Snowboard Sizing… Getting the width and length right

Snowboard Sizing…When looking for a snowboard, you want to take into account not only the snowoard length but also the width as these are both important factors in picking a  snowboard, and should be researched before buying.All all you need to know about snowboard size, width and length read below.

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Usually the snowboard length will be shown abbreviated to the last two numbers, measured in centimeters this means, If the board say 52 it means it is 152 centimeters long from tip to tail. To find the best board or you, you need to compare it to your height. You can find yourself a short, medium or long length board.

Short length boards when sitting on the end should reach to between your collarbones and chin. These boards are great or learners, easy to maneuver, and also used for tricks on pipe and in terrain parks.

Medium length boards will reach between your chin and noes, this size board is or advanced and intermediate riders on a range of terrain, including steeps and parks.

Long boards go from your eyes, and can reach above the head, this is excellent for high speed carving, when there is lots of powder, and large mountain terrain.

Snowboard Sizing... Getting the width and length right

Depending on your weight the flex of the board needs to be taken into consideration. Riders who are heavy for their height are recommended to use a board with a stiffer flex, while lighter riders for their height should look for softer flex.

These points are general just to give you an idea of what to expect when buying a board, but personal preference can also play a part in the choice of your board.


While there is some room for personal preference in your snowboard size, the width of your board ties directly to your shoe size. Smaller footed riders need narrower boards, and bigger footed riders needs wider boards. Size is measured in centimeters or millimeters, and found on the board or in manufacturer catalogues or WebPages.

The easiest way to access the length of the board is to step into the bindings, set to the stride you will take while riding, this is important as you need to see the angle of your stance, as it will affect the span of your foot across the board.

When you are standing on the board in your boots in the riding stance, you boots should be slightly over the edges of the snowboard.

If they don’t come close to the edge, you won’t be able to apply enough pressure to the edges of your snowboard when turning. Although if your feet are hanging to far over, then they can catch when turning and send you flying, known as toe drag.