How to Know What Your Board Size Is for a Snowboard?

by Colby Stream
A snowboard should stand somewhere between your shoulders and chin.

A snowboard should stand somewhere between your shoulders and chin.

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Snowboards don't all come in the same height and width. They come in a range of sizes, calculated by centimeters. As a snowboarder you will want to select a board that most appropriately fits your size. To find the closest board for your height, you'll first need to know how to measure a board. After this, you can use your height to find the approximate height, then width, of the board you should buy.

Items you will need

  • Meter stick
Step 1

Measure the board length from the back to the front. Use a meter stick, but focus on the centimeters -- the "cm" -- rather than the meters. You should come up with a measurement between 100 cm and 200 cm.

Step 2

Measure the board width from side to side in the middle of the board. Again, use the meter stick but focus on the centimeter side. You should come up with a size between 20 cm and 30 cm.

Step 3

Measure your height in centimeters with the meter stick. Multiply this number by 0.9 to get the recommended height of the board you should buy. For example, if your height is 168 cm, or about 5 feet 6 inches, the product of your height and 0.9 is 151.2 which means you should buy a board about 151 cm long.

Step 4

Determine the width of the board by the boot size you will use on the board. If you wear a boot size of 8 or smaller, the board width should be 24 cm or less. If you wear a boot size of 8.5 to 10.5, the board width should be between 24 cm and 26 cm. If you wear a boot size of 10.5 or larger, the board width should be 26 cm or greater.

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