Snowboard Gear Sizing Guide
So here is a GENERAL SIZING GUIDE (not a definitive guide) that might help you start out with what to look for in a board based on your specs. Remember these are the most important factors when choosing a board in order of greatest to least. Remember this is a general guideline and not the gospel. If a company has it’s own sizing guide then follow that one and don’t listen to my site or others.
Snowboard Waist Width Sizing Guide
If someone only asks you your height and weight then they have no idea what they are doing and you should not buy from them. This is hands down the most important part of sizing up your snowboard because you don’t want your toes or heels hanging over. Conversely you don’t want the board to be too hard to turn either. Here are some general guidelines to help you find the best waist width. Most people get caught up in length but those that concentrate on width instead of height have a better time. Of course always go with the companies sizing recommendations for that board over this.
|Snowboard Sizing Names||Narrow||Regular||Mid-Wide||Wide|
|Board Width (In CM)||24.0-24.5||24.5-25.5||25.5-26.5||26.5- 27.0+|
|Boot Size (US Men’s)||6-7.5||8-10||10.5-12||12.5+|
***This is based on regular boot sizing and not “Reduced Footprint Boots”. So if you have reduced footprint boots then you can go with the sizing above or size down according to the footprint reduction the boot has.
What is a Reduced Footprint Boot? This can make a big difference in picking the size bindings and board you could fit into. Most boots from Burton’s and Ride’s line seem to be about a full size or more smaller on the outside. From there companies like DC and ThirtyTwo have about .50 to .75 size reduction. This is really only related to Men’s snowboard boots. Most women’s boots are similar in size but sizes can vary a bit.
Women’s Snowboard Sizing Guide
|Board Width (In CM)||<23.5||23.5-24.5||24.5+||Women above size 8 might be better with Men’s Boards|
|Boot Size (US Women’s)||<6||6-8||8.5+|
About Snowboard Weight Recommendations
Weight is a pretty important factor for some and for others it isn’t. For example if you are tall but pretty light then it’s more important to go with waist size and weight recommendations over height recommendations. Some companies have a suggested weight range and if they do it’s usually best to follow it somewhat closely but don’t freak out if you are 10-15 lbs over. Some companies make boards where weight usually isn’t a concern. My best suggestion is to disregard all weight chart’s not from the manufacturer’s site. If you aren’t sure hit me up via email.
About Snowboard Length Recommendations
Least important part of finding a board that works for you!!! Don’t let a lazy guy in a shop hold up a board to your chin and say your good to go! Before deciding on a length make sure the width is appropriate for your boot size and also consider your weight. Here is a very generalized recommendation for different riding styles but remember it’s much more important to have the waist width match your boots than the length match your height.
Powder Board Sizing– There are all kinds of powder boards out there designed to ride powder in different ways so it’s hard to say. They range from 190+ cm to less than 149 cm. Even going by waist width can be a little weird with some powder boards as well.
Freeride Board Sizing– Usually the board’s Tip/Nose should be closer to your Nose or above your nose as long as the waist width is compatible with your feet.
All Mountain Board Sizing– Usually the boards Tip should be somewhere between your chin and nose as long as the waist width is compatible with your feet.
All Mountain Freestyle Board Sizing– Usually the boards Tip should be around the height of your chin as long as the waist width is compatible with your feet.
Freestyle Board Sizing– Usually the board’s Tip should be below your chin as long as the waist width is compatible with your feet.
Jib/Street Board Sizing– You want to go small here so you want it closer to your collar bone than your chin. If you can get shorter even better. Just make sure the waist width is compatible with your feet.