When buying a snowboard, it is important to make sure that the size matches your personal preference in riding style, as well as your own height and body weight. If you have ever rented a snowboard you may have had to stand next to the snowboard and if it hit your chin it was the board for you. While this may be a good starting point, there is much more that needs to be factored in to get you the best ride possible.
Picking the right size board depends often on what you want out of your riding and therefore you may be unsure about what would best benefit you.
The basic rule for picking a snowboard’s length is as follows:
- If you will be mainly riding park or freestyle, then aim for a shorter board for more control with your tricks.
- If you will be mainly all-mountain, powder, backcountry or just riding fast and hard on the groomers then aim for a longer board for better stability.
- If you are above average weight for your height then a longer board may be better.
- If you are a beginner or an intermediate level rider then a shorter board may be better and provide you with better control.
Use this size guide to help you choose the right size for your body dimensions.
Below are the main types of snowboards to help you better understand what they exactly do.