Today, I’m going to teach you how to size a snowboard. By this, I mean help you find the snowboard in the right size for you, and the snowboard that fits your riding style the absolute best!
When you look for a snowboard there are several qualifications that needs to be there for you to pick the right one. You have probably heard rumors saying that the snowboard should be defined by your hight. This is absolutely wrong. You want to define the size of your snowboard based upon your own weight. This is because the weight is what lest you control the board, as well as skill and technique of course.
I have created a list for you below, so you easily can find what length your snowboard should be.
Snowboard length sized by your weight
Just so you know, this list is not 100% perfect. If you have a snowboard that is somewhat different from this list, you can still find yourself succeeding a lot. As a final reminder, using a shorter board than your weight class is much better than using a board that is too big. You will struggle a lot more with a board that is too big.
Weight and length
- 50 pounds, 90-100 cm
- 60 pounds, 105-115 cm
- 70 pounds, 110-125 cm
- 80 pounds,120-130 cm
- 90 pounds, 125-135 cm
- 100 pounds, 130-140 cm
- 110 pounds, 135-145 cm
- 120 pounds, 140-150 cm
- 130 pounds, 145-155 cm
- 140 pounds, 150-160cm
- 150 pounds, 155-160 cm
- 160 pounds, 155-165 cm
- 170 pounds, 160-165 cm
- 180 pounds, 160-170 cm
- 190 pounds, 165-170 cm
- 200+ pounds, 165-175+ cm
All mountain, freeride or freestyle!
You have now estimated the length of your snowboard. The next thing that you should do is to find out what your snowboarding style is. This way, your snowboarding experience will turn out to be even better!
If you like powder, then I would consider a bigger and wider board, with a less bendy nose and tail. The nose should also be a lot bigger than the tail. These types of snowboards are called freeride boards. Are you someone who loves free nature, powder and off-road riding? Then I would highly recommend these types of snowboards for you!
If you prefer park, I would consider a solid board with a smaller “center” (from the tip of your toes to the back of your heels). It should also be very bendy and bouncy with a camber shape. The twin tip on the board should also be identical as the boards are designed to ride switch. These types of snowboards are called freestyle boards. Are you a park-rat? Then there is no doubt this is the board you should buy!
If your snowboard style is what ever you feel like doing. Then I would recommend the all mountain snowboards. These snowboards fits everyone, and every snowboard style possible. They are typically designed for beginners and for people who really just like to do “what ever”. Are you are that guy, who just like to chill, and switch between any style? Then these types of snowboards will be the perfect fit for you!
If you are interested in learning more specific differences between the snowboard types. All mountain, freeride and freestyle, I have a separate page covering this in more detail. Click here if you want to check it out!
Hopefully you have gotten an idea of how you want your snowboard to look like!