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How to Measure A Snowboard: Pro-Backed Guide!

How to Measure a Snowboard
Written by Kevin Gerard

It’s important to consider your weight and height when choosing which size snowboard to buy. You measure snowboard lengths from tip to tail in centimeters.

Stand your board up next to you vertically, which will help you compare the board’s height with your chin.

Things You Need to Know Before Measuring a Snowboard

Camber

There’s no better snowboard profile than camber. As far as camber styles go, it remains the most popular. In traditional cambered boards, the center of the board is curved.

When no additional weight is applied, it comes down and touches the ground.

Base

How to Measure a Snowboard

The snowboard’s base is the Bottom side of the snowboard or the part of the board that touches the snow.

P-Tex is polyethylene used to make snowboard bases.

Edge

To maintain precise edge hold, edges should be sharpened regularly. It’s critical if you want to get vertical in the pipe or rip groomed runs.

Dulling your edges is also common if you plan on only riding parks and street setups.

Contact points

How to Measure a Snowboard

Generally, cambered shape boards have three to four inches long contact points located at the tip and tail of the board.

Flex point

Between the two bindings, the board’s flex point is located. This is where the board starts and ends, flexing and allowing it to touch the sidecut radius.

Effective edge

The length of the base edge is the effective edge. This connects with the board when it is flat sitting on the snow.

The tail and tip of the snowboard is the edge/base that is non-effective.

Stomp pad

How to Measure a Snowboard

Rubbers pads called stomp pads or nonskid pads can be attached to the backfoot binding of your snowboard to prevent skidding.

Nose/tip

On a snowboard, the tip or nose is the front end. The side that is turned up higher on your snowboard is usually the nose if your snowboard has an identical front and back.

Width

Snowboarders with boots larger than 11 need a wide board. The boards have a wider waist width as they are made to keep big-footed riders from the snow when the snowboard goes on the edge.

Length

Riders who focus on freestyle will choose shorter boards to reduce weight and make tricks easier.

Since they will mostly ride at moderate speeds and on intermediate runs, they do not need extra edge hold or stability.

Overall length

The overall length is the tip of the snowboard right to the tail and is measured in centimeters.

Progressive sidecut

Transitioning into turns is smooth with the egg-shaped arc, and exiting turns is aggressive.  A Progressive Sidecut snowboard is like accelerating out of turns.

Multiple sidecuts

A board’s nose and tail have a larger sidecut, and the center has a smaller sidecut. This provides large arcs and small arcs in turns.

Multiple Sidecut boards have a combination of radiuses that benefit riders at low and high speeds.

Radial sidecut

It has a larger sidecut in the nose and tail and a smaller sidecut in the center. When turning, this allows for larger and smaller arcs.

Asymmetrical sidecut

The toeside edge tilts with foot/ankle flexion and extension movements, so it’s easier to manage a toeside turn than a heelside turn.

Toeside turns are easier to control than heel sides. Asymmetrical Sidecuts have been created due to the body’s asymmetrical shape along its Y-axis.

How to Measure a Snowboard?

Height

Standing a snowboard vertically and comparing its height to your chin will give you an idea of the length you need.

The board you’re looking at is usually within your size range if it’s between your chin and nose.

Weight

Here we have a snowboard size chart that can help you determine the correct size of board for weight.

Rider Height (cm) Rider Height (in) Rider Weight (kg) Snowboard Size (cm)
147 4’10” 50-55 128- 136
152 5′ 52-59 133-141
158 5’2″ 57-61 139-147
163 5’4″ 61-66 144-152
168 5’6″ 63-70 149- 157
173 5’8″ 68-75 154-162
178 5’10” 72-80 159-167
183 6′ 77-84 160plus
188 6’2″ 82-89 160plus
193 6’4″ 86-93 160plus

Shape

Snowboards come in different shapes, and which one you choose will be determined by what type of riding you are doing.

You should choose the one most suitable for the environment you are riding in.

Mountain twin

The directional twin snowboard combines the twin snowboard and the directional snowboard shapes.

The asymmetrical shape with the same size tail and tip and a directional core with a softer tip are quite common.

Traditional directional freeride board

Freeride and powder boards most often feature these profiles but they are often found on all-mountain boards as well.

You’re more likely to stay afloat in powder with them since they have a wider, softer nose.

Wide and shortboard

The short and wide profile of volume-shifted boards makes them easy to identify.

Keeping your nose on top of the snow and pushing your weight backward gives them their name. These boards are easier to maneuver around trees.

Your board length

An estimated height to board length ratio can be calculated using a simple formula.

If your body weight is 150 to 156 cm and you have a height of around 170cm, then your snowboard runs into an 88 to 93 percent of your height. Use 90% as your baseline.

To work it out on a calculator, put your height in inches then times (x) that by 2.54 (x) 0.90, and that will give you an estimate for the board length in CM.

Park

How to Measure a Snowboard

These boards allow riders to express themselves more expressively while riding, performing tricks, and jibbing with a medium to soft flex.

