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Pick the right snowboard length and snowboard waist width based on your measurements with our simple-to-use calculator below.
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Whether you're considering buying your first snowboard or are an experienced rider, finding the right board for you will make all the difference in how you perform and, most importantly, enjoy yourself.

To make the task a bit easier for you, we'll examine the different types of snowboards you can get - and, most importantly, how to figure out which is the perfect board for you.

Snowboard types

Understanding how different board types suit different terrain or riding styles is essential when you're in the market for a snowboard. It's vital that you do a bit of homework, so you can narrow down your search to the most suitable board for you.

Choosing a suitable board will often depend on your riding style. You might not have settled on one yet if you are starting out, but this guide will take you through some of the options.

Freestyle Board

A freestyle snowboard is ideal for beginners as they are short, light, and flexible. They are also suited to snowboard parks, pipes, and rails thanks to their shorter size and softer flex that are great for quick maneuvering.

All-Mountain Board

All-mountain boards are the most versatile option that can perform in any terrain or style. These boards are great for beginners who want to try a bit of everything before deciding on what they want to focus on.

Freeride Board

Freeride snowboards tend to be on the longer side and are usually a directionally shaped board (built for riding in one direction) and are perfect for downhill riding.

They can handle high speeds and are better for intermediate to expert-level riders.

Freecarve Board

Long, narrow stiff boards provide the edge holding ability and stability needed for freecarve snowboarding.

Freecarving involves maneuvering between gates and poles - it's a popular sport at the Winter Olympics.

Powder Board

If you're lucky enough to live somewhere that enjoys regular, heavy snowfall, powder snowboards could be for you.

They are built for deep snow and keep the rider from sinking and losing speed or control.

Splitboard

Splitboards are snowboards that split into two to become skis. This gives the rider more maneuverability, and the ability to walk uphill.

Shapes and Flex

The shape and flex of your board will determine what you will be able to do on it, so it's important to choose carefully.

Snowboard Shapes illustration with directional, twin and directional twin types

True Twin

True twin boards have the same shape and flex in both the nose and the tail end - this gives you the opportunity to have an equal amount of nose and tail with the centered mounting inserts.

Directional Twin

This also has an identical shape and flex in nose and tail, a cantered stance, and taper from tip to tail. It is possible that you will find more camber under the back binding and more rocker under the front.

Asymmetrical Twin

You will find the tip and tail are the same shapes, but they will have an improved edge hold thanks to the deeper sidecut on the heel edge.

Bindings can be mounted on centered mounting inserts, offering an equal amount of nose and tail flex.

Directional

Directional boards give the rider a more set back stance with a longer nose that has a softer flex than the stiffer tail.

Snowboard flex ratings

Snowboard flex ratings go from soft flex, medium to soft, medium, medium to stiff, and stiffer flex. Different flex options favor certain styles as shown below;

Flex rating snowboards and ski soft
Flex rating snowboards and ski medium
Flex rating snowboards and ski stiff
  • Freestyle - Soft, medium to soft, medium
  • All-mountain - Medium, medium to stiff
  • Freeride - Medium, medium to stiff, stiff
  • Freecarve - Stiff
  • Powder - Medium, medium to stiff, stiff
  • Splitboard - Medium to stiff, stiff

Snowboard Profiles

The profile of a board takes into account how it appears when you view it side-on. Here are the profile options that you will come across when searching for a new snowboard;

Conventional Camber

A camber profile is where the tip and tail are upturned, and the center of the board is slightly raised, so it does not make contact with the ground. This helps with speed and stability on packed snow or trails.

Snowboard Profile - Camber

Rocker

The name rocker comes from its similarity in appearance to rocking chair rails as it curves at nose and tail with the center point in contact with the ground. This is great for park experience and use on rails and gives the rider greater maneuverability. It is also best for staying on top of fresh, soft snow.

snowboard profile - rocker

Flatbase

A flatbase profile is best for carving. As you might imagine, this board has a completely flat base giving the rider one long point of contact with the ground.

snowboard profile - flat rocker zero camber

Rocker camber combo

Rocker camber combo boards attempt to take the best of both worlds - this does give the rider some advantages, but they can be difficult to master.

snowboard profile - hybrid

Finding the right snowboard size for you

Now that we've gone through riding style and board types, let's look at the next most important factor in choosing the best snowboard for you- size. Here are the most important things you will have to consider when selecting your snowboard size.

Weight

Weight is a big factor in the performance of a board. If you're too heavy or too light for a particular board, you won't get the best performance from it, so it's important to do your research.

The good thing about this is that the majority of snowboard manufacturers now publish the advised weight range for their boards. This will allow you to check whether it will be suitable while browsing.

Snowboard companies tend to consider the weight of your gear separately, as boots, helmets, and clothing can be quite heavy. The weight advised will be your normal weight.

Ability Level

It is a popular misconception among people new to snowboarding that there is a direct correlation between the size of the person and the size of the snowboard. Though this is a factor, it's definitely not as straightforward as that.

Depending on your ability level, you should be looking at different sized boards within the options available to you based on weight, height, and boot size.

  • Beginner - Longer boards tend to be more difficult to control, so when you are starting out, it is advised that you go with a shorter board.
  • Intermediate - Depending on your level, you might want to consider making the step up to a larger board as you grow more confident.
  • Advanced - Longer boards are better for advanced riders as they perform better at greater speeds.

