How Long Should My Snowboard Be?

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The desired length of a snowboard depends on the weight of the snowboarder. Use a short snowboard when trying to perform tricks with help from the manager of a snowboard store in this free video on snowboarding gear and equipment.

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And in this segment, we're going to go over how to choose the length of snowboard that will 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. That'll best determine whether you're on a 158, a 153, a 163, or a 145. Next thing, once you already know what board best suits you, then it also has to what is your style? Are you a big mountain rider? Do you need a longer board? Are you an urban street rail kid? Do you need a shorter board? Are you in the half pipe? Are you in the 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 park board for riding super park... maybe a 158 for riding the half pipe. So typically, if you weigh 155 pounds and you're going to be in the park but yet you still want a board that can go out and enjoy powder, groomers, other things... maybe a 153 is going to best suit you. Maybe you're a female and you weigh 110 pounds, and you want a board that can do everything on the hill, maybe a 134 is going to best suit you. But, if you're around 150 pounds, maybe a 141 is going to best suit you. On most boards, this information is on a cheat sheet on the back. This'll 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 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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