To size a snowboard, compare your weight and height to a sizing chart, consider your riding style, and base the width on your shoe size. Choosing a snowboard size is mainly a matter of preference, although it's important to size it within the correct general range.
- Weigh and measure yourself
Your height and weight should be considered when sizing a snowboard. People on the tall end of the spectrum generally use wider boards, although that is a matter of preference. Look at a sizing chart to determine the proper length of the board based on your height and weight. Sizing charts can be found online or at snowboard shops.
- Consider your riding style
If you're a beginner, you may want to choose a snowboard slightly shorter than the chart recommends. This makes the board easier to control. If you want a versatile freestyle snowboard that is suitable for riding and jumps, consider a slightly smaller size. If you prefer to carve through large mountains and rarely hit jumps, a longer freeride board may be ideal.
- Check the width
The width of the snowboard depends on the size of your feet. If your shoe size is larger than a 10, you may want to consider a wide snowboard. If your feet hang too far over the board, you may lose balance.
- Talk to an expert
If you're still not sure how to proceed, go to a snowboard shop, and ask for a recommendation. Snowboard instructors are also excellent resources.