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 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 Toe/Heel Drag is very dangerous. It could make riding suck or even worse put you in the hospital. This is Zobel, he’s an 11.5 boot and this is what happens when he’s on my board (James Biesty) that works well for my size 9 boots. As you can see the boots hit the snow, lift up the edge and you usually end up slamming into the ground.
Conversely, you don’t want the board to be too hard to turn either and that can happen if someone like me with size 9 get’s a board suited for Zobel at a size 11.5. It could lead to you not turning/controlling the board fast enough in a tight spot and hitting something hard or someone else. Here are some general guidelines to help you find the best width by looking at the waist width of a board with the same width tip/tail. Sometimes a waist width has side cut tech that makes it seem wider or narrower than it really is so this sizing guide is not always accurate. Also with tapered boards sometimes the nose and waist can fit a wider foot but not the tail which is more narrow.
|Snowboard Sizing Names||Narrow||Regular||Mid-Wide||Wide|
|Board Width (In CM)||24.0-24.5||24.5-25.5||25.6 – 26.5||26.6 – 27.0+|
|Boot Size (US Men’s)||6-7.5||8-10||10.5-12.5||12.5+|
|Binding Size||Small||Medium||Large||Large or XL|
***This is based on regular boot sizing and not “Reduced Footprint Boots”. If you have a reduced footprint it’s best to still go with the standard boot sizing or very close to it.***
What is a Reduced Footprint Boot? This can make a big difference in picking the size bindings and board you could fit into. Basically, some boots have reduced the footprint of the boot so it’s not as long on the outside. Some of the best ones in the industry can size down almost 1 full size and many are 1/4 to 1/2 to 3/4 of what they used to be. It also varies when it comes to size boot so some companies can have a reduced footprint in size 9 but then in size 11 it isn’t as reduced. It can help reduce toe/heel drag but it’s best to still follow the standard width sizing recommendations and not try to squeeze into something a lot smaller.
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 as well and often can be almost as important as boot size but 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. Or if you are heavy it can change the way the board will flex and make it seem softer than it is to most. 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 like 10 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.