Ski, Service | Dec 8, 2020

How to find the right size snowboard

Philippe Moreau
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There are only a few centimetres between the most brilliant day on the slopes and a horrific experience when snowboarding! The right size snowboard is crucial for whether or not you'll have your board under control and how much you'll enjoy your time in the mountains. In the past, people often said: "The ideal length for a snowboard is from the ground up to somewhere between your nose and chin". However, this is a long-outdated view. Factors such as weight, riding style, boot size and your preferred terrain all play a role in finding the right fit for your winter sports adventures. INTERSPORT Rent has summarised the most important criteria for you. 

Which snowboard size is ideal?

As with skis, the following also applies to snowboard length – size matters, and it can be determined based on these five factors:

  • weight
  • height
  • ability level
  • boot size
  • riding style

It's obvious why height alone is not enough as a criterion to choose a suitable board. A 1.85-metre-tall, very slim woman (e.g. an endurance runner) puts a different strain on a snowboard than a 1.85-metre-tall, strong man (e.g. a boxer). 

Snowboard size & weight

The rider's weight has at least as much of an influence on what the ideal snowboard size should be as their height. As mentioned above, there are considerable differences in the physique of athletes despite the same height. A heavy snowboarder transfers power differently than a lighter one. So the heavier the rider is, the longer the snowboard should be. 

Snowboard size & height

The impact height has on snowboard length can't be dismissed, though. The taller you are, the longer the board should be. 

Snowboard size & boot size

Boot size is an often neglected but very important consideration. The width of the board always depends on its length. As a result, snowboarders with small feet will gravitate towards a shorter snowboard, as it offers them better leverage over the toe and heelside edges. Riders with large feet will have much more fun on a wide board, as it keeps their heels and toes out of the snow.

Snowboard size & riding style

The shape and length of the snowboard also depend on its use. Off-piste and freeride snowboarders usually need a longer snowboard that gives them more stability and edge hold in deep powder snow. To get a nice flotation effect, you need a large contact surface. Those who prefer to get their adrenaline kick in snow parks do not need any additional length, quite the contrary. Shorter snowboards are easier to manoeuvre on rails and boxes, and they're much more agile.

Snowboard size & ability level

How well you ride also plays a role in choosing the size of your snowboard. The shorter the board, the more nimble it is and the less effort you need to initiate turns. In contrast, long boards make riding a smoother experience. They're often considered more stable. In any case, we recommend children and beginners opt for a shorter board.

Choosing the perfect snowboard length: Here's how it works!

Size chart for all types of snowboards

We are fully aware that you might still feel overwhelmed with choosing the board that suits you best, but don't worry! At the rental shops of INTERSPORT Rent, you'll always have someone at your side to help you find your perfect fit.

Snowboard size women

  Rider weight
Rider height 45 kg 50 kg 55 kg 60 kg 65 kg 70 kg 75 kg
180 cm - - - 154 156 156 157
175 cm - - 152 153 154 156 156
172 cm - 149 149 150 153 154 155
170 cm - 147 148 150 150 153 154
168 cm 144 146 147 148 148 150 153
166 cm 143 143 145 146 148 149 151
164 cm 142 143 143 145 146 147 150
162 cm 141 142 142 144 146 147 149
160 cm 140 141 141 143 145 146 -
155 cm 138 140 140 142 144 145 -
150 cm 137 138 140 142 143 - -

Snowboard size men

  Rider weight
Rider height 55 kg 60 kg 65 kg 70 kg 75 kg 80 kg 85 kg 90 kg 95 kg +100 kg
200+ cm - - - - 164 165 166 166 166 166
195 cm - - - 163 163 165 165 166 166 166
190 cm - - 161 162 163 164 164 165 166 166
188 cm - - 161 161 162 163 164 165 166 166
186 cm - 159 160 160 162 162 163 163 165 165
184 cm - 158 159 159 160 161 162 163 164 165
182 cm - 158 158 159 159 160 161 161 163 163
180 cm 157 157 157 158 159 159 160 161 162 163
178 cm 155 155 156 157 157 158 159 160 161 -
176 cm 155 155 155 156 156 157 159 159 161 -
174 cm 153 154 155 155 156 157 158 159 - -
172 cm 151 153 153 154 155 155 157 158 - -
170 cm 151 153 153 154 154 155 157 158 - -
165 cm 149 151 151 153 154 155 156 - - -
160 cm 147 149 151 151 153 156 - - - -

INTERSPORT Rent Tip

Of course, all these factors only serve as a starting point and a rough guideline. Your individual needs determine which snowboard suits you best. We recommend you try different boards before deciding on a particular length! With the extensive rental options of INTERSPORT Rent, this will be a pleasure in itself.