Snowboard Sizing Explained
How do you pick the correct snowboard length? Finding the right snowboard can sometimes be a little overwhelming, we are here to help make this process easier. The length of your snowboard will vary depending on your height and weight and the type of riding you plan to do. Snowboard lengths are measured in centimeters (not inches) from tip to tail. You can get a general idea of the length you will need for snowboard sizing, by standing the board up vertically, and comparing the height to your chin. If the board length is in between your chin and nose, then typically, that board is within your size range. While this may be a good place to start, things like ability level, weight, and construction of the board are also important factors in determining the appropriate board length.
Also, your boot size will determine if you need a wider board, or not. Snowboards come in different widths, the widths are measured at the narrowest point, in-between the bindings. If you have a larger foot you will need a wider board. In general a person that is a size 11 or bigger, typically needs a wide board. Most brands will measure this in millimeters, if a board is more than 255mm at its waist, It is considered a wide board.
Nowadays, your body weight plays a bigger factor, because of all the different shape variations and base profile options snowboards have. For example if you are going to be mostly free-riding consider getting a slightly longer board for more stability and speed, unless you’re looking at a volume shifted board. If it's a freestyle snowboard you are looking for, consider smaller sizes that will be easier to spin and maneuver in the terrain park or half-pipe. You will need to factor in what type of riding you enjoy, because It plays a huge role in choosing the right snowboard. If you enjoy free-riding, carving, or powder you're going to generally want a larger board. If your beginner, or into freestyle and park, your are going to want to consider a board on the shorter side.
The following image below is a basic snowboard sizing chart you can use to help find the size that fits you best