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How to choose the right snow board

Reproduced with permission from BargainBoards.co.uk The discount online snowboard shop.

Start by picking a snowboard which is proportional to your height. Most riders find that a board which comes up to their chin is ideal. The longest board most people tend to ride is one that comes to eye level and the shortest is shoulder level. The table below illustrates typical sizes for typical people.

YOUR HEIGHT IDEAL SNOWBOARD LENGTH
FEET CM TO SHOULDER TO CHIN TO EYES
4' 122 106 109 112
  127 110 114 117
4' 2" 132 115 118 122
4' 4" 137 119 123 126
4' 6" 142 124 127 131
4' 8" 147 128 132 136
5' 152 133 136 140
5' 2" 157 137 141 145
5' 4" 163 141 145 150
5' 6" 168 146 150 154
5' 8" 173 150 155 159
5' 10" 178 155 159 164
6' 183 159 164 168
6' 2" 188 164 168 173
6' 4" 193 168 173 178
6' 6" 198 172 177 182

To determine whether your board should be shoulder, chin or eye level, you need to consider a bunch of factors, the most important of which is your body weight. If you are heavier than average for your height, you will want a longer board. Girls, please realise that these averages are based on male body weights so if you are light for your height as a girl, it will provide double the reason for picking a shorter board. If five or six of the following factors apply, pick a board at the extreme end of the range. More help can be found in the BargainBoards.co.uk online Advice Centre. www.bargainboards.co.uk

GO LONGER GO SHORTER
I am heavy for my height I am light for my height
I am a bloke I am a girlie
I have been riding for years I am a novice
I want to ride off piste in powder I want a freestyle park 'n' pipe board
I like to go as fast as I can on-piste I prefer bump and jump
I am fit, athletic and strong I am a couch potatoe with matchstick legs

 

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