Snowboard Size Calculator & Chart

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Picking the right snowboard for you can seriously affect how much fun you have on your board. Whether you’re just starting out, or a bonafide park rat or powder hound, the size and shape of board can have a massive effect on what you are able to do on it. 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.

All you need are the following details:

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

Picking the right size snowboard depends on a number of factors. The 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.

After that, the next consideration is 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

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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+

Next comes what kind of riding you are into.

Whilst the most important factors are your weight and height when picking a board, you should also think about the style of riding that you are most into, and our Snowboard Size Calculator does just that.

If you want a board predominantly for freestyle, then you probably want a slightly shorter board. Shorter boards are more easy to quickly maneuver and have a lower swing weight making them easier to spin. This is useful if you are spinning off jumps or onto rails, or having to make fine adjustments when landing or setting up for a trick. Snowparks should have nicely groomed snow which makes it easier to ride at high speeds without having to deal with bumps and inconsistent snow, so often times you don’t need the extra control offered by a longer board.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are freeride snowboards. If you are just into backcountry snowboarding and riding powder then you’ll need a snowboard which can handle riding fast over changing snow conditions. In the backcountry the snow can be inconsistent in how deep and how soft it is. A board which is longer gives you more length in the nose to plow through deep snow and more edge contact giving you more control when turning at speed or on uneven snow.

Longer snowboards are generally more stable at speed and give more float in the powder. Shorter snowboards are easier to maneuver and are better for beginners, they can also be better for freestyle as they are easier to spin and press.

How can snowboards differ?

Other than the size of a board how can one snowboard be different from another? And what’s the difference between a freestyle snowboard and a freeride snowboard? Although snowboard brands are continuously coming up with new tech which attempt to reinvent the snowboard, the differences between all boards, both men’s and women’s, can roughly fall into two categories: The Shape of the snowboard and the Camber of the snowboard

What is snowboard camber?

The camber of the snowboard is how the snowboard bends along its length when it is set on the ground. When you stand on any board it will always lie flat on the ground, but when it is unweighted it will want to return to its camber, which is built into the board during the manufacturing process. This, combined with the board’s shape, has a huge impact on the feel of the board and can effect characteristics such as the pop and responsiveness of the board, the grip of the edges and the amount the board floats in powder.

A few years back, when different profiles first started appearing on the market, the brands were in an experimental phase, coming up with all different combinations of shapes and flex. It seems in recent years these ideas have been consolidated into three or four different profiles which are proving most popular amongst riders. Our snowboard size calculator matches the camber of the board to your preferred style of riding.

Read more about Snowboard Cambers

What are the different types of snowboard shape?

In recent years snowboard brands have been experimenting with more and more different shapes of snowboard. Each different shape has been designed for a different style of riding meaning there’s a perfect board out there for you no matter what kind of riding you’re into. The shape of a board can have a huge impact on how that board feels to ride in powder, on groomers, or riding switch.

Read more about Snowboard Shapes

What are the 4 Types of Snowboard?

Snowboards can be loosely categorized into 4 different types of board.

Beginner Snowboards

When you are learning you want something relatively short with a softer flex. This type of beginner board are easy to turn at low speed, and won’t get need the extra stability offered by a stiffer, longer board.  Beginner boards are also fine for park riding, until you start hitting the bigger jumps. They also tend to be cheaper to buy.

Freestyle Snowboards

Similar to beginner boards, freestyle boards tend to be shorter and softer. This makes them easier to throw around in the park and for pressing on rails and boxes. A good freestyle board will have plenty of pop and a twin tip shape so that riding switch feels the same as your normal stance.

All Mountain Snowboards

All mountain boards are a good choice for riders who want do do everything on one board. All mountain boards have a directional shape and/or flex meaning they ride better in your normal stance than switch. This means they can can charge through all snow types from hard-pack to powder and you can take them over the jumps in the park.

Freeride snowboards

If powder is your thing then you need to have a freeride board in your quiver. With a longer nose and normally with a tapered shape, freeride boards give extra float in the powder and stop you from catching the nose.

In recent times snowboard companies have started developing more and more shapes and sizes of board. With so many to chose from, there is the perfect board for every type of rider and ability. The tricky part is finding the right one for you. Even if you have a board that you are happy with, take every oportunity to demo new boards or swap with you buddie for a few runs. You might find something thats suits you’re riding better.

Wrapping up

This guide hopes to lay out and explain the factors which can influence what board you chose. From size to camber and shape. 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!

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