Your most frequently asked questions - answered!
Oversized snowboards tend to be less nimble. You’ll struggle to turn the board as quickly or predictably as a shorter board. This is particularly true if your weight is too low – you’ll essentially be fighting against the board (and the board will win).
Shorter snowboards can be tempting due to their reduced weight and shorter turning radius. Unfortunately if you go too short, you’ll start to notice instability at speed. You’ll probably also struggle to hold your edge, leading to falls.
Weight is much more important than height when determining snowboard length. You will need enough snowboard edge to hold your weight at speed and through carves. Heavier riders will also need more surface area under-foot when venturing into powder.
We know from surveys that most people ride a snowboard that’s 88-92% of their height. A simplified snowboard size formula is therefore: Height (inches) x 2.54 x 0.88. However, once again this doesn’t cater to individual preference or factor in your weight.
We therefore used as many snowboard size charts as possible to calculate the average size range used by most manufacturers. By factoring this into the formula, we were able to provide suggestions that work for most people, with most snowboard brands.
Yes – particularly when your weight or height are at either end of the extreme. Use the results as more of a guide and alongside the other resources above.
This is probably the most widely spread myth in snowboarding. Whilst this will work for those who fit the “conventional height to weight ratio”, it will be extremely inaccurate for most riders. Using a snowboard size chart or our snowboard size calculator will be more accurate.
Honestly… because it’s quicker. Rental shops can just hold up a board and then move on to the next customer. Because most riders can ride a range of sizes, this works okay for the average beginner. However, as we’ve discussed – considering your height, weight and ability is much more accurate.
This is where personal preference comes in. Beginners and freestyle riders are usually better at the shorter end of their range. More advanced riders or those heading into the backcountry will usually go longer.
You probably won’t notice all that much difference from a 2cm variation in length, at least when you start out.
But remember, it’s not just the length that changes when you come down by 2cm. You’ll likely also have a narrower board, with less surface area and a lighter flex (compared to your weight).