Head to a rental shop and the standard advice you’ll be given about choosing the right length snowboard is to “pick something that’s somewhere between your nose and your chin”.
While this is a good starting point, it’s pretty much the broadest possible guideline. Finding exactly the “right” length board for you depends on two factors – your height and your weight. However it’s also worth considering what snow conditions you’re most likely to encounter, and your terrain and style preferences.
As a rule of thumb, longer boards are faster and more stable but will be harder to turn (like a Cadillac!) whereas a shorter board will be lighter and more maneuverable but will offer less edge grip.
With all this in mind, we’ve created these four different length calculator tables, equating to four different rider types, which help you get a general idea of what sort of length you should be looking for.
Once you’ve worked that out, try a few – after all, like so much in snowboarding, board length is a matter of personal preference.
Oh and if you struggle with the metric system: 1 stone = 6.35 kilograms