Snowboard Size Calculator

Picking the right snowboard for you can seriously affect how much fun you have on your board. The size and shape of board changes what kind of riding you can do on it and at what level of expertise . This guide will help you measure up the perfect snowboard for you!

What size snowboard should I get?

Our snowboard size calculator for men’s and women’s boards narrows down the search and makes picking a board easy.

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All you need are the following details:

  • Your height
  • Your weight
  • Your level of riding
  • Your kind of riding

Picking the right size snowboard size depends on a number of factors, but a good starting point is your height and weight.

Riders who are taller/heavier should choose a longer snowboard, riders who are shorter/lighter should choose a shorter snowboard.

A good rule of thumb is that a board should come up to somewhere between your chin and your nose.

The next consideration should be your level of riding. Snowboards which are shorter tend to be easier to turn. This is because shorter snowboards have shorter edges which have less contact with the snow, so it is easier for the edges to release and let the board pivot at low speeds.

Snowboards which are longer have longer edges which have more contact with the snow and provide more grip and control when you are turning at higher speeds.

So beginners who are just learning to turn should go for a snowboard on the shorter end of the spectrum and riders who are more experienced and need more control at higher speed should go for a longer snowboard.

If you have large feet you might need to look at getting a wide snowboard

Men’s/Women’s Snowboard size chart

Height (in)Height (cm)Weight (lbs)Weight (kg)Snowboard length
4’10”147110 -120 50-54 128-136
5′152115-130 52-59 133-141
5’2”158125-135 57-61 139-147
5’4”163135-145 61-66 144-152
5’6”168140-155 63-70 149-157
5’8”173150-165 68-75 154-162
5’10”178160-175 73-79 159-167
6’183170-185 77-84 160+
6’2”188180-195 82-88 160+
6’4”192190-205 86-93 160+

Snowboard width

When choosing a snowboard it’s not just the length of the board that is important. If your boots are longer than your board is wide then that means either your toe or your heel will likely be overhanging the edge of the board. A consequence of this is that you’ll get either heel or toe drag. This happens during turning when the board is put on its edge and either the toe of your boots with a heel makes contact with the snow normally resulting in you hitting the deck.

The charts below show which board width you should choose for the corresponding shoe size:

Mens Snowboard widths

Waste width mmMen’s US boot sizeMen’s EU boot size
Narrow240-2456-839-41
Regular245-2558-10.541-44
Mid-wide255-26510.5-1244-46
wide265+12+46+

Women’s Snowboard Widths

Waste width mmWomen’s US boot sizeWomen’s EU boot size
Narrow<235<6<39
Regular235-2456 – 8.539 – 41
wide245+8.5+41+

Wrapping up

This guide hopes to lay out and explain the factors which can influence what board you choose. All this may seem daunting, and a whole lot of information to take on board. But if you choose a board in the right ball park, then you will probably be fine. In my experience when I get on a new board 9 times out of 10 I love it! After all its new, with nice new graphics, clean base and edges and loads of pop.

Its only really when you swap boards on the same day of riding that you really start to get a feel for how these differences affect the ride.

What ever board you’re on make sure you have fun!

Weight is more important than height when sizing up a snowboard. The heavier you are the more edge length you need to control your speed. Plus if you are going to be riding deep snow you need more surface area to create the float. Use our snowboard size calculator to find the right size for you.

You might start to feel that your board is too short if you start loosing control at higher speeds. Shorter boards are less good at absorbing bumps, and it may be harder to hold your edge when you are turning the board.

Snowboards which are too big are less manoeuvrable. This can be fine for expert riders but for beginners, who are riding at slower speeds, this can make it harder to turn. Freestyle riders also ride shorter boards, which are easier to rotate.

2 cm may not seem like much but it can make a big difference in how your board rides. You should try and get a board closest to the recommended length. Then if you are between 2 sizes, go longer if you are a more aggressive, faster rider. Or go shorter if you are a beginner or like to ride slower.

A good rule of thumb is that a snowboard should come up to your chin for a beginner snowboard. This is often how a rental store will size up your board. Then you can add a couple of cm if you are an advanced.

A good rule of thumb is that a snowboard should come up to your nose for an intermediate or advanced snowboarder. Beginner riders should choose a board which comes up to their chin. This is often how a rental store will size up your board.

Whilst the length of your snowboard will have little effect on how fast it goes, a longer snowboard will make it easier to ride faster. This is because you have more stability to absorb bumps and longer edges to create more control when turning.