are other factors to consider when choosing a board. The type of board depends on your ability level. Beginners will use a different board than those who are experienced snowboarders. A beginner board will be heavier and have a basic design whereas an expert board is lighter and is designed for more advanced techniques.
If you plan on snowboarding at a specific area, your board should be tailored to those conditions. If you are snowboarding on machine-made snow rather than fresh powder, your board will need to contain specific materials to accommodate to the conditions. Hard packed snow requires a board to have materials that have vibration control so that the ride is smooth. Fresh powder boarding works best with a longer board that will lift riders up out of the snow. If you will be snowboarding on a variety of terrain, a board that handles a variety of conditions is your best bet. This is the most common board type and is designed as such.
Like all sports equipment, the better quality the board, the better the ride. Many shops sell boards at a discount that are either from a previous season or are discontinued. These are a great way to have a quality board at a fraction of the price.
There are various snowboard size charts available to help assist you with determining the proper board size for you. Consider all factors when purchasing a board in order to get the best size for your specific needs.