Size & Buying Guides

How to choose a Snowboard and Size Chart

Carol Ching

With so many snowboards on the market, how do you know what board to get? This guide will breakdown the anatomy of a snowboard, provide a length and width chart, and give you an overview of the different terrain snowboards available. Snowboard size charts for adults and kids included.
How to choose a Snowboard and Size Chart

What Size Snowboard Should I Get?

How do you pick the correct snowboard length? The length of your snowboard will vary depending on your body weight and the type of riding you plan to do. Back in the day, traditional snowboard sizing meant you stand next to the snowboard and if the top hits your chin, great, it fits! While that 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. So, for example, if you are going to be mostly freeriding 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.

Additionally, consider the following factors when deciding on a snowboard size:
- If you're riding primarily in the park or freestyle, pick a board on the shorter end of the size range.
- If you're riding is mostly all mountain, powder or freeriding, consider a snowboard on the longer end of the size range or grabbing a volume shifted board.
- If you are above average weight consider a longer snowboard.
- If you are a beginner, aim for a shorter board in your size range.

Snowboard Sizing Chart

Rider Height (ft) Rider Height (cm) Rider Weight (lb) Snowboard Size
4'10" 147 110-120 128-136
5' 152 115-130 133-141
5'2" 158 125-135 139-147
5'4" 163 135-145 144-152
5'6" 168 140-155 149-157
5'8" 173 150-165 154-162
5'10" 178 170-185 159-167
6' 183 155-175 160+
6'2" 188 180-195 160+
6'4" 193 190-205 160+

How Wide Should my Snowboard Be?

When a snowboard waist width is sized correctly the snowboard boots will hang over the edges of the snowboard just slightly but not so much as to hit the snow when the board is on edge (see the images below). Extending the toes and heels slightly over the edges of the snowboard allows you to apply leverage to the board and modulate pressure with your ankles. If your boots extend too far over the edge, they’ll hit the snow during hard turns and cause you to fall. To determine the proper snowboard waist width for your snowboard boot size view the chart below.

Snowboard Width & Boot Size Chart

Boot Size (US Men's) Boot Size (US Women's) Board Waist Width (mm) Snowboard Width
- Up to 6.0 225 - 235 Narrow / Women's
5.0 - 7.5 6.0 - 8.5 236 - 245
7.0 - 9.5 8.0 - 10.5 246 - 250 Regular
8.5 - 10.5 10+ 251 - 254
9.5 - 11.5 - 255 - 259 Mid- Wide to Wide
10.5+ - 260+

Snowboard boot sizes vary by manufacturer and even by model within a single manufacturer's line, so the outer sole of manufacturer A's size 11 might be slightly longer than the outer sole of manufacturer B's size 11. Similarly, some boots are specifically built with a low profile. The shorter outsoles of a low profile boot allow a rider to ride a narrower snowboard. Additionally, the ramp angle on snowboard bindings partially determines how large of a boot you can put on a particular snowboard - more ramp angle means a boot will sit higher and fit on a narrower board.

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What Type of Snowboard Should I Get?

What type of terrain will you be riding in? What is your ability level? What is your own personal preference? While you can ride any type of snowboard on any terrain, many boards are designed for you to get the most out of your session. It's easy to get lost in the plethora of options, so checking out this basic breakdown of board styles will help you find a board that works for you.

All-Mountain Snowboards
All-mountain snowboards are designed to work well in all snow conditions and terrain. They are at home on groomers, powder, park runs or almost anything in between, and are notorious for their versatility. If you’re just getting started or are unsure of exactly what you need, an all-mountain snowboard is a great choice.

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Powder Snowboards
Powder snowboards live for the deep stuff. They're designed to make the most of fresh conditions and usually have a wider nose and a tapered narrower tail. The binding inserts, which determine the rider's stance, are often set back on a powder snowboard, for flotation and steering with your back foot. Powder snowboards often feature generous rocker, a design element where the tip (and tail) rise starts farther back on the board, which also helps the rider float and pivot easily.

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Freestyle/ Park Snowboards
Freestyle or park snowboards tend to be a bit shorter in length and love terrain parks, rails, jibs, trash cans, tree trunks, riding switch (non-dominant foot forward), wall rides and more. Freestyle boards often feature a true twin or asymmetrical shape, and are typically selected by those looking to ride the terrain park. A more versatile variant of a freestyle board is the all-mountain freestyle, which combines the versatility of an all mountain snowboard with the playfulness of a freestyle snowboard

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Snowboards by Ability Level

What is your ability level? There are snowboards designed for every ability level, each addressing specific rider needs. Flex, shape, length, construction, materials, design, and intended use are all important when crafting a snowboard for a particular ability level. Be realistic in assessing your own ability when researching and selecting a new snowboard. Finding the right snowboard for your personal attributes, including your ability will help make your riding experience more enjoyable and help speed your progression.

