Finding the Right Size Snowboard

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The recommended length of a snowboard is generally determined by how much the snowboarder weighs. Pick out a snowboard that fits a personal snowboarding style with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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In this segment, we're going to go over how to choose the length of snowboard that'll best suit you. First things first, it's no longer between the nose and the chin, or the chin and the clavicle...it's about how much you weigh. How much you weigh determines the length of the board. Each board is designed for a specific weight, so at that point, be very honest to your salesperson. Tell them how much you weigh. That'll det...best determine whether you're on a one-fifty-eight, a one-fifty-three, a one-sixty-three or a one-forty-five. Next thing, once you already know what board best suits you, then it also has to do what is your style. Are you a big mountain rider? Do you need a longer board? Are you an urban street rebel gu...kid? Do you need a shorter board? Are you into half-pipe? Are you into super park? Are you learning how to spin? That kind of information to your salesperson is going to find the best board that'll best suit you. A shorter board for learning tricks, a bigger, bigger park board for riding super park. Maybe a one-fifty-eight for riding the half-pipe. So typically, if you weigh a hundred-fifty-five pounds, and you're going to be in the park but yet you still want a board that can go out and enjoy the powder, grimmers, other things, maybe a one-fifty-three is going to best suit you. Maybe you're a female and you weigh a hundred and ten pounds, and you want a board that can do everything on the hill, maybe a one-thirty-four is going to best suit you, but if you're around a hundred-fifty pounds, you know, maybe a one-forty-one is going to best suit you. On most boards, this information is on a cheat sheet on the back. This will tell you the length, the size, the waist width, meaning what shoe size best fits the board. Every single board will have this so you can be a knowledge...knowledgeable consumer by going into the shop, reading a little bit on the back of a snowboard, or asking a salesperson to help you.

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