These are built with a base construction and bomber edge that withstand rails’ impact.

All mountain

How to Measure a Snowboard

An all-mountain snowboard is a board designed for riding all types of terrains and riding styles.

If you want to ride the entire mountain, you should consider all-mountain snowboards rather than specialized niche boards.

Freeride

How to Measure a Snowboard

When it comes to riding steep terrain and soaking up deep snow, powder/freeride boards shine. A variety of snow conditions enable them to offer a smooth, steady ride at high speeds.

As a result of their firm flex prevents board chatter and provides a better edge hold under high-speed conditions as a result of their firm flex.

Ability level

  • Level 1: Beginner
  • Level 2: Improving
  • Level 3: Lower Intermediate
  • Level 4: High Intermediate
  • Level 5: Advanced

Boot size

How to Measure a Snowboard

Like street shoes, snowboard boots must be sized properly to ensure a good fit. In order to prevent poor circulation, the inside of your boots should be snug but not pinching or poking your feet.

You should be able to make your toes move a little but they shouldn’t be able to go forward or backward.

Kids Snowboard Sizing Chart by Weight

Age Height (in) Height (cm) Weight (lbs) Weight (km) Snowboard (Length)
3 37 94 34 14 <80
4 40 102 37 16 80-90
5 43 109 42 18 85-95
6 45 114 46 21 90-100
7 47 119 50 23 95-105
8 50 127 57 26 100-110
9 53 135 63 29 105-120
10 55 140 70 32 110-125

How to Size a Snowboard Without a Snowboard Size Chart

Choosing the right size snowboard starts with considering your height and weight. The length of a snowboard is measured from tip to tail in centimeters, not inches.

Standing up a snowboard vertically, and comparing the height to your chin, will give you a general idea of the snowboard size you need.

For professional snowboarders

Profile

A snowboard’s bent shape will impact how it rides and how it should be sized, whether it’s a rockered, cambered, or flat top.

Rockered snowboards have a tendency to run slightly small, while cambered snowboards have a tendency to run larger. Taking your own preference into consideration is important.

For the intermediate snowboarders

Stance Width

When using the recommended binding position, the height of the position is measured between each foot. This is measured in inches.

A snowboard’s product details will include this number. Your stance width should be roughly shoulder-width, depending on your riding preferences.

Stance Location

The binding position on a snowboard is determined according to its location in relation to its center.

The measurement (if available) is usually given as an inch but can also be given as a millimeter. The recommended stance is usually zero or negative.

Terrain

Whatever you’re doing, whether you’re riding a park board, surfing powder, or gripping groomers, choose a board that matches your preference.

For beginner snowboarders

Rider Weight

Each snowboard size normally comes with a weight recommendation, which can be found in the product details or on the board’s sticker. Boards relating to the range described should work well.

Rider Boot Size

It is important to know the size of your snowboard boots and snowboard bindings since these determine the waist width you will need.

Terrain

If you’re a beginner snowboarder, you’re probably going to be riding groomed slopes most of the time.

Opt for an all-mountain board and stay away from special shapes and profiles until you have it more down pat.

Narrow vs Wide Snowboards

Designed for

People with boots smaller than a size 7 need narrow snowboards.

Beginners and free-riders use narrow snowboards as the width is not as important.

Advantages

Snowboards with a wider width are extra stable. On the other hand, wide snowboards are less responsive and hard to turn.

Issues faced

In addition to being heavy and difficult to turn on, wide snowboards are also less stable and may cause heel or toe drag.

Size range

Wide snowboards are usually over 260 mm narrow snowboards have a size range between 235 to 245 mm.

Availability

How Does Snowboard Shape Impact Performance?

Each shape will determine how the board moves. A flat means you have more stability as it won’t move around too much, and a rocker flat has a design that helps keep you stable and from catching on to anything.

Tips for Measuring a Snowboard

  • Board shops will have a measuring guide if you are stuck
  • Do measure in CM
  • Go for a board that is between the collar bone and eye height
  • For a beginner, go for a shorter board in your suitable size range
  • If you prefer to ride freestyle or in the park, go for a board with a shorter end

FAQs

1. Are snowboard sizes for men and women the same?

Ans. Women’s and men’s snowboards are very similar in size, but those small differences can be hugely important. Always individually test for sizing.

About the author

Kevin Gerard

Kevin started off his career as a mechanical engineer at a scooter manufacturing company back in 2012. He’s been into kick scooters and swimming from the early years of his life. Over time, he quit the latter for the love of the former and soon started to be recognized as a kick scooter expert. He wanted to take kick scooter design professionally but his family forced him to study engineering. Luckily, he decided to study mechanical engineering. That made way for him to work in the field of kick scooter designing as a core researcher and developer. Kevin is also one of the founding members of Scooterlay and contributes to the website as the head of the kick scooter research team. He is currently working on his first book on the basics of kick scooter riding. This is a guide for beginner riders and will soon be published by Warner House Press, Arizona.

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