How to Choose the Right Size Snowboard

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Choosing the correct size snowboard is an important factor when it comes to your performance. Your choice will be based not only on how tall you are, or how much you weight, but it will also hinge upon your abilities as a rider, the terrain you are considering, how often you will be snowboarding as well as your budget.

Step 1: Determine the Height

Stand next to your snowboard and determine how tall it is. Generally, when you stand next to your snowboard, it should stand between your chin and the beginning of your nose. 

Step 2: Determine your Weight

Stand on your scale and take your weight. When riding a snowboard that cannot accommodate the weight of the rider, it not only affects performance, but can be dangerous. In addition, maneuvers such as slides or jumps may results in the snapping of the board. After you have determined your weight, shop for snowboards that will accommodate your dimensions. The manufacturer's information on the snowboard should tell you how much weight it can withstand. Take into consideration how much your clothing will weigh, as well.

Step 3: Check your Foot Size

If you do not have adequate "waist width." you might experience heel and toe drag. This can be very uncomfortable and can potentially be dangerous. In addition, an excess of waist-width can also be dangerous, as ineffective and slow transfer of your weight can lesson responsiveness of your snowboard. You need to make sure that you feel comfortable on the snowboard as this will improve your confidence level.

Step 4: Figure out your Riding Style

You will need to determine whether you are an all-mountain, free style type or back country type of snowboarder. If you are an extreme rider, you probably do not want a snowboard that is too short, simply because of the harsh conditions you might encounter. In addition, if you are a freestyle type of snowboarder, the terrain park might be very difficult, and you may experience nose press when the nose of your snowboard goes out too far.

Step 5: Determine your Ability

If you are an inexperienced or new snowboard rider, choose a shorter snowboard and one that allows for greater flexibility than ones used by the more experienced riders. 

Step 6: Choose for Gender

Snowboards made for women are usually lighter and shorter than ones made for men. In addition, the flexion is generally softer than snowboards geared toward men or snowboards that are unisex.

Step 7: Think about your Budget

Snowboarding can be costly, however, if is more affordable than some other hobbies. You need to make sure that you choose the right size, because choosing the wrong size can be an expensive mistake. 

Step 8: Enlist the Help of a Snowboarding Professional

If you do not have the experience choosing the right size snowboard, ask for help. Choosing the wrong size not only will affect your performance, it can be risky for your safety. The snowboard shop staff will be able to help you with your choice and make sure your board is comfortable and safe.