7 Things to Consider for Snowboard Sizing
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Since we all are different, our decision to buy snowboards depends a lot on which size to buy. Therefore, you have to choose a snowboard size that suits you. Passionate snowboarders are also confused about how to choose an appropriate snowboard size. If you are one of them, have a look at the following factors and choose your snowboard size accordingly:
Measure your height. It holds a strong significance because failure to choose a snowboard size according to your height can lead to many issues. This is because you can misbalanced your body when you start snowboarding with a wrong sized snowboard. In addition, it can also affect stability and floatation negatively.
You can snowboard in a professional manner if your snowboard is capable of holding your weight properly. If it is not, then it can be broken easily while you snowboard on it.
Snowboarding professionals strongly emphasize that snowboard sizing should always be according to your weight. They justify its importance because a rider has to take several jumps while snowboarding. If a snowboard cannot carry the weight of the rider, then it can be snap easily.
The size of your foot should align well with the width of the board waist. If your foot size is large, then you do not need to worry a lot about it. Most companies normally manufacture snowboards with wider board waists.
However, if you wear shoes with size 5, then you have to look for a snowboard whose waist width is about 240 mm. Similarly, if your foot size is 6 or above, you can buy a snowboard that has a waist width between 240 mm and 255 mm. Therefore, it entirely depends on the size of your foot.
Each snowboarder has a different riding style. Some examples of snowboarding styles are free style, free ride, free carve, and split boarding. According to the nature of these styles, each requires a different snowboard size.
An extreme rider can never ride on a snowboard that is too short for him/her. Similarly, he/she requires a bigger sized board. Similarly, a freestyler needs a snowboard that can suit his riding style.
Assess yourself in terms of your snowboarding skills. If you are a beginner, short snowboards are best for you. These boards will enable you to practice the art of snowboarding thoroughly. However, if you are an advanced snowboarder who is riding for many years, you will require large-sized snowboards.
Snowboard manufacturers target men and women as two separate market segments. This is mainly because of the fact that women have different height and weight than men. That is why materials used in snowboards designed for women consist of lighter materials. In addition, these snowboards are shorter in size.
Evaluate Your Budget
In order to buy a snowboard of the size that perfectly fulfills the above-mentioned considerations, assess your financial position well.
Evaluate your budget in terms of how much you can spend in a snowboard purchase. This is essential to figure it out because it can save you from overspending by buying a wrong-sized snowboard.