How to Choose the Right Length
When you’re buying a snowboard, it’s important to choose the right length. The snowboard size chart below will give you a basic guide to finding the right length based on your height, but there are a few other things to think about to make sure you make the right choice.
A simple rule of thumb is that if it’s standing on end next to you, your board should come up to somewhere between your chest or shoulder and your eyes. Exactly how long is often down to personal preference, but you’ll need to consider your weight, riding ability and favoured riding style.
If you’re heavier than the average for someone your height, a longer board will give you more effective edge to hold you steady in the carve. On the flip side, someone lighter won’t exert so much force, so can get away with a shorter board.
Generally, a shorter board will be easier to turn, but slower and less stable at speed. A longer board will be harder to turn, but much happier travelling fast. So a beginner should look to buy a shorter board, while more advanced riders will get more from a longer one.
Style of Snowboarding
It’s also important to think about the type of skiing you’ll be doing most, because you might want to choose a longer or shorter board to suit your style.
If you like to spend a lot of time in the park, you might want to think about choosing a shorter board. How short you go really depends on where you’ll be riding. You can go a lot shorter if you’re more of a jibber – riding tight features, indoor snow parks, or even a bit of street.
On the other hand, if you’re more likely to be riding pipe or big jump lines, or you want to take your tricks into the powder, you should keep a bit of length for added stability at speed.
Freeride & Off Piste
If you spend a lot of time in search of powder, you should consider riding a longer board to give you a bigger surface area, more float, and a stable crud-busting ride at speed.
Know Your Freeride From Your Freestyle?
For more about the different types of board available and a jargon-busting tech guide, check out our snowboard buyer’s guide. If there’s anything that you still need help with, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Snowboard Size Chart
This chart is just a general guide to help put you in the right ball park, but should give you an idea of what sort of range to look in, depending on your ability level, riding style and weight.
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