Snowboard Size Charts – What Size Snowboard Do I Need?
There are a lot of myths and confusing advice out on the interweb about what size snowboard you need. Here is the Bangers & Stash snowboard size guide to help make some sense of it all.
In ski/snowboard rental shops, riders are roughly sized up with a board by standing the board upright and measuring it against your height. If the board is somewhere between your nose and your chin, you’re good to go and sent on your way. This is generally fine if you are renting for a week or buying a board to gather dust in your bedroom, but if you are going to invest in a super snow stick you’ll need to get into some more detail than that.
There are a few other factors that need to be considered, such as:
- Your riding style / conditions
- Your weight
- Your boot size
1. Riding Style / Conditions
Perhaps the most important first questions is what size snowboard is best suited for each type of snowboarding and the kind of terrain/conditions you will be riding. Eg the ‘park rats’ amongst us are going to want something different to the ‘powder hounds’.
In order of increasing length:
- People that prefer to hit street rails or are particularly fond or jibbing, will prefer a shorter board.
- Freestyle boards are also usually on the shorter end of the spectrum, however the pros hitting huge kickers at speed may opt for a longer than average freestyle board. Probably best to not think too much about what size the pros are riding as they usually have pretty different styles of riding to the rest of us mere mortals.
- All-mountain boards are a great option for your first board as they will be able to handle nearly all terrain and conditions with ease. Its best not to buy a board that will limit your riding styles. You wouldn’t want to get to resort with your fish tail directional powder board only to encounter F-all fresh snow. All-mountain boards are usually average height and are the most common kind of board found in rental shops, so if you are used to riding one of these then you won’t regret getting an all-mountain board for your first stick.
- Next we get into the longer boards, these are best suited for big back country snowboarding and deep powder riding. These boards are longer to give you more float in the powder and more control/edge hold at speed (the same is true of race boards).
2. Your Weight
Another major consideration is your weight. Now we don’t want to get too personal about this, if you’ve had a few too many mince pies over Christmas, no one is going to judge! The opposite is also true, this overlaps with other snowboard metrics such as board profile, shape and stiffness, but if you are too light for your board, you may struggle to engage the edge correctly and therefore miss out on some of the boards performance and grip.
In general, the heavier you are, the longer the snowboard you need, but within reason as there are other factors at play with this.
3. Your Boot Size
Boot size is more a question for board width than length, but still falls under the question of snowboard sizing. Boot size is a factor because if you have large feet and therefore large boots, then there is a risk that your feet are going to change over the edge of the board. This can result in toe catch. This is where your overhanging toes (boots and toe straps) dig into the snow when doing toe side turns, and especially when carving.
So of you do have large feet, (size 10+ UK, 11+ US) then a wide board may be a good decision to save you from eating shit, or less shit that usually expected.
Snowboard Size Chart
With all this in mind, below is a rough size chart to help guide you towards the right snowboard size. However its best to check out the board manufacuters size guide for each of their boards as they know them best. Below the size chat you will find links to many of the popular brands and how to find their size charts.
Popular Snowboard Brands Size Charts
DC snowboard size guide (see size chart on each section of boards)
Burton snowboard size guide (click on a board and use the ‘Size’ Tab on the right hand side of the board image)
CAPiTA snowboard size guide (click on a board and scroll to the bottom of the board description to see the size chart)
Jones Snowboards size guide (this is the link for the Mountain Twin however you can navigate to other boards in the Jones Range)
Never Summer snowboard size guide (click on a board and scroll down to the ‘Specs’ section for the size chart)
K2 snowboard size guide (click on a board and scroll down to the ‘Description & Specs’ section for the size chart)
Bataleon snowboard size guide (click on a board and scroll down to the ‘Specs’ section for the size chart)