Height

The height of the rider will make a difference to the size of the board needed as they are likely (but not guaranteed) to weigh more and have a wider stance. Your stance will have a big part to play in how comfortable you are on the board, as well as your balance.

Similar issues will be found for shorter riders as they try to find a snowboard that suits them. Here's the snowboard size chart that you'll need to determine the best size snowboard for you.

Rider Height (Imperial)Rider Height (Metric)Snowboard Length (cm)
>4'11">150 cm140 cm
5'0"152 cm143 cm
5'1"155 cm145 cm
5'2"157 cm146 cm
5'3"160 cm147 cm
5'4"163 cm149 cm
5'5"165 cm150 cm
5'6"168 cm151 cm
5'7"170 cm152 cm
5'8"173 cm153 cm
5'9"175 cm154 cm
5'10"178 cm155 cm
5'11"180 cm156 cm
6'0"183 cm157 cm
6'1"185 cm158 cm
6'2"188 cm159 cm
6'3"191 cm160 cm
6'4"193 cm161 cm
6'5"+196 cm+162 cm+
Ideal snowboard length based on rider height

Length

Finding the right board length requires taking information about your height and weight and checking the charts below. These estimates provide you with the length of board that is, on average, best for someone of your size that is at an intermediate level or above.

From here, you will be able to make adjustments depending on your ability and the riding style you prefer, so you'll be able to search for the right size for the type of board you are interested in.

Beginners will be better opting for a shorter board within their size range, as would park or freestyle riders, whereas all-mountain, free-riders, and powder snowboarders would be better with a longer board, as would someone above average weight.

Width

The boot size will determine the waist width of your board. You will want a very slight overhang from your toes and heels, but not enough that they would hit the snow causing toe and heel drag.

Your boots hanging slightly over the edges of the board helps with leverage and modulate the pressure you apply with your ankles.

It can be difficult to judge this with manufacturers having slightly different sizing or styles which could make a difference to the overhang.

Generally speaking, you might find that the guide below gives you a fair idea of what to expect;

Boot Size (US Men)N/A5.0-7.57.5-9.09.0-10.010.0-11.011+
Boot Size (US Women)>6.06.0-8.58.5-10.010.0+N/AN/A
Boot Size (EU Men)N/A38-40.540.5-42.042.0-43.043.0-44.044.0+
Boot Size (EU Women)>35.535.5-38.038.0-39.539.5+N/AN/A
Boot Size (UK Men)N/A4.5-7.07.0-8.58.5-9.59.5-10.510.5+
Boot Size (UK Women)>4.04.0-6.56.5-8.08.0+N/AN/A
Board Width (mm)225-235236-245246-250251-254255-259260+
Width GroupNarrow / Women'sRegularMid-WideWide

Frequently Asked Questions

What board materials are best for snowboards?

There are five materials boards are made from- each offers something different that needs to be considered when shopping for snowboards.

  • Base - You can select either an extruded or sintered base for a strong and more durable material that can hold wax and offers faster performance.
  • Carbon fiber - Carbon fiber boards offer either longitudinal options that are stiff for stability or softer for press-ability. Or torsional options that have stiffer boards that are ideal for maintaining stability at high speeds or softer boards for more maneuverability at slower speeds.
  • Fiberglass - There are 3 types of fiberglass board to choose from, bi-axial that is lightweight and strong, tri-axial that is stiffer and stronger, or STS that maintains the shape of the board due to it being pre-hardened and pre-tensioned.
  • Wood core - Wood core boards use strips of hardwood that run the length of the board, and other materials such as foam are used around this.
  • Rubber - Boards that use more rubber will absorb more vibrations and give the rider a smoother ride. It does mean it will be less snappy, though.

Will my stance affect the size of the snowboard I should buy?

Your stance may impact what size of board you need - taller riders tend to have a wider stance width, whilst shorter riders are more narrow.

Your stance will be determined by how you feel most comfortable, and you will naturally feel more comfortable leading with one foot or another.

Leading with your left foot forward is known as a regular stance, whereas leading with your right foot is called a goofy stance.

What binding is best for me?

close-up of fast flow snowboard bindings and boots

Depending on your favored riding style, different binding options include;

  • Centered - This allows the same amount of tip and tail on your board and is best for freestyle snowboarding, riding backward, or switching.
  • Set back / Directional - When bindings are set further back on a board, you will have more nose than the tail, and this is commonly used for directional, powder riding.
  • Ducked - Like a duck, both feet will be pointed slightly out. This is a common position and suits a variety of styles.
  • Power carve / Positive angled - This stance eliminates overhang with both feet angled forward and is best suited for freecarve or alpine boards.
  • Old school - A straight back foot and angled front is a style that works but is not as common as it used to be.
  • When you know what stance you favor, you can choose from 3 binding types that include;
  • Response - This is a stable, stiffer base plate that suits freeriding.
  • Freestyle - With a natural flex, the mid-flex base plate is more versatile, allowing you to go from freestyle to freeriding easily.
  • Surfy - This soft base plate is better suited for powder.

What are the best boots for snowboarding?

This again will come down to your preferred style of riding as well as what you find most comfortable.

Stiff snowboard boots offer the wearer more stability and are suited to freeriding, while softer booters are more flexible and suit freestyle.

Christa Burkett

Christa Burkett

Christa is an avid skier who loves to explore the world. She has a particular love for speed and snow which she first found in her adulthood but since then she's made up for it by volunteering at ski resorts and learning from the best.
Published November 17, 2021
Last updated December 2, 2021
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