How to choose the perfect snowboard

How to choose the perfect snowboard

How to choose the perfect snowboard

October 29, 2022

Likbez Sport and fitness

Be sure to consider your style and level of riding.
Photo by Iya Zorina

Iya Zorina

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How to choose the perfect snowboard
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Decide on your riding style

When choosing a snowboard, first of all, you should decide where and how you will ride.

You can see the purpose of the snowboard on the label or ask a consultant. In online stores, as a rule, it is possible to set the desired parameter in product filters.

All-mountain snowboards

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The name speaks for itself: such snowboards are suitable for skiing on prepared tracks, and for light freeride. Beginners should choose just such boards.

What to buy

  • Snowboard Nidecker Play, 31 353 cents →
  • Snowboard BURTON Ripcord, 34 447 cents →
  • Children’s snowboard Salomon Sleepwalker Grom, 20 859 cents →

Snowboards for freeride (Freeride)

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These are boards for unprepared slopes, suitable for skiing in deep snow. They are longer and wider than the universal ones. Often the nose is wider than the tail.

What to buy

  • Snowboard Jones Storm Wolf, 67 490 cents →
  • Snowboard Snowboard PRIME pow-challenge, 30 700 cents →
  • Snowboard Burton Ft Backseat Driver, 38 700 cents →

Freestyle Snowboards (Freestyle, Park & ​​Pipe)

Photo: Ozon

Such boards are shorter and softer than universal boards, often have twin-tip geometry, that is, the same ends, due to which the rider can continue riding both face and back forward after jumps.

What to buy

  • Snowboard Snowboard Terror Boss, 33 349 cents →
  • Snowboard adult Shorner Gorilla, 15 900 cents →
  • Snowboard Jones Ultra Mountain Twin, 67 490 cents →
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Choose the right length

The next important parameter is the length of the board. A snowboard is selected according to the height of the rider, taking into account the destination.

If you are buying by hand, you can use the simplest method: put the board next to you. If the edge of the snowboard is in the space from the nose to the chin, then the board is probably right for you.

If you buy a snowboard in a store or online, find a table indicating the height and weight of the rider on the official website of the brand. Almost all well-known manufacturers publish such parameters. However, the boundaries are quite wide. For example, the same board may be suitable for a person weighing 60 and 97 kg.

To begin with, you can clarify the official data, and then look at the table that is not tied to the brand. For example, option from snowboard expert Adam Ryan.

Height (cm) Weight, kg) Snowboard length (cm)
152 45–59 139–145
155 45–64 139–147
157 50–68 142–150
160 50–68 143–151
163 50–73 144–154
165 54–77 146–155
168 54–77 147–156
170 54–82 148–157
173 59–82 151–158
175 59–86 151–159
178 59–86 152–160
180 64–91 155–162
183 64–95 156–163
185 68–95 158–164
188 68–100 159–165
191 72–100 162–166
193 72–100 163–168

When choosing a snowboard, weight matters more than height. If you are too heavy for the board, it will flex under you more than it needs to, if you are too light, it will not flex enough. Therefore, if your weight is outside the values ​​indicated for your height, take a board from the next or previous category.

In addition to height and weight, when choosing a length, it is worth considering:

  • Riding style. If you are going to ride off-piste in deep snow – take the longest one that suits your height and weight, plan to ride on a well-groomed track – choose something in between within acceptable limits, tune in to tricks in the pipe – take the shortest one that suits you.
  • Level of training. A long board is more difficult to control, so beginners are advised to take a snowboard 3-5 cm shorter than the recommended length.

Decide on the width of your snowboard

If you are buying a snowboard from a store, determine the ideal width from your foot length.

Take off your shoes and put your foot on the sliding surface of the board in the binding area. Position your foot at the same angle as it will be while riding. In this position, the toes should touch the front edge, and the heel – the back. The foot may protrude a maximum of 5 mm on both sides.

When you put on the boot, the foot will protrude a maximum of 2 cm from the edges on each side. If the snowboard is wider, you will have less control during turns, and boots that stick out too much can snag on the snow.

For those who buy a snowboard online and cannot measure it, there are width tables depending on the size of the shoe.

Men’s:

Waist Width (mm) Size (Ru) Foot length (mm)
240245 37.540 235255
245250 4042 255265
250255 4243 265275
255265 4345 265285
265+ 45+ 285+

Women’s:

Waist Width (mm) Size (Ru) Foot length (mm)
<235 <36 <235
235240 3638 235245
240245 3839.5 245250
245+ >39.5 >250

Consider stiffness

One of the most important characteristics of a snowboard is stiffness. It determines how stable your board will be on different tracks and how much effort you have to spend to control it.

Most manufacturers use a hardness rating from 1 to 10, where 1 is the softest and 10 is the hardest. However, the level of hardness is not standardized and can vary greatly depending on the brand.

Generally, snowboards fall into three categories.

Soft (12)

Suitable for beginners and light riders. These boards are easier to control and require less effort to turn or maneuver.

Soft snowboards are good…


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