If you’re getting the hots for snowboarding, just know that you’re not alone and that it’s totally understandable. After all, snowboarding is an amazing sport and one that can provide a lot of fun if you get good at it.
In order to get good at it, you’ll need a snowboard that will fit you, and that means getting the length and the width correctly. Buying a board is the first step to becoming a better snowboarder after you’ve learnt the initial steps of snowboarding.
If you’re unsure what snowboard size is right for you, we can help with that. We’ll explain all the factors you should take into consideration when picking a size, what methods you can use to determine the right length and width, and guide you through the chart that is usually used to find the right size.
There are a few factors you should take into consideration when picking the right snowboard length, and these include your weight, height, snowboarding style, and experience. There are two different charts to look at when picking your snowboard length, one based on your weight, and another one based on your height. Let’s explain how these factors influence snowboard length.
Snowboard Length Based On Weight
Your weight is the most important one. Having a snowboard that is suitable for your weight will ensure that you have the optimal level of control over your snowboard, and reduce the chance of falling by a lot. You can check out the chart below to find the right snowboard length according to your weight:
|Body Weight In lbs||Body Weight In Kgs||Snowboard Length in cm|
|<80||<36||90 to 135|
|80 to 110||36 to 50||135 to 146|
|111 to 120||50.5 to 54||142 to 148|
|121 to 130||54.5 to 59||144 to 150|
|131 to 140||59.5 to 63||146 to 152|
|141 to 150||63.5 to 68||148 to 154|
|151 to 160||68.5 to 73||150 to 156|
|161 to 170||73.5 to 77||152 to 158|
|171 to 180||77.5 to 82||153 to 159|
|181 to 190||82.5 to 86||154 to 160|
|191 to 200||86.5 to 91||157 to 163|
|201 to 210||91.5 to 95||159 to 165|
Now, this table is a good guide if you decide to pick a snowboard based on your weight, but keep in mind that your snowboarding style will also play a role.
For example, if you want to spend your time on groomed snow and going down slopes, or simply want to go freestyle and do tricks and flicks, look for a snowboard that is a bit shorter than what is appropriate for your weight. If you need a snowboard that will perform well in powder snow or in various types of backcountry terrain, go for a slightly longer one.
Snowboard Length Based On Height
While weight is the most important factor, somehow people prefer using their own height to find a suitable snowboard. This is due to the measuring method that is still used nowadays and which goes like this:
Set the snowboard vertically, and line it up against your body. If the tip of the snowboard reaches somewhere between your eyebrows and your lips, then it’s considered to be the right length. You can either use this method or simply refer to our chart below:
|Your Height in ft/in||Your Height in cm||Snowboard Length in cm|
|4’10’’||147||125 to 135|
|5’1’’||155||130 to 140|
|5’3’’||160||135 to 145|
|5’4’’||163||140 to 150|
|5’5’’||165||142 to 152|
|5’6’’||168||148 to 154|
|5’7’’||170||150 to 155|
|5’8’’||173||152 to 156|
|5’9’’||175||153 to 157|
|5’10’’||178||154 to 160|
|5’11||180||155 to 161|
|6’||183||156 to 162|
|6’1’’||185||157 to 163|
|6’2’’||188||158 to 166|
|6’3’’ and +||190||159 to 170|
As we already mentioned with the other sizing chart, you need to consider other factors as well. We already explained how your style can influence the snowboard length you will choose, now let’s explain how your experience level does.
For beginners, it’s always better to go for a snowboard that is a bit shorter than what is recommended by the charts. For snowboarders with intermediate experience, who are comfortable with their snowboard and know a trick or two, following the chart is best, but if you feel you need an extra challenge, you can go for a snowboard that is a bit longer.
For experts, it goes without saying. They already know their measurements, and the length they choose is all down to personal preference and fine-tuning.
Choosing the right length for your snowboard is very important. With the right one, you will have a lot of fun, and you will also have an easier time learning all the moves. So spend some time going over all these factors, and you will pick a reliable partner in crime for your snowboarding adventures.