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Choosing the Right Length for Your Snowboard

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Snowboards shouldn’t be picked on cool graphics alone. Choosing the right size snowboard is often the difference between flying down the mountain and falling down the mountain. Among the many factors that should be considered when purchasing a snowboard is your weight.

The length of the snowboard is the most important factor when it comes to shopping for snowboards. In general terms, the heavier the rider, the longer the board needs to be. This is because heavy riders invariably apply more board pressure during turns. The added length provides the additional support that these boarders need. If a heavy rider buys a board that is too short, he or she will run the risk of washing out during turns.

Lighter riders require shorter boards because they are easier to maneuver. A board that is too long will be difficult for light riders to turn. For similar reasons, lightweight boarders should look to purchase a more flexible board as well. In contrast, a stiffer snowboard offers the additional strength required for heavier riders.

So what exactly is too long for a light rider and too short for a heavy rider? If you are of average weight for your height, a general rule of thumb is that the snowboard should reach between your chin and nose when stood on its end. If you are heavyset, you’ll want the board to extend above the nose. Lighter riders will likely feel more comfortable on a board that reaches between the chin and collar bone.

To assist in the buying process, many manufacturers include height and weight recommendations for each snowboard they produce. Adult snowboards range in size from approximately 140 cm to 168 cm. Here is a general recommendation for size based on weight:

Snowboard Sizing Chart

Remember these are just guidelines and other factors such as riding style and skill level will also play a factor when picking the right snowboard. Check out our boards from Burton, Flow, Forum, K2, Nitro, and Ride.  If you are unclear on which board is right for you, feel free to give us a call at 866-786-3869.



3 Comments on “Choosing the Right Length for Your Snowboard”

  1. #1 How to buy a Snowboard | Sun & Ski Sports
    on Aug 17th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    [...] of every brand will have a weight range for each size board (an generic size chart can be found here). For example, I weigh 160lbs. (size 8 boot) and I am looking at getting the new Burton Custom [...]

  2. #2 Jamie
    on Nov 3rd, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I am new to boarding I have tried it a couple of times in my early twenties. I am now 32 years old and want to get back into it but not sure what to buy. I am 5’11 185lbs and would be using it in Minnesota on hills not Mountains. I would like to try all aspects of boarding. Can you tell me what board size and style I should be looking at.

  3. #3 Jimmy
    on Jan 21st, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Hey I like the fact that you list your snowboard sizing chart by weight. I’ve gotten so frustrated arguing with people about how “between the nose and chin” is the right size when that’s not really true. I setup a site dedicated JUST to this topic, if you have time check out Snowboard Sizing by Weight and tell me what you think.

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