Snowboard Shapes

There are many shapes floating around the snowboard world these days. While some snowboards will work nearly anywhere, there are a variety of shapes that are dialed in for making the most out of specific conditions. Check out our snowboard shape guide for more information!

Snowboard Shape Guide

Rocker Type

 Brands are consistently evolving and experimenting with their boards and offer new profiles nearly every year. Which profile you choose is entirely up to your personal preference and many people have different boards for the different types of riding they will do. For more information, check out our rocker guide. 

Snowboard Flex

The amount a snowboard flexes varies significantly between boards. Snowboard flex ratings are not necessarily standardized across the industry, so a "medium" flex may vary from brand to brand. Many manufacturers will give a number rating ranging from 1-10, 1 being softest and 10 being stiffest. Here at evo we have standardized the manufacturers' number ratings as a feel rating ranging from soft to very stiff.

Softer Flex
Softer flexing snowboards (typically freestyle and some all mountain snowboards) are going to be more forgiving and easier to turn. A soft flex is good for beginners, riders with lower body weights and park riders. Soft snowboards tend to be a bit looser at higher speeds but can also provide a soft buttery feel at slower speeds.

Stiffer Flex
Stiffer flexing snowboards are usually built for freeride or backcountry use. They provide better edge hold and are more stable at high speeds. Stiff boards can be great for riders laying down high speed turns but tough for lightweight riders to flex properly.

Sintered Snowboard Base vs Extruded Base

Extruded snowboard bases are made from polyethylene (often called P-Tex). The term extruded refers to the process of heating and forming the material into sheets in the manufacturing process. Extruded P-Tex is relatively inexpensive. These bases do not hold wax as well as sintered bases, and so they can be slower than a well-tuned sintered base. However, an extruded base can perform better than an unwaxed sintered base and are very durable.

Sintered snowboard bases are designed for super-fast glide. Like extruded bases, sintered bases are made from polyethylene (P-Tex). But unlike extruded bases, sintered bases are produced by compressing tiny pellets of polyethylene rather than melting and pushing it out in a sheet. Sintered bases are very porous and absorb wax well. When waxed and maintained properly, they are much faster than extruded bases. Often additional materials such as Gallium, graphite or Indium are added to the bases to provide increased impact resistance, durability and glide. Sintered bases are typically more expensive and can be more difficult to repair than extruded bases.

Snowboard Hole Patterns and Binding Compatability

There are four different snowboard hole patterns that you will find on conventional snowboards. The patterns include: 4x4, 2x4, Burton 3D and Burton Channel. 3D and Channel technology are specific to Burton Snowboards, although some board makers have begun licensing Channel technology from Burton. 2x4 is a variation of 4x4 that gives the rider more mounting options.

Universal Disc

A while back the world of snowboarding was graced with a universal disc. These days most bindings come stocked with this piece and will allow you to attach almost any pair of bindings to any board. Always check to see if the binding you're purchasing come with a universal disc or a mini disc, if you have an older 4x4 board a mini disc won't work with your board. Check our binding guide to ensure you're getting a setup that works for you.


Snowboards for Kids

Height and weight are important considerations when selecting the correct size snowboard for kids. If you are still unsure, you can take into account the skill level of the rider and size up or down. A good rule of thumb is that youth snowboards should come up somewhere between the child's chest and chin. You will find individual size charts on individual snowboard product detail pages for each of the snowboards we sell. Need a starting point? Use the Kids' Snowboard Size Chart below.

How to Find the Right Size Snowboard For Kids:

1. Measure your child's height and weight.
2. Locate that height on the kids' snowboard size chart below.
3.Line up their height with the corresponding snowboard length.

Kids Snowboard Size Chart

Age (yrs) Height (in) Height (cm) Weight (lbs) Weight (kg) Snowboard Length (cm)
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 29 115 - 125
10 55 140 70 32 105 - 120
11 57 145 79 36 110 - 125
12 59 149 89 41 125 - 135
13 61 156 100 46 130 - 145
14 65 164 112 51 140 - 150

What if my child is in between the heights listed on the size chart?

Your child might be between two of the heights listed; in that case find their weight on the chart. If they are light for their height, you're going to size a ski to the shorter height, and therefore will end up with shorter snowboard. If they are heavy for their height, you'll go off the taller height and end up with longer snowboard.

Reasons to size kids' snowboards shorter, closer to the chest:

- They are a beginner or cautious snowboarder
- Their weight is lighter than average for their height.
- They like to make short quick turns and ride at slower speeds.

Reasons to size kids' snowboards longer, closer to the nose:

- They are boarding fast and aggressively
- They weight more than average for their height.
- You want to purchase a snowboard with room to grow. Children grow fast and there are boots and outerwear designed to accommodate this, however, we do not recommend sizing their snowboard much bigger than the recommended range.