The Ultimate Snowboard Buying Guide
How To Buy A Snowboard
Buying a snowboard can be tricky. To help you out we’ve created this useful Snowboard Buying Guide to help you choose the right snowboard for you in the ideal snowboard size.
What Size Snowboard Should You Buy?
Knowing what size snowboard is right for you is dependent on four main things:
Personal Riding Style
Snowboard Size: Width
Snowboard boots and bindings are intended to hang slightly over the edge of a snowboard. Having the boots and bindings extend slightly over the edge gives the rider the ability to apply pressure and turn smoothly.
Snowboard boots and bindings should not extend too far past the edge of the snowboard. Boots and bindings that extend too far create unwanted heel and toe drag causing the rider to catch an edge.
The chart below can help you decide what snowboard width size is appropriate based on the riders snowboard boot size.
Men’s Boot Size
11.5 and up.
**Women with a boot size of 10 or higher may want to consider a women’s mid-wide snowboard.
Both Burton Snowboards and Lib Tech Snowboards offer a range of men’s wide snowboards.
How to choose your Snowboard Size: Length
An ideal snowboard length is primarily based on the rider’s height. Still, there are other factors to consider before deciding which snowboard length is right for you.
The chart below provides general snowboard length recommendations based on the height of the rider. This chart is only a general guide. Be sure to consider the following as well.
Riders who prefer to ride park, freestyle, or pipe should consider a shorter snowboard length towards the smaller end of their size range. Shorter boards are easier to spin and maneuver making them ideal for freestyle riding.
If you are a snowboarder who prefer to ride all mountain terrain, freeride, or powder should consider a snowboard length towards the longer end of their size range. A slightly longer snowboard will float better in powder and ride more stable in all mountain terrain.
Those who are above average weight for their height should also consider a longer snowboard.
Snowboard Size Chart
Your Riding Style will influence what type of snowboard you should buy. Be sure to choose a snowboard that fits the rider’s style and terrain preference.
All Mountain snowboards are designed for riding the entire mountain. These snowboards can do it all, carve through deep powder and hit the terrain park. All Mountain snowboards are popular for their versatility and performance in different types of terrain. All Mountain snowboards are perfect for the snowboarder who likes to ride a little bit of everything. They’re also a great choice for beginner snowboarders looking to try different styles.
· Popular men’s All Mountain snowboard brands include: Arbor Snowboards, Burton Snowboards, and Rome Snowboards.
· Popular women’s All Mountain snowboards include Roxy Snowboards, women’s GNU snowboards, and women’s Burton Snowboards.
Park type snowboards or “Freestyle” snowboards are specifically designed for riding the terrain park. Park boards are great for freestyle riding, rails, jumps, jibbing , big air, and spins. These snowboards tend to have a twin shape and a shorter length. A rider looking to learn tricks and spend a lot of time in the terrain park should definitely consider a Park snowboard.
If you a want a good men’s park snowboard pick one of these brands including: Capita Snowboards, Lobster Snowboards, Lib Tech Snowboards, and DC Snowboards. The most popular women’s Park snowboard brands include: women’s Capita Snowboards and women’s Forum Snowboards.
The shape of a snowboards can influence how the board rides. We will discuss three main shapes: Directional, Directional Twin, and Twin. It’s best to choose a snowboard shape that best fits the type of snowboarding and terrain the rider prefers.
Directional snowboards are designed to ride in one direction and are often found in All Mountain and Freeride snowboards. The tail end of the snowboard is usually stiffer while the nose tends to be softer, longer, and more flexible. This shape is more controllable ride at high speeds and while carving down steep runs.
Twin tip snowboards are also called “True Twin,” this shape is often found in Park snowboards. Twin snowboards are completely symmetrical with an identical tip and tail shape. This shape is great for freestyle riders because it allows them to ride in either direction.
Directional Twin snowboards can be found in both All Mountain and Park snowboards, Directional Twin snowboards are a combination of Twin and Directional shapes. These snowboards have a symmetrical shape and identical tip and tail widths, but the tip is often softer, longer, and more flexible than the tail. This shape rides in either direction and equally well in both the park and all mountain terrain.
Note: Just because a snowboard falls into one of these main categories does not mean it won’t perform equally as well in other conditions and actives. For example, a park snowboard may work just as well in all mountain terrain, and so forth.