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  • Choosing the right snowboard

    Starting snowboarding can seem overwhelming with all the gear needed: boots, clothing, gloves, beanies, goggles, and a snowboard. But where to begin? This guide aims to answer your basic questions and get you ready to hit the slopes.

    Right size of snowboard?

    How do you know which snowboard length is right for you? It depends on your weight and the type of snowboarding you plan to do. The easiest way to pick a snowboard is to have it reach your chin; it's a good starting point. However, your skill level, weight, and the board's build are also crucial. For freeriding, a slightly longer board offers stability and speed, but for freestyle riding, smaller sizes are better for easy spins and tricks.

    Remember these tips:

    • Shorter boards are good for park or freestyle riding.
    • Longer boards suit all-mountain, powder, or freeriding, or try a volume shifted board.
    • Heavier riders might need a longer / stiffer board.
    • Beginners can start with shorter boards in their size range.
    • If your boot size is 11 or larger, consider getting a wide board.
    • Ride less than 10 days a year? Consider getting a board a few centimetres shorter.
    • Ride more than 25 days a year? Consider getting a board a few centimetres longer.
    • Kids boards are tricky but shorter can be easier to learn on.

    Different types of snowboard /  terrain.

    A All-Mountain snowboard is a versatile type of snowboard designed to perform well across various terrains and snow conditions. It's ideal for riding on groomed trails, in powder, through trees, and even in the park. This board provides a good balance between stability, maneuverability, and control, allowing riders to explore different parts of the mountain without needing multiple specialized boards.

    Wired boards that fit into this category.

    Wired Drift Series

    Wired Seeker Series

    Wired Directive Series

    Wired Recon Series

    Wired Devun Walsh Series

    Wired Vantage Series

    photo: Edwin Poulston

    A Freestyle snowboard is a type of snowboard made for doing tricks and jumps in the terrain park or halfpipe. It's designed to be shorter, lighter, and more flexible than other boards, making it easier to spin, jump, and perform tricks. These boards are usually twin-shaped, meaning they have the same shape and flex from tip to tail, allowing riders to go forward or backward with ease. Freestyle boards offer more maneuverability and playfulness for those who love performing tricks and jumps on the slopes.

    Wired boards that fit into this category.

    Wired Drift Series

    Wired Directive Series

    Wired Devun Walsh Series

    A Freeride snowboard is crafted for riding in ungroomed snow or off-trail areas. These boards are designed to handle various terrains like deep snow, backcountry, or steep slopes. They're usually longer and stiffer to offer stability and control while cruising down the mountain. Freeride boards provide better floatation in powder snow and more control in challenging conditions, making them ideal for riders who enjoy exploring different terrains and riding styles.

    Wired boards that fit into this category.

    Wired Seeker Series

    Wired Recon Series

    Wired Vantage Series

    A Powder snowboard is made especially for deep snow conditions. These boards are wider, with a unique shape that helps riders stay afloat on powdery terrain. They're built to provide more surface area, preventing sinking in the snow and allowing for smoother turns. Powder snowboards typically have a setback stance to keep the nose higher for better maneuverability in deep snow, offering riders an exhilarating experience in fresh, fluffy powder.

    Wired boards that fit into this category.

     Wired Chase Series

    A Splitboard snowboard is designed for backcountry adventures. It can split into two separate skis, allowing snowboarders to hike up snowy slopes and then join the pieces together for the descent. This type of board enables riders to explore remote, untracked areas by climbing up mountains and riding down the backcountry terrain. It offers versatility for those who enjoy both snowboarding and skiing in less accessible, wilder environments.

    Wired boards that fit into this category.

    Wired Trek Series

    Wired Crest Series

    Do I need a wide snowboard?

    Choosing the correct snowboard width means your boots will slightly extend beyond the edges of the board. However, too much overhang may lead to toe or heel drag and loss of control. Slight overhang will allow you to quickly transfer the power from your movements to your edges to turn your board. Somewhere between 8 and 13 mm seems to be OK. Anymore than that you start to get toe and heel drag which is not ideal and you might need a wider snowboard.

    Boot Size (US Men's) Boot Size (US Women's) Board Waist Width (mm) Snowboard Width
    - Up to 6.0 225 - 235 Women's
    5.0 - 7.5 6.0 - 8.5 236 - 245
    7.0 - 9.5 8.0 - 10.5 246 - 250 Regular
    8.5 - 10.5 10+ 251 - 254
    9.5 - 11.5 - 255 - 259 Mid- Wide
    11+ - 262+

     

    Choosing the right size of board.

    Begin by locating your height in the left columns and your weight in the top row. Then, follow across from your height and down from your weight to find the recommended board size.

