Embarking on the exhilarating journey of selecting a new Snowboard triggers the inevitable question: What size snowboard should I buy? Understanding your snowboard size range is crucial to discovering the perfect fit for your individual preferences and riding style.
While the common advice suggests that the board height should fall between your chin and nose, our guide delves deeper into the intricacies of sizing. In reality, the ideal snowboard size could range from your collarbone to your forehead, taking into consideration essential factors such as rider weight, boot size, preferred terrain, and intended board use.
Snowboard sizing transcends a mere glance at a size chart; it's about crafting a bespoke experience tailored to your unique needs. Unraveling the complexities of sizing, we empower you to navigate the plethora of options available, ensuring that your next descent down the slopes is not only thrilling but also maximally enjoyable. Join us as we demystify the art and science of choosing the perfect-sized snowboard, offering insights that extend beyond traditional guidelines.
Your snowboarding adventure awaits, and we're here to guide you every step of the way for an unforgettable and perfectly sized ride.
Your board doesn’t care how tall you are. What really matters is how much you weigh. Each board will have a weight range, and within that range, the board will perform as designed. This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a board below or above your weight range. If you fall below the weight range, the board will be a bit stiffer, and if you’re above the weight range, it will be a bit softer. When looking at the same model of board, shorter boards will have lower weight ranges while longer boards will have higher weight ranges. Using weight as a factor in learning your snowboard size will lead to picking the best snowboard for your boarding style and provide the overall best ride quality.
What you plan to do with the board will also factor into the size board you select. If you plan to spend most of your time in the park or pipe, a freestyle board will probably better meet your needs. These shorter boards will be more maneuverable as you move through the park, and have a lower swing weight, making it easier to spin the board.
If you plan to spend most of your time carving down the hill or riding in powder, you’ll benefit from a freeride board. These boards are longer to have more edge contact with the snow for more control as you lean into a turn or try to hold an edge at high speed. And for powder, a longer board offers more float in the snow.
And finally, if you want to be able to do a little bit of everything on the hill, go for an all-mountain board. These mid-size boards will give you a board that’s easier to maneuver while still holding an edge when cruising the hill.
The above chart is a generic chart that works for most standard snowboards. Some boards with non-standard shapes and sidecuts may not align with the sizing suggested by this chart. Please make sure to refer to the manufacturer size chart for specific sizing on the board you are interested in.
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