What Length and Width Should My Snowboard Be?
Step #1: Use Your Height, Weight, Boot Size and Riding Style
To figure out what size snowboard you need, you’re going to use your height, weight, boot size and what type of snowboarding you’re interested in. For example, for freestyle riding a shorter board helps for being easier to do spin tricks, get up on rails or rotate in the air. Or for a beginner a board too long is hard to control, a shorter board is a little easier to learn on. Whereas, for freeriding a longer board has greater stability at speed. Or our volume or shaped boards can be sized up or down, depending on the model. As a general rule for all mountain riding or getting your first board you don’t want to have a board as tall as you or one that is below your chest. You want something that comes around your chest to chin. Weight can play a part in the flex you want, for example a heavier person can utilize a firmer flex that won’t fold up under their weight and stiffer board wouldn’t be as forgiving for a thinner rider.
Here’s a Snowboard Sizing Chart you can use to get an idea for what size board you need based on your height and weight:
Snowboard Size Chart (Guideline)
|Rider Height (in)||Rider Weight (lbs)||Snowboard Size (cm)|
|4ft 10in||110 – 120||128–136|
|5ft||115 – 130||133–141|
|5ft 2in||125 – 135||139–147|
|5ft 4in||135 – 145||144–152|
|5ft 6in||140 – 155||149–157|
|5ft 8in||150 – 165||154–162|
|5ft 10in||160 – 175||159–167|
|6ft||170 – 185||160+|
|6ft 2in||180 – 195||160+|
|6 ft 4in||190 – 205||160+|
Your boot size tells you how wide you need your board to be. You want a board that is proportionate to your boot size. The larger your feet, the wider board you need, and with a smaller foot a narrower board is more beneficial. Wider boards give you more surface area and a better float, which mitigates toe/heel drag and helps you get the speed with stability. A narrower board has an easier turn initiation and maneuverability.
Here’s a sizing reference to figure out what width board is best for you based on your shoe size:
• Ladies >9 = Men’s Board
• Men <10 = Regular Width
• Men >10.5/11 = X
• Men >12 = DF
If you’re an intermediate rider who knows they’ll be in the park often or riding freestyle down the mountain, then consider getting a narrower board so you have the maneuverability you need.
Using height, weight, and shoe size ensures you get on the best board for you, combining the most comfortable board for your size, with the flexibility to try different things on the mountain.
Even if this isn’t your first time on powder or in park…you’ll still take these factors into account.
Step #2: Consider Your Ability Level and Riding Style
Beginner and intermediate riders should use slightly shorter boards since they’re easier to turn and maneuver. Choose the board that’s the shortest option based on your height, weight, and boot size weight in the chart above.
Intermediate and advanced riders can opt for slightly longer boards, which have noticeably less bounce and wobble making them much more stable when you’re catching speed down the mountain. Longer boards are perfect for freeriding because you can float in powder at a stable speed without feeling the bounce of a shorter board.
• Longer boards are for intermediate and advanced riders
• Shorter boards are for beginner and intermediate riders
If you’re an intermediate rider and wondering where you fit on the shorter vs. longer board dilemma—ask yourself, “What am I going to be doing on the mountain?”
• If you’re going to be freeriding and cruising while trying to catch speed without a lot of obstacles—go with a longer board
• If you’re a freestyle rider taking your board into the park and cutting through trees, —go with a shorter board
Now that you know exactly what board best fits your body and riding style—let’s get you geared up with the proper setup.