    Youth Snowboard Size Guide

    Rider Height Rider Weight
    in feet in cm 40lbs (18kg) 50lbs (23kg) 60lbs (27kg) 70lbs (32kg) 80lbs (36kg) 90lbs (42kg) 100lbs (45kg) 110lbs (50kg) 120lbs (54kg)
    3'4" 102 95 cm 105 cm 107 cm
    3'5" 104 95 cm 105 cm 108 cm
    3'6" 107 96 cm 106 cm 108 cm
    3'7" 109 96 cm 106 cm 109 cm
    3'8" 112 97 cm 107 cm 110 cm 112 cm
    3'9" 114 97 cm 107 cm 110 cm 113 cm
    3'10" 117 98 cm 108 cm 111 cm 113 cm
    3'11" 119 99 cm 109 cm 111 cm 114 cm
    4'0" 122 99 cm 109 cm 112 cm 115 cm
    4'1" 124 117 cm 120 cm 123 cm 125 cm
    4'2" 127 118 cm 121 cm 123 cm 125 cm
    4'3" 130 119 cm 121 cm 124 cm 126 cm 128 cm
    4'4" 132 119 cm 122 cm 125 cm 127 cm 129 cm
    4'5" 135 120 cm 123 cm 125 cm 127 cm 129 cm 131 cm
    4'6" 137 124 cm 126 cm 128 cm 130 cm 132 cm
    4'7" 140 124 cm 127 cm 129 cm 131 cm 133 cm 135 cm
    4'8" 142 125 cm 128 cm 130 cm 132 cm 134 cm 136 cm
    4'9" 145 126 cm 128 cm 130 cm 132 cm 134 cm 136 cm 138 cm
    4'10" 147 129 cm 131 cm 133 cm 135 cm 137 cm 139 cm
    4'11" 150 130 cm 132 cm 134 cm 136 cm 138 cm 140 cm
    5'0" 152 131 cm 133 cm 135 cm 137 cm 139 cm 141 cm
    5'1" 155 133 cm 135 cm 137 cm 139 cm 141 cm
    5'2" 151 134 cm 136 cm 138 cm 140 cm 142 cm
    5'3" 160 135 cm 137 cm 139 cm 141 cm 143 cm
    5'4" 163 138 cm 140 cm 142 cm 144 cm
    5'5" 165 138 cm 140 cm 142 cm 144 cm


    Women's Snowboard Size Guide

    Rider Height Rider Weight
    in feet in cm 90lbs (42kg) 100lbs (45kg) 110lbs (50kg) 120lbs (54kg) 130lbs (59kg) 140lbs (64kg) 150lbs (68kg) 160lbs (73kg) 170lbs (77kg)
    5'0" 152 136 cm 138 cm 140 cm 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 150 cm
    5'1" 155 136 cm 138 cm 140 cm 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 150 cm
    5'2" 157 137 cm 139 cm 141 cm 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 152 cm
    5'3" 160 138 cm 140 cm 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 153 cm
    5'4" 163 139 cm 141 cm 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 153 cm
    5'5" 165 139 cm 141 cm 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 154 cm
    5'6" 168 140 cm 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 155 cm
    5'7" 170 141 cm 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 156 cm
    5'8" 173 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 156 cm 156 cm
    5'9" 175 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 156 cm 157 cm
    5'10" 178 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 157 cm 158 cm
    5'11" 180 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 156 cm 158 cm 159 cm
    6'0" 183 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 157 cm 159 cm 159 cm
    61" 185 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 157 cm 159 cm 160 cm
    6'2" 188 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 156 cm 158 cm 160 cm 161 cm
    6'3" 191 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 157 cm 159 cm 161 cm 162 cm
    6'4" 193 154 cm 156 cm 158 cm 160 cm 162 cm 162cm

     

    Rider Height Rider Weight
    in feet in cm 180lbs (81kg) 190lbs (86kg) 200lbs (91kg) 210lbs (95kg) 220lbs (100kg) 230lbs (104kg) 240lbs (109kg) 250lbs (113kg) 260lbs (118kg)
    5'0" 152 151 cm 152 cm 152 cm 153cm
    5'1" 155 152 cm 152 cm 153 cm 154 cm
    5'2" 157 153cm 153cm 154 cm 155 cm 155cm
    5'3" 160 153 cm 154 cm 155 cm 155 cm 156 cm 157 cm
    5'4" 163 154 cm 155 cm 155 cm 156 cm 157 cm 158 cm 158 cm
    5'5" 165 155 cm 155 cm 156 cm 157 cm 157 cm 158 cm 159 cm 159cm
    5'6" 168 156 cm 156 cm 157 cm 158 cm 158 cm 159 cm 160 cm 160 cm
    5'7" 170 156 cm 157 cm 158 cm 158 cm 159 cm 160 cm 160 cm 161 cm 162 cm
    5'8" 173 157 cm 158 cm 158 cm 159 cm 160 cm 160 cm 161 cm 162 cm 162 cm
    5'9" 175 158 cm 158 cm 159 cm 160 cm 160 cm 161 cm 162 cm 162 cm 163 cm
    5'10" 178 158 cm 159 cm 160 cm 160 cm 161 cm 162 cm 162 cm 163 cm 164 cm
    5'11" 180 159 cm 160 cm 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm 164 cm 165 cm
    6'0" 183 160 cm 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm 164 cm 165 cm 165 cm
    61" 185 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm 164 cm 165 cm 165 cm 166 cm
    6'2" 188 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm 164 cm 165 cm 165 cm 166 cm 167 cm
    6'3" 191 162 cm 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm 165 cm 165 cm 166 cm 167 cm 168 cm
    6'4" 193 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm 165 cm 166 cm 166 cm 167 cm 168 cm 168 cm

     

    Men's Snowboard Size Guide

    Rider Height Rider Weight
    in feet in cm 100lbs (45kg) 110lbs (50kg) 120lbs (54kg) 130lbs (59kg) 140lbs (64kg) 150lbs (68kg) 160lbs (73kg) 170lbs (77kg) 180lbs (81kg)
    5'0" 152 139 cm 141 cm 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 151 cm 152 cm
    5'1" 155 139 cm 141 cm 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 151 cm 152 cm
    5'2" 157 140 cm 142 cm 144 cm 146 cn 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 153 cm 154 cm
    5'3" 160 141 cm 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 154 cm 154 cm
    5'4" 163 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 154 cm 154 cm
    5'5" 165 142 cm 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 155 cm 156 cm
    5'6" 168 143 cm 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 156 cm 157 cm
    5'7" 170 144 cm 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 156 cm 157 cm 157 cm
    5'8" 173 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 157 cm 157 cm 158 cm
    5'9" 175 145 cm 147 cm 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 157 cm 158 cm 159 cm
    5'10" 178 146 cm 148 cm 150 cm 152 cm 154 cm 156 cm 158 cm 159 cm 159 cm
    5'11" 180 149 cm 151 cm 153 cm 155 cm 157 cm 159 cm 160 cm 160 cm
    6'0" 183 152 cm 154 cm 156 cm 158 cm 160 cm 161 cm 162 cm
    61" 185 154 cm 156 cn 158 cm 160 cm 161 cm 162 cm
    6'2" 188 157 cm 159 cm 161 cm 162 cm 162 cm
    6'3" 191 160 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm
    6'4" 193 163 cm 163 cm 164 cm

     

    Rider Height Rider Weight
    in feet in cm 190lbs (86kg) 200lbs (91kg) 210lbs (95kg) 220lbs (100kg) 230lbs (104kg) 240lbs (109kg) 250lbs (113kg) 260lbs (118kg) 270lbs (122kg)
    5'0" 152 153 cm 153 cm 154 cm 155 cm
    5'1" 155 153 cm 154 cm 155 cm 155 cm
    5'2" 157 154 cm 155 cm 156 cm 156 cm 157 cm
    5'3" 160 155 cm 156 cm 156 cm 157 cm 158 cm 158 cm
    5'4" 163 156 cm 156 cm 157 cm 158 cm 158 cm 159 cm 160 cm
    5'5" 165 156 cm 157 cm 158 cm 158 cm 159 cm 160 cm 160 cm 161 cm
    5'6" 168 157 cm 158 cm 159 cm 159 cm 160 cm 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm
    5'7" 170 158 cm 159 cm 159 cm 160 cm 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm
    5'8" 173 159 cm 159 cm 160 cm 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm 163 cm
    5'9" 175 159 cm 160 cm 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm
    5'10" 178 160 cm 161 cm 161 cm 162 cm 163 cm 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm 165 cm
    5'11" 180 161 cm 162 cm 162 cm 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm 165cm 166 cm 166 cm
    6'0" 183 162 cm 162 cm 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm 165 cm 166 cm 166 cm 166 cm
    61" 185 162 cm 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm 165 cm 166 cm 166 cm 167 cm 167 cm
    6'2" 188 163 cm 164 cm 164 cm 165 cm 166 cm 166 cm 167 cm 168 cm 168 cm
    6'3" 191 164 cm 165 cm 165 cm 166 cm 167 cm 167 cm 168 cm 169 cm 169 cm
    6'4" 193 165 cm 165 cm 166 cm 167 cm 167 cm 168 cm 169 cm 169 cm 169 